art gallery fabrics

The Prettiest and Strongest Seam: The Flat Felled Seam

Hello my fellow makers!

Today we will talk about the Flat Felled Seam, a seam that lays flat on the right and wrong sides of your project. It is famously known for its strength and beauty. You can find it in your daily life on the sides of your jeans, in men’s shirts, and even in outdoor gear like camping tents. Also, you can find it in a more sacred place like the Pojagi patchwork, a Korean artform that uses improvisational piecing joined by hand sewn flat felled seams. Pojagi pieces are used to wrap special presents, protect sacred writings, and even carry important possessions on a journey. Depending on the size it could be used as a table cloth or a curtain. Wrapping a gift in a Pojagi piece communicates respect towards the object and good will towards the recipient.

I decided to make a 24” x 24” machine sewn Pojagi inspired piece using Pure Solids, Floral Elements, Deco Stitch Elements, and Rayon. I love that it looks like stained glass in front of my window, and how it changes colors depending on how the light hits it as the sun moves during the day. The funniest part is that subconsciously I chose the colors that perfectly match Kobi, my furry assistant.

 


Pojagi Inspired Piece & Kobi

 

_Tutorial-Images-30

 

Top Left Corner_Tutorial-Images-06

 

Bottom Right Corner
_Tutorial-Images-07

Whole Piece

_Tutorial-Images-31

 

Lets begin:

  • Lay your pieces flat on the table:

_Tutorial-Images-20

  • Align them wrong sides together and stitch at ⅝” from the edge:

_Tutorial-Images-21

  • Trim one seam allowance (fabric B) to ¼” from the stitched line:

_Tutorial-Images-22

  • Open your fabric and press the seam allowances towards fabric A:

_Tutorial-Images-23

  • Fold and press the seam allowance from fabric A (⅝”) towards the stitch line covering the seam allowance from fabric B:

_Tutorial-Images-24

  • Press the seam allowances towards fabric B:

_Tutorial-Images-25

  • Edge-stitch the seam allowance in place:

_Tutorial-Images-26

  • The wrong side of your seam should look like this:

_Tutorial-Images-27

 

Here I am sharing with you one last picture but this time is not with my furry assistant, but with the boss of the house who seems to approve and like my project ;) Once again my piece also matches my daughter's PJs. It seems we have a color trend in this house, now that I think about it my husband has red hair, but he wouldn't pose for my post lol.

 

_Tutorial-Images-33

Get on the Flat Felled Seam making bandwagon! Whether it is making cool jeans or exploring your Pojagi improvisational abilities. 

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and please share your thoughts with me!

 

Laucara




How to Sew a Quilted Puffy Scarf- DIY Sewing Tutorial

Hello Makers, 

Are you staying warm? With Minnesota reaching well into the negative degrees Fahrenheit, having to go outside is chilling to the bone. Anytime it's winter, I always take the opportunity to use Art Gallery Fabrics substrates, because they are just the best to sew with. While I was looking through my fabric stash, I saw these lovely rayon prints in “Manhattan’s Foliage” by Bari J., “Honey”, and “Soleil Stripes” that I had to use! I was inspired by all the puffy accessories being created that I thought it would be a great idea to create my own version of a puffy scarf. This luxurious substrate is super soft against the skin yet durable and perfect for creating accessories and apparel!

With an amazing drape, incredible colors, and prints to choose from, the hardest part will be choosing a favorite. I couldn't just choose one either, so I choose to use up all of the rayon I had to make one for myself, my sister, and her husband! 

365_FifthAvenue_fabric_39

I am so happy about the end result! There were people walking by us while filming asking about where we got our scarves from, and what a good feeling it was to say that it was HANDMADE! This puffy scarf is super easy to make, and you'll have fun sewing it. 

Here are the materials Needed: 

-One Yard of Art Gallery Fabrics Rayon

-Poly-fil 

-Woven Interfacing

-Matching Thread

 Enjoy my video tutorial below, and if you have any questions, please let them in the comments below.

