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The Playful World of Petite Circus Fabrics by Alexandra Bordallo 

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Here in South Florida, during this time of year, there are a couple of very fun festivals and circus events happening that are always so exciting! Going there with good company and of course, all the fair food will always bring a smile to my face. Once I laid my eyes on Alexandra Bordallo’s Petite Circus collection, I was instantly brought to this happy place! Reminding me of all the fun times I had when I was a kid going to these fairs, waiting in line to go on the rides and having good conversations with friends, and eating my favorite treats like popcorn and cotton candy.

I was so happy to hear the story behind this collection, as it’s quite the special one for Alexandra! She dedicated this line to her son that was prematurely born, and her journey through taking care of a baby at the NICU and her older son at home. This collection is for all the strong babies and their families who are going through a similar experience.

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Add oodles of whimsical charm to any kid’s room or nursery with the available 12 quilting cotton prints! This collection is filled with colorful illustrations of circus animals, cotton candy, popcorn, and adorable little clowns that will create joyful moments for all little ones alike.

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Petite Circus also has some substrate options available! There is one knit print called “Rearing Horses Dim” that would be ideal for apparel for the little ones or even some snuggly bed sheets. Prepare to snuggle up this season with the cutest flannel prints, there is “Opening Act Shuffle” that features small yet mighty clowns that are perfect for the backing of your quilts and “Enjoy The Snow” flannel print that has tons of fun elements like tickets, food stands, and circus tents! 

Add to the fun with these matching AGF Elements:

Oval Elements in Peacock & Pomelo.

Squared Elements in Teal, Lox, and Honeycomb.

Pure Solids in Cozumel Blue, Coral Reef, Apricot Crepe, Honeydew, Icy Mint, Turmeric,  and Warm Wave.

 

Bring these prints to life with our “Merry Go Round” free quilt pattern with a whopping size of 90 by 90 inches, where you’ll definitely have a blast appliqueing the zebras featured on the carousel! 


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While you’re here, check out our Let’s Talk Fabric video! 

  • See Petite Circus fabrics in action
  • Discover playful projects
  • Watch exclusive behind the scenes
  • Take a closer look at prints & scale

 

 

If you are reading this on November 30th, today is your lucky day! We are hosting a 24-HOUR giveaway right here on the blog, all you have to do is CLICK HERE, fill out your information and that’s it. The winner will be announced right here on the blog and they will also be emailed. Make sure to read the disclaimer on the website when you sign up! 

THE WINNER IS TESSA JAY! PLEASE CHECK YOUR EMAIL TO REDEEM YOUR PRIZE! 

As always, if you love this collection and want to share your makes with these fabrics, make sure to post on social media using the hashtag #AGFPetiteCircus so we can share the love! Until next time...

Happy sewing! 

 

  -Jannelle

 

 


Mug Rug Sewing Tutorial

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Ah, I can already smell the cinnamon spice in the air! It’s time to snuggle up in your favorite quilt and grab a hot cup of tea, and enjoy a nice Netflix holiday movie! This is my favorite time of year to sew (who isn’t, right?) to sew several small projects in order to make plenty for myself and my loved ones. I’ve noticed that mug rugs are all over the internet and I can totally see why because it checks all the boxes of what I’m looking forward to sewing! 

If you have never heard of a mug rug before, it’s a quilted mat that combines a coaster and a placemat to hold your drinks and a snack. The perfect 2-in-1 project that I knew I had to make a unique tutorial for all of you to recreate. 

Let’s get started:


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I used some nice warm tones for the fall season and used collections like Sharon Holland’s Kismet, our Sparkler Fusion, and Luna & Laurel collection, with a mix of blender fabrics such as our Floral Elements and Pure Solids

You will need Fat Eighths for all fabrics.

 

Four (4) 2’’ squares from fabric A.

Two (2) 2’’ squares from fabric B.

Three (3) 2’’ squares from fabric C.

Three (3) 2’’ squares from fabric D.

Three (3) 2’’ squares from fabric E.

One (1) 7’’ x 8’’ rectangle from fabric F.

One (1) 11 1/2’’ x 8’’ rectangle from fabric F.

One (1) coffee template from fabric G. 

 

Join fabrics A, B, C, D, and E squares following the diagrams below.

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Take one (1) 7’’ x 8’’ rectangle from fabric F and the assembled piece and join them.

