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July 17, 2019
design for embroidery [Flickr] from Karen Ann Ruane

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design for embroidery

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July 16, 2019
Fall/Winter 2019 AGF New Fabric Collections Preview from Art Gallery Fabrics-The Creative Blog

Hi Makers - 

It’s that time of the year again where we get to share with you a PREVIEW of our NEW AGF COLLECTIONS for Fall/Winter 2019!

With this round of collections, there's definitely a lot of amazing storytelling involved in each line. You'll get to see a glimpse of what's new from designers like Maureen Cracknell, Jessica Swift, Sharon Holland, Mister Domestic, Katarina Roccella and AGF Studio. With these collections, you'll also discover lots of different places around the the ocean, an African grassland, an English countryside, the midwest prairie, and an ...

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July 13, 2019
design sheet or back page for a new artist book? from Karen Ann Ruane

surface design, paper explorations

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July 12, 2019
books, pages, design sheets... from Karen Ann Ruane

stitched papers, design sheets, embroidered pages

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July 11, 2019
Adventure Waits with Bonnie Christine's "The Open Road" from Art Gallery Fabrics-The Creative Blog

Have you ever been on a road trip that just inspired you so much? There's something just so exciting about packing up, jumping behind the steering wheel and heading out on an unforgettable adventure. Windows down, music up...observing all the sounds, sights, you drive through quiet forests, open fields, majestic mountains, serene deserts...welcoming spontaneity and the unexpected. Trips like this often bring new perspectives and creative ideas, and this is exactly what happened to our designer, Bonnie Christine! 


Bonnie recently went on an 8,000-mile road trip across the country with her family in a ...

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July 10, 2019
A Special Guest in Chicago from Ann Quilts

I'm happy to say that I got to spend an afternoon (almost two weeks ago now) in Chicago with Elizabeth Townsend-Gard, her grad student Madison, and her daughter and friend.  Elizabeth is the creator of the Just Wanna Quilt podcast and community.  She's a gem! 

She is a law professor at Tulane University.  She's blended her love of quilting with her skills in copyright law and business entrepreneurship by creating programs that use the quilt world as a case study for her students.  The podcast is a series of interviews with quilters from all the myriad aspects ...

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July 8, 2019
Desk Upgrade from Becca's Crazy Projects

My IKEA desk has been collecting things for a while now. One of the downsides to this desk is that sometimes I wills spend entirely too much time sitting. I decided it was time to upgrade to a felxible workstation where I could sit or stand. I did some poking around and settled on the FlexiSpot Standing Desk.
I opted for the VIVO Dual Monitor Desk Mount for my monitors. This was the part that took the longest to assemble. It includes cable management which is always great. The FlexiSpot Standing Desk was mostly assembled when it arrived. I do ...

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July 6, 2019
developing design ideas [Flickr] from Karen Ann Ruane

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developing design ideas

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more ledger work from Karen Ann Ruane

a developing ledger, a record of stitch and design

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July 3, 2019
Christmas in July: Merry & Bright Collection from Art Gallery Fabrics-The Creative Blog

Anyone else preppin’ for the "most wonderful time of the year," a.k.a. Christmas in July?! 


I know a lot of us get a jump start on holiday sewing this month which is definitely a fun way to take a break from the summer heat, cool off in the air conditioning and get ahead on that big gift list. Handmade gifts definitely take time, especially when it comes to quilting! If you're searching for some fabric to use with your holiday-inspired projects, look no further! We got you covered with options. 


Introducing our first ever, holiday-inspired collective, “Merry ...

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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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July 1, 2019
Custom Embroidery from Becca's Crazy Projects

Darling Husband asked for some patches for a live action role-playing game he was participating in on Saturday. He found the art and I worked up the design in my embroidery design software.
Using materials I had on-hand, I stitched the design onto white felt. Since he would be handing these out to the other members of his faction at the game, I covered the stitching with fusible interfacing and used hot glue to attach the pin backs.
I sewed patches onto his coveralls and matching t-shirt. Little details like this can make gamers happy. 
Then, I just had to ...

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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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June 20, 2019
a little book of stitchy ideas [Flickr] from Karen Ann Ruane

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a little book of stitchy ideas

instead of writing things down I'm stitching them down....

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June 12, 2019
The Mermaid from Becca's Crazy Projects

Part 3

This is going to be so many parts. I'm still working through my collection of batik fabrics. I didn't expect the hair to read as red as it does in this image but I really like it.
Building up the layers from the bottom.
I finished up the hair. 
I don't know if I would have picked these fabrics at the fabric store, but when you shop your collection of fabric you make do. 
The applique is finished. Next up will be the quilting. I'm going to let her hang so I can think ...

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June 3, 2019
sketchbook, ledger, artist book, [Flickr] from Karen Ann Ruane

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sketchbook, ledger, artist book,

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The Mermaid from Becca's Crazy Projects

Part 2

It's been a month since I first shared this project with you. You can read the May 1st post here. I finally decided it was time trace the design onto my background fabric and start gluing pieces in place. I use Elmer's Liquid School Glue to attache the applique pieces. Full list of supplies at the bottom of the post. 
I wanted to break up the tail into several sections and work through several colors. 
Here is the tail cut and laid out before gluing. 
I would pick the one pieces I wanted to be in ...

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May 24, 2019
Its All About a Grid - Off The Wall Fridays from Creations - Quilts, Art, Whatever by Nina-Marie Sayre

Fall II, Nina-Marie Sayre
Do you ever get the feeling that there isn't enough hours in the day?  Well, that's the kind of week I've had.  Between working full time, mowing the lawn, trying to get my Abstract homework done andddd getting ready for my vacation.....well, let's just say that I wish Gemini's literally had two of me to get it all done!!  So glad I woke up from my funk!!

Fall I, Nina-Marie Sayre

So this week our studies of Abstracts brought us into a new organizational tool....the grid.  Once I started ...

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May 21, 2019
papers, threads, colour and embroidery ledger in progress from Karen Ann Ruane

papers, threads, colour and embroidery ledger in progress

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May 18, 2019
stitching stories [Flickr] from Karen Ann Ruane

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stitching stories

new class!!

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