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Summer in Winter?! - How to make a "Windswept" Quilt Block

Hello Makers,

Still in a holiday daze from all the Christmas fun I had with my family and friends. Back in the office and ready to burn off all those extra cookie calories! January is approaching and not only is it the start to a new year but also can be one of the coldness months out of the year! Which is why I think it’s perfect timing for the release of Sunkissed fabrics! Ready for that winter cruise or maybe you are already planning a fun trip someplace warm for Spring Break?

In Florida we are always feeling the Summer Vibes and with Maureen Cracknell’s new fabric collection called Sunkissed  you will feel it too.

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Ready to add another block to your collection? I just sewed up the magical looking “Windswept” Block, all the yellows, corals and greens are so electrifying.

 

For more beachy vibes make sure to check out our New Sunkissed Lookbook!

Let me know in the comments which prints you gravitate to!

 

Happy Sewing,

Meli


Color Master of the Month: Emerald Stone

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2019 is here!! Who’s ready for a new start? I’d say looking back, 2018 was a good year for me, filled with fun memories and fun trips with friends. I also got more into sewing home decor, and making handmade gifts! Now that it’s a new start with a new year, I’m kicking off 2019 with my favorite color: Emerald Green. If you know me, you’d say I have a small obsession with the color because my room walls are painted green and even my office desk is filled with green accessories (mugs, coasters, mouse pad and pens!) I guess you can say I’m a little excited to start the year with January’s Color Master in “Emerald Stone!” This bundle is filled with green jewel tones and a mood board that represents what this color is all about: “growth, renewal, and prosperity.”

With this wide variety of tones, take your fabric projects to the next level! All you need is one bundle to make a project that's perfect for the month, and you can get it in two sizes: Fat Quarters or Half yards.

Here are some projects from the lookbooks that you can make with our “Color Master” fabrics!

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Fabric Bin #1: Featuring the print “Trailing Agave”, this fabric bin is great to organize your fabric scraps, misplaced threads, or even use them as your current project bag. A place to have all your necessities for your current project in one place. Finished sizes, Small bin: 12 ½" x 5", Medium bin: 14" x 6" & Large bin: 16 ½" x 8".

Plenum Quilt #2: Using the entire "Color Master" to create this gorgeous, green quilt! An explosion of color using our signature quality cotton, combined with an original and unique project. If you’re interested in only making the Plenum Quilt with the box, then check out our Plenum Kit, which includes a 10-piece bundle (FQ or HY sizes), two additional fabrics for background, accents, and easy-to-follow instructions.

Joyful Striped Pillow #3: A beginner-friendly and Fat Quarter friendly pillow! What more can you ask for? Featuring the print  “To Live by Joyful,” you can add some fun red or white fabrics strips to make a fun festive pillow. Finished size: 16" × 16"

This “Color Master” bundle can give you the option of using just one print or several to compliment any of your sewings designs. Although this bundle highlights the color green, each print has distinct hues that make it easy to pair with other projects. For example, the print called Moment in Time Light”  (Print shown below, circled in red) has orange florals, light pinks, and yellows that can help piece together other fabrics with a matching color palette.

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Imagine all the possibilities that can be done and if you still need some DIY ideas, we hosted a color fun series post talking all about a bundle that includes green and how you can pair it with other colored fabrics! Remember that this box is there for your convenience, it has many uses! The “Color Master Box” can keep your fabrics organized and neatly displayed for easy finding, or you can share the love because it’s perfectly curated in a box for an easy present!

Too excited to get straight to the fabric?! Well, we have some exciting news for you! You can get the “Emerald Stone” edition in a BUNDLE. If you missed our big reveal on our social media last week, we now offer our Color Master’s in both BOX and BUNDLE! The bundle option is there for anyone ready to be cut and be sewn right away, also available in FQ or HY!

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If you're a fabric lover or know one in your life, these group of fabrics would be the perfect gift or you treat yourself by finding them in our online stores.

If you’re creating a sewing project using a “Color Master” fabrics, please feel free to share it with us on social media and use the hashtag #AGFColorMaster.   

Let's start the year with a BANG! What’s on your sewing list for 2019?

Happy sewing,

Jannelle

 

 

 

 


Summery Vibes: Sun Kissed Fabric Collection

Even though it's technically winter, here in Florida we're used to warm sunshine this time of year! You'll often find us Floridians decorating palm tress with Christmas lights, and there's been several years where I've even gone to the beach on New Year's Day with the family. 

With this in mind, we decided to stick to what we know and bring in some warmer climates with Maureen Cracknell’s latest collection, Sun Kissed! Inspired by soaking up the sunshine and glowing skin after a cool swim, this fabric line features cute smiley suns, swimming pool tiles, tropical florals and palm trees swaying in a relaxing breeze. It's like one big tropical dream. 

With a color palette of ocean blues, cherry reds and citrus fused yellows, Sun Kissed is sure to create a “island escape” feel in your sewing projects.  From “summer time” feeling quilts, throw pillows, rugs, beachy accessories, and effortless, resort-inspired garments for strolling along a boardwalk, you’ll definitely have some “fun in the sun” sewing with these twenty prints!

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For more beachy inspired projects that include quilts, garments and home decor patterns, head over to our "Sun Kissed Fabirc Lookbook!" 

