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Aurifil for AGF

Sharon Holland

Sewing is not only about what fabric you use but also about the quality of thread you use to stitch it all together. That's why Art Gallery Fabrics has teamed up with Aurifil threads to bring you first quality threads packaged in fabulous thread sets.

A few months ago, AGF decided to rebrand their Aurifil boxes to better showcase the identity of each AGF designer and have a unified look to the box sets. Each designer has a large and small spool box of threads hand picked and curated by the designers for the color and thread weight. 

Since I now have three fabric collection with Art Gallery Fabrics I decided to put together boxes that would coordinate across all three collections--Gossamer, Sketchbook, and Coastline. My "Color Story" boxes have a very useful selection of colors in a variety of hues for all those sewing projects.

My large spool box is all about machine sewing whether that's garments or patchwork quilts. The large box contains 12 large spools of 50 weight cotton thread with 1422 yards on each spool. These babies last a long time! My small spool box I think of as my accent thread set. It contains 5 small spools of 50 weight cotton in playful colors, perfect for topstitching and 5 small spools of Aurifloss that are perfect for hand stitching, embroidery, and quilting. 

February seems to be the month of giveaways and the new thread sets are no exception. Here's another reason to get on Instagram because you can only enter the giveaway there. Follow Art Gallery Fabrics and the ten talented (me too) AGF designers for a daily chance (weekends excluded) at winning designer thread sets and a curated fat quarter bundle of mixed prints and coordinating solids to get you started sewing with your new thread sets! Read more about the giveaway on the AGF blog.

As part of the #AURIFILforAGF promotion, each AGF designer created a small project to show off their threads. These projects will be part of a traveling show to introduce the new box sets to shop owners and sewing enthusiasts. I decided to highlight the Aurifloss accent spools in my small set and hand quilted stitches on my paper-piece Kaleidoscope wall hanging. 

Kaleidoscope by Sharon Holland

Kaleidoscope by Sharon Holland

For this month of love and giving, I am adding my Kaleidoscope pattern to my Free Patterns page. This is a nice beginner paper-piecing project if you've always wanted to give this technique a try. I love the scrappy color wheel look of this energetic wall hanging and how I incorporated some prints from all three of my collections along with a few Pure Element solids. I finished the quilt with simple straight line hand quilting using in the five different floss colors from the small spool set to accentuate the rainbow of colors and echo the lines on the blocks. 


Coastline Blog Tour

Sharon Holland

It may not be spring yet but for the next three weeks it will sure look like it! Starting Monday, February 1st, Coastline fabrics will shine on 16 different blogger's posts. Extremely talented sewers from around the globe will showcase their projects using the various fabrics from my Coastline fabrics collection from Art Gallery Fabric.

Here's the schedule to help you follow along:

 

Feb. 1  Heidi Staples - fabricmutt.blogspot.com

Feb. 2  Bethany Raymond - sew-not-perfect.blogspot.com

Feb. 3  Lisa Mabey - mabeyshemadeit.com

Feb. 4 Corinne Sovey - mustlovequilts.com

Feb. 5 Raedene Averitt - chasingmermaidshop.com

Feb. 8 Sue Stone - needleinafabricstash.wordpress.com

Alexis Wright - mysweetsunshinestudio.com

Feb. 9 Jennifer DeShazer - ajennuinelife.com

Feb. 10 Kristen Wright - twoblondesandasewingmachine.wordpress.com

Feb. 11 Katie Skoog - TheSimpleLifeCompany.com/Blog

Feb. 12 Cristy Stuhldreher - iloveyousew.com

Feb. 15 Sharon Mcconnell - colorgirlquilts.com/blog

Feb. 16 Candice Ayala - CandiceAyala.com

Feb. 17 Anorina Morris - sameliasmum.com

Feb. 18 Aida A. Valverde - aikamaku.com

Feb. 19 Jessica Stewart - snickerdoodlestew.com

 

What an awesome line-up hey? Are you excited? I sure am!!! There's been sneak peeks on some of the projects already on the makers social medias and they're gonna blow you away like a warm tropical breeze.

