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February 19, 2019
Our Newest AGF Sewcialite - Carolina Moore from Art Gallery Fabrics-The Creative Blog

Hi Makers,

An award-winning quilter, author of a quilt book and a craft book...just a few things that make her extra special...and now she's our newest AGF Sewcialite! Please give a warm welcome to the talented, Carolina Moore!

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Born in Holland and currently living in sunny San Diego, California with her husband, two sons, a dog and a cat, Carolina's been quilting for 25 years! Using her expertise and amazing precision with each make, we first noticed her back in 2012, when she became part of an AGF sewing challenge. After falling in love with ...

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February 18, 2019
Sunday Quilt Inspiration: graphic lines from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

In just a few days many of us will be traveling to Nashville, TN, for QuiltCon, which begins on Thursday. I pray that you all have safe travels and that you enjoy the show. If you're planning to attend QuiltCon on Friday, let me know. (Leave a note here or email me at mary.marcotte@gmail.com.) I'd love to meet you, perhaps for lunch, and to have a chance to get to know you in person. It's almost always better, don't you think?


s.o.t.a.k handmade: blogger's quilt festival (fall 2016)QuiltCon Magazine 2018 - The Quilting Company

QuiltCon 2019 ++ Quilt Submissions

Emergent by Kari Vojtechovsky.  QuiltCon 2015.  Photo by Fresh Lemons Quilts.

I'm so happy to see that @qvilted's quilt made it into QuiltCon! She's one of my quilting crushes.  Check out her work! Congrats Yara! #quiltcon #quilt #modernquilt

The Modern Quilt Guild

Cabana quilt designed, pieced and quilted by Sheri Cifaldi-Morrill | Whole Circle Studio. Pattern available soon. Cabana exhibited in "Minimalism" category at QuiltCon 2017 in Savannah Georgia and selected for "Best of QuiltCon 2017" international traveling show.

On a New Path by Melody Baker QuiltCon 2017QuiltCon 2018 // Some of My Favorite Quilts

1st   Place: Urban Trek  60” x 72” Pieced and quilted by Heather Black Inland Northwest MQG, Spokane, WA

Warp and Weft  Pieced and quilted by Cheryl Brickey  Greer, South Carolina, United States  Greenville Modern Quilt Guild  @MeadowMistDesigns  43 x 41 inches  | QuiltCon 2017 Award Winners | MQG Community

Enjoy these quilts and over 8,000 others on my "heart, quilts ...

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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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February 14, 2019
Hospital Sketches from Prairie Moon Quilts

Well, I caved and started a new quilt. What’s more, I talked my sister into doing it, too! She’s my partner in crime for most of my quilting activities — how could she say no?

But when you see it, you’ll stop wondering why I gave in.

It’s a new Quilt-Along by Barbara Brackman, hosted on her Civil War Quilts blog HERE. Not only is this a very interesting blog for Civil War history, especially pertaining to quilts and textiles during that time period, but she hosts great quilt-alongs. I’ve resisted a couple in the past ...

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February 12, 2019
PURE SOLIDS-Truth about Quilting Cottons and all you need to know about AGF SOLIDS from Art Gallery Fabrics-The Creative Blog

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Hello Makers,

Don’t say we didn’t tell you! Our Pure Elements are now PURE SOLIDS. They have new characteristics you’ll love while maintaining the virtues that made them famous. I am here to tell you all about PURE SOLIDS.

For those that have been sewing with PURE SOLIDS for some time now, you truly understand and FEEL THE DIFFERENCE already! But for those of you who haven’t had the pleasure, let me breakdown all you need to know about our PURE SOLIDS and what makes them so great!


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Color is everything, especially when it comes to ...

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February 10, 2019
Sunday Quilt Inspiration: college memories from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

Having just spent most of my week with a bunch of teenagers who all plan to attend a college, I thought it might be a nice idea to take a look at some of the college memory quilts that are on Pinterest. 

An LSU commissioned quilt for a retiree from her coworkers.
I've made a couple, one LSU and one SLU, which are the first ones on this list. Everything else is just sort of randomly selected and not necessarily on my boards.

Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories: SLU Tee-shirt Quilt

Other, randomly selected, college tee-shirt quilts...
I like the mismatched pattern and border around the edges. Also like the black border between shirts and square edge pattern

I am going to do this with all my High School Sports shirts....Neat Idea!   T-Shirt QuiltTshirt quilt tutorials!!! I started mine (Mizzou, too, how funny!) a long time ago, but was only going to sew shirt squares together... I'm SO glad I kept my scraps, because this one looks SO much cooler!! I can't wait to get working on it! :D

Turn your old favourite shirts into a T-shirt quilt! | Craft projects for every fan!

