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December 14, 2018
A Nod to The East: Silkroad Fusion Collection from Art Gallery Fabrics-The Creative Blog

Hi Makers!

If you have been following AGF for a while, you would know that we don't often focus on contrasting colors of black, red, and white in our collections. Well, we decided to do things a little different this time and this time, and bring them to center stage in our latest collection! Inspired by what you’d discover while traveling the trading route that connected The East to The West, AGF created its latest collection, “Silkroad Fusion.” This fabric line celebrates the emerging trend of Asian influences in textiles with designs from ancient techniques of brushwork that ...

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December 1, 2018
Free and quick Shannon Cuddle Fleece Hat pattern! from Art and Quilting in Camden

Hi everyone…is anyone else madly trying to figure out what to do for Christmas gifts?  Here’s a FREE pattern by me, with major thanks to Shannon Fabrics for the Cuddle fleece.  Literally you can make a couple of these in an hour or so–give yourself three hours and a yard and you can make half a dozen in production-line mode!

How many selfies do you need to take to eliminate many chins or no chin? LOL! I love my soft hat!

And here is what the hat looks like, flat:

Two hats…I mean I used up ...

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November 1, 2018
The last bits of fleece make an easy peasy hat! from Art and Quilting in Camden

So I decided to use up the very last bits of my buffalo check fleece.  I began with 4 3/4 yards of the 58-60″ wide cloth.  The second photo shows the last bits!   These hats are SO FAST to make…including figuring out the best sewing sequence it took less than an hour for the first one.  If you wanted to make a half dozen, you could do that in an afternoon–quick and easy winter gifts!

How many selfies do you need to take to eliminate many chins or no chin? LOL! I love my soft hat!

This ...

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October 30, 2018
Fleece Buffalo Jacket/coat! from Art and Quilting in Camden

Hi everyone…preparations for teaching at International Quilt Festival Houston are nearly done, so I can return to somewhat regularly sporadic blogging!   In addition to that snuggly lap robe/blanket in Cuddle fabric, I also recently made a hooded jacket using two layers of fleece and a Simplicity pattern.

Cuddle-y two-layer fleece jacket–I may not want to take this off this winter!

As I’ve; mentioned in earlier posts, I totally fell in love with Shannon Cuddle fabric at the Janome Education Summit this past May. Here’s a link to the buffalo check (temporarily out of stock as ...

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September 27, 2018
Looks what came in the mail from Shannon Fabrics! Soft and pettable! from Art and Quilting in Camden

Luxe print cuddle and velvet cuddle (the solid red) from ShannonFabrics.com

Oh I can’t WAIT to start sewing this.  At the Janome Education Summit in May we had a program from Shannon Fabrics using their double gauze and Cuddle (minkee).   I saw these three fabrics in swatches and NOW I have some!  They are part of the Fall line, and I can’t wait!  SQUEE…just checked and these are now available at Fabric.com–go here.

The white with buffalo-plaid moose will be backed/edged with the big buffalo-check (each square is about 2 inches) for a ...

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August 31, 2018
York Pinafore Finish from Dizzy Quilts

I made another garment!! And it fits me... and it has pockets!!


I originally bought this tartan fabric as a quilt back, but when Helen's Closet launched their York Pinafore pattern back in May and I saw one of her testers' version in a plaid, I just had to make one.

The pattern is such a fun and easy make! I'm a really slow sewist and it took me about one day to put this one together (with the usual interruptions such as feeding the family and walking the dog). I did take the time to finish the ...

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August 28, 2018
New AGF Capsules: Craftbound + Stargazer Collections from Art Gallery Fabrics-The Creative Blog

Hi Makers! 

Hope August has been a productive month for you with summer vacations and back-to-school! :) I recently went on a trip to Yosemite in California, and came back flooded with so much inspiration to create new projects! Being surrounded by mountains and forests is amazing inspiration, just in case you need some! Luckily, fall and the holidays are quickly approaching..along with some other exciting events like bridal and baby showers, so I'll have plenty of good excuses to make some handmade gifts. 

