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HOW TO MAKE A “CHRISTMAS STAR” BLOCK- HOLIDAY QUILTING!

Christmas in July? Yes, please! Who else is crazy about the winter season? I have to tell ya I am definitely not a fan of the cold and the weather can be quite miserable at times but there is something that always fascinates me about this time of year. I love the music, getting together with family and friends and all the traditions that come along with the season.

I also enjoy making handmade gifts, holiday ornaments and festive decor to decorate my home. Which is why I have never been more excited to talk about AGF’s new Collective Collection called Merry and Bright!

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Since our prints are so versatile and can often be grouped together to create a certain mood or theme for sewing projects, we decided to start creating new groups called “Collective!” For this first group, we were really inspired by winter and cozy feels, so we curated whimsy prints from various collections and designers.

I love the winter whites, greens, reds and blues! I chose the perfect block to make with this collection called the “Christmas Star” block! Who likes jumbo blocks! This block measures out to be 16” squared and can be perfect to turn into a holiday pillow or an easy to put together quilt top.

 

Have fun watching the video tutorial below!

 

Wanna see all the prints offered in Merry and Bright? I made a fun fabric haul video for a up-close look. I would love for you to watch this video below and comment with your favorite holiday tradition! I love reading all your comments! :) Check out our Fabric LookBook here

 



Happy Sewing,

Meli


Beginner's Journey: First time Binding

It’s that time again to learn something new to hopefully one day make an entire quilt! But for now, I want to make sure I know how to do everything step-by-step, so when I finally get started on the big project, it will look the best.

Today, I asked my trustee sewing wizard “Meli” to teach me how to bind. I had some leftover 1 ½ ‘’ strip pieces when I was making a bordered square block using #BundleUp in “Americana” edition and make one long piece for the binding. 

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Untitled-1I was told there’s two types of binding- a single and double fold binding. I took a picture to visually understand the difference because I didn’t understand until I had the fabric in my hands. Since I had a narrower piece and I didn’t want to waste it, we’ve decided to use single binding because it required less fabric (pictured on the left).  

IMG_3221For a single fold bind, we had to sew right sides together, fold over the raw edges and press to the other side of the block and sew again. This method was a little more complicated because you can easily pull over the fabric too much and when you sew the piece down, you’ll realize that the edge of the fabric didn't get sewn on. 

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You’ll see what I mean in the picture above because in some parts the stitching is only going halfway. Next time I practice some binding, I will try to do a double fold as it’s much easier to get a more even stitch since I don’t have to fold it multiple times. 

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At least what matters is that the front looks good, right? Haha! I'm proud of my little project, and I can't wait to keep practicing! Here some quick lessons I learned from this session:

  1. Make sure you sew a long strip enough to cover the whole border. 
  2. Single fold binding is great if your strip isn’t wide enough.
  3. Make sure you get tight corners! Mel taught me to sew right off the corner so when I fold the fabric I have a perfect edge.
  4. Use a walking foot on your sewing machine to help you guide the fabric.
  5. CLIPS!! Put as many as you feel comfortable using. 
  6. Don’t fold the fabric over too tightly because when you sew in the ditch, it won’t sew the edge of the fabric on the back.

The is the first time binding so I plan on doing different methods to see which works best for me. I’ve watched a lot of YouTube videos on how to do bind but every video, everyone had their own way of doing it! If you have a specific way or tip you can share with me, please let me know in the comments below. 

 

Till next time,

Jannelle 

 

 

 


Christmas in July: Merry & Bright Collection

Anyone else preppin’ for the "most wonderful time of the year," a.k.a. Christmas in July?! 

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I know a lot of us get a jump start on holiday sewing this month which is definitely a fun way to take a break from the summer heat, cool off in the air conditioning and get ahead on that big gift list. Handmade gifts definitely take time, especially when it comes to quilting! If you're searching for some fabric to use with your holiday-inspired projects, look no further! We got you covered with options. 

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Introducing our first ever, holiday-inspired collective, “Merry & Bright” that’s filled with whimsy prints from designers like Amy Sinibaldi, Pat Bravo, Maureen Cracknell, Katarina Roccella and Bonnie Christine. Inspired by winter and cozy feels, you’ll discover snow-covered forests, twinkling stars, mistletoe, ribbons, and berries. 

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Grounded in a color palette of frosted berry, evergreen and vanilla cream, these 10 prints are great for quilts, pillows, wall art, and gift giving! "Merry & Bright" is our first ever holiday-inspired collection so we're super excited to share it with you, and hope it brings your sewing lots of joy. 🌲🌟 It's available now in stores too! 

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Now that you're familiar with our latest collection, check out our "Merry & Bright Fabric Lookbook" that filled with tons of holiday ideas! 

Here's our whimsy "Noel Quilt" that's great to add to any wall! Click the link below for the FREE pattern:

Download Quilt Pattern

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AGF Pure Solids Blog Tour Recap

Hello, Makers! 

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You may have heard about the latest addition to Pure Solids, but in case you haven’t- we added 20 NEW COLORS! Last week, our lovely AGF Sewcialite, Elizabeth Chappell decided to showcase #PureSolids in a fun way. She reached out to a handful of talented makers and started the AGF Pure Solids Blog Tour (link to her blog). Every day they shared on their social media what they decided to make, along with a pattern that Elizabeth is planning on releasing soon. Although the tour has come to an end, these makers talent deserve a major spotlight so here’s a quick recap if you missed it: 

Day 1, @thewillowmarket stretched her creative abilities and created her first ever all solids mini quilt! Filled with beautiful color and texture, while using #xmarksthespotquilt pattern. 

