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Reminiscing With Maureen Cracknell’s Gloria Fabrics

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I feel like anyone that ever began to sew, the origins started with their grandmother or mother showing them the basics. Since I was a little girl, my grandmother will always have me sit next to her and give me some thread, a needle, and a pile of socks to repair the holes on. As a little girl, I always saw this as a chore, but little did I know that I would love and appreciate this skill that she showed me. It’s made me explore what more I could do, and it even led me to purchase my first sewing machine! My grandma and I shared a special bond as we sewed together, she would tell me stories of her life and always had some wisdom to share. Maureen Cracknell’s latest collection “Gloria” filled with warm colors, florals, and its vintage touch brought me to a special place where I sewed with my grandmother. I instantly fell in love and am extra excited to release this collection to all of you that may bring back some memories! 

This collection was inspired by Maureen’s maternal grandmother and her home. Influenced by her love of florals and pink, the bird book by the bay window feeder, furnishing and decor details that remain vivid in her head. Gloria is full of meaningful prints that reflect the love and dear memories of her time being with her. 

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Gloria comes in so many prints, your heart chords are surely going to be pulled! There are 16 quilting cotton prints available, with a yummy warm palette that will make the coziest quilts for the season. There are a variety of substrates offered with different prints like “Nostalgia Meadow Sepia” a soft peachy floral knit, and “Gleaming Sun Copper” rayon print that is bolder in color and would make the sweetest dresses. Lastly, we have “Olden Bouquets” in flannel, which I can see being used for warm winter clothes and backing of quilts.  

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Add some AGF Elements (blender fabrics) that match Gloria in your patchwork projects! 

Decostitch Elements in Red Desert and Teal Fog.

Pure Solids in Tigerlilly, Raw Gold, Apple Cider, Gingerbread, Garden Fern, and Evergreen. 

Floral Elements in Russet Orange, Sand, Honey Mustard, and Sunset.

 

Let these charming prints shine in our “Wistful” free quilt pattern! 

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Grace the pages of our “Gloria Fabric Lookbook” below that are filled with tons of patchwork projects like quilts, home decor, and apparel that show off all the charming prints of this collection. 

 

Introducing our latest series on our YouTube channel called Sew Easy, where we show you fun and easy projects featuring the latest AGF collections. For Gloria, enjoy watching this adorable handmade mending kit tutorial featuring these charming prints! 

 

We are hosting a 24-HOUR giveaway right here on the blog, all you have to do is CLICK HERE, fill out your information and that’s it. The winner will be announced right here on the blog, and they will also be emailed. Make sure to read the disclaimer on the website when you sign up! 

THE WINNER IS Kim Beldowski!  PLEASE CHECK YOUR EMAIL TO REDEEM YOUR PRIZE! 

As always, if you love this collection and want to share your makes with these fabrics, make sure to post on social media using the hashtag #AGFGloria, so we can share the love! Until next time...

Happy sewing! 

 

 -Jannelle


AGF Gift Of Giving Giveaway

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Today, I would love to talk about something a little different, deeper than just sewing, and it’s about the wonderful gift of giving. It was really important to us to give back, to give something that we made with our hearts and hands that people will love and appreciate. It’s that time of year when we come together, and give our loved ones something special! 

 

Makers truly support each other, as we know the amount of love that goes into all our projects. With this in mind, I am so excited to announce that here at AGF we invite you to an event of giving back, and to join us in creating handmade gifts!

 

Starting today, I encourage you to use your crafting hands to make something beautiful and share it with us using the hashtag #AGFGiftofGiving on all social media platforms! Share the joy of giving something handmade, and creating something with your own hands with fabrics and tools that you already may have. 

 

To encourage everyone to participate and as a big thank you for your kind hearts, we are throwing the biggest giveaway of the year. By sharing photos of your handmade gifts under the hashtag #AGFGiftofGiving on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram, you will be automatically entered to win a 10 POUND MYSTERY BOX OF AGF FABRICS

Yes, you read that correctly! There will be a winner chosen for each platform, 1 for Twitter, 1 for Facebook, and 1 for Instagram, for a total of three winners! We will personally direct message you on the platform you have won on, and just so you know it’s us, we will also announce your handle/name/username right here on the blog. This giveaway is open internationally and will end on December 23, 2021. 

