10 Projects Made with Rayon - AGF Rayon Blog Tour Recap

Hey Makers!

How’s it going!? You must be prepping all your holiday sewing! I love this time of the year because it’s filled with tons of inspiration. It makes me want to make everything I see! Last month, we had a huge dose of inspiration from a few makers that tested their creativity with our newest substrate: Rayon.

From funky garments to quilty projects (who knew you could make quilty things with rayon?!), these talented makers showed us their tips to sewing with this substrate along with tons of possibilities. Check out all 10 projects made with rayon during this fun blog hop hosted by Sarah from Sariditty Handmade.

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  1. Double Layered Wrap Skirt

Can this skirt be anymore perfect for Fall? Our hostess with the most, Sarah made this stylish wrap skirt with Heritage and Arizona After fabrics by April Rhodes and the Simplicity #1164 pattern. From the colors to the length and everything else, just imagine wearing it for any Thanksgiving get together. Check out her blog post for all the details.

  1. Flowy Tunic

Sarah also invited her mom, Cynthia to join the blog hop and she made a coordinating tunic with Arizona After fabrics. Her look was comfy yet fashionable! Since Cynthia is an experienced garment sewer, she gave some valuable tips on how she handles rayon. See her guest post on Sarah’s blog.

  1. Rayon Plus Quilt

Who said you can’t add a little rayon to your quilts?! Nicole from Modern Handcraft showed us that this substrate is great for adding a little texture to your quilts. She created a modern plus quilt where the focal point was the beautiful “Paparounes Spices” print by Katarina Roccella. Check out her blog to read about how she quilted with Rayon.

  1. Nappy Hour Bed Roll

It’s no surprise that some kids don’t like nap time. If you’re little one is anti naps, you can change this around with the cool project that Jenn from Ginger Peach Studio made for her little girl with Lambkin fabrics by Bonnie christine. The Nappy Hour Bed Roll is a quilt/ sleeping bag hybrid that’s lined with our soft rayon. Once nap time is over your kiddo can roll it up. Check out how she made this ingenious project on her blog.

  1. Cookie Blouson Jacket

Some of you might think, rayon is wonderful but it’s too lightweight for fall. Not true. Cristy from Love You Sew blog has shown us that you can make a great layering piece with rayon and knits. Read all about the fabulous bomber jacket she made with the rayon from Blush fabrics by Dana Willard.

  1. Rayon and Denim Applique Quilt

Yes, rayon is even great for applique! Vicki from Orchid Owl Quilts totally made it seem extremely easy to do by using Steam-A-Seam and working her magic with the quilting. Read her blog to see the beautiful detailed quilting she made on this quilt.

  1. Polaroid Photo Hoop

The creativity in this blog hop was just amazing! Nicohle from Wild Boho showed us how to make a really cool home decor piece with prints from many of April Rhodes Collections and hints of her rayon. Check out her blog to see what inspired her to create this special project.

  1. Comfy Rayon PJs

We all know that AGF Rayon is known for it’s softness and quality, now just imagine it in pajamas! Well, Amanda from @pinkmandarin.handmade has made this dream come true with a cute PJ set made with the “Floret Sunkissed” rayon from Blush fabrics by Dana Willard and a robe made with the “Rivercane” print from Heritage Fabrics by April Rhodes. Read her guest post on Sarah’s blog.

  1. Classic Rayon Dress

Another great option to wear for a thanksgiving dinner is a sweet floral dress. Danyella totally made us fall in love with this rayon dress she made with the “Floral Universe Turquoise” print by Maureen Cracknell. Pair this dress with a cozy cardigan and booties and it will be the perfect fall ensemble. Read her guest post on Sarah’s blog.

  1.  Rayon Henley Top

Last but not least, if you’re a jeans and shirt kind of gal this top is a great way of dressing up a simple outfit. Jessy from @needle_ink_and_thread made this cute top with the “Winterberry Pine” rayon by Amy Sinibaldi. This classy yet festive print is great for the upcoming holidays!

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We hope you’ve enjoyed checking out all the fabulous projects these makers have made. If you’re inspired to sew with rayon check out our website for an ever growing selection of prints and visit our online store directory to see where you can buy AGF rayon

 

Til next time!

Stephanie






Holiday Sewing- Give Thanks Table Runner Tutorial

Hi there, 

Are you prepared for the holiday season? Thanksgiving is around the corner and we are all adding the final touches to our home. Looking for some last min projects to make for your home or as a hostess gift? The Give Thanks table runner will instantly add the perfect amount of  holiday spirit to any home! If you have a afternoon to spare I suggest you give this project a try! It was so much fun fussy cutting the letters, florals, birds and beautiful butterflies from the painterly fabrics by Bari J.  Head over the the weallsew blog for the full tutorial. 

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Looking for some more thanksgiving sewing tutorials? Check out these great sewing patterns to make in the month of November! 