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Day 2, Rachel from @wren.collective made her debut using #overtherainbow quilt pattern! With this earthy color palette, it was the perfect wall art piece. 

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Day 3, @loandbeholdstitchery also used the #xmarksthespot quilt pattern but with an ombre effect, taking it to a whole other direction.

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On day 4, @simplymackbeth decided to brighten up the day with an #overtherainbow quilt! She took a simple approach, but paired it with her impressive quilting skills to really elevate the look. 

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Day 5, a veteran of using Pure Solids, @morgankellyquilts, showcased her super cozy #xmarksthespotquilt by choosing a softer color palette and completing the vibe with Bonnie Christine’s print as the backing. 

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Last stop on this tour- Day 6 with @stitchandbundle’s debut! She mixed some soft and bold colors and alternated it on her version of #xmarksthespotquilt. 

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A round of applause for these ladies! I really enjoyed seeing what colors each would choose and especially observing how each maker’s style comes through to their final project. Make sure to follow them on their social media to get a full grasp of their talent and also follow Elizabeth’s account as she will be announcing her new quilt patterns very soon. 

 

Who did you enjoy the most on this blog tour? What would you love to see made with our Pure Solids? Let me know in the comments below! 

 

Happy sewing,

Jannelle  

 

 


Sewing with AGF Canvas!

Let's talk AGF canvas! Okay first off, have you ever sewn with our canvas?! 

I remember the first time I touched our canvas, I was instantly surprised by the softness and lightness of it. It didn't feel like your typical rough and heavy material that often comes to mind when you think of this substrate! 

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Our canvas fabric comes in a wide selection of colors and designs, and is ideal for upholstery, home decor, garments and much more! Did you know AGF canvas fabric is sturdy enough for structured projects yet soft enough for apparel?! From classic florals to modern geometrics, and typography prints, there are tons of different prints to choose so you can create a wide range of unique projects. Unlike most competitors, our canvas is lightweight and unexpectedly soft! With a cotton blend that adds some wrinkle resistance to the fabric, our canvas is a great option for outer garments like blazers, jackets or even a pair of cute overalls. Its also OEKO-TEX certified, so it's free from harmful chemicals! 

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Here are some quick tips about sewing with our canvas (just in case you need a refresher)!

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Because we want you to feel MORE COMFORTABLE and CONFIDENT with sewing using this substrate, we put together a "Canvas Fabric Lookbook" for you that has TONS of inspiring ideas! :) 

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Beginner's Journey: First Time Sewing with Canvas

Hello again, makers!

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Today I’m excited to have started a new chapter in my sewing journey, and it was to use another substrate I wasn’t familiar with. I really wanted to learn more about our canvas substrate, so what better to make a project with it? First thing, I thought of sewing was a tote because I wouldn’t be afraid of cutting a lot of pieces, and it could also be simple enough for any beginner to make! I started this project on the first day of summer so I was inspired by the summery canvas print “Mexican Morning Dress” by Dana Willard to make the perfect tote for a beach day, or a trip to the farmer’s market.

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I have to admit, I was a little intimidated on working with this canvas because I really did not want to mess up such a beauty of a print! I also wanted to use as much of it as I could without being wasteful. But to my surprise, working with this fabric was (dare I say) even easier than working with cotton! It was so soft but it has a sturdiness that made it easy to cut and sew on.

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Oh, snap! Check me out, sewing away!  With my sewing wizard, “Meli” by my side, she guided me through the entire process. A fun thing about this tote bag is that it’s totally customizable. I wanted to make it rectangular shaped, so it could be long enough to fit a rolled-up towel or some fresh baguettes! I cut out 16’’ by 21’’ rectangles and repeated that cut on the inner lining which I decided to use a cotton print by Dana called “Windmill Magenta” from her Blush collection.

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Here are some close-ups while I was sewing that I thought would be nice to take note of. I sewed with a ½’’ seam allowance all around and made 2 ½‘’ boxed corners. I measured my straps and made sure to sew it on the bag several times, so it could be extra sturdy.

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Before you knew it, I was done! My first tote ever and the first time sewing with some yummy, Art Gallery Fabrics canvas. I learned a lot of new skills while making this, like making the straps, boxed corners, and some topstitching action. But to go into more details:

  1. Make sure your pieces are even when cutting the rectangles because if not when you start sewing everything together, things will get wonky really fast.
  2. Once you cut the perfect rectangle, use that piece as your template.
  3. Using a thicker needle, normally used for denim helped a lot when sewing the thick parts of the straps together.
  4. When you’re sewing the lining to the bag, make sure you leave a big enough hole, so when you flip it inside out- the whole bag can fit through.
  5. Match your seams when sewing the boxed corners, you’ll be able to feel it with your fingers.

 

Lastly, don’t be afraid of sewing something new! I was timid going at this in the beginning, thinking it would be more difficult sewing with the substrate but it turned out to be the exact opposite. I am super excited to start using my tote, especially knowing that’ll last me forever and it's ready to do some heavy duty work. If you have any tips with this canvas or another project you would like to see me tackle with this substrate, let me know in the comments below!  

 

Till next time,

Jannelle