Happy Sewing, 

Melissa 


Celebrate the Spring Season: Pollinate Fabrics

Pollinate_banner BLOG

Is anyone else a Spring baby? My birthday is at the end of March, and of course, Springtime is one of my favorite times of the year! Last year during spring, the world turned upside down and we can all admit it has been a wild ride, but I’m so thankful to have found a new hobby that brought me joy to my life- Gardening! I started my gardening journey 6 months ago, by creating my own little raised bed in my backyard, and as soon as my first tomato seed sprouted, I fell in love. Now that spring season is around the corner, I am so excited to share that I should be harvesting some juicy tomatoes soon. The reason I brought this up today is that as soon as I saw Jessica Swift’s POLLINATE fabric collection, it brought me to a special place of happiness. Pollinate is enriched in bold colors, singing birds, and cheerful florals, signifying everything I have to look forward to in the upcoming season. 

Today couldn’t be any more perfect, as we share the details and beauty of this collection. Wait till you see all the amazing quilts and talented makers involved in this lookbook, and you’ll be looking forward to something too! Now with these fabrics, you can bring the wonders of nature right into your sewing room.

Pollinate Fabric Bundle (10)*Available in 12 quilting cotton prints

 

In our lookbooks, we love to give our designer’s a questionnaire, so we can know the lovely story about their collection. When I received Jessica Swift’s answers back, It was such a joy to find out that she was inspired by the gardens magically sprouting through this season. It’s always nice to hear where others get their inspiration from, especially since she lives on the (Pacific Northwest) opposite side of the country than me! 

Pollinate Maureen 4 copy*Featuring prints: Springbloom, Windscatter, and Planted Perfection.

Did you know that the first print created in this collection was “Springbloom”? It’s one of my favorites, the deep blue background and the pops of pink and orange are so eye-catching! One of the best parts of these fabrics is the variety of prints offered, from large-scaled florals like “Abundant Meadow” and the small & playful blenders like “Windscatter” and “Planted Perfection” make every print work amazing together. 

Pollinate Knit 1*Windsong Joy in Knit

Pollinate Rayon 1*Seedmap Dim in Rayon

Use these refreshing prints for any patchwork project to bring out the season’s bliss. Not only do you have 12 quilting cotton prints to play with, but there is also 1 knit & rayon print to create an endless amount of home decor, DIY accessories, and apparel!  

Here are some of our matching Elements (blenders) suggestions that pairs perfectly with Pollinate fabrics: 

Pollinate Fabric Bundle (17) copy*Featuring Pure Solids in Ocean Waves & Tigerlilly, Oval Elements in Crocus, Squared Elements in Kings Road Lemon.

More matching Elements not pictured:

PURE Solids: Lemonade, Apricot Crepe, Nocturnal, Raspberry Rose, Peach Sherbet, Sweet Pink, and Crystalline.

Oval Elements: Chartreuse

 

Take a look at all the projects made with this collection by checking out the lookbook below for tons of sewing content! 

 

View our blooming “Wild Flowers” free quilt pattern below!

Pollinate Mockup Quilt copyDOWNLOAD HERE

Pollinate Fabric Bundle BLOG

Get your hands on the perfect spring collection and enter for a chance to win a Fat Quarter bundle of Pollinate by CLICKING HERE! It’s so simple to enter, all you need is an email that you can fill in. The giveaway ends on Friday, February 19, and the winner will be emailed and announced right here on the blog. 

THE WINNER IS SUZ GREEN! CONGRATS! PLEASE CHECK YOUR EMAIL TO REDEEM YOUR PRIZE

For every collection, we have a hashtag, so if you are ever wondering what other makers are creating with a fabric collection, you can always search for the hashtag on social media! All you have to do is look up #AGF + the collection name, for example, Pollinate’s hashtag is #AGFPollinate. So, make sure you share with us what you’re up to with this collection, and you never know, you might be even featured on our #AGFMakerMonday spotlight! Thank you for coming along on this journey with me, and let me know what you’re looking forward to sewing with this collection in the comments below. 

 

Until next time,

Happy Sewing!

