I am welcoming December with open arms and a big smile on my face! I have always loved counting down the days til Christmas with each passing day my excitement grows in anticipation for spending time with family, eating holiday treats and creating memories that will last a life time. Today I have a fun quilting tips video about how to attach your quilt as you go blocks in two different ways using the stitch in the ditch method and the binding strip method!
If you missed out on my last quilting tips video all about the basics of Quilting As You Go make sure to check this video out for a great scrap busting tutorial! Use the blocks you create in todays video and sew them up to create a table runner or full size quilt!
I decided to get into the holiday spirit and whip up some AGF Holiday inspired free block patterns! Choose from two great patterns or sew them both, the Winter Wonderland Block is a gorgeous tree pattern and the Bauble Block is the cutest ornament block perfect for showcasing large scale fabrics!
As you know, I love talking about the latest collections, their inspiration, and all the lovely projects made with them! Over the years, I’ve been really lucky to witness some amazing projects done with our fabrics, and I still remember the first lookbook ever, come together! Since then, I’ve seen over 70 lookbooks (wow has time flew by)! So, as I became more familiar with how to sew and dive deeper into the quilting world, I now have so much more appreciation for handmade things.
There is always something happening here at AGF, and one thing leads to another and the next thing you know it’s the holidays! It’s already the end of 2020 (thankfully) and at least we have something to look forward to whether it’s sewing or being with your loved ones. Because I’ve seen so many projects, I really wanted to take a moment to sit down and take a look at the array of patterns we have that I can make for the gift-giving season. But if you’re living the “Vida Loca” like me, sometimes making an entire quilt just might take too long! So now that I finally had the chance to choose which patterns I wanted to make, I thought this would be a great opportunity to share with all of you who are looking for a quilty project that’s not as big as a quilt but captures everything you love about patchwork in a smaller package.
This is one of my favorite bags that AGF has ever made! Filled with tons of patchwork and the cutest tassels, I adore the boho look that these fabrics give. Everything I love about quilts, into one little bag that is easy to make and fun to gift.
Quilted jackets are in right now! I am totally loving this trend and if I can wear patchwork, sign me up! This is giving the same vibes as my quilted denim jacket we did a while back that was about challenging ourselves on what we can make with the log cabin quilt block, which I totally recommend looking at. I won’t lie to you all, this one is definitely being gifted to ME (haha!)
Does anyone else love sewing small pieces? I get such a satisfying feeling when I see all those small pieces line up perfectly, but if you are anything like me, I only have the patience to do it on a small project. This is for all of you that just want to pay attention to the small details, and whilst creating a lovely go-to clutch that’s also great to put some stocking stuffers in!
I have a teen brother that is really picky with gifts. He is just one of those people that don’t need much in life but will always appreciate a handwritten note or a handmade gift. I thought hard about this one but I know he loves music, and this pillow would be a nice addition to his room! I’m thinking of using “Snow Day” fabrics by Mister Domestic for this pillow, just so it fits with the holiday theme.
Table runners are my favorite projects to quilt under my sewing machine! Small enough to fit comfortably and more area to play around with the motifs. My mom recently moved into her new home, and she is obsessed with decorating for the holidays! She already has a couple of AGF table runners that she loves to put out during the year, and I can’t wait to add this one under her tree!
This one is a bonus for anyone with little ones in their lives! I mean look how cute this project is, it’s quilty and it will be in your family’s memory forever. This unique project is easy to make, and you can easily personalize it to whoever you’re gifting it for.
I really hope these projects spoke to you as they did to me! Sometimes we may not have the time to quilt, but I’m happy to be surrounded by fabric that is just calling my name to make other quilty projects. Besides, there is nothing better than handmade gifts! Don’t forget to share your holiday makes on Instagramby using the hashtag #artgalleryfabrics and until next time…
You know it’s going to be a good Friday when we have another lookbook coming out back to back! We are working hard here at AGF so we can come out with the latest and greatest before the holidays, and this week we were so excited to put Sharon Holland’s Kismet lookbook together. Now I know I am not the only one feeling a certain way about this collection because I have already seen so many beautiful projects on social media with these fabrics! Without a doubt, this collection is one of my favorites! The RICH colors, the florals, and it’s little boho elements makes me swoon. If you haven’t already, you must check out the hashtag #AGFKismet, there are some talented makers out there making the prettiest things with these fabrics that you don’t want to miss!
Ok well I think you heard enough of me ranting about how much I love this collection and I’m sure many of you don’t even know what this collection is about (haha) so let me give you some insight.
Kismetharmoniously aligns hand-drawn florals, classic paisley, and earthy global-inspired motifs in this rich autumnal collection colored in shades of berry, cinnamon, honey, cream, and sable.
*Available in 16 quilting cotton prints
Can you see now from this picture what I’m talking about? Total eye-catcher! As much as I enjoy talking about fabric, one of my favorite things before releasing a collection is reading about the inspiration behind each release. We always send interviews to our designers to better understand and relay the message to all of you, and after reading Sharon’s interview I learned that her collections always start with a focal print.
*Featuring prints: Fleuron Sanctuary, Cloak and Petal, and Busy Bee Karma
This print is the iconic “Fleuron” pictured above and I think we can all agree that it’s beautiful. It’s the largest scaled print of the collection and it’s (almost) too pretty to cut up. I’d love to see this for the backing of quilts, handbags, or even decorative pillows! Luckily for all you patchwork lovers out there, you can cut this baby up and sew it with other blenders of the collection like “Busy Bee Karma” filled with smaller florals and a deeper background for contrast. There are also a lot of boho elements in this collection that will be great to use with the floral prints or use alone to fussy cut.