 

 

Here's our lovely "Sun Spots Quilt" made by Maureen Cracknell for you to enjoy, just click the below link for the FREE pattern:

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Congratulations to our winner, Sarah Zimmerman! Please check your email to claim your prize. :)

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Hope you enjoy our last collection of this year and wishing you all have a happy, healthy 2019! 

Keep creating,

- Sophia 


Top 5 DIY Festive Pillows

Festive pillows

One of my favorite things to do during the holidays is get together with my family, and spend a day decorating the house while listening to Christmas music. We always split the tasks within our household. My mom always decorates the tree, my dad puts up the Christmas lights outside, and I”m always in charge of decorating the inside of the house. ‘Till this day, I love making my home feel all cozy with our festive table runners, fancy dinner plates, and filling the house with vanilla cinnamon spiced candles! Yum! Of course, we couldn’t forget the pillows to add for that special touch, and to cuddle with after eating a big meal! If you love decorating your home, here’s my favorite festive pillows (all with patterns) that you can create. They also make cute gifts for the holidays too!

  1. White Winter Pillow: Using our Sparkler Fusion fabrics, we’ve created this neutral colored picture perfect for the winter months. Finished size: 20'' x 20''
  2. Bias Weave Pillow: Using Katarina Rocella’s Blithe fabric collection, Nicole Young created this oversized pillow to showcase the fabric but small enough to tackle instead of a starting a quilt. Finished size: 26'' x 23''
  3. Let it Snow Pillow: One year, we created this pillow for Bernina, also using Blithe fabrics, that was super duper fun to make and to display in your home! Finished size: 20'' x 20''
  4. Wooly & Friends Pillow: With the cool tones of Lambkin fabric collection by Bonnie Christine, this pillow stands out with it’s triangle shape and its very cozy creature, “Sir. Wooly!” Finished size: 14''x 14''
  5. Enchanted Forest Pillow: Last but not least, we have this fun pointed pillows that can be put at any corner of a room! Also, easy to make with the included template. Finished size: 4’’x 6’’, 5 ¼'' x 8½'', 6'' x 10½''

 

Wishing everyone a lovely holiday season,

-Jannelle

 

 

 

 


Impactful Sewing - How to Make a "Double Tulip" Block

Hey There Fabric Friends,

Do you gravitate to certain color palettes when you are designing quilts? Are there colors that you haven’t quite explored yet? For me red and black are two colors that just haven’t entered it’s way into my quilty brain but with the release of AGF’s new Fusions collection Silkroad everything has changed! I had the pleasure of sewing up the Free Quilt Pattern featuring Silkroad called “Shoji”, it was such a delight and I quickly fell in love with the elegant, regal feel the colors portrayed  to me. I knew for my next block video I had to find a block worthy of these rich colors which is why I chose the “Double Tulip” Block!

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There was quite a bit of piecing in this 12” block but I am excited about the outcome! Enjoy the video below and have fun  finding your favorite prints from the collection. Mine is by far the “Magnolia Study” print. The super rich red background and the hand drawn black and white blooms are sooo stunning.

 

 

Don’t forget to check out our new Lookbook filled with projects made with this romantic collection.

 

Happy Sewing,

Meli  


My Photo Stash - Mini Quilt (Magnificent Sunset)

Hello everyone!

I am really excited to be back, I am typing exactly as I'm speaking because I cannot control the excitement.

Last time I wrote here, I shared with you my new source of inspiration. If you want to read that story again, or if you haven't read it please CLICK HERE.

I took all those beautiful fabrics in bright colours and I started playing around to create a mini quilt for the wall.

Here are the fabrics because: VIBRANT!

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I confess I did a bit of pre-design on the computer, but actually when I started placing things in real life I liked it even more. Here is a photo I took with my phone while I was placing pieces around:

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Quilting police: please don't come after me, I am just a girl standing in front of some beautiful fabric with extreme happiness to create the things I see in my mind. Having said that here is a close up of my baby:

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I decided to knot it instead of quilting it because I was sewing at home and Lolita Jazz, my sister's cat (also my goddaughter), lives by the machine. This way I could do it in my room. I also love knotted quilts, they have this nostalgia and calm-process feeling. I would be happy making knots all day, drinking tea by the fire because I like corny. I'm looking for corny in my life (this is a reference to the movie The Holiday).

Here is the final project:

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I wouldn't normally gravitate toward these colours. I stick to primary red, jet black and crisp white, but I had to do it. That photo (also framed on the table) and its tones inspired me SO MUCH. 

Because of that, I am doing a giveaway of the Pure Elements I used here, hoping it will also inspire many of you to create.

To enter, please leave a comment below telling me about a photo that moves you and the kind of project it will inspire you to make. I will choose my favourite before the year ends and then contact the winner so that she/he will get new fabric for the NEW YEAR!

I wish all of you the happiest times during the holidays, may you share many laughs and enjoy time together with your loved ones. We don't need as many gifts as we are made to believe, but we do need present moments (without phones). If we are going to have gifts may they be intentional and made with love.

As always: ROCK N' SEW!

Lauv

 *** GIVEAWAY CLOSED ***

The stories I chose are from: Rosemary Bolton & Pat Anderson

Thanks to everyone for sharing, may we share & create more this 2019