Here at AGF, we’ve been working hard on crafting up sewing projects for you ...

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July 20, 2018
Underwater Queendom: "Sirena" Fabric Collection from Art Gallery Fabrics-The Creative Blog

If you grew up in the 1980's, it was inevitable that as a little girl you would end up becoming obsessed with the Disney movie, The Little Mermaid.  I remember when this cartoon movie came out, all the other little girls at school also loved the main character,  Ariel who was a gorgeous, red-headed mermaid. We would all have "singing contest" at school and would compete to see who had the "best mermaid voice." On the weekends when my family and I would head to the beach, I would dive into the Atlantic Ocean and splash around, pretending my ...

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Two Minnie Mouse Bathrobes from Dizzy Quilts

Back in the spring, I had planned to make Minnie Mouse backpacks for my grand-girls. I ordered the fabric and the pattern, but then forgot to order some of the hardware I needed for the bags. Meanwhile, I was browsing on Pinterest and found a free pattern and tutorial to make a kid's bathrobe.

So I downloaded it and got to work almost immediately.

I used cotton fabric so it was crazy easy and took no time at all! The robes might be a little more comfy and drapy with a knit, but...


The girls love their robes!


And ...

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July 16, 2018
Mystery Monday Giveaway - Reveal! from Art Gallery Fabrics-The Creative Blog

Hi Makers,

Happy Monday! Hope you are all starting off the week on a great note! To give you some #mondaymotivation, I know you're all patiently waiting for the reveal of our second "AGF Mystery Monday!" 

In case you missed it, we recently launched a NEW GIVEAWAY - AGF Mystery Monday that we'll be hosting once a month where we'll be giving away a MYSTERY BAG (yes, it will have fabric in it and other goodies too) that you can win by entering and guessing what's inside the bag! If you guess correctly, we'll pick you ...

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2018 Goals - Mid-Year Review from Dizzy Quilts

A little over half the year is gone and Yvonne, from Quilting Jetgirl, is hosting a mid-year review link party. I participated in Yvonne's goal-setting party at the start of the year, so I thought it'd be fun to see how I'm doing.

My goals for 2018 were separated into 3 different groups:

1. Start making garments

My mini-goals here were to:

  • Learn how to use my serger (probably with a Craftsy or Creative Bug class) - I learned how to thread my serger and used it a few times to finish seams.
  • Make an easy woven top ...

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July 15, 2018
Dinner Cruise to Statue of Liberty, Janome Education Summit Post #8 from Art and Quilting in Camden

OH MY….let’s just say every single person on the boat was snapping pics like mad!

Though this was the evening before the last session, it needs to go last as a spectacular wrap-up to a fun and informative week at the first ever Janome Educational Summit.  We had Artisans and Makers from the US and Canada, members of Janome America and Janome Canada staff, so many generous and inspiring sponsors, worked on the Janome 15000, 9400, Serger, Cover-stitch machines, did piecing, quilting, Acu-design work, worked on garments, fleece, double gauze, knits, learned about industry trends and upcoming machines ...

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July 12, 2018
Knits, Sergers, Cover Stitch machines, and more at Janome Education Summit 2018 Post #7 from Art and Quilting in Camden

Thursday was a whirlwind as we finished up at lunch time.

Me with my Summit t-shirt (we also did some iron-press decals…this was a basic shirt with an altered neckline also done at breakneck pace) with my skirt tucked underneath. Even my lime suede sneakers go with it!

In that morning we had a presentation on My Fabric Designer Software by Eileen Roche and made a knit skirt using sergers and cover-stitch machines thanks to Girl Charlee.  The amount of machines and work Janome America put into having them onsite for us all to test-drive and learn was amazing ...

