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March 15, 2019
Our Newest Capsule: PINE LULLABY KNIT FABRICS! from Art Gallery Fabrics-The Creative Blog

Hi Makers,

Looking for some new knits to sew with, or maybe you're on the hunt for some fabrics for some homemade gifts to give a mama-to-be or a little one?!

With all the trends of gender-neutral color palettes for kids' clothing and decor, we decided to do our own spin on a collection  with this in mind and created "Pine Lullaby!" In case you don't know, a capsule is a small collection we make in-house here at AGF. For these ten, darling prints, we gathered inspiration from the woods and nature, fusing them with a modern touch ...

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March 8, 2019
Inspiration for your next Banyan Batiks Island Vibes quilt! from Quilt Social

Yesterday I showed you how to finish up an adorable baby quilt using Banyan Batiks Island Vibes quilt and get it ready for quilting.

Baby quilt (or wall quilt) made with Banyan Batiks Island Vibes fabric
Baby quilt (or wall quilt) made with Banyan Batiks Island Vibes fabric

I hope you’ve enjoyed using the Banyan Batiks fabrics this week. There are more fabrics being added to the Banyan Batiks collection all the time. Be sure to check out the Banyan Batiks website to see all the newest fabrics. And remember to click the Product Finder Button on the Northcott site to find out which shops have your favorite Banyan Batiks.

On ...

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March 7, 2019
LEARN TO QUILT - How to Sew the “Pathway” Quilt Block | Sewing Made Easy from Art Gallery Fabrics-The Creative Blog

How to Sew a Pathway Block -Tutorial

Hello Makers,

What is your favorite go-to blender fabrics? For those of you new to quilting, blender fabrics are basic tonal prints that read as a solid and can be used to add contrast and texture to your quilting projects. They also help break up busy prints to help better appreciate the fabrics used in your quilt. Blenders are great supporting designs but can be used all on there own as well! 

AGF carries a great assortment of blenders, we call our blenders “Elements” and we have a ton of different types of Elements ranging in size, texture, and colors ...

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Finishing a baby quilt with sashing makes it sweeter! from Quilt Social

Yesterday I showed you how to make curvy, strip-pieced blocks using fabric from the Banyan Batiks Island Vibes collection in the Palm Bay colorway.

Arrange blocks in rows of 3 for the quilt top; Curved strip-piecing using Banyan Batiks Island Vibes creates a sweet baby quilt. Free pattern!!
Arrange blocks in rows of 3

In this post, I’m adding sashing and borders to finish up this little quilt. Let’s get started!

cutting Instructions

  • From the sashing fabric cut 10 – 1½” x WOF (approximately 20″)
  • Re-cut to make 28 – 1½” x  6″ strips.
  • From cornerstone fabric cut 24 – 1½” squares. I used blue scraps from our first 2 projects this week.

 sewing instructions

  • Sew sashing strips to the 5 rows of blocks. Note ...

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March 6, 2019
Curved strip-piecing using Island Vibes fabric creates a sweet baby quilt from Quilt Social

Yesterday I showed you how to add some contrasting strips to your curvy, strip-pieced segments to create an original block. Today I’ll an adorable small baby quilt – it could also be a  wall quilt – using more fabrics from the Banyan Batiks Island Vibes Palm Bay collection.

This quilt will be 30″ x 43″ when finished. Ready?

Baby quilt made with Island Vibes batiks
Baby quilt made with Island Vibes batiks

materials

  • 3 fat quarters from the Island Vibes collection for the blocks
  • 1 fat quarter for the sashing. I used Banyan Batiks Ketan #120 Cashmere.
  • 24 – 1½” squares for cornerstones for sashing; blue scraps were used ...

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March 5, 2019
Making a versatile Island Vibes curved strip pieced quilt block from Quilt Social

Yesterday I showed you how to do some easy curved strip-piecing using fabrics from Banyan Batiks Island Vibes collection.

2 strip sets made with curved strip piecing; using Banyan Batiks Island Vibes fabrics to make a modern quilt, placemat, cushion cover etc.
2 strip sets made with curved strip piecing

Today I’ll show you how to re-cut those strip sets and create a unique, modern-looking block.

Let’s get started!

  • Straighten the left-hand edge of each strip set.
  • Cut each strip set into 5 – 4″ segments.

Use a rotary cutter to cut the strip set into 5 - 4" segments; using Banyan Batiks Island Vibes fabrics to make a modern quilt, placemat, cushion cover etc.
Cut the strip set into 5 – 4″ segments.

