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Holiday Sewing with Cozy and Joyful Fabrics by Maureen Cracknell

Hello Makers,

Have you started sewing for the Holiday’s yet? With just a few short weeks of Summer left Fall is coming quicker than we think. This morning it was in the lower 50s in Minnesota and I already started unpacking my winter clothes! In a matter of days department stores will have their holiday decor set up and we will already be thinking of people on our gift giving list! As makers we make more then we buy present, or at least we try too!  So to avoid stressful sewing and all nighters getting a quilt finished in time, it’s best we all start sewing today!

 

I am so happy to share with you a Fabric Haul video featuring Cozy and Joyful Fabrics by Maureen Cracknell! This collection is filled with holiday cheer showcasing traditional holiday elements such as nutcrackers, gingerbread men and reindeer. There are also so many great blender fabrics that can be used all year around in your quilting. For holiday sewing inspiration and to learn more about Cozy and Joyful watch my fabric haul video. Make sure to check out our Fabric Project Catalog for more sewing and project ideas! 

Happy Sewing,

Meli

 


How to Sew a Pieced Reusable Face Mask

Hello Sewing Friends,

The way we run our lives have drastically changed in the past several months. I never thought in my lifetime that I would have to worry about whether or not I have a mask in my bag before I leave the house in order to go about my day. If grocery shopping wasn’t already stressful enough now we have to make sure we have our masks, stay 6 feet apart and try not to touch to many things and itch our faces!!!  In the long term all of this is not hard to follow if it means we can get rid of this virus once in for all. Here at AGF we are makers and we love to add our special touch to everything we make. We love quilting so of course the ladies from the production team designed a great pieced mask tutorial for all of us to follow! Download the mask pattern and follow along with me in the video below!

 

In todays video I make a my own version of the mask using scrap fabrics from my stash! This is a great fat quarter friendly project even though it asks for 25” long strips you can get away with using fat quarters or WOF strips you have in your scrap bin. If you don’t want to make a scrappy mask you can use a solid print or solid fabric to create your mask, its totally up to you and who you are making the mask for.

 

I made one for myself and of course my sister asked if I could make her one too, I can never say no to her. I love making things for people so I was excited to make her one! She asked for Fall inspired colors so I digged through my scrap bin to find colors that reminded me of Fall! I love pink, especially dark magenta type pinks, I think its such a flattering color to wear! So I pulled an assortment of pink prints and AGF solids for the mask I made for myself. Here we are below being our silly goofy selves!

Angela and Melissa


Here are the fabrics I used:

My Mask- 

PE- 489- Miami Sunset

PE-439- Raspberry Rose

PE-471-Sweet Macadamia

FUS-J-308- Let’s Chalk Joyful

CAP-VC-5007- Tender Grid

 

My Sisters mask- 

SPT-95228- Dance Steps Maize

PE-457- Dried Carrot

PE-408-White Linen

PE-440- Macchiato

 

I loved that the production ladies designed this mask using  strips in varying widths and placed the pattern pieces at an angles to create dimension and movement! I am going to have so much fun making more masks for family and friends using this super cute easy tutorial! My Mom has requested one in blues! So this is what us up next on my to sew list! I would love to see how your mask making turns out so make sure to share your masks on social media using #AGFtutorials or email me your project at melissa@artgalleryfabrics.com!

Happy Sewing, 

Meli

 


AGF Collection Reveals: Part 3 of 2020

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It’s that time of year again where we finally get to show you what we’ve been working on for so long now! Grab your calendars, make some room in your fabric stash, because we are so excited to bring you what AGF and our designers have in store for you in OUR NEXT ROUND OF COLLECTIONS! 🎉 Introducing new color palettes and collections that will certainly strum a chord in your quilty hearts…  Just in case you didn’t get to see it on social media, here’s a quick rundown what’s being released!