 

-Jannelle 


100% Floral Collection: The Flower Society

TheFlowerSociety_banner

Can anyone have enough floral prints? The answer is always no, haha! The greatest part about floral prints is that there isn’t just one kind but tons of styles to choose from. There’s graphic, ditsy, retro, painterly, the list goes on, and that’s when the “The Flower Society” was born. We wanted to challenge ourselves to create the ULTIMATE floral collection that contained everything you ever wanted that not only fits your style but works together as a collection. Easily add these fabrics to your stash as a supporting print, a blender with character, or choose one to make it the star of the show! 

Fulfill your floral addiction with The Flower Society, where florals are more than just a print but a lifestyle! Containing tons of variety and saturated prints ranging in dark, moody, simple, modern, ditsy, and retro. There’s a style for everyone in this 100% floral collection.

TFS-Fabric00-optimized*Available in 16 quilting cotton prints

Talk about eye-catching! Don’t get me wrong, as much as I love earthy colors, colors that are dark, moody, and bold, hold a special place in my heart. Sometimes you want to stand out and choose colors that make a statement! The Flower Society is just that striking. Since most prints are small-scaled, yet high contrast, they work great together to make any patchwork project come to life. I’d love to see dresses, pillowcases, scarves, that are simple but allow the print to have all the attention! 

TFS Fabric32 copy*Featuring prints: Retro Prairie Blush, Windswept Nocturnal, Gentle Rosebud Solar, and Wild at Heart. 

Now, this collection is quite different from other AGF collections, although there is still a variety of scale in these fabrics the main focus is how the florals are placed. Some are very evenly spaced out like “Gentle Rosebud Solar” making it ideal for small patchwork projects because it is a non-directional print. But there are still options for fussy cutting with prints like “Wild at Heart” that have groups of florals closer together that you can easily cut into a center of quilt block! 

TFS Fabric35 copy*Rayon prints in Retro Prairie Blush and Dreamlike Daisies

 

You can’t have a floral collection without some rayon fabrics! Available in 2 rayon prints, the possibilities for garments just got bigger, from a darker floral to a vivid pink print option, you can make apparel and accessories for any occasion.

If you want to give these prints the spotlight, pair them with some of our matching Elements (blenders), here are some we suggest:

*Featuring PURE Solids in Turmeric & Dried Carrot and  Floral Elements in Hay & Winter Wheat.

More matching Elements not pictured:

PURE Solids: Quartz Pink, Caviar, Tile Blue, Flamingo, and Forest Night.

Floral Elements: Fuchsia, Tropical Green, and Blue Lagoon.

 

Take a look at all the projects made with this collection by checking out the lookbook below for tons of sewing content! 

 

View our stunning “Camellia” free quilt pattern below!

The Flower Society Quilt Mockup 2 copyDOWNLOAD HERE


TFS Fabric21 copy


Get your hands on the perfect floral collection and enter for a chance to win a Fat Quarter bundle of The Flower Society by CLICKING HERE! It’s so simple to enter, all you need is an email that you can fill in. Also, if you have friends that would enjoy these fabrics too, just share the link with them! Two chances are always better than one, right? Only if you or your friend are willing to share, hehe!

The giveaway ends on Friday, February 5th, and the winner will be emailed and announced right here on the blog. 

THE WINNER IS Paula Cornell! CONGRATS! PLEASE CHECK YOUR EMAIL TO REDEEM YOUR PRIZE!

For every collection, we have a hashtag, so if you are ever wondering what other makers are creating with a fabric collection, you can always search for the hashtag on social media! All you have to do is look up #AGF + the collection name, for example, The Flower Society’s hashtag is #AGFTheFlowerSociety. So, make sure you share with us what you’re up to with this collection, and you never know, you might be even featured on our #AGFMakerMonday spotlight! Thank you for reading this far along, and don’t forget to let me know what your sewing plans are in the comments below. 

 

Until next time,

Happy Sewing!

-Jannelle 

 

 


Valentine’s Day Free Sewing Projects

Hello, my fellow creators!

I am back with some exciting projects because I don’t know about you, but I will take any holiday as an excuse to start sewing! Valentine’s Day is around the corner and I was really excited to put together some of my favorite free patterns that you can make just in time for the big. There is something for everyone here, whether you want to quilt for a loved one or smaller projects for friends, you’ll find it right here. 