How to Make a T-Shirt Quilt for Beginners a Step-by-Step Guide | FeltMagnet

Turn your old favourite shirts into a T-shirt quilt! | Craft projects for every fan!

How to Make a T-Shirt Quilt for Beginners a Step-by-Step Guide | FeltMagnet

As I leave Beta convention and all of that fun behind me, I can't help but think of all ...

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Inspiration in everything! from Creating Chaos

I'm often asked what inspires my work.  Well, how long have you got?

There really isn't an easy answer to this as I'm inspired by so many things.  Sometimes I get so much inspiration from one thing that it leads to a series of work.  This was so when I began to see rusty objects over and over again and the more I saw, the more I noticed rust in many other places.   This overload of inspiration lead to two series - Corrosion, which was inspired by the rust itself, and Oxidisation, which used fabric and threads dyed ...

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February 9, 2019
Block Six Already from Prairie Moon Quilts

If you’re participating in the Summertime Samplers Block-of-the-Month program through Sew Sweet Quilt Shop this year, we’re already up to Block 6 this month!

I’ve been remaking some of the blocks using my scraps, just because I had so much fun with these quilts, and wanted to see them done up in more ways. Here’s my third version of Block 6:

I really, really like making this block, and I think I might make an entire quilt just out of these blocks, done up all scrappy like this. In my spare time, of course!

That’s ...

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Linjer from Veriquilt

Järnvägslinjer, utskrift på bomullstyg

Vår Art Quilt-cirkel har som utmaning till nästa träff att göra en liten kvilt på temat Linjer. Jag jobbade lite med papperskollage samtidigt som snön vräkte ner och alla pratade om kaos på järnvägen. Och järnvägen är ju precis ett nät av linjer! En av mina idéer var att göra en utskrift på sidenorganza, jag hade köpt en bit i somras som hade blivit liggande. Jag strök fast mot Freezer Paper men det ville inte riktigt fästa, gång på gång måste jag öppna skrivaren och plocka ut tyget som hade lossat från baksidan trots dokumenttejp. Till ...

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February 7, 2019
Time for a New Piece from Roxane Lessa Fine Textile Art

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Hi Everyone!

The felted lighthouse piece is done!  It is called Ninini Lighthouse, which is the actual name of the lighthouse in Lihue, Kauai. I ended up using a facing and keeping the edges clean. I hope to mount it on a canvas or better yet, inside a shadow box frame.

Now it’s time to turn my attention to something new.

I am always attracted to tropical places, scenes, plants, people, etc. And I recently got to spend my birthday at such a place- Punta Cana in the Dominican ...

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February 6, 2019
English Paper Piecing: Diamond Tote from The Cloth Parcel

Have you ever wanted to try English Paper Piecing?  We made a small tutorial on the basics of the process quite some time ago, but sometimes you need a little more direction and ideas for easy projects.  Carolina Moore‘s new book with Nancy’s Notions, Learn to English Paper Piece, is a great starting point!  Here’s a […]

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February 5, 2019
Valentine Stitchery from Prairie Moon Quilts

I felt the urge to make a new Valentine’s project this year, and I wanted to do something with embroidery.

I thought about designing something completely new, but I’m still in love with my “Be Mine” Valentine appliqué wall quilt pattern, so I decided to use it to make a little stitchery mini quilt.

Here’s the original appliquéd wall quilt, which measures 20″ x 20″.

For my stitchery version, I reduced the size of the appliqué pattern, and embroidered it. It fits into an 8″ square. Then I used a couple pieces from my stash to add ...

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February 4, 2019
Sunday Quilt Inspiration: Chinese coins from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

Antique: Coin #FreeShipping antique Folk Ancient Chinese Dynasty Bronze Wealth Tong He Yuan Bao Copper Money Coin BiA couple of years ago AHIQ held a challenge to make Chinese coin quilts. Ann and Kaja made some gorgeous quilts; in fact, Ann made several. Today I ran across a couple of familiar-looking quilts on Pinterest. You probably guessed it. Two of their quilts! I'm not certain that they should be on Pinterest, but there they were.

Chinese Coin, a Feng Shui suggestion for AbundanceDa Ding Tong Bao bronze 1 cash coin cast in 1188 AD during the Da Ding reign (1161-1189 AD) of Emperor Shi Zong 1161-1189 AD, of the Jin Dynasty, S-1085. The S-1086 variety has the Chinese character 'Shen' of the reverse top side of the coin.