Available October 2020

Luna

 

 

 

 

Luna & Laurel by AGF Studio

 

Snow

Snow Day by Mister Domestic

 

Kismet

Kismet by Sharon Holland 

 

Available November 2020

Aquarelle

 

 

 

 

Aquarelle by Katarina Roccella

 

Homebody

Homebody by Maureen Cracknell

 

Little

Little Forester Fusion by AGF Studio, Alexandra Bordallo, Jessica Swift, Bonnie Christine, and Maureen Cracknell.

 

Available December 2020

Pollinate

Pollinate by Jessica Swift 

 

Flower

The Flower Society by AGF Studio

 

For more details on availability, prints, and upcoming free pattern, check out our “New AGF Collections Oct-Dec 2020” below! 

We are always striving to push our limits and proceed forward with bringing you beautiful fabrics, creating original collections that we hope will ignite your sewing mojo! Whatever 2020 brings our way, we can always rely on this amazing sewing community, and we can’t wait to see all of you sewing with these new collections soon. What collection are you excited for? Let me know in the comments below!

Til next time,

Jannelle

 

 


Celebrate Magical Holiday Moments in Cozy & Joyful!

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Hi Makers!

We've made it to the end of August which is a little bit more than halfway through the year and in the sewing community we know that means it is time to start working our holiday projects! Which makes me happy to present to you our latest collection, Cozy & Joyful by Maureen Cracknell. This collection celebrates the magical moments we love so much during the holiday! To the comfort and warmth of family, a steaming mug of hot cocoa, and the soft twinkle of Christmas tree lights through Maureen’s latest collection, sewing with this collection is going to make you want to start playing your favorite holiday songs while you work.

Family tradition is one of the inspirations for Maureen Cracknell in this collection, For her family, tradition is decorating their home to make it as festive and cozy as much as possible. When it came to designing this holiday collection she approached the process like if she was creating a soundtrack -- like choosing her favorite songs and created prints inspired by her family's most special seasonal traditions. Each print represents a holiday memory they've made and treasure as a family, what celebrating the season looks like in their home, with meaningful artwork to illustrate the holiday spirit they love so much!

BLOG EDIT_Cozy&Joyful_fabric_13*Available in 14 Cotton Prints 

BLOG EDIT_Cozy&Joyful_fabric_43*Available in 1 Knit Print 

BLOG EDIT_Cozy&Joyful_fabric_40*Available in 2 Rayon Prints 

Cozy & Joyful comes in 14 quilting-cotton prints, 2 rayon prints, and 1 knit print, which means you have substrates that are perfect for quilts, home decor, and apparel. Festive, cheerful, and enchanting are three words to describe this collection and lookbook. Make sure to view the Cozy & Joyful lookbook below to get you ready for your holiday projects. We recommend you view it with some holiday music in the background!

DOWNLOAD FREE QUILT PATTERN HERE

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How to Sew the Perfect Decorative Pillow FAST!

Hello Makers! 

Who loves making pillows? Are you new to quilting and sewing? Pillow's are a perfect project to tackle as your first project. Even if you are an expert quilter, pillows are a great fast finish that can be quite rewarding. I love making them as gifts as well as making a variety of pillow covers for all the different seasons. Changing out your pillow decor really helps to liven up a space throughout the year! 

Pillows are a great Fat Quarter friendly project, today I am sewing with AGF Studios Terra Kotta Fabrics and some AGF Pure Solids to match. You can choose to make a solid fabric pillow or if you want to get a bit more creative and quilty, feel free to cut strips in different widths and have fun choosing which strips you will sew together to create your pillow top.

 

When I first started quilting I was such a perfectionist and took forever to finish a project. The more experience I got I realized its not about perfection, though perfection will come with time it’s really about learning as you go and finishing a project from start to finish. You will always find the flaws as the person making it but I promise you, whether  you are gifting your make to a family member or keeping it for yourself, when you look back at the project a year from now… you will be like why did I beat myself up about this, looks pretty darn good!

 

All the materials you will need are listed below. Have fun following along to the video and I want to see your amazing makes so make sure to use the hashtag #AGFTutorials or email your pictures to marketing@artgalleryfabrics.com!

