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November 2013

Fall Quilt Market recap, part three

Hey there! This is the final installment of the Fall 2013 Houston Quit Market recap.

Now for our final three AGF designers.

Jeni Baker showed her third collection, Dreamin' Vintage (available April 2014). 


Inspired by bed linens from the 50s and 60s, Dreamin' Vintage is totally retro with cheerful florals and cool geometrics. Jeni's booth was flea market crafty with giant tissue paper flower pom poms, fabric garland and vintage finds.


We'll never know how Jeni managed to fit everything for the booth in two suitcases and a carry-on! Just look at all of those adorable projects.

Another one of our designers, also showing her third collection, is Anglea Walters. With her beach themed booth, Anglea's Drift collection (available March 2014) was a tropical island paradise. We were having a great time playing vollyball and blowing bubbles!


Angela is known for her amazing quilts. She made her reverse appliqué quilt a week before Market! She machine quilted the quilt and then cut away the top layer of navy linen to expose the Drift fabric.


What a pro!

Last, but not least, is Leach Duncan showing her second AGF collection, Meadow (available February 2014). 


As usual, Leah brings the outdoors into Market with her fresh flower displays allowing anyone who comes into her booth feeling like they are in the summer air of a fresh meadow. The photo backdrop of a meadow and sky made Leah's booth so serene.


Makes you want to put on a Meadow dress and sit down for a picnic! And those darling suitcases are just to die for, right?

Again, we give a big round of applause to ALL of our designers!

Thanks for reading the AGF blog and keeping up with all things Art Gallery Fabrics. We cannot wait to start planning for Spring Market (aahh... did I just say that???).

Keep sewing and we'll see you next week!

<3 AGF

Fall Quilt Market recap, part two

We're back with part two of Houston Fall Quilt Market recap. I hope you enjoyed seeing our AGF booths in part one and you entered to win a smartphone case featuring the Noir Square Elements!

Now it's time to talk about our awesome designers! First up is the heart and soul of AGF, Pat Bravo.


Her latest fabric collection, Rapture, will be coming out at the end of this month. Soft pastels of watercolor and line work combined with brights and black makes this collection modern, happy and feminine.


We'd like to congratulate Pat for winning 2nd place double booth!

Pat definitely deserved a prize. Don't you just want to live in her booth?!? This young girl's living and art studio should be in the pages of a magazine!


And just look at all of the details from the hand dipped ombre stools to the paint in the tea cups! Check out the interview BERNINA did with Pat on the first day at Quilt Market to learn more about Rapture.


We'd also like to congratulate Frances Newcombe, our newest AGF designer for winning the Best New Exhibitor award!

We immediately knew that Frances was a top contender as she was setting up her booth.


First of all, Frances and her husband John are truely nice and genuine people. And you can see that quality in Frances' first collection with us, Safari Moon (available in December).

Safari Moon is truly unique with it's rich colors and hidden animals amidst the designs. Frances' booth was a safari spa oasis adorned with the cutest safari stuffed animals!


If you missed our introduction of Frances to the AGF family you can check it out here.

We truly missed Bonnie Christine this Market! Bonnie recently gave birth to her baby boy, Bear, so she wasn't able to make it.


But she sent over the most beautiful hexi quilt made with her second fabric collection, Sweet as Honey (available January 2014).

We're just adoring the woodland theme of nestled deer, flying birds and hone bees. It's so sweet!


All of our designers really did an amazing job. We're so proud of ALL of them!

I hope you have enjoyed part 2 of our market wrap-up and that you will tune in tomorrow for the final installment with Jeni Baker, Angela Walters and Leah Duncan.

See you tomorrow!

<3 AGF

Fall Quilt Market recap, part one

Hey there!

We've been back from Houston Fall Quilt Market for about a week now. It's been super busy in the office since we've gotten back. So many emails to answer and so many things to be packed away! But we're super excited to share with you all of the great things that happend while we were at Market. So here goes!

For the AGF booth we decided to feature the entire AGF family by collecting all of the blue, green, yellow and pink fabrics. We did this by creating a themed wall for each color!

First up, the blue wall.


We covered the walls with Tile Blue Pure Elements and did a travel theme. It was so fun thrifting for blue suitcases! We also gathered all of the blue AGF fabrics and put them into embrodery hoops.


How cute are those blue shoes with Legacy liners?!?

The green wall went green peace and earthy with a green bicycle as the star.


We put fabric and green photos into picture frames, along with a a big green quilt in the bike basket. We even Modge Podge some Poetica fabric onto a pair of canvas shoes to make AGF TOMS! The walls are covered with Dark Citron Pure Elements.


Country summer was theme for the yellow wall and the Honey Pure Elements fabric was our sunset.


You couldn't make a pitcher of lemonade with our plastic lemons. But there was a laundry line included a big sushine quilt done for us by Carolina Moore.


And last up is the pink room, Cherry Lipgloss Pure Elements to be exact!


It's every girl's dream to have a darling pink room with a chandelier! Well this isn't just any chandelier. We cut the pieces out of styrofoam and covered each piece with fabric and then hot glued them to the wall. It looks like it's hanging, right?