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July 10, 2018
AGF MYSTERY MONDAY - Can You Guess What's in The Bag? from Art Gallery Fabrics-The Creative Blog

 

Hi Makers, 

Ever since I can remember I love "mysteries." From reading Nancy Drew books to playing the board game "Clue" to watching that 90's tv show "Unsolved Mysteries" and Alfred Hitchcock films, I was always obsessed with trying to "solve a puzzle." I loved the challenge of trying to use hints to solve what really happened while being in suspense, and often creeping myself out! 

Luckily, this is a different kind of suspense and I hope you'll enjoy trying to figuring the clues as well. In case you missed our last "AGF Mystery Monday" giveaway, this is ...

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July 3, 2018
Festive Magic: "Sparkler" Fabric Collection from Art Gallery Fabrics-The Creative Blog

Growing up in Florida always made the holiday season a very unique one! Unlike most parts of the world where December is a cold and snow-filled month, Florida's climate is usually hot, sticky and humid. I grew accustom to decorating tropical palm trees with Christmas lights and not being able to wear a "Christmas sweater" without sweating, hah! It wasn't until this past winter, I was able to experience my first "White Christmas!" My husband, his family and myself flew north to Canada to go skiing right outside Quebec City. Being in the snow really puts you into ...

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June 18, 2018
Natural Wonders: "Signature" Fabric Collection from Art Gallery Fabrics-The Creative Blog

Hi Makers,

Happy Monday! Hope you all enjoyed a lovely, Father's Day weekend!

I'm sure a lot of you spent it outside and there's nothing better than being in the great outdoors! (Weather permitting, of course!) Whenever I'm in a bit of a funk or need to gather some inspiration to reset my mind, I love to immerse myself in the natural world. Living here in South Florida, there's such fascinating, tropical wildlife and I always enjoy admiring it while I take my two beagles pups for a long walk, twice a day. I live ...

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June 9, 2018
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Double Gauze top with fabric from Shannon Fabrics at the Janome Education Summit 2018

More fun stuff from the Janome Education Summit!   On Wednesday, we were given a choice of three kits by Shannon Fabrics…these are brilliant!   They come in a lovely box (link here to mine on Amazon…other kits are currently available, prices in the $32-39 range for all the fabric you need, click here to see Shannon Fabrics Cuddle Kits) with the exact amounts of different fabrics and faux fur to make a baby throw, about 30×40 inches.   I loved the arrow print in mine ...

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May 25, 2018
A New Cleo Skirt from Dizzy Quilts

I'm super happy to show off another me-made garment - this time, a skirt. I don't wear skirts very much because I don't find them super flattering on me, but skirts are pretty easy to make and I need the additional practice. Also, I had a really nice Art Gallery woven print in red that I thought would look pretty in a skirt.

I used a Made by Rae skirt pattern - the Cleo skirt because there is a Creative Bug class that teaches you every step of the skirt construction pattern in addition to a bunch of really ...

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May 15, 2018
Top 5 Summer Soiree Outfits from Art Gallery Fabrics-The Creative Blog

Hi There Makers!

How’s your May going so far? With the “first day of summer” only a few weeks away (June 21st), I don’t know about you but with this season quickly approaching, I have several upcoming occasions where I’ll need a summery outfit - a brunch-themed baby shower, a daytime wedding on the beach, and a garden/boho themed bridal shower! Since all of these events will be taking place outside, I’ll definitely need to sew something light in fabric, as well as comfortable but still somewhat dressy. Here’s some ideas I’ve gathered from ...

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April 14, 2018
Surface Design on Clothing from The Quilt Rat

Surface design on simple garments, like tank tops, is a great way to combine creativity and practicality. (..and...if it does not go according to plan, you have not wasted a lot of fabric) Lately, I have been creating a few new summer tops. This grey jersey has a lovely feel but it is a little boring so why not dress it up with some stencils, paint, thread and maybe even a few beads.
With this top, I started by drawing the pattern outline shape so that I would have some guidelines to work within. I used stencils I designed ...

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