Happy Holidays, 

Meli


How to make a Shooting Star Block featuring Indie Folk Fabrics

Hello Quilty friends, 

Are you following along with the AGF Quilt Block Collection? Well, if you aren't this is the time to start! With every new fabric collection release comes a new addition to the AGF Quilt Block Collection! For every block we have a easy to follow video tutorial that breaks down the block step by step to complete a fun new quilt block to add to your quilting resume! 

I am also excited about the AGF Quilt Block Collection contest being held on our Instagram. Where two lucky winners will win a bundle of AGF fabrics for sharing their quilt blocks made with AGF fabrics! Make sure to use the #agfquiltblockcollection! Can't wait to see your blocks! For all the details about the contest click here!  

 
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Only got a few mins a day to sew! I suggest you give  these blocks a try! Choose your favorite block from the collection and get started!  Follow along below to make the Shooting Star Block! 

 

Happy Sewing, 

Meli


AGF Mood Monday - Blossoming

"Flowers don't worry about how they're going to bloom. They just open up and turn toward the light and that makes them beautiful" - Jim Carrey

Does anyone here not like flowers? And I'm not talking about floral fabrics (which are loved by many), I'm referring to an actual, natural flower. I have yet to meet a person who is not moved in some way by looking at one.

Flowers have the power to evoke such emotions within us that it's not a surprise we gift them to each other in the most special occasions. Now that fall is upon us and winter quickens to arrive, the sight of blossoms is yet more thrilling. Though there are many types of flowers that prefer to bloom during the lower temperature, some will not be seen until next spring. So today I'd love for us to start the week in a floral mood, let's share about our favourite(s) flower(s).

I love the fact that many women are named after flowers. Both of my grandmothers were named Rosa, and because of that I love roses, white and red. My favourite though, are hydrangeas. I find them extremely beautiful like fluffy clouds floating on a green sky. As far as smell, the scent of hyacinths is both joy and calm. One day I'd love to have a garden with all different kinds of red flowers and white flowers, so if you know any names please teach me :)

Here in South Florida, most flowers also shy away during fall and "winter," but in some areas vibrant bugambilia can be found. It is their particular colour during this time which inspired the photos below [also: the first two people to tell me who is the designer of this print might* get some flowers (printed on fabric) this winter]:

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Fabric is from our City Loft Fusion collection

To a blossoming week,

Lauv

*"might" means you "will" 


Modern Quilting with Reverie Fusions- Sew Up Something New

Hello Quilty Friends,

What is your go to quilting style? There are many different ways to create a quilt: patchwork, applique, paper piecing, English paper piecing, art quilts and the list goes on. Which ever style you prefer it usually falls into two different categories Modern or Traditional.  Depending on what fabric collections we  are working with, the theme we are aiming for, and how we are feeling that day all depends on how our quilt designs come to life! Today I would like to share this fresh modern quilt design we made with Reverie Fusions fabric

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We mixed the dreamy blooms and soft geometric prints from Reverie Fabrics with solid smooth denims from the AGF Denim Studio and our snow Pure Element which added amazing texture and complexity to this quilt. The quilt is made entirely out of strip pieced blocks and put together in such a way to create this kaleidoscope looking design that keeps your eyes moving with excitement! I love how the happy colors pop from the background fabric and the cool shades of denim fabric makes for a refreshing, crisp feel. 

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You can find the pattern for this quilt in the Nov/Dec 2017 issue of Modern Patchwork. Pick up a copy today and get started on some great projects to make as gifts for the holiday season ahead! 

To share our love for modern fabrics and quilting we are giving away a fat quarter bundle of Reverie fabrics along with a copy the Nov/Dec issue of Modern Patchwork

To enter the giveaway fill out the form below! Good Luck and Happy Sewing. :)

The Giveaway is from November 13- November 20! 

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 ***GIVEAWAY CLOSED***

Congrats Kathy Luehrs you are the winner! Make sure to check your email! :) 

 

The AGF Quilt Block Collection Blog Tour - Hosted by Sharon McConnell

Hello makers!

Guess what?! A new blog tour is coming your way! Starting Monday, November 13th the lovely Sharon McConnell from Color Girl Quilts and inventor of the “Classic Curves Ruler” will be hosting the AGF Quilt Block Collection Blog Tour. Yay! In case you’re not familiar with our AGF Quilt Block Collection Youtube series, it’s all about learning sewing and quilting techniques by making fun quilt blocks you can incorporate in your projects.

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We’re excited to see all the projects the participating makers will be sewing with some of the blocks from the series. Make sure to follow them on social media and visit their blogs to see what they’ll make. Check them out:

Nov 13 - Sharon McConnell | colorgirlquilts.com/blog | @colorgirlquilts

Nov 14 - Karen O'Connor | ladykquiltsdesigns.com | @ladykquilts

Nov 15 - Amber Johnson | www.alittlebitbiased.blogspot.com | @gigis_thimble

Nov 16 - Amy Friend | www.duringquiettime.com | @duringquiettime

Nov 17 - Kate Basti | www.quiltwithkate.com | @katebasti

Nov 18 - Yvonne Fuchs | quiltingjetgirl.com | @quiltingjetgirl

Nov 19 - AnneMarie Chany | www.genxquilters.com | @genxquilters

Nov 20 - Maureen Cracknell | maureencracknellhandmade.blogspot.com | @maureencracknell

Nov 21 - Sharon Holland | sharonhollanddesigns.com | @sharonhollanddesigns

Nov 22 - Lucy Brennan | www.charmaboutyou.com |  @charmaboutyou

I hope all of these makers inspire you create beautiful projects with the blocks from the AGF Quilt Block Collection. Once you’ve made your version of the blocks, share them with the hashtag #AGFQuiltBlockCollection for chance to win a bundle of fabrics.