Materials to construct a 16” finished pillow:

Pillow Top Pieces:

One 17” square of fabric

One 19”  square Batting piece

One 20” square of fabric (pillow top backing)

Envelope Backing Pieces:

Two 17”x 22” rectangles

Two 17” x 11” rectangles of batting

Fabrics used:

AGF Studio Terra Kotta Fabrics

AGF Pure Solids

Other Supplies You May Need:

Rotary Cutter

Clear Quilting Ruler

Iron

Quilting and sewing thread

Pins

 

Did you know we have tons of free sewing patterns to add to your to sew list. Endless amounts of quilts, handbags, home decor and of course PILLOWS! I don’t know about you but I can never get bored of making pillows. Now that you have your first pillow project under your belt and know the basics to construct a pillow with an envelope backing I highly suggest you continue with more pillow projects to get your sewing mojo going. Next time you can try different type of piecing, or try your hand at a different quilting motif. There are so many possibilities! Below I listed a few fun pillow projects you can sew up next. Make sure to check out our free sewing pattern section on liveartgalleryfabrics.com to see more!

 

Other Pillow projects to try:

 

Scaped featuring Flowerette by AGF Studio

Any half square triangle fans out there? To make this pillow whip up some 2 1/2" HST's and squares of fabric and piece together this beautiful 16" pillow! Flowerette Fabrics mixed with one of our fabrics from the AGF Denim Studio which adds such a cooling, relaxing texture to this design! 

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Spell On You featuring Spooky and Sweet by AGF Studio

With minimal piecing make these festive Halloween pillows using Spooky and Sweet fabric panels! These large graphic designs are great for large scale projects like pillows or even clothing! 

Panel-pillows

 

Blooming featuring Trouvaille by AGF Studio

The Blooming pillow may look super complex and intricate but with a simple strip piecing technique and cutting magic you can make this stunning design! AGF Studios Trouvaille fabrics add a pop of colorful florals thats sure to add happiness in whatever space you add this pillow! We also added some AGF Floral Elements to the mix which is the perfect blender to choose to marry well with Trouvaille fabrics! 

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Quilla featuring Patcha Capsule by AGF Studio

Here is another simple strip piecing project we created but we used a triangle template to cut out sections of our pieced strips and sewed them back together to create this geometric framed design! AGF Studios Patcha Fabrics has some super cute designs great for sewing for kids and sweet doodle like blender prints that we mixed and matched with our Decostitch blenders

Pillow cover_2

 

Happy Sewing, 

Meli


Matching Fabrics Part 3: Using Elements (blenders)

Hi, fabric lovers!

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Welcome back to my “Matching Fabrics” series! This has been quite a ride, with such an overwhelming response since the start, I am very excited to be continuing and sharing my knowledge. In my last blog post, we spoke about how important scale was and how to use it. In the last part of that blog, we spoke about the small-scale fabric prints and in this section, I wanted to dive deeper into what that is and how they are also considered a blender fabric.

First, let's talk about the definition of a blender fabric. These are fabrics that are non-directional, meaning you can cut in any direction without affecting the design, and the pattern itself is tiny, (usually less than an inch) or small enough that if you stepped away, you couldn't tell the motif of the print. Think about blenders as a solid but with added texture! It certainly isn’t a solid, but it can act the part by drawing attention to the other prints you’re using. 

These types of fabrics were created to help you quilt with larger-scaled prints (or how I like to call it the “main star” of the show) to create visual contrast. Imagine sewing with prints that are all the same scale, your eye wouldn't know where to focus on, making your quilt look crowded. Using a balance of the prints from a collection with blender fabrics will make it easier to use the whole collection together. 

Working at Art Gallery Fabrics has made me realize how well-thought-out every collection is made because in every collection release there is always a perfect balance between large, medium, and small prints. Although, sometimes that isn't always the case if you don’t have a complete fabric collection. You may be looking at your fabric stash and only selecting some of your favorite prints instead of a collection, or maybe the current blenders that you do have are laying around and you’re not sure when to use them. So, below I've broken it down to all the blenders that AGF carry that you may have, and some of my tips and visual examples on how you can use them! 