  • Using 3 segments from 1 strip set and 2 segments from the other one, arrange the segments as desired. I found it more interesting to off-set the segments ...

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March 4, 2019
Curved strip piecing with the NEW Banyan Batiks Island Vibes from Quilt Social

In previous QUILTsocial blog posts, I’ve shown you how to make projects using fabrics from the Tie One On and African Violets  Banyan Batiks collections from Northcott along with fabrics from the basics Ketan collection.

This week I’ll be using fabrics from the new Banyan Batiks Island Vibes collection that will be in quilt shops in March 2019. After weeks of snow, ice and cold where I live, this was just the fabric I needed to make me think of spring and maybe a vacation in a warm, sunny climate near the water.

There are 3 colorways in ...

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February 22, 2019
Quilting options for a Banyan Classics rail fence quilt from Quilt Social

Yesterday, I cut and sewed the rail fence blocks and placed them on the design wall so I could see the quilt come to life. The Banyan Classics fabrics make a very striking quilt, don’t you think? I just love the color palette!

Whether you finish your quilt yourself on your domestic sewing machine or have it professionally quilted on a longarm quilting machine, you have many options for the quilting design which will hold the three layers of the quilt sandwich together. Here is my design thought process.

Choosing a design

When choosing a quilting design, I ...

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February 21, 2019
It’s hip to be square! Cutting and sewing rail fence blocks from Quilt Social

As a beginner, you likely won’t have a lot of specialized tools at your disposal, but a 12½” x 12½” square up ruler is one you should invest in right from the start. You’ll use it constantly, as in the following step.

Cutting the blocks

Yesterday I showed you how to press the strips of Banyan Classics Collection, pieced together to make rail fence blocks. Now it’s time to take them to the cutting table and align one long edge with a grid line on the cutting mat. You’ll likely find it easier cutting through the ...

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SEWING A QUILT WITH RAYON - How to Sew with Rayon Fabrics | DIY Home Decor from Art Gallery Fabrics-The Creative Blog

Rayon-Striped

Hey Makers,

We love our traditional, warm snuggly quilts but here in Florida, we are always looking for a way to make an ultra lightweight, soft,  luxurious quilt to take with us to the beach or to accessories our homes. With the introduction of our Rayon Striped collection, we knew we had to put it to the test by making our ultimate dream quilt we have been dreaming about for so long.

With a mix of our solid rayons and stripes, we put together the “Strippy” free quilt pattern.

Rayon-Striped_Quilt_3

Rayonwalls

For those of you who may be fearful of dippin’ your ...

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February 20, 2019
Easy pressing tips for a perfect square rail fence blocks from Quilt Social

If making a quilt is new to you, you may wonder about this constant back and forth between stations; cutting, sewing and pressing. I call it the trifecta of quilting. Each is an integral part of constructing a beautiful quilt, one which will hopefully be well-used and well-loved forever.

Pressing Makes Perfect

Yesterday, I gave you the cutting instructions. The next step in creating this striking Banyan Classics rail fence quilt is to press your strip sets, and, as mentioned in the title of this segment, pressing makes perfect.

Press the seam flat the way it was sewn to "set" the seam before pressing the strip open; using Banyan Batiks Banyan Classics! Free rail fence quilt pattern.
Press seams flat as they were sewn to “set” the seam ...

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February 19, 2019
Quick and easy cutting instructions for a classic rail fence quilt from Quilt Social

Yesterday, I introduced the colorways for the NEW Banyan Batiks, Banyan Classics Collection. I’m thrilled to start the rail fence quilt with this new batik line.

Before cutting into your fabric it’s a good idea to give it a quick press, especially if you’ve chosen to wash it. Ah, to prewash, or not prewash; that is the question! It’s a question as old as Shakespeare and its answer is entirely up to you. After all, it’s your quilt. In general, batiks have a history of color bleeding because of their rich saturation of dye, so ...

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February 18, 2019
NEW Banyan Classics Collection makes for a knockout rail fence quilt from Quilt Social

I was beyond excited when asked to write about Banyan Batiks NEW Banyan Classics Collection. After all, what quilter doesn’t love the idea of receiving a box of fabric in the mail, right?

Christmas came early!

Imagine my delight when I saw the beautiful palette of the Banyan Classics Collection in tones of black, white and grey. You can’t get more classic than that! Six dynamic prints in five timeless colorways of Pearl, Opal, Silver, Pewter, and Onyx.

