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Welcome Our Newest Elements - Decostitch + Icon

Hi Makers, 

Are you looking for some new blenders for your next quilty project?! The usual go-to's are often solids, but we wanted to create something different that added some texture and felt just more unique! So, this time around we decided to expand our collection of Elements by adding two new designs, “DECOSTITCH” and “ICON.” Both of these different designs can be used to sew with a wide variety of prints and colors or be used on their own as well.

For “DECOSTITCH,” we were inspired by stitching motifs and decided to fuse them together with neutral shades like cream, charcoal, mustard, and olive green. Think earthy color palettes that can help contrast, balance and keep a design grounded. 

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With “ICON,” we decided to highlight simplified symbols, mixing them with bright colors like cherry red, sunny yellow, sky blue, and tangerine. Think more vibrant, almost primary colors you'd find in a candy shop! 

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We wanted to use both of these collections together and sewed up some projects, highlighting how they can complement one another. Head over to our “Decostitch and Icon Fabric Lookbook” for more sewing inspiration with quilts, garments, accessories, pin cushions, bags, and more.

 

Here's our lovely "Luminance Quilt" for you to enjoy, just click the below link for the FREE pattern:

Download Quilt Pattern

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Good luck and keep creating,

- Sophia 

 


Color Master of the Month: Cloud & Sky

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Hip-hip-hooray, it’s March! It’s my birthday month and also the month that completes my one year anniversary on contributing to this blog! Time is going by fast, but I couldn’t be more thankful for all the things I’ve learned on this fabric journey. This month, I was inspired by March’s birthstone- Aquamarine, so what better than this fabulous group of fabrics from our Color Master line called “Cloud & Sky.” A bundle that’s perfect to gift to someone that has a birthday this month too, or you could sew something up for a baby because of this bundle’s soft color palette. With all this in mind, I really wanted to create a mood board that made you feel relaxed with all these gentle and soft baby blues.

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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Piecing Pouch #1: Featuring the print “Summer Skies Plaid”, this will a great quick project to sew up, and some added quilty elements to make it an extra sturdy pouch.

Plenum Quilt #2: Using the entire "Color Master" to create this gorgeous, gentle blues filled 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 Quilt free pattern, which includes all 10 prints!

Tropfchen Dress #3: The “Chads Retreat” print reminds me of light orbs that show up when you take a picture with the sun reflecting on the lens. You don't see that effect anymore with all these modern cameras, but I love seeing them in old photos. I hope you take pictures and create memories if you make this outfit for your little one!

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 baby blue color, each print has distinct hues that make it easy to pair with other projects. For example, the print called “Chads Retreat”  (Print shown below, circled in red) has an array of soft colors like peach and white 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 baby blues and where you can include these 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!

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Too excited to get straight to the fabric?! Well, we have some exciting news for you! You can get the “Cloud & Sky” edition in a BUNDLE. If you missed our big reveal on our social media last week, we now offer our Color Masters 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.   

Sew with love,

Jannelle

 

 

 

 


Carolina's IG Takeover - This Weekend!

Happy March, Makers - 

Can you believe it's March already?!? This month's filled with so many exciting things especially because it's "National Quilting Month!" With this new month, we're starting some new collaborations and fun projects. Our first one is with our newest AGF Sewcialite, Carolina Moore. She'll be taking over our Instagram account, this weekend! 

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Beginning tonight, she'll be kicking things off as your "quilty tour guide."

Join along on our Instagram as Carolina takes you on a tour of her favorite places in her adopted hometown of San Diego, and shares some of her favorite fabric makes! From quilts at the beach, EPP in the park, with a few other surprises along the way, it’s sure to be a super fun, quilty adventure. 

Happy weekend and wishing you all a great start to your March!

- Sophia 

 


NEW AGF (downloadable) Phone Backgrounds!

Hello, Makers!

We’ve been reading your comments on our graphics lately about how you'd like to have them for your own use! So, we decided to do just that. Now, you can download any of your favorite graphics right to your mobile phone, for that extra daily motivation. Whether you want to send it to a friend, print it, or keep it as your phone background, it’ll always there keep a smile on your face.