A stack of hot pink chairs held a quilt and the pink pouf was sewn by Carolina Moore. We can't forget Maggie, the magenta mannequin, who struck a pose wearing Coquette.

All of the walls were a lot of work. But it was great to receive all of the great compliments from everyone at Market!

We also gave out free smartphone cases featuring Noir Square Elements! We're going to have 10 new Square Elements colors coming out this month. So stay tuned!


For those of you that couldn't make it to Market we're giving away 10 phone cases! We have iPhone 4s and 5, Galaxy III and 4. So if you have one of these smartphones you can enter the giveaway!

Go to the Square Elements page and let us know what is your favorie color, what you'd make with it and what smartphone you have!

10 lucky winners will be randomly chosen.

Contest ends Friday, November 8, 2013 at 5pm EST.

{Note: We did research on the most popular smartphones to be sure we accompanied our audience. Therefore we only have iPhone 4s and 5, Galaxy III and 4 available.}


And stay tuned for Market update on the AGF designers!

<3 AGF

Prism Cover: Personalise Your Gadgets with AGF

Hii! How was your weekend? I hope everyone started this first week of November (can you believe it's already November!) full of energy and fun projects. Today on the AGF blog we start this week with a gadget cover/stand tutorial that you can use to personalise and protect your items. This tutorial can be used for almost all phones and tablets. In this case we created one for an iPhone 4s, and used Optical Watermelon and Script Watermelon from our recently released collection: Minimalista. Choose your favourite fabric from AGF and create your conversation starter.


Here is what you will need:

  1. (1) 3¼” x 5¾” Rectangle of Script Watermelon (Minimalista Collection) 
  2. (1) 3¼” x 5¼” Rectangle of Script Watermelon (Minimalista Collection) 
  3. (1) 3¼” x 4” Rectangle of Script Watermelon Minimalista Collection) 
  4. (4) 2” x 2” Squares of Optical Watermelon (Minimalista Collection) 
  5. (1) 2½” x 2½” Square of Optical Watermelon (Minimalista Collection) 
  6. (1) 2½” x 2½” Square of Script Watermelon (Minimalista Collection)
  7. (1) 3¼” x 14” Rectangle of Optical Watermelon (Minimalista Collection)
  8. (1) 2½” x 4½” Rectangle of cardboard
  9. (1) 2½” x 4¾” Rectangle of cardboard
  10. (1) 2½” x 2½” Square of cardboard
  11. (2) 2½” x ½” Rectangles of cardboard
  12. (2) Sew-on-Snaps

You can accommodate the measurements to your own device. Measure it and add or subtract the corresponding number (W= width H= height).

  • Piece 1: W+1” x  H+¾” 
  • Piece 2: W+1” x  H+1¼”
  • Piece 3: W+1” x  H-1½”
  • Pieces 4: remain the same
  • Piece 5: remains the same
  • Piece 6: remains the same
  • Piece 7: P1+P2+P3-1”  (add the height measurement of these pieces)
  • Piece 8: W+¼” x  H (device measurement)
  • Piece 9: W+¼” x H+¼”
  • Piece 10: W+¼” x H-2”
  • Pieces 11: W+¼” x  ½”  


First make the inner piece:

Start by making the corner pockets. Take the four 2” squares and fold them in half diagonally to create a triangle and press. Take piece #2 and start sewing the triangles to each corner. Place them as shown in the diagram below.


Take piece #3, align it to the bottom of the pocket piece face-to-face and sew along the short edge. Take piece #1 and align it to the top of the pocket piece right sides together and sew it on the short side again. Remember to press the seams open. Your inner piece is ready.


Now is time to make the flap closure, take pieces  #5 & #6 layer them together face to face and sew around leaving the bottom edge open to flip it over (round your corners as shown in the diagram) turn it right side up and press.

Place the flap on top of the shortest side of the inner piece with the round edges facing inwards and center it. Make sure the same fabrics are facing. Lay piece #7 on top on the inner piece, face-to-face with the closure in between and sew around three edges leaving the short edge open (the one without the closure). Trim edges if needed.




Turn the piece right side out (use a pointy tool to shape the corners) and press it. Now we are going to add the inserts. It is recommended that you add some batting to pieces 8, 9 and 10 to further protect your device. Take piece #10 and insert it into the case all the way
down. Do a top stitch right next to it to hold it in place. Take one of the two pieces #11 and insert it down to the seam top-stitch next to it. Keep inserting the other cardboard pieces and top-stitch every time you end with one (use the diagram as reference to insert them in the right order). Close the bottom edge with a blind stitch by hand.



To be able to secure your cover closed, add Sew-on-Snaps. Make a mark where you will need one when the cover is closed, and another one where you will need one when the cover is open/standing. Sew them on and you’re done!



You can also embroider your case or even do it with patchwork. The possibilities are infinite for a unique cover! I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and make the best with it. Remember to hashtag your AGF projects with #artgalleryfabrics

Rock 'n Sew,