 

Til next time!

 -Stephanie




Indie Folk: The last of Pat Bravo's Indie Trilogy

Hello, fabric friends!

We are back from quilt market and more energized than ever to release a new lookbook! Can you guess which collection is next? If you guessed Indie Folk by Pat Bravo you are right! This collection is the third installment in Pat’s Indie trilogy and it’s so good! The prints are filled with saturated colors, boho vibes, and intricate designs that are ideal for EPP, fussy cutting, and so much more.

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One of my favorite prints in this collection is “Khokloma Burgundia” because the intricate florals remind me of Eastern European folk art. This print is so versatile because it can be used to make funky garments or bold home decor projects like pillows.

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The possibilities are simply endless! I encourage you to explore the lookbook with tons of swoon worthy projects that you can make with Indie Folk.

 

Oh, and if you need a cozy quilt to keep you warm this fall, this “Folklore” quilt is calling your name. Make sure to download the free quilt pattern!

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If you’re excited to create your own project designs, here’s some blenders and denim that coordinate with Indie Folk. Aren’t these colors yummy?!
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Now that you’ve seen Pat’s amazing world of Indie Folk, I bet you’re dying to run to your sewing machine. But before you go, enter the giveaway for a chance to win a fat quarter bundle of this beautiful collection. If you can wait to see if you've won, you can look through our list of online and local shops to see who's selling this collection. 

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 To enter, just fill the form below. Giveaway ends Tuesday, November 14th. Good luck!

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I hope you’re feeling inspired to sew with Indie Folk fabrics by Pat Bravo. Make sure to share your love in the comments by letting me know what are some of your favorite projects from the lookbook.

 

Happy sewing!

Stephanie

 

***GIVEAWAY CLOSED*** 

Congrats, Gayle Fahrion! You've won the bundle of Indie Folk fabrics. Please check your email.


Pattern Collab with Martina Latimer

Hey makers!

I hope you’re having a swell week so far. Today, I wanted to give the spotlight to a pattern maker we recently collaborated with. Her name is Martina Latimer and she currently resides in Brisbane, Australia. She has travelled the world and explored a variety of careers but like many of us, her urge to create lead her to quilting.

Martina recently released her JOY quilt pattern and it’s all about her many experiences and  travels through life. Here’s a little bit about Martina’s journey to making the JOY quilt.

“My childhood passion for sketching shapes and my love for geometry came into my mind and only then I realized that what I did back then helps me with my work today. Who would have thought?!  New design ideas usually come at night when I am in bed and that’s how JOY started as well. I had triangles in mind, incorporated into each other. I sketched it, played with the shape a bit and then changed the perspective and the pattern was born as it is now."

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Now, you’re probably wondering why she named the quilt JOY, besides the fact that it’s a joy to sew with. Believe it or not, this quilt pattern was named after one of her students.

“The name JOY comes from my time in London. I taught contemporary quilting at a College and Joy was one of my students. She always moaned in a funny way when it came to trying out new things but took these challenges on in a happy and joyful manner at the same time.”

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Isn’t it fascinating how so many life experiences can inspire us to create beautiful quilts? For this pattern, Martina used Bound fabrics by April Rhodes and it's based on the foundation paper piecing technique. The pattern is for beginners and it includes measurements for a lap size quilt and a queen/king size quilt.

If you would like to bring JOY to someone’s home this holiday season, you can purchase the pattern on Martina’s website.

 

Happy sewing!

Stephanie


Ready for Thanksgiving? - Sewing Patterns you will love

Hey Everyone, 

November is here and it's time to start thinking about your holiday gatherings with family and friends! November is one of my favorite months because of the yummy food, the warm cozy colors that fill our home and the smells of cinnamon and pumpkin candles in the air all while being surround by family and friends. I put together some great sewing patterns that will come in handy during the Thanksgiving season!



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AGF is nominated for the 2018 British Craft Awards!

Hello, lovely makers!

Today, i’m here to share some exciting news with you! We have been nominated for the 2018 British Craft Awards! This is such an exciting moment for us because of makers like you. Your beautiful projects, comments, and feedback inspire us to do what we love everyday. It’s humbling to be considered for the “Quilting Brand of the Year” and the “Sewing Brand of the Year” categories.

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If you believe we should be the quilting and sewing brand of the year, vote for us. Make sure to click on “Sewing” to vote for that category and “Quilting” to vote for the other category. Voting will be open until December 17th. We truly appreciate you taking the time to vote. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts! 

VOTE FOR AGF HERE

 Happy voting!

-Stephanie