If you are always googling DIY projects and can’t seem to get the needle out of your hand, crafting is more than just a hobby for you.

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Download here

 

Everyone can reach a bumpy road while trying to find that passion that keeps us crafting, here’s a friendly reminder to always believe in yourself.

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Download here

We all make mistakes but we also need a good laugh in the process!

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Download here

Will you be downloading any of these, if so, which one is your favorite? Let me know in the comments below.

Keep sewing,

Jannelle

 

 

 


SEWING A QUILT WITH RAYON - How to Sew with Rayon Fabrics | DIY Home Decor

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Hey Makers,

We love our traditional, warm snuggly quilts but here in Florida, we are always looking for a way to make an ultra lightweight, soft,  luxurious quilt to take with us to the beach or to accessories our homes. With the introduction of our Rayon Striped collection, we knew we had to put it to the test by making our ultimate dream quilt we have been dreaming about for so long.

With a mix of our solid rayons and stripes, we put together the “Strippy” free quilt pattern.

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For those of you who may be fearful of dippin’ your toes into the rayon quilt making process we put together a video for you to aid you in your journey as well as a printable a PDF to follow.

Feel free to think outside the box and use fabrics other than traditional quilting cotton, we found that the outcome is absolutely gorgeous.

 

Let us know in the comments if you have sewn with Rayon before and if you have any tips or tricks to share! If you haven't checked it out make sure to flip through the pages of our NEW RAYON STRIPED Lookbook for more inspiring things to make with Rayon! 

Happy Sewing,

Meli


Making Quilts with Kids!

Hello, my creative friends!

Have you noticed that the best memories are those you share with your loved ones? Well, today we will be learning some tips on how to include your little one into our world of quilting. I will be sharing with you how Nico (my 10 year old son) and I were inspired by all the vibrant and fun colors of the Matchmade collection, and teamed up to make an astronomical quilt for him.

 

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Prepare:

Start by getting your work space clean and ready, and gathering the tools that you will need for the project. Take this opportunity to begin explaining the steps of the process and how some tools work.

 

Simple Idea:

When working with kids start with simple ideas. For example, I decided to do uneven strips with Nico, and his job was to place the ruler on top of the fabric to indicate where to cut. As you can see he was super curious about the rotary cutter, and since he is a mature boy,  I decided to let him experiment it, but before I made sure he understood the proper and safe way to use it. Then, I held his hand to cut a couple of strips. After a while, we went back to the original plan. ;)Working-with-kids01

Arrange:

Leave the arranging part to your little one, she or he will take it to heart!

He took the strips and started organizing them. It was fun to watch Nico while he played with the strips discovering new ideas and making different shapes. At the end, he decided to align them into a straight uneven strip set.

He stood up proudly and looked at them again from far away just to say: "I really like my design!" ... No words to describe our happiness.

When your little helper has put so much thought into her/his design work, please step aside and respect her/his decision, she/he will appreciate the piece even more.

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Sew:

It is time to sew. If your child is interested in sewing this is a great opportunity to start teaching her/him, there are many sewing machines in the market for kids; or if you feel that she/he is ready for yours, go ahead, just make sure she/he starts by learning the safety rules.

In my case, I sewed the strips together following Nico’s arrangement.

 

Apply:

Apply your design to a bigger design. You can applique it, cut it into smaller pieces, or even frame it with fabric strips to make it into a quilt.

Nico and I searched for projects and chose to use the instructions of the Day-Night quilt and tweaked it into a full moon eclipse design. We decided to sub-cut the uneven strip set into smaller strips and apply them to the chosen instructions.


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Your turn ;)

Now that your teammate has done all the hard work is your turn to do your part: finish piecing the project!

Nico loves the pieced top and he is looking forward to the finished quilt.


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Can you think of a special person you would like to quilt with? Is your little one curious about quilting or just sewing in general?

Just bring an open mind and patience to the studio and be prepared for the unexpected.

Happy quilting together!

- Laucara