*DISCLAIMER: Each winner will have 7 days to claim your prize, starting the day we message you. If we don’t receive a reply, we will have to choose another winner as we’d like to be fair with all participants, and pass the opportunity to another contestant. Thank you! 

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AND THE GIVEAWAY WINNERS ARE...

TWITTER WINNER: Dr. Carolyn E. Holmes @carolyneholmes

FACEBOOK WINNER: Rachel Bahm-Guthrie

INSTAGRAM WINNER: Susan Cucca @suecucxo

 

Thanks for giving back,

—Jannelle 


The 2021 Quiltmas Spectacular

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To paraphrase Buddy the Elf, “The best way to spread Quiltmas cheer is quilting loud for all to hear." And while we may have just shared our last of the daily blocks for Quiltmas 2021, that just means that now we have time to catch up on our Quiltmas quilting!

Not familiar with Quiltmas? It’s a fun kickoff to the holiday season, like a shortened advent calendar, where every day from December 1st through the 12th a new festive quilt block is delivered to your inbox. And the best part is that each block is designed by a different designer (aka Quiltmas Elf) so there’s a mix of styles, techniques, and skills.

This is the third year of Quiltmas and the second year we’ve teamed up with Art Gallery Fabrics: every year Quiltmas just gets better! I'm always blown away by the creativity of the team of Quiltmas Elves and their festive spirit is impossible to resist, even for the Grinch-iest of us. To make this joyful start to the holiday season even better is this year we got to work with the darling prints from the Cozy & Magical holiday fabric collection by Maureen Cracknell. I’ve loved seeing the 12 block patterns come to life with these fabrics: from the mustard golds and the deep navys, to the bright peppermint red prints and the just oh-so-darling snowy scene prints, they’re definitely magical!

On that note, let’s all spread some Quiltmas cheer and give a round of applause to the 2021 Quiltmas team (and share their darling makes)!

On the first day of Quiltmas and Quilt Elf Fran @cottonandjoy brought to us a whimsical block, Nordic Gnome:

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On the second day of Quiltmas and Quilt Elf Shannon @shannonfraserdesigns brought to us a delightful block, Christmas Angel: 

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On the third day of Quiltmas and Quilt Elf Ben @benmillett brought to us a heartfelt block, I Gave You My Heart:

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On the fourth day of Quiltmas and Quilt Elf Julie @runningstitchquilts brought to us a sweet block, Peppermint Twist:

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On the fifth day of Quiltmas and Quilt Elf Tiffany @villageboundquilts brought to us an enchanting block, Snowflake Star:

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On the sixth day of Quiltmas and Quilt Elf Wendy @the.weekendquilter brought to us a jolly block, Frosty Days:

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On the seventh day of Quiltmas and Quilt Elf Laurel @porcupinesews_threads brought to us a cheery block, Smitten with Mittens:

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On the eighth day of Quiltmas and Quilt Elf Claire @madejustsew brought to us a festive block, Spruce:

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On the ninth day of Quiltmas and Quilt Elf Christine @tessellate_textiles brought to us a scrumptious block, Cocoa and Quilt:

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On the tenth day of Quiltmas and Quilt Elf Erin @mija.handmade brought to us a joyful block, Lutz Go:

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On the eleventh day of Quiltmas and Quilt Elf Lynett @lynsavenue brought to us a lovely block, All The Goodies:

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On the twelfth day of Quiltmas and Quilt Elf Amanda @broadclothstudio brought to us an adorable block, Snowy Day Hat:

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Whether you’ve already made one, or some, or are just now hearing about Quiltmas for the first time, on behalf of all the Quiltmas Elves, we hope you enjoy them! If you haven’t yet signed up for Quiltmas, there is still time to get all the 12” quilt blocks: you can sign up for them here. Just make sure you download them by the end of day December 31, 2021, as that’s when we close our workshops for the year and the patterns are taken down (often to be turned into a full-size quilt pattern by the Elves).

And to continue spreading the cheer, CLICK HERE for a chance to win a fat quarter bundle of the scrumptious Cozy & Magical fabric collection by Maureen Cracknell! The giveaway ends December 20, 2021, and the winner will be emailed by AGF and announced right here on the blog. And as a little bonus, if you already signed up for the Quiltmas Spectacular emails, you're automatically entered in the giveaway, so by signing up above, you'll get two entries! 