Everlasting_Flowers_1Wrapped Bouquets

Featuring Everlasting by Sharon Holland

DOWNLOAD PATTERN

 

Fusions Ballerina Pillows 1Marianne Pillows

Featuring Ballerina Fusion by AGF 

DOWNLOAD PATTERN

 

Fusions Bachelorette Quilt 2 5Hearts

Featuring Bachelorette Fusions by AGF 

DOWNLOAD PATTERN

 

Blocks - mockup_2 copyDancing Blooms Block

Featuring Flowerette by AGF Studio

DOWNLOAD PATTERN

 

EDIT_IMG_3934Scalloped Tote

Featuring PURE Solids, Signature, and Bloomsbury Fabrics

DOWNLOAD PATTERN

 

These are just some of my favorites! Ranging from beginner-friendly bouquets wraps to a little more challenging projects like handbags, and for any experienced quilters, we have a quilt block and a quilt to add to your sewing list. 

But here’s the best part of it all, the fun doesn’t end here! If you don’t follow us on Pinterest, you definitely should now as we are always making boards filled with tons of sewing inspiration. You’ll find projects for every occasion and holiday, and now there is a Valentine’s Day project board filled with 20+ FREE sewing projects that you can download with just a click of a button.  Be inspired by all this sewing content and all the dreamy fabrics featured that are ideal for these projects!

 

SEE PINTEREST BOARD HERE

 

If anyone is sewing for the season, please let me know in the comments below what you’re working on. As always, I’d love to see what you’re making on social media, so don’t forget to tag your makes under the hashtag #artgalleryfabrics.

 

Happy Valentine’s Day,

-Jannelle 

 

 

 


#AGFMakersSpotlight - Elizabeth Bolten

Hi Makers,

In every blog post that I share a collection with you all, I always encourage people to tag their makes on Instagram with us so we can see it! There is nothing more exciting for us than to see all you talented people create beautiful things with our fabrics. And how can we not share the love?! We dedicate our Mondays to shine a spotlight on those that tag their makes on Instagram using the hashtag, so we can see them and we couldn’t be more grateful for everyone that participates. Not only do you inspire us, but you also inspire everyone in the sewing community! 

With that, I’m thrilled to introduce our first #AGFMAKERSSPOTLIGHT feature to you, “Elizabeth Bolten”! She is an incredible quilter that keeps pushing the boundaries of modern quilting, and we can’t help to be swooned by the AGF quilts she has shared with us. It’s been a pleasure getting to know the person behind these photos, and I can’t wait for all of you to get to know her a little better and hear her story! 

Maker Spotlight Banner copy

Elizabeth Quilts 1 #rebachristinequilt (Pattern by Elizabeth Bolten) featuring Pacha & Kismet fabric collection and PURE Solids.

Elizabeth Quilts 5#rhythmquilt (Pattern by Brittany from Lo & Behold Stitchery) featuring Sirena fabric collection + PURE Solids.

Elizabeth Quilts 2#nightingalequilt (Pattern by Brittany from Lo & Behold Stitchery) featuring Serenity Fusion & Earthen fabric collection with Decostitch Elements and PURE Solids.

Elizabeth Quilts 3#rebachristinequilt (Pattern by Elizabeth Bolten) featuring Homebody fabric collection and PURE Solids.

Elizabeth Quilts 4#solarflarequilt (Pattern by Amber from Alderwood Studio) featuring PURE Solids and Observer fabric collection.

 

Hi Elizabeth! Congratulations on being our first "AGF Maker Spotlight" feature! Can you please tell us a little bit about your background and how you got into quilting? 

Thanks so much for having me, it’s an honor! Oh gosh, I grew up with a grandma who was an avid seamstress/quilter her entire life who passed that onto me, and a mom who is an artist. Creativity has always been encouraged and nurtured in our family. I inhaled every art class and medium as a kid/teen and that continued into college. I’m (quite a bit) older now and that still hasn’t changed though I have settled into quilting on a daily basis. I love designing projects and then seeing them come to life. Having a creative outlet is so important. 

 

What are you inspired by?

