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April 29, 2019
My Island Batik Surprise Fabrics from The Inquiring Quilter

Every year, the Island Batik Ambassadors receive two box fulls of goodies. In those boxes, there are often “surprise fabrics,” wrapped up all pretty so when we make a box opening video, those fabrics aren’t accidentally shown to the public before they are released.

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Last July, I received a box of Island Batiks and inside was a bundle of surprise fabrics—half-yard cuts from each of the fabrics in one of the Fall/Winter 2018 collections. I received the Fortune Teller collection.

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The first thing we do with these surprise fabrics is to make a rep sample—a small ...

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April 25, 2019
This and That from Grandma's Red Needle

Hello everyone! 
 I hope you all had a nice Easter. No public holidays here, just normal days for us. 

How are you doing and what have you been up to recently?
First days of this week have just flown away. Today is actually the first day this week I'm not going anywhere! It's raining too, so what's better than playing with some fabrics and a little bit sewing?! 

Thanks for your comments on the daisy blocks! Since my previous post, I played around a little bit and decided to make three more blocks of each and turn ...

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April 22, 2019
TROPICAL PRINTS from Art Gallery Fabrics-The Creative Blog


Hello Makers, 

Suntanned skin, waves crashing on the shore, and the feel of the warm salty breeze, there are so many reasons why I love the beach and living in a tropical climate but another reason is we can wear bright colorful sundresses all year! Which is why I am super excited about Katie Skoog's debut collection for AGF, West Palm Fabrics!

I see several summer dresses in my near future! What would you make with West Palm fabrics? In the video I below I show off my Tank Dress made in the “Seaside Garden Coral” print! This beginner-friendly ...

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April 16, 2019
Kids Fabric- How to Make a "King David's Patchwork Tutorial - AGF Quilt Block Collection from Art Gallery Fabrics-The Creative Blog


Hello Makers, 

I don’t know about you but when I am looking for fabrics to sew for the little ones in my life I always have a tough time finding the right fabrics. I either find prints that are to gender-specific or the colors are just not quite what I am looking for.

Becoming an Auntie for the first time 14 years ago and then becoming a God Mother 2 ½” years ago has been such a rewarding honor. As I watch my brother's kids grow up I think back to when I was that young and I ...

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April 14, 2019
Patriotic Table Runners and WIPs from Grandma's Red Needle

It's Sunday again, two weeks into April already. Where did this week go?! 
Rain and thunderstorms today and Meteo has issued 'heavy rain warning' until tomorrow morning. No venture out in this weather and what is better than sew?! :)

The Norwegian National Day - May 17th - is approaching. 

I have a few patriotic quilted items in our Etsy Shop and after selling one table runner last weekend, I've been busy making two more.

I had some fabric left of this fun navy blue striped ribbons and made a variation of the ...

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April 12, 2019
A Modern Kids' Collection: SISU! from Art Gallery Fabrics-The Creative Blog

Happy Friday, Makers - 

Hope you all had a fabulous week!

We were super busy here at AGF Studio, putting the final touches on our latest lookbook for our latest collection, SISU! This bold, bright collection is so so soooo cute and was made just for kids and their imagination. While designing this collection, we collected a lot of inspiration from our own childhood with primary shapes, colors, and memories! We love putting our own little personal stories into our designs, and this time around, one of the prints that feature a little dog flying on a glider is based on ...

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April 8, 2019
How to effectively use HeatnBond Feather Lite and Pressing Paper from Quilt Social

All this week I’ll discuss some useful, versatile fuse and sew products brought to you by HeatnBond that allow you to add appliques to your projects with ease. These fusible products make your sewing easier to execute and embellished so that they look professionally sewn. You’ll learn easy applique, foundation paper piecing, an alternate to pinning and lamination using fusible products. Some very interesting methods to be discussed.

Today, I’m excited to talk about HeatnBond Feather Lite and Pressing Paper.

HeatnBond Feather Lite is a product that’s lightweight and can be fused to the reverse side ...

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April 4, 2019
Our Latest Giveaway: #AGFPets from Art Gallery Fabrics-The Creative Blog

Hi Makers,

Hope your April is off to a good note, so far. :)

This month, we have a lot of fun things in store for you! One of them being our latest GIVEAWAY involving PETS. Yep, that's right. Since we're all animal lovers here and often see posts of all your cute pets with your sewing projects, we thought this would be a fun way to see/hear more about them! Here's the scoop: 

AGFPetsLogo AGFPetsCollageTag us using the hashtag #AGFPets on social media with a cute photo of your of pet (this includes cats, dogs, birds, bunnies ...

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March 27, 2019
The Magic of Quilting- How to Make a "Domino and Star" Quilt Block featuring Lugu Fabrics from Art Gallery Fabrics-The Creative Blog


Hello Makers,

Whooo is ready for another quilt block tutorial?! Me me me! I am especially excited about this new block tutorial because I got to sew with Jessica Swift’s new fabric collection called Lugu. All the prints in this collection are gorgeous, ranging from magical moons, moths, festive deer and florals and my favorite which I think is the star of the collection the Sova owl print! It comes in two great colors ways.


I fussy cut Mr. Owl to be in the center of my “ Domino and Star” Block, a fun, beginner-friendly block that is pretty easy ...

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Crazy at Walmart from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

Our local Walmart is making some changes. Well, apparently lots of changes. One of the many is that they are closing down the fabric department. Bad news, good news. 

The bad news is long-term: some of the elderly who sew won't have easy access to fabric. The closest is about a hour away and few drive through Alexandria to get there.

The good news is short-term: fabric is on clearance. For $1 a yard. Yes indeed, you read that right. $1. Per. Yard.

Now I'd heard that there was a big clearance. But I wasn't impressed when ...

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March 24, 2019
How To Give Quilting Fabrics a Worn Appearance from Pippa Patchwork

Fabrics with a worn appearance have been highly desired by consumers and fashionistas alike for over a decade now, and it doesn’t look like the trend is going away any time soon. When you’re in need of some worn fabrics for your next quilting project there are a number of approaches you can take. Today I’d like to discuss a few of my favorite techniques that I use in my own quilting projects.

It’s important to keep in mind that the amount of wear that you desire can vary greatly from project to project, so you ...

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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


  • 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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