Please reply within 7 days to claim your prize (check your email by December 27!) If we don’t receive a reply, we will have to choose another winner as we’d like to be fair with all participants, and pass the opportunity to another contestant. Thank you! 

THE WINNER IS LOLA ZIMMERMAN! PLEASE CHECK YOUR EMAIL TO REDEEM YOUR PRIZE!

By signing up for the Quiltmas Spectacular emails, you agree to subscribe to the following email lists: Art Gallery Fabrics and Broadcloth Studio. (We promise not to spam you, sell your email, or anything else unpleasant! And, of course, you can unsubscribe at any time).

 

Good luck!


12 Days of Christmas with AGF - Quick Gifts for Everyone on Your List

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Hi makers!

 

My name is Karli and I am so excited to begin writing some blog posts for AGF! I work on tutorials and project creation here at AGF, so I am thrilled to be able to share my love of sewing and quilting with all you creative individuals, starting with these 12 Days of Christmas. 

 

The holidays are upon us and with Christmas only 19 short days away, I’m sure everyone is busy sewing and quilting away to finish up all their gifts to give. Along with that, it’s time to double-check and make sure you have everyone covered on your gift-giving list. Starting today, December 6th, and ending on the 21st (minus weekends), a new quick and easy DIY gift idea will be shared on Instagram and TikTok that includes home decor, gift wrapping, and more all for free! While these ideas don’t include 11 pipers piping, 5 golden rings, or a partridge in a pear tree, they are still sure to be loved by any recipient. So grab your favorite AGF fabrics and get ready to sew because these tutorials are coming in hot! 

 

Make sure to check into this post daily for each new project to be uploaded! 

 

Day 1: Fabric Ornaments 12/6 

Easy Fabric Christmas Ornaments Tutorial With Free Pattern | Crafty For Home

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Day 2: Stocking 12/7

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Day 3: Fabric Tree 12/8

DIY 3D Stuffed Fabric Christmas Tree Free Sewing Patterns | Fabric Art DIY

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Day 4: Tree Mug Rug 12/9

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Day 5: Reusable Gift Bag 12/10

Fabric Gift Bags - QUILTsocial

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Day 6: Apron 12/13

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Day 7: Pot Holder 12/14

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Day 8: Coffee Sleeve 12/15

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Day 9: Makeup Remover Pads 12/16

DIY Makeup Remover Pads: Reusable Face Wipes (kukarudesigns.com)

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Day 10: Curling Iron Sleeve 12/17

Travel Curling Iron Sleeve Sewing Pattern - The Polka Dot Chair

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Day 11: Table Topper - 12/20

Table Topper featuring Little Town Collection - CLICK HERE for instructions

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Day 12: Placemat 

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In the midst of the holidays, we tend to look for quick projects that can help us with that feeling of satisfaction of finishing a project. These projects will do just that, with some of them taking less than a half-hour! Make sure you share your finished Christmas gifts with us on social media by tagging us in your photo and using the hashtag #AGF12DaysofChristmas that way we can check it out and share the love! 

Happy Sewing!

-Karli


AGF Collection Reveals: 2022 Part 1

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I can’t believe 2022 is coming up, time is going by so fast but I don’t mind because… we are finally releasing our upcoming collections! If you follow us on social media, you might already know about our upcoming collections but in case you missed it, I’m going to show you what’s coming soon to stores, and we would like you to be the first to preview the new collections for the first season of 2022—a year where creating things with our own hands is going to be more nurturing and expressive than ever. Don’t miss the exciting collections from Katarina Roccella, Patty Basemi, Alexandra Bordallo, Jessica Swift, Sharon Holland, and AGF In-House Studio, which will be available from January through April 2022!