But wait, there's more! With each new collection I like to giveaway fabric and have a 20 piece bundle of fat quarters waiting for some lucky winner. Starting Monday, February 1st and running till the end of the tour on Friday, February 19th you can enter into a chance to win a bundle of Coastline fabrics. 

 

Rules to enter:

  • Be an Instagram user (sorry, private IG accounts do not show up in hashtag pool)

  • Repost your favorite image(s) from the Coastline Blog Tour on your Instagram account and include the hashtag #CoastlineFabricsGiveaway in your post to qualify - enter as many times as you like - entries from outside the USA are also welcome to enter 

I love getting comments here on my blog posts but sorry, those comments will not be counted as part of the drawing entries for the fabrics. So you will want to head over to Instagram and follow me there to see all the projects, easily follow your favorite makers, and repost your favorite tour pics to enter. Don't forget to also include the hashtag #CoastlineFabricsGiveaway when you repost!

I will randomly select the winner from the #CoastlineFabricsGiveaway hashtag pool on Friday, February 19th at 6:00 pm EST. The winner will be announced on my IG account and also here on the blog on Saturday, February 20th. 

 

Paperie Fabrics Blog Tour

Sharon Holland

Meet Amy Sinibaldi, the super sweet and extremely talented new designer at Art Gallery Fabrics. I had the pleasure to get to know Amy in person at Quilt Market this fall in Houston. My AGF sister was in attendance to launch her Limited Edition fabric collection--Paperie

  Amy Sinibaldi showing off her Paperie fabrics from Art Gallery Fabrics

 

Amy Sinibaldi showing off her Paperie fabrics from Art Gallery Fabrics

When Amy asked me if I wanted to be part of her Paperie Blog Tour I jump on the offer in a heartbeat! These prints are so adorable it was hard to choose. 

I knew I wanted to make something for my granddaughter and remember my daughter saying she will need to pick up some bibs eventually and didn't have anything yet. I bought "The Bapron" pattern from Cratiness is not Optional patterns. A super easy project that comes in two sizes and has a clever construction to fit around the baby's (or toddler's) shoulders for more coverage and better fit. 

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I put my own spin on the pattern by layering some thin cotton batting between the front and backing materials. Machine cross hatch quilting was done to the layers before stitching on the bias binding. I made my bias binding and instructions for making your own binding are included in the pattern. I cut a 1-3/4'' wide binding because of the batting adds some extra thickness. These cute aprons are completely reversible!

To spice up the blue apron I appliquéd a heart made from Art Gallery Fabric knit material. Because knit does not unravel or fray, I left the edges raw. I am not a fan of the stiffness fusible webbing creates on appliqué and wanted another alternative. The saying, "necessity is the mother of all invention" couldn't be truer. Knit can curl so to hold the shape of the heart while I cut it out and sewed it in place, I used freezer paper. 

Here's how to appliqué using knit:

Cut desired shape from freezer paper

Using a dry iron, press the shiny side of the freezer paper to the right side of the fabric

Cut out shape using the edge of the freezer paper as a guide

Leave freezer paper in place and pin the cut out shape, fabric side down to the right side of fabric to be appliquéd

Stitch in place as desired through all thicknesses, including freezer paper

Carefully remove freezer paper

The apron is a little big on her but before you know it she'll be making big messes when eating and her Mommy will get a lot of use out of these over the years. Maybe a brother or sister some day will also enjoy these?!? Isn't she adorable--kiss, kiss--love those cheeks :)

Be sure to visit Amy's blog Nana Company to see the full line-up of talented bloggers for her tour. Yesterday, Cheri Lehnow of tinkerwiththis.blogspot.com posted a tutorial on how to make a cute and easy pincushion. Tomorrow Jemima Flendt of tiedwitharibbon.com will be posting her project on the Paperie fabrics blog tour. Follow along for chances to win fabric and be inspired by more great projects!