Banyan Classics Collection featuring the Opal Colorway, NEW February 2019!! Are you ready for the free pattern fun! Join Michael Smith for Rail Fence Quilt this week using 5 strips!
Banyan Classics Opal Colorway

These fabrics definitely appealed to my more masculine sensibilities; no big floral or cutesy prints, so ...

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February 14, 2019
PARTY TIME with Mister Domestic and Aura Fabrics from Art Gallery Fabrics-The Creative Blog

 

Blog Party

Hey Everyone! Mister Domestic,  one of our lovely, talented designers is having a  party and you're all invited! Save the dates for Feb 11th- March 16th because during those weeks we will be seeing amazing projects made by the impressive list of markers below! All of them will be sewing with Mister Domestic’s latest collection called Aura!

 

Haven’t sewn with Aura Fabrics yet? Well after seeing all the inspiring projects during the weeks to come you will want to get your hands on some.

Can’t wait and want to see projects this instant sewn with Aura ...

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February 11, 2019
Winner announced and Fabric Giveaway from Pieced Brain

Thank you for participating in last week's giveaway! "Easy Layer-Cake Quilts 2" is a great book filled with ideas for quilts with 10" squares, whether you bought them as layer cakes, made your own cakes, or use yardage. We have a winner! Here is the randomizer pick:

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1 Set of 1 Unique Number
Range: From 1 to 56
Set #1

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CeciliaFebruary 6, 2019 at 11:01 AM

I mostly buy yardage, but the precuts are hard to resist...
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Congratulations, Cecilia! I will email you soon to get your mailing information. In the meantime...


This week ...

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February 8, 2019
Made for Each Other: Matchmade Collection from Art Gallery Fabrics-The Creative Blog

“I am super excited to introduce my latest collection “MATCHMADE” to all of you! I hope you don’t feel surprised because these kind of lines are not what I normally do, but I felt it was necessary to compliment my work!” - Pat Bravo

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Matchamade Fabric 4

If you're a huge fan of our designer Pat Bravo's collections, then we have some NEWS for you! Pat came up with this very unique approach to create a fabric collection that acts as blenders for her previous collections like Legendary, Indie Folk and Indie Boheme. Since her style has always been very intricate ...

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February 6, 2019
Sewing with Color - How to Make a "Kentucky Chain" Block from Art Gallery Fabrics-The Creative Blog

Kentucky-Block-Tutorial

Hello Makers,

Do you ever have problems finding the perfect go-to blenders to match back with your main fabrics when creating your quilts? I am a print girl all the way but sometimes you need a solid or blender to mix into your quilt to truly appreciate all the beautiful prints and to add contrast to make your fabrics shine. If you are a Pat Bravo fan like me and already have prints from her previous collections then you definitely need to get your hands on her new collection called Matchmade! This collection was meticulously curated to work back with ...

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February 4, 2019
My 2019 Island Batik Ambassador Boxes! from The Inquiring Quilter

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First, let me make my official announcement! I’m going to be a 2019 Island Batik Ambassador! Congratulations to my fellow 2019 Island Batik Ambassadors—-what an inspiring group of quilters I get to work with!

I’m so excited to share another year of beautiful batiks with you. There are many cool Ambassador challenges this year and lots of surprises so fasten your seat belts and hop on board!

If you like batiks as much as I do, be sure to follow me so you don’t miss the eye candy. Even if batiks are not your thing, you ...

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February 1, 2019
"Handmade Getaway" Giveaway! from Art Gallery Fabrics-The Creative Blog

"When there's not enough time for making, sometimes you just need to get away. Handmade getaways are a rare chance to sew from morning to night, to eat delicious things, and to take care of our friends. There is nothing else quite like it."

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If you're looking for a new book that's filled with projects and TONS of inspiration, you should definitely check out Handmade Getaway! This book was brought to life by the talented  Jacqueline Sava Clarke (who I had the pleasure of meeting at last year's Spring Market in Portland!) and Karyn Valino who ...

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January 18, 2019
"Pixel Pieces" Quilt Block Tutorial from Art Gallery Fabrics-The Creative Blog

 

Pixel-Pieces-Block-Tutorial



Hello Makers,

Happy 2019 Everyone! Here at AGF we are feeling all the happy vibes the month January brings with a fresh start and determination to start or continue our new year goals! We are excited to begin another great season sharing our brand new fabric collections and makes to help bring inspiration to this wonderful new year.

Today I want to put a spotlight on Katarina’s new fabric collection called Grid. I am dancing with delight over here with her use of jewel tone colors and texture. This modern, edgy collection was so exciting to sew with. I ...

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