Available January 2022

Capri Blog▸Capri by Katarina Roccella 

Tails Threads Blog▸Tails & Threads by Patty Basemi

Flannel Blog

▸Flannel Solids by AGF Studio

 

Available February 2022

Rain Shine Blog▸Rain or Shine by Jessica Swift

Periwinkle Blog▸Periwinkle by AGF Studio

Deco Blog▸New Decostitch Elements colors by AGF Studio  



Available March 2022

Willow Blog▸Willow by Sharon Holland

Grow & Harvest Blog▸Grow & Harvest by Alexandra Bordallo 

NATURE Blog▸NEW Floral Elements colors by AGF Studio

 

Available April 2022

All is Well Blog▸All is Well by AGF Studio

For more details on availability, prints, and upcoming free patterns, check out our “NEW AGF Collections Digital Catalog Season 1” below! 

In this video, preview prints that will unwind into a comfortable state of mind and timeless designs that you will treasure forever.

Here at AGF, we’d like to celebrate our Collection Reveals with YOU, and as a big thank you, we’re hosting a very special GIVEAWAY! We’re giving away a HALF YARD BUNDLE of your favorite collection revealed for the Winter season of January - April 2022! All you have to do to enter is CLICK THE LINK HERE, enter your info, and that’s it! 

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THE GIVEAWAY WINNER IS DONNA DVORSHOCK
! PLEASE REPLY TO YOUR EMAIL TO REDEEM YOUR PRIZE! 

*Disclaimer: Your prize would be delivered to you according to the collection’s corresponding release date. Please reply within 7 days to claim your prize (check your email by December 12!) If we don’t receive a reply, we will have to choose another winner as we’d like to be fair with all participants, and pass the opportunity to another contestant. Thank you! 

Until next time,

- Jannelle


The Playful World of Petite Circus Fabrics by Alexandra Bordallo 

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Here in South Florida, during this time of year, there are a couple of very fun festivals and circus events happening that are always so exciting! Going there with good company and of course, all the fair food will always bring a smile to my face. Once I laid my eyes on Alexandra Bordallo’s Petite Circus collection, I was instantly brought to this happy place! Reminding me of all the fun times I had when I was a kid going to these fairs, waiting in line to go on the rides and having good conversations with friends, and eating my favorite treats like popcorn and cotton candy.

I was so happy to hear the story behind this collection, as it’s quite the special one for Alexandra! She dedicated this line to her son that was prematurely born, and her journey through taking care of a baby at the NICU and her older son at home. This collection is for all the strong babies and their families who are going through a similar experience.

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Add oodles of whimsical charm to any kid’s room or nursery with the available 12 quilting cotton prints! This collection is filled with colorful illustrations of circus animals, cotton candy, popcorn, and adorable little clowns that will create joyful moments for all little ones alike.

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Petite Circus also has some substrate options available! There is one knit print called “Rearing Horses Dim” that would be ideal for apparel for the little ones or even some snuggly bed sheets. Prepare to snuggle up this season with the cutest flannel prints, there is “Opening Act Shuffle” that features small yet mighty clowns that are perfect for the backing of your quilts and “Enjoy The Snow” flannel print that has tons of fun elements like tickets, food stands, and circus tents! 

Add to the fun with these matching AGF Elements:

Oval Elements in Peacock & Pomelo.

Squared Elements in Teal, Lox, and Honeycomb.

Pure Solids in Cozumel Blue, Coral Reef, Apricot Crepe, Honeydew, Icy Mint, Turmeric,  and Warm Wave.

 

Bring these prints to life with our “Merry Go Round” free quilt pattern with a whopping size of 90 by 90 inches, where you’ll definitely have a blast appliqueing the zebras featured on the carousel! 


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While you’re here, check out our Let’s Talk Fabric video! 

  • See Petite Circus fabrics in action
  • Discover playful projects
  • Watch exclusive behind the scenes
  • Take a closer look at prints & scale

 

 

If you are reading this on November 30th, today is your lucky day! We are hosting a 24-HOUR giveaway right here on the blog, all you have to do is CLICK HERE, fill out your information and that’s it. The winner will be announced right here on the blog and they will also be emailed. Make sure to read the disclaimer on the website when you sign up! 

THE WINNER IS TESSA JAY! PLEASE CHECK YOUR EMAIL TO REDEEM YOUR PRIZE! 

As always, if you love this collection and want to share your makes with these fabrics, make sure to post on social media using the hashtag #AGFPetiteCircus so we can share the love! Until next time...

Happy sewing! 

 

  -Jannelle