*Featuring Rayon prints in Burgeon Autumnal and Dashing Jet
Kismet is also available in 2 colorways, “Fate” with warm yellows and oranges, and “Destiny” with rich reds and blacks. But you can find the best of both words in the selected rayon prints, having 2 available in this collection which is ideal for the fall season! Its soft hand makes it perfect for garments and accessories, I can already see the flowy dresses, scarves, and kimonos being made with these prints.
Looking for more matching blenders? Here are suggested Elementsthat pair perfectly with the collection:
*Featuring PURE Solids in Aurora Red, Raw Gold, and Magnetism & Decotitch Elements in Red Desert.
More matching blenders not pictured:
PURE Solids: Tigerlilly, Smooth Pebble, Vanilla Custard, Miami Sunset, Candied Cherry, and Terracotta Tile.
Watch below to not only see an up-close look at these fabrics but make sure to stay tuned until the end of our Fabric Haul YouTube video where “Meli” will be announcing all the rules on how you can win a bundle of the entire Kismet collection!
I hope you are in love with this collection as much as I am! There is nothing like celebrating my favorite season with these fabrics and I can’t wait to continue watching all of you create beautiful projects! Don’t forget to tag us at #artgalleryfabrics on Instagram so we can see it, and you never know, you might get an #AGFMakerMonday feature ;)
I am so excited about our brand new Youtube Series called Quilting Tips! In this playlist my mission is to cover all the basics every beginner quilter should know to jump start them on their quilting journey and to have them making finished quilts in no time!
Today’s new video is about Quilting As You Go!Grab a piece of batting and pull out your scrap bin because not only is this process a great scrap buster but it saves you the extra steps of having to quilt your project after you have pieced it together. Quilting as you go you is essentially piecing your fabrics as well as attaching it to the batting so you are doing the piecing and quilting all in one step! After learning this fun technique you will never throw out another scrap a fabric again. It's so much fun making your project as small or as big as you want and watching it grow. You can turn your finished piece into so many fun projects like coasters, tote bags, placemats, pillows and so much more!
To follow along with me to make your own quilt as you go project watch the video below!
Living in Florida, I never really experienced a whole Winter season! I’ve traveled up north before just to see the snow, and although I’ve experienced it a small number of times, seeing the snowfall for the first time is truly something magical. I automatically associate the winter season with things that I love most, hot chocolate, being with family, Christmas, and warm fuzzy sweaters. So, when I saw the Snow Day fabric collection by Mister Domestic, I was so thrilled to see so many prints that captured these special memories.
Now for the past couple of weeks, the moment a lot of people have been waiting for is here! Snow Day Fabric Lookbook is finally out, filled with festive projects and more. Prepare to step into a winter wonderland and reminisce on everything that makes a day like this truly special, from creating snowmen, getting into snowball fights, bundling up, and drinking hot cocoa.
*Available in 12 quilting cotton prints
From fun typography to adorable sweatshirts, there is so much variety in this collection. Keeping the winter color palette present, the dominant color of cool blues and whites are ideal for the sewing season.
*Featuring Bundled Up Dim, Knitted Snowflakes, and Wintry Check Soft prints
Snow Day comes in a variety of different scales, with a lot of great prints to fussy cut like “Bundled Up Dim”. There are lots of blender fabrics that work well with this print and the rest of the prints or use them alone like the “Wintry Check Soft” print. I can already see the projects now! Tree skirts, stockings, table runners, and PJs, there are so many possibilities with these fabrics.
Here are other suggested Elementsthat pair perfectly with the collection:
*Featuring Floral Elements in Icy Blue, Oval Elements in Vintage Blue, Decostitch in Indigo Sky, and PURE Solids in Crystalline.
More matching blenders not pictured:
PURE Solids: Icy Mint, Denim Blue, Night Sea, Ocean Fog, and Northern Waters.
For all the garment makers out there, there are a couple of knit options for you too! Prepare for the cold weather with these cozy knit fabrics prints in “Bundled Up Bright” and “Wintry Check Deep” for sweatshirts, beanies, mittens, socks, and even sweat pants. There are so many possibilities for this substrate, and if you ever felt it before, you’ll know how hard it is NOT to make everything out of it!
I can talk all about project inspiration for the rest of the day, but nothing is better than seeing makers bring it to life. Check out the lookbook below for tons of patterns that you can download with a click of a button.
Snuggle in with our “Crystalline” free quilt pattern below!
It’s a gift-giving season, so let’s celebrate with a cheeky giveaway! For a chance to win the entire collection of Snow Day, CLICK HERE, and enter your information. The giveaway ends on Friday, November 20th, and the winner will be emailed and announced right here on the blog!
The giveaway winner is SUE VINYARD!! Congrats and please check your email!
Fabric Haul video below with your host “Meli”!
I hope this collection excites you to whip out your sewing machine! I can’t wait to see what you makers will create, so please share with us by tagging us at #artgalleryfabrics on Instagram. The team and I would love to share your creations.
When I first started quilting I had no idea how to cut fabric for quilting and using a rotary blade and quilting ruler was so foreign to me coming out of fashion design school. Every time I would cut out my pieces they would end up being a bit too small and wonky but that didn’t stop me from tackling all the tips and techniques I could find about quilting. Weirdly enough I starting designing quilts on the computer before I even new how to put one together, which if you are starting out I definitely don’t suggest you start in that order. With time and practice I kept finding ways to help make my quilting fast, fun and easy! Learning how to strip piece was my favorite technique to learn as a beginner! If you never strip pieced before then watch the video below to find out what I mean!
Doing something as easy as sewing strips together and cutting it in different ways to create different quilting units was both magical and super rewarding to learn! In this video we learn three ways to strip piece to get three totally different outcomes! For more quilting tips make sure to check out the Quilt Tips Playlist on the Art Gallery Fabrics Channel!