Since I was searching for an inspiration for today, I got straight to it. Here are both of those and several more. 


like this Chinese coin only about 3 coins wide...chinese-coin-quilt-for-mexico-001

Chinese Coins by Freddy Moran

Pocket Change quilt, a variation on a Chinese coin quilt, by Prairie Tallgrass Studio.

Nice way to use up scraps ~ inspiration

Chinese coins, it seems, is a popular pattern ...

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February 3, 2019
#makearteveryday continues, even on holiday! from Creating Chaos

My sketchbook continues to occupy me each day, even when I was on holiday in Gran Canaria last month.

First a catch-up of the few days before we went.....

Rusting compound over stencil on watercolour background
Fabric collage with stitching and buttons
  
   
Wooden stamp with added pen drawing

Collage lettering on map background

At the beginning of January I thought about leaving it until February before restarting my sketchbook, mainly because of the two week holiday we had planned.  After much though I decided to go ahead and started to put together my art kit to take.  I kept it ...

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February 2, 2019
Cross Pollination from Art and Quilting in Camden

Sometimes you need to do something else. You totally love your main “thing” (in my case it is clearly art quilting), but you need a break. And sometimes, that makes your main “thing” even better. I’ve learned over the years that good design is good design, whether it is landscape, interiors, architecture, photography, painting, sculpture, apparel, the principles are the same. So I have taken online classes in drawing and photography and been enriched.

At least ten years ago, I sat down between Christmas and New Year’s desperate to do something creative. The boys were still pretty young ...

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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 28, 2019
Sunday Quilt Inspiration: M A P S from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

Don't you just love old maps? If you're answer is yes, then I have two suggestions for you today. Firstly, go to the AHIQ blog and see what others have done with the 2018 map challenge. It's  impressive. This link brings you straight to the wrap-up but you can navigate your way around from there.


Vintage World Map Canvas Print


World Map Quilt Pattern

Ruben Marroquin — Now on view New York City Map by Ruben Marroquin...

world-map-quilt   @Sarah Secret   This is an awesome idea. Make the quilt map, and add circles on the places you have been.  :-)

Saatchi Art Artist Victoria Potrovitza; Drawing, "Happy Landscape III" #art


WoW! Love this quilt!The map (after Mondrian) Window Curtains


2018 Spring Paducah Winning Quilts – AQS Blog
USA Selvage Silhouette Quilt Pattern from Quilts by Elena Selvages

DIY Quilt - World Map


map quilt process - Holyoke 1938


And secondly, go to my "quilts - maps" board to see more map quilts.

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January 23, 2019
I May Have a Scrap Problem... Inspiration! from Confessions of a Fabric Addict

Hi, all!

I have been doing a lot of scrap and stash sewing in the last two weeks, but I'm going to hold off on showing those until the Rockin' Rectangles quilt-along starts this Sunday.  In the meantime, I've been amazed at all the beautiful scrappy goodness that's been flooding Instagram!  I guess everyone starts their year with a resolution to use their scraps.  So here's a little bit of inspiration to jumpstart your year...


What a great way to use up those bonus HSTs!  And I've got a pile of them just waiting to ...

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January 21, 2019
Sunday Quilt Inspiration: modern triangles from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

Not just modern. Not just triangles. Modern triangles! 


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To the Point Boys Quilt #quilt #triangle #boys #orange #blue #grey #limeMary Keasler - Triangle series #12 Like the machine quilting on this - very complimentary for HST

Modern quilt

rose+twill : caitlin on Instagram: “Just a few things I'm bringing to Thrifters+Drifters this Sunday! Be sure to check out @thriftersdrifters to see all of the other amazing…”

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TGIFF! - Colour Pop! - I love the way the colors progressDare collection half square triangle quilt | Pat Bravo

Triangle strip quilt

All of these and over 8,000 more quilts are on my "heart, quilts" board. By all means, do visit!


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January 18, 2019
A Squared Approach: Grid Fabric Collection from Art Gallery Fabrics-The Creative Blog

I remember walking into my "Sacred Geometry" class in art school and being so confused by everything our teacher was explaining for the first, few weeks. The class involved a lot of math and applying it to creating art, and well, math and I aren't the best of friends, haha! It wasn't until a few weeks when he started breaking down how artists during the Renaissance period used a special grid to create their paintings that I suddenly become super intrigued and wanted to know more and more! The special grid was called "The Golden Ratio" or also ...

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