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Take a batting piece and quilt as desired.

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Take the Coffee Template and place it on top of fabric F. Place it about 1’’ from the left side and about 1 ½’’ from the bottom.

Place steam-a-seam on the coffee template and iron it so it sticks on the mug rug.

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Topstitch all around to secure it.

To create the smoke on top of the coffee, use the free motion quilting or hand stitch if you prefer.

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Take the backing fabric and place it right sides together. 


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Sew all four sides leaving about 3’’-4’’ of opening to flip the piece inside out.

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Clip your corners, flip your piece inside out, press your piece and close the opening. 

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And you are done! Enjoy cutting up some squares, appliqueing, and quilting this sweet project! Let me know if you recreate your own version of this by tagging us on social media using the hashtag #artgalleryfabrics, we would love to see it! Also, in the comments below let me know your go-to holiday movie that you'll be enjoying this mug rug on. 

Until next time, 

Happy sewing! 

-Jannelle 

 

 


Reignite the Wild Forgotten with Bonnie Christine’s Fabric Collection

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By being a creative person by nature, I will always have a deeper appreciation for art! Textile designs are unique in the way that you can feel the fabric, feel inspired, and manipulate it to transform into something even more beautiful! Every time a new collection is released, I’m thrilled to be one of the first ones to see the fabric because I instantly think of all the patchwork projects that can be created with it. This time around, when I saw Bonnie Christine’s latest collection, Wild forgotten, its wondrous prints and earthy colors made me instantly swoon. 

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This collection has a special story that Bonnie shared with us, as it started when several words from the natural world like “doe” & “dandelion” were removed from the dictionary to make room for our children’s new vocabulary,  like Broadband, chat-room, and blog. With limited space, a children's dictionary can only represent the words most commonly used by our youth.⁣ This collection keeps these wild words alive and help our children remember the Wild once Forgotten.

This collection is available in 16 quilting cotton prints, and if you take a look at every print there is a word or illustration that represents the “forgotten” words.  In a special interview with Bonnie, she mentions that her favorite print is “Remember” as it contained the remains of the words that she couldn’t illustrate, so she incorporated them as handwritten words like a “dictionary on fabric.” She felt like this was the cherry on top of the collection as children can point to the words and learn what each of them is! 

Canvas*Canvas print in Bluebells and Buttercups Lark

Fabric 16 flannel*Flannel prints in Bluebells and Buttercups Lark & Dandelion Doe Parsnip 

Knits*Knit prints in Bluebells and Buttercups Lark & Beaver and Bloom Peach

Rayon*Rayon print in Vine Starling 

The most exciting part of this collection is the number of substrates offered! There are  2 knits, 1 rayon, 1 canvas, and 2 flannel prints that are ideal for any craft. Meaning that each substrate has the versatility to do whatever you want it to do, if you want something breathable for the transitioning of the seasons, the rayon would be a perfect choice. Want to make warmer apparel? Then the knit and flannel substrates are a great go-to as they are extremely soft and cozy. Need something sturdy yet soft? Have fun with our canvas print that can be used for upholstery, cushions, tote bags- you name it!

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Decostitch Elements in Red Desert.

Floral Elements in Mocha & Green Wood. 

Pure Solids in Honey, Patina Green, Dried Moss, Forest Night, Blossomed, Terracotta Tile, Georgia Peach, Gingerbread, and English Toffee.

Bring these prints to life with our “Nature Stroll” free quilt pattern linked below that’s filled with hexagon shapes that can be easily sewed together by one simple template! 

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Flip through the pages of our “Wild Forgotten Fabric Lookbook” that’s filled with tons of patchwork projects ideas that showcase all these fabrics from quilts to home decor, and even apparel.

While you’re here, check out our Let’s Talk Fabric video! 

  • See Wild Forgotten fabrics in action
  • Discover captivating projects
  • Watch exclusive behind the scenes
  • Take a closer look at prints & scale

Stay on the lookout for the giveaway hosted on our Instagram page, it’ll be a very special one! If you’re not following us there yet, I encourage you to stick around as we will continue to show tons of projects and fabric inspiration through the week with Wild Forgotten fabrics! We’d love to see what you make too, so make sure to tag us on social media and use the hashtag #AGFWildForgotten. Until next time...

Happy sewing! 

  -Jannelle