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A Creative Homage: Art District Fusion

Have you ever spent a day exploring an artsy neighborhood?! You’d probably start your day, grabbing a cup of coffee at a cute cafe, wander in and out of art galleries, browse small shops that are filled with unique, artisanal crafts, and of course, spend some time photographing all the amazing murals you’d unexpectedly find in alleyways. In Florida, if you're looking to see some street art or explore some unique shops, galleries, plant stores and delicious cafes, our biggest art district here is "Wynwood" which is a fun place to head to! If you were here this past weekend, you got to experience the annual "Art Basel" in full action with artists arriving from all around the world, creating unique, pop-up installations and events. There's never a dull moment in the art district between the art and people watching, you'll always leave with a ton of inspiration. 

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Inspired by a city’s art district, AGF created its latest collection, “Art District Fusion.” This fabric line features all the sights you’d spot while strolling down quaint streets that are home to many artists and creative like-minds. From bright colors and eye-catching designs like friendly cats, decadent ice cream, and painterly textures, this fabric line is available in cotton with select prints in knits and a rayon for garment makers! Designed for all you “art lovers at heart,” Art District Fusion is perfect for creating modern and playful sewing projects like geometric-filled quilts, pillows, rugs, and accessories that make a bold, artistic statement.

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Head over to our “Art District Fusion Lookbook” for more sewing ideas and projects!

 

 

Here's our lovely "Street Signs Quilt" for you to enjoy, just click the below link for the FREE pattern:

Download Quilt Pattern

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Here's my favorite blenders that can easily coordinate with "Art District Fusion!" 

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Baby Quilt Tutorial - "Coco" the Squirrel

Hello Makers,

It's the most wonderful time of the year as the song suggests and for me this is a very true statement. Any excuse to get together with family and friends I am definitely a super fan of! Also any extra reason to sew up something new I am all for it! Which is why I especially love sewing for the holidays to decorate my home and to create awesome homemade makes for the special people in my life.

Meet “Coco” the Squirrel below. This gift giving, Santa hat wearing critter would look cute tucked inside baby’s crib or hung on the wall to add a bit of holiday cheer. To find the full step by step instructions head to the weallsewblog!

 

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Quilt Made with Little Town Fabrics

 

What are your favorite projects to sew up for the holiday? My go to's are coasters, napkins, pillows, zipper pouches and holiday decorations. Wishing you all a happy December! 

 

Happy Holidays, 

Meli


Dresden Mandala Tutorial

Hello my fellow makers,

How about a beautiful, mandala for someone you love? The mandala is a symbol of cosmic and spiritual order, composed by balancing elements that represent unity and harmony. We will be making a mandala full of vibrant colors, fun geometric elements, and feminine lines using the exquisite prints from the  Legendary collection and the dresden technique. A technique that just like the mandala has a concentric and circular shape.

The featured fabrics are Flecks Dreams (fabric A), Brit Boutique Bold (fabric B), Collar Ends Bold (fabric C), Flecks Bold (fabric D), Trinkets Dreams (fabric E), Flecks Soul (fabric F), Brit Boutique Boho (fabric G), Collar Ends Soul (fabric H), Tile Blue (fabric I), Trinkets Soul (fabric J), Femme Metale Boho (fabric K), and Coffee Bean (fabric L).

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Start by designing two strip sets in the same size with contrasting colors. In this case, I cut rectangles from fabrics AB and FG to center their print with the small triangles from fabrics C and H. Just to get a more balanced effect once all the pieces are joined ... and also because I'm a fanatic of print alignment :). 

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Use the template from the Cosmos Mandala wall art to cut your pieces. If you would like to make a bigger dresden, all you have to do is make the template bigger by following the side lines. 

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Take each piece, fold it in half lengthwise with the wrong side out, stitch at 1/4" from the top edge, and turn it to the right side.

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Press open the seam and align it to the center back of each piece. The top part will get a triangular shape.

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Join each piece from colorway 1 to one piece from colorway 2. The amazing part of this step is that the outer side of the dresden already has a clean edge!Typepad-Images10

The dresden is composed of twenty (20) pieces.

To make sure after joining all the pieces your dresden lays flat, make two (2) sets of ten (10) pieces each, or two (2) semicircles, and then join them.


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Two options to make the center of the dresden:

  1. Cut two circles in the same size, join them face to face, leaving a small space to turn them to the right side and press. In the following image I made two different circles, one in fabric K and a bigger one in fabric L. Then placed the circle from fabric L under the circle from  fabric K to give it an outlined effect.
  2. Make a circle and clean the edge of the circle with a bias binding tape. This technique you can see it in the Cosmos Mandala wall art, where I made a circle from fabric K, and cleaned its edge with a bias binding tape from fabric A.

Finally, place your dresden on top of a layer of fabric, batting and backing and secure it by edge-stitching 1/4" away from the outer edge of the dresden and 1/4" away from the border of the center circle.
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I hope you enjoyed this tutorial, and that you take the extra step to make it in different sizes for pillows, quilts, wall arts, or even for an amazing tote bag.

Happy mandala making!

Laucara


Half Square Triangle Love- How to Make the "Windmill" Block featuring Legendary Fabrics

Hello Makers,

 

How was your Thanksgiving? Filled with lots of yummy food and your favorite people I hope!

I got to go home to visit my family in Minnesota and spent every minute I could with my niece and nephews and even got to celebrate my sisters birthday! There is no better feeling than being there for special occasions and creating memories that will last forever. Back in the warm state of Florida and I am filled with energy and motivation to keep creating. I just got done sewing up the “Windmill”Block with Pat Bravo’s new fabric collection “Legendary” ! This collection celebrates Pat’s accomplishments of creating 40 fabric collections over her years as a fabric designer! If you haven’t check out her inspiring Lookbook yet I totally suggest to flip through the pages to find your next sewing project and see all the hard work and love we put into every collection release! We create these Look Books for all you fabric lovers that love to create and sew. It’s also a great resource to fire up your sewing mojo!

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What was one of the first quilting techniques you learned as a newbie quilter? I remember Pat teaching me how to make HST’s using the two at a time method and I was blown away by this process. I knew right there and then quilting and I where going to be the best of friends.  Fast forward four and half years later and it’s safe to say, I was right! :)

Since then I learned there are so many ways to create HST’s and my all time favorite, especially when I need to make a whole bunch at a time is the Eight at a Time Method! In the video below I share this amazing technique. Hope you all can find some time to hop into your sewing machines this week and whip up this beauty of a block!  

 

 

If you end up creating the block, I would love to see them!! Make sure to use the hashtag #AGFQuiltBlockCollection when sharing on social media or feel free to email us a pic at marketing@artgalleryfabrics.com!



During this time of year it makes us stop to think about what's important to us and what we are thankful for and I would love to thank all of you makers for sharing kind words and creating from the heart!

 

Happy Sewing,

Meli