Every form of Art. Nature. My kids & husband. The unexpected. Life. I’m so glad we live in the digital age where it’s so easy to capture ideas the moment they happen, take photos of what inspires us, communicate, and create in real-time. It’s amazing to think how difficult it must have been before technology when everything wasn’t truly at our fingertips.

 

Describe your design style in three words. 

This is a hard one. Hmmm...  Artful. Timeless. Innovative.

 

Why sew with Art Gallery Fabrics? 

I love this question because I’m smitten. I started out using fabrics from all of the manufacturers, there are just so many to choose from you know? After making several projects I quickly realized AGF stood out from the rest. AGF is so consistent with unique, elegant, and artistic designs, I think that is what first caught my attention. And then... you really can feel the difference and that MATTERS. Every project we make with fabric we touch, use, hold, snuggle up with, so yes that super soft OEKO-TEX certified poplin cotton? It matters! AGF does not fray and this is such a big one for me. The first time I made a quilt top using only AGF I stood there, looking at the back of it dumbfounded, there was literally no-fray! That was the first time I’d experienced that, usually I'd have to trim the "hairs'' on my quilt tops and I don’t miss that at all. I can use all of AGF’s dark colors with confidence that they will not bleed. I used their PURE Solids in “Candied Cherry '' as a background last fall and so many people DM'd me really concerned about my quilt bleeding... I was reassuring everyone for weeks! But I get it, red, dark colors, they bleed with most manufacturers so it can be scary to trust that they won’t. I even tested it once, putting Candied Cherry in scalding water, then got sidetracked and forgot all about it... all day. I came back to it in the evening and the water was still clear. AGF also doesn’t shrink, having experienced how much shrinkage happens with some manufacturers, I’m always happy to know that AGF fabrics don’t and that means my projects stay the size they are meant to be without me having to prewash. AGF PURE Solids are vivid, beautiful hues, shades, and tints... they absolutely sing in projects. Last summer, I started using AGF exclusively for all of these reasons, it’s hard to use anything else now. Since switching to and carrying AGF in our shop I have had the pleasure of connecting with many of the AGF crew who are always amazing to work with, and that is the icing on one very delicious cake. 

 

How do you stay motivated with your sewing projects?

 I plan out every project before I begin, sometimes in my head, sometimes on "paper", from start to finish. What design elements I’m after, what palette of colors, prints, and textures will best bring the idea to life, what the pattern should look like, if its a quilt what FMQ or panto design will best speak to the overall aesthetic, where the finished quilt should be photographed, and the meaning/feeling I’d like it to evoke. I keep making revisions until I’m level 10 excited about it, then I can't wait to get started and that energy stays until it’s complete. I’ve learned not to start anything that I’m not level 10 about because those... well, they never get finished! 

 

Any words of advice to those new to quilting or who are interested in starting? 

Best advice: 1. Learn the basics but don’t ever feel like there is only one right way to something. The right way is whatever way works best for YOU and that is different for each of us. It’s ok if what/how you do things is different than others. Honestly, in a social media world where there is so much sameness, it’s better. Lean into YOU and enjoy every moment without worry that you aren’t doing it right. You are. 2. Enjoy the process of learning and keep pushing your boundaries every time you start to get comfortable. 3. Know what inspires you and create from that place. Try not to get pulled into the influence of what is trending (it’s hard!). This community needs your unique perspective, and creativity can’t thrive when following. 

 

What’s next on your sewing list? 

Ahhh...  I mean, what isn’t?! I have new design ideas spilling out for all of these new collections AND I equally love playing with the AGF book of existing prints. It really is the very best playground! 

 

5 things you can’t live without. 

Family. Daily creative time. Being outdoors/traveling/camping. Differing perspectives. Plants. COFFEE. Good food. That is more than 5, isn’t it... 

 

Where can other makers find your work? 

IG: @elizabethboltenstudio  

Web: elizabethboltenstudio.com  

Come hang out!

 

 

Thank you so much Elizabeth for allowing us to share your story and your beautiful makes! Please show some love in the comments below and make sure you follow her on Instagram for more quilty goodness. To everyone who has been posting under the hashtag, THANK YOU!

 

Until next time,

Happy sewing!

-Jannelle