You may or may not know, but AGF has so many options for blenders! Art Gallery Fabrics likes to call these “ELEMENTS”, filled with tons of options (seven categories to be exact), which means you’ll always find the right print for your sewing project! 

 

Decostitch

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Stepping into the first category, Decostitch! This Element was created for the stitch lovers out there. If you enjoy hand-stitching and the added texture quilting does to your projects, then this is a great blender for you! The Decostich range tends to have more earthy colors, so these would pair nicely with any collection that has a lot of neutrals. The motif of this blender is minimal, which makes it ideal to use with more modern collections. Some collections off the top of my head that have similar color schemes or themes would be Earthen, Mayfair, and Foresta Fusion

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Icon

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Another Iconic blender (hehe pun intended) ICON is a vibrant, bold, and quite the eye-catching set! Know, these blenders are the ones for you if you love modern and bright collections. For example, Sisu has great primary colors that would be ideal to use with these blenders, because Icon contains simple shapes like squares, “x”s, arrows, and triangles. These designs would be beautiful with prints mimicking the same shapes. Don’t be afraid of bright colors, because this range of blenders can also work with low volume (like Lower The Volume and Raise The Volume collections) and black and white fabrics for an added pop of color. 

Floral Elements

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Nature Elements

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Going back to classics! I wanted to talk about Floral and Nature Elements because they are very similar. Together there are so many color options so the possibilities are endless! These blenders have so much texture, you can pair it with almost any collection to add some elegance, without overpowering the design on your project. Depending on which collection you choose, for example, if you want a more maximalist style, pair 365 Fifth Avenue’s florals with Floral Elements! Take the Nature Elements side if you have more “nature” theme fabric collections like our Maara, Selva, and Catch & Release collections. 

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Oval Elements

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This is not your plain dotted fabric, these Oval Elements have dimension with its multicolored rings, providing a unique texture and depth! I find these types of blenders ideal with simple, large print designs because these blenders will provide that missing texture. These Oval Elements are so fun to use because from far away they may look like a solid fabric, but up close you can see multiple colors. This is where you can take advantage of the multiple colors featured in this blender because it can help you tie in prints from collections that have 2 colorways. You may find a collection like Nuncia, that has a range of deep reds but on the other colorway, you’ll find some soft pinks, which Oval Elements like the bottom right of the picture above, can allow you to use both together!

Prisma Elements 

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Next up we have Prisma Elements! These blenders are basic triangle shapes with solid backgrounds, and if you haven’t noticed a trend yet with simple shapes, these prints are definitely on the modern side. The triangles on these are larger than Icon and Decostitch, giving you slightly more texture. Also, due to its larger scale, you can easily sew with prints that have a lot of negative space plus, the color selection makes it ideal for modern kid’s collections like Pacha and Pine Lullaby. Maybe you want to use some florals from your stash, this blender’s geometric design can transform a floral quilt into a modern masterpiece! Also, some of the prints have the triangles printed in metallic to add a little sheen to any project.

Squared Elements 

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Moving on to Squared Elements, these blenders are simple, small-scaled blenders that have white or colored backgrounds. I find these perfect when working with dark background prints because these elements will always provide contrast with its white negative space. The squares in these blenders are slightly different in size, which gives this illusion of movement! A great tip to know when to use this blender is to ask yourself, “does this collection I’m working with have graphic (meaning bold, angular shapes) prints?” Some collections that have this style are Summer Side, Aura, and Sirena, which make an ideal pairing with Squared Elements. 

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Thank you if you read to the end, I understand sometimes choosing fabrics isn’t easy but I hope this made your life a little easier! Of course, these are my opinions, and you can choose whatever your quilty heart desires. There are no rules when it comes to sewing, as long as it makes you happy, so feel free to use these blenders by themselves, or with other blenders together. There are so many options to choose from, and I can’t wait to share more tips on what I’ve learned from working with creative people every day. Stay tuned for more content, the next topic will be all about THEMES

Until next time,

Happy sewing! 

- Jannelle