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September 6, 2019
Bohemian Apparel with Nuncia Fabrics from Art Gallery Fabrics-The Creative Blog

For our designer Pat Bravo's Nuncia collection and fabric lookbook, we really wanted to put a big apparel focus on these fabrics! The main reason being that this collection has an eclectic, bohemian flair that can work so well with various garments. 

For inspiration, we created mood boards that were based around a free-spirited, romantic aesthetic with a 70's vibe as well as taking ideas from embellished textiles and accessories found in marketplaces across the globe. 

Inspo Untitled-1With all of this in mind guiding us for visual references, we also knew we wanted to create boho jackets, blouses, pants ...

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My first pair of me-made pants! from Dizzy Quilts

Let me start by saying taking pictures of finished quilts is a lot easier than taking pictures of me wearing me-made clothes! I'm either going to buy myself a tripod and find somewhere to take pictures or I'll have to make sure someone is available to help when I finish something.

Anyhow, I made some pants! These are the Seamwork Moji.


I made them out of a very inexpensive double knit from Fabric.com. The colour is black and extremely difficult to photograph so I apologize for the lack of proper detailed photos.

The Moji pants are a ...

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August 16, 2019
New Cowl Top (M6963) from Dizzy Quilts

I made another garment and I really like it! I mean, I'm not very good at garment sewing yet so this is far from perfect, but it's definitely wearable and I'm learning so much.

Apologies for the vacation hair and lack of make-up!

The pattern is McCall's M6963. It's from the Palmer Pletsch line so there lots of fitting help within the instructions so that even a beginner can achieve a good fit. My measurements put me somewhere between a 20 and a 22 but I decided to go with a straight 20 because of ...

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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! 

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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 14, 2019
Dress forms and democracy from Art and Quilting in Camden

Or, a catch-up post! As usual, when I end up beyond-crazy-busy the blog gets even more neglected, so that means I’ve been crazy busy! I have finished a 30×50 quilt, but I can’t share it–at least until after jurying is complete at the end of the month. I’m also slamming on two new projects for Janome America to use: portraits of the dog and the cat. As you can see, I have just begun!

The dog….It will be titled “I Love, Therefore I Am”
Here she is expanded. I haven’t discovered her name ...

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April 19, 2019
A new dress for Madison from Dizzy Quilts

I finished my first project off the Q2 FAL list!


The pattern is the Everyday Playdress by Love Notions. I made the cross-over bodice (it comes in a standard bodice too) and I love it!! I'm not an experienced sewer when it comes to garments but this dress was so easy and so much fun to make. The pattern calls for a knit fabric and I used this adorable Cloud 9 fabric I've had in my stash for a little while now.

The only issue I had with this dress is that I stretched the bodice a little ...

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April 12, 2019
My list of WIPs for Q2 of the 2019 FAL from Dizzy Quilts

The first part of Q1 was probably my least productive time in the sewing room... ever! Work simply took over every little bit of time I had. But then toward the middle of the quarter, I fell into a rhythm
at work and things got better. I managed to spend a little bit of time in the sewing room in the evening and on weekends and everything was right again!

And I finished a couple of things. First, there was the Emerald Pillow which I completed in February.


And then in March, I finished three quilts!

St-Patrick's Day Quilt ...

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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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February 15, 2019
Introducing Our AGF "Rayon Striped!" from Art Gallery Fabrics-The Creative Blog

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Calling all you rayon lovers! We have some SUPER EXCITING news for you! For the FIRST TIME EVER, we’re launching four, new rayons that are filled with STRIPES...meaning you’ll have more options to play with regarding prints. From a white and black combination to blue, teal, and a mustard (my fave), these RAYON STRIPED fabrics are timeless go-to’s and extremely versatile for so many different kinds of sewing projects. 

Our rayon is 100% natural (made from wood pulp), so it’s extremely lightweight and flowy that creates an ultra smooth hand and delicate drape. If you ...

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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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