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Our Favorite Holiday Gifts!

Hi Makers!

Can you believe it's mid-November already?! Where did this year go!? It's just flying by! I'm sure most of you have already started sewing your handmade gifts for the holidays, but if you're a procrastinator like me, you might just be starting to plan out your list of gifts that you're going to give to your loved ones! Since time is always ticking, and although a handmade gift is the most thoughtful, it can often take up a lot of time. Don't fret though, I've got you covered! Here's our favorite holiday gifts that will save you lots of time, but are still thoughtful and personal.

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1. Apple Coasters

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These are perfect for a hostess, teacher, co-worker, or someone who just loves sipping coffee or hot tea! Our designer Sharon Holland created these adorable, fruity coasters using Maureen Cracknell's Autumn Vibes fabrics and our Oval and Squared Elements! For the tutorial, head over to Sharon's blog

2. A Japanese Style Apron 

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The "utilitarian trend" is still going strong and this apron is just so stylish yet comfortable! Made with our AGF denim (floral top is made with Gathered Fabrics by Bonnie Christine), this Japanese style apron is not only a great gift for someone who enjoys gardening, but can also be given to anyone who loves to cook or bake! Pair it with a recipe book or a gardening book, and you have such a cute, personalized gift! For the tutorial, head over to "The Hearty Home's" blog. If you have extra time, you can even embroider the recipient's initials on a apron pocket! :)

3. Fabric Ornaments 

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Made with his Aura fabrics, our designer Mister Domestic created these gorgeous fabric ornaments that are just absolutely stunning! These little guys can be tied to a wrapped gift or given "as is" to anyone and everyone! Since they don't look like you're "traditional ornaments," they can also be hung up all year round in a sewing room or creative studio as a touch of cozy inspiration! For the tutorials of how to make a "Star Ornament" or "Fabric Pinecone," head to our Aura Fabric Lookbook

4. Jewelry Pouch

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This pouch is such a cute gift for any mom, grandmother, aunt, sister, cousin, niece..basically anyone that just loves their jewelry! Perfect for traveling or just keeping your jewelry organized and untangled, this jewelry pouch made with "Blush Fabrics" by Dana Willard is so fun and super easy to sew! Head to Haberdashery Fun's blog for the tutorial! 

5. Tea Towels 

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Last but not least, who doesn't love a handmade tea towel for their kitchen!? Using "Indigo and Aster" fabrics by Bari J., these tea towels are so cute for a hostess as well..especially if you're helping them with prepping a holiday dinner. I'm sure they will need a tea towel for a bread basket or for everyone favorite's part of a holiday dinner - washing dishes, haha! But seriously, these are such cute, useful gifts. I always give my mom one every year, and I love seeing which one she uses/hangs in her kitchen, depending on the occasion. Here's the pattern for you! Bonus: they can also be turned into napkins. :)

Hope this guide helps decrease all the stress of making handmade gifts! Remember, it's the thought the counts. 

Until next time, keep creating! :)

- Sophia 

 

 


Quilt Market Houston Fall 2018 Recap

Hello Fabric Friends,

 We are still on our "Quilt Market high" remembering all of the amazing new people we met and catching up with our long time sewing friends. Quilt Market comes around twice a year, in the Fall and Spring season. This is where fabric, notions, and pattern making companies congregate to showcase what NEW exciting products they have to offer shop owners in the quilting/sewing industry. Our booth this year celebrated the beauty of COLOR and how color plays an important part in our lives. With a ton of team work and trial and error we created quite a impactful backdrop to which we then added framed triangle pieced mini quilts in a array of different colors to coordinate back with our wall.

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AGF Pure Element Solids where used to create this display.

 

For extra detail and to embrace our love for nature, we incorporated hand drawn stencil florals, birds and this majestic looking deer pictured below!

 

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We also created the AGF Shop, a place for shops attending Market to purchase a few (or more then a few ) of our new AGF Curated Bundles. We made sure to bring a nice selection of our Designer Palette, Color Master and AGF Bundle Up Bundles and Boxes!

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 Here I am below doing a little shopping myself! Clearly, I couldn’t decided on just a few bundles but since Quilt Market only happens twice a year it is a good time to splurge a little and treat yourself!

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It took two days to set up our booth and I couldn’t be more proud of what we accomplished! Below are a few progress photos of how we turned a boring old space into a colorful, bright, inviting place for our sewing friends to stop by and say hi and talk about all things fabric and so much more! 

 

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The event lasted three days where we showed all that came by our newest fabric designs and of course the AGF Crew was all decked out in AGF Fabrics!

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Two of our lovely designers Bonnie Christine  and Dana Willard stopped by to say hello and it was so great catching up with them! 

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We also were so honored to see so many of you wearing or toting around your AGF makes! 

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Long Sleeve T (Made with AGF Craft Bound and Backpack made from Indie Folk Fabrics.

For all of you who followed along to our social media and IG Stories, I hope you had a blast and thank you for all your kind words and support! You all mean so much to us, you are the reason we keep working hard to strive to bring you the best of the best in color and design and in everything we do!

Happy Sewing,

Meli




Sewing and Music- How to Make a "Road to Vienna" Quilt Block Tutorial

Hello Fabric Friends,

Who listens to music when they sew? Depending on the day or the mood I want to be in I flip through my Pandora stations usually stopping on a station that will put me in a good sewing mood. Some days it energetic dance music, and other times its soft classical or  soothing jazz.

Whether you are bobbing your head back and forth to some groovy 70s music or shaking your hips to some salsa music, music is always there to motivate us, relax us, and overall bring us to our happy place! Today I want to introduce you to Amy Sinibali’s new fabric collection Sonata, which is inspired by Beethoven's concertos and symphonies. If you haven’t checked out the pages of the Sonata Fabric Project Catalog I highly encourage you to to flip through the pages to possibly find your next sewing project or to jump start you on your next creative process.

 

Today I want to share with you the “Road to Vienna” Block which I sewed up with some of the gems from Sonata fabrics. I wanted to show off the cute “Window Sill” print because well, we all know I am a fussy cutting addict! Join me below and watch the step by step video! Enjoy the view below.

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Got a block you want me to make? Leave me comment under the video.

 



What are your fave prints from Sonata Fabrics? Comment below and let me know what you would make!

Happy Sewing, 

Meli