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July 2, 2019
Sewing with AGF Canvas! from Art Gallery Fabrics-The Creative Blog

Let's talk AGF canvas! Okay first off, have you ever sewn with our canvas?! 

I remember the first time I touched our canvas, I was instantly surprised by the softness and lightness of it. It didn't feel like your typical rough and heavy material that often comes to mind when you think of this substrate! 


Our canvas fabric comes in a wide selection of colors and designs, and is ideal for upholstery, home decor, garments and much more! Did you know AGF canvas fabric is sturdy enough for structured projects yet soft enough for apparel?! From classic florals ...

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June 21, 2019
London Calling with Bari J.'s Bloomsbury from Art Gallery Fabrics-The Creative Blog


For our latest collection, we're transporting back in time to the early 1900s in London, England. In the west end of the city, lies a district called "Bloomsbury" that was (and still is) a fashionable residential area where various intellectual and cultural events took place. During the turn of the century, a group of artists and writers gathered in this district and called themselves "The Bloomsbury Group." English writer Virginia Woolf was one of the most notable members of this group. The other members included Leonard Woolf, Vanessa Bell, E.M. Forster, Lytton Strachey, Roger Fry, Clive Bell, John ...

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January 21, 2019
Mini Art Quilts and Slow Stitching from Quilting & Learning

Mini Art Quilts
✔Two minis done, and two more to go!

Blooming Yellow

The yellow mini art quilt is finished.

My original intention was to wrap the mini over the canvas. I had a difficult time because the seams in the background made the corners bulky. When I trimmed on of  the seams to reduce the bulk in the corners, I ended up ripping it. It was a pretty frustrating mess!
Blooming Yellow Mini Art Quilt
I ended up finishing the art quilt like a pillow case. I then added a background using one of the fabrics on the mini ...

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September 14, 2018
A gourmet finish for a quilted designer cushion from Quilt Social


This week has been so much fun as we have learned how to express pretty words through quilting using the beautiful Gütermann Dekor rayon thread.

Yesterday we completed the background quilting to really make the letters and trapunto sections stand out. Now it’s time to complete our designer cushion.


Say it with free motion quilting - designer cushion
Say it with free motion quilting – designer cushion


Preparing your pieces

Trim the quilted cushion front to measure 18½” square. Set aside for now.


Trim the quilted cushion front
Trim the quilted cushion front


Prepare your machine with a new SCHMETZ 75/11 Quilting needle and the standard sewing foot.

Thread withGütermann 50 weight ...

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September 13, 2018
Making quilted words pop – it’s all about the thread from Quilt Social

Welcome back.

Yesterday was such a fun day!

We set up our machines for free motion quilting, did our first set of outline quilting, learned how to trim the batting for trapunto and layered our piece to prepare for today’s background quilting.

Now it’s time to really make those quilted words pop as beautifulGütermann Dekor rayon thread brings life to our designer cushion!


Beautiful thread makes the design come to life
Beautiful thread makes the design come to life


All of the stitching from now on will be done with Gütermann Dekor Rayon thread that contrasts with the background fabric.

I used a single color ...

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September 12, 2018
Quilting words – so much to say using Gütermann Dekor thread! from Quilt Social


I hope you’ve been having fun getting ready to free motion quilt words and more for a designer cushion.

Was it hard deciding what you wanted to say? Maybe you’re already making more than one?

In yesterdays post we learned how to mark, layer and baste your piece. Now it’s time to create our trapunto using wonderful Gütermann thread.


It's time to quilt!
It’s time to quilt!


Prepare your machine for free motion quilting

Put a new size 75/11 SCHMETZ Quilting needle on your machine.

A quilting needle will pierce the multiple layers of batting and fabric quickly and ...

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September 11, 2018
Mark, layer, baste, easy preparation for machine quilting from Quilt Social


Quality materials and good preparation are the keys to successful machine quilting. Yesterday we gathered our supplies and cut our fabric and batting to size. Now it’s time to prepare our pieces for quilting.

Let’s go!


Good preparation is the key to success.
Good preparation is the key to success.


Our pillow front will be quilted twice in some areas to create an effect called trapunto.

This is a form of stuffed quilting in which some areas use two layers of batting to give a raised, 3-dimensional effect.

Our Gütermann Dekor rayon thread will really make the quilting stand out!

Marking Matters

Before we layer ...

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September 10, 2018
Say it with free motion quilting, a designer cushion from Quilt Social


Free motion quilting is one of my favorite things to do and I’m always exploring new and exciting variations.

I had fun using applique words in my QUILTsocial blog post 5 easy steps to make a quilted spring banner and wondered could I also create words with quilting?

With my beautiful Gütermann Dekor rayon thread the answer, of course, is a resounding yes!

Join me for a week of fun as we create a lovely designer cushion.


Say it with free motion quilting - designer cushion
Say it with free motion quilting – designer cushion



Gütermann thread – a quilters palette

My thread of choice for quilting this project ...

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January 5, 2018
Eye Study 1 from Pebble Creek Arts

I have been working too much and haven’t had time for my art. I started this one because I wanted something small that I could finish quickly.

This is an 8″ x 10″ charcoal on stretched canvas. I primed the canvas and sanded it even though it was pre-primed. The charcoal has trouble sticking in some places if you don’t do that.

You can see the video of this one on my YouTube channel or on my videos page. Please give it a like!

Signing off for now. Happy Friday!


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November 6, 2017
Creating A Canvas for Your Next Applique Project from Adele Mogavero

A single piece of fabric is a great canvas for your next appliqueing project…But it isn’t your only choice.

6 cretive ways and ideas to make a background for your next applique project

I want to offer you a few ideas to create an artistic canvas with your fabric leftovers

  1. Strips of Fabric in assorted colors and styles

  2. The Abstract Floral Quilt

    The background for this quilt with strips of fabrics. These were random colors and widths.
    After the strips were sewn together I cut blocks from them and created a large enough piece for my applique design.

    Scrap Fabric used in an art quilt that blends the primitive with the traditional
    Modern Art quilt by Adele Mogavero of Del~Lillian’s

  3. Using Black and White ...

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