Community Sampler Giveaway Week #14

Community Sampler Giveaway Week #14

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Each Friday, throughout the Community Sampler sew-along, that Maureen Cracknell and myself are co-hosting, will be a Giveaway Friday. We've coordinated special giveaway prizes with our amazing participating sponsors for each and every week! If you've happened to miss the first Community Sampler posts, take a look back from the first post Community Sampler Week #1 to get caught up to the present. Feel free to start sewing with us at anytime--it's never too late to join in, and it's free! 




Art Gallery Fabrics was started in 2004. Since then creativity, beauty, and design have been their passions, and to this day, they have not changed, bringing a chic and modern perspective to the quilting industry.

When it comes to designing a fabric collection we always keep originality and uniqueness on the top of our list. We have the pleasure of working with a talented fabric designers who create enticing color palettes and artful, intricate prints that make our collections one of a kind. Art Gallery designs modern fabrics that keep up with ongoing trends and at the same time it encourages our customers to use new colors and patterns so they venture out of their usual comfort zone.

At Art Gallery Fabrics believes strongly in the quality of the fabric and that is transcended in their superior thread count and fine weave. This makes our premium cotton as soft and smooth you can get. You really feel the difference with just one touch!

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 Art Gallery Fabrics is offering this gorgeous ten-piece pink & blue fat quarter bundle with prints from various AGF designers! Be sure to follow Art Gallery Fabrics on all their social platforms.

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Hobbs Quilt Batting has manufactured high-quality batting for hobbyist, commercial, art and show quilters since 1978. They're proud to come from a family of quilters and are committed to providing the same quality Hobbs batting that provide to their own family of quilters. At Hobbs Batting, they never forget that quilts are gifts from the heart - an expression of love, commitment and caring for a specific recipient - or an expression of artistry and skill- artistry and that's submitted and judged in quilt shows and events around the word - or both! At Hobbs they're committed to doing their part to enhance our #JoyofQuilting!  *  Blog  *  Instagram  *  Facebook  *  We hope you visiting Hobbs Quilt Batting!

For this week's Community Sampler Giveaway, Hobbs Batting is offering a lucky winner both here and on Instagram $50 worth of their wonderful batting! Maureen and I both love the quality of this batting, especially Hobbs line of Tuscany battings that includes Silk, Wool, Polester, and Cottons that add a soft, luxurious feel to any quilt!

Take a look at the wonderful properties of Hobbs Batting has to offer:

Chart courtesy of Hobbs Batting

Chart courtesy of Hobbs Batting

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For this week's Community Sampler giveaway one lucky winner will receive the Art Gallery Fabrics 10-pc bundle plus a $50 dollar Hobbs Batting gift certificate!

Giveaway now closed. Congratulations Lynne Tilley!

Note: This giveaway is open to EVERYONE! If you're a "no reply" or anonymous commenter, please remember to include your email address in your comment--you can't win if I can't get a hold of you!

1. Simply leave a comment here under this post! (First comment entry).

2. Follow both Art Gallery Fabrics AND Hobbs batting on one of their social media platforms (see links above). Just let me know that you did by making a separate comment here to record that entry. (Separate comment - second entry). 

3. My followers get a third entry! If you follow via subscribing to my posts, through Bloglovin (or other service), or on Instagram, just let me know by making a separate comment here to record that entry. (Separate comment - third entry). Note: I'm no longer on Facebook.

4. Help spread the word!! I know that many of you already do, so I thought it would be nice to add that as another way to enter! Spread the word about the Community Sampler on YOUR instagram, facebook, tweet, pin, blog post, etc... (separate comment - fourth entry). 

That’s FOUR possible entries! Enter now through Monday, May 28th! The winner will be picked at random around 4pm Eastern. I will post the name of the winner on this post once they've been notified and responded to my email.




Coastline Fabrics

Things get pretty exciting this time of year. Art Gallery Fabrics reveals the new fabric lines and strike-offs (test swatches) of my newest collection start to arrive. I go into serious auto pilot and sew like crazy from now until Quilt Market (October 24th -26th) in Houston. Click the LookBook image to see all the beautiful collections the talented AGF designers have created.

Coastline is my third fabric collection with Art Gallery Fabrics. I am very excited about all my collections but this in particular. I have wanted to do a nautical themed fabric line for some time now. My new collection will be available January of 2016 so you can start planning your spring sewing now. There's nothing like bright coral, turquoise, navy, violet, pistachio green, and moss to bring you out of the winter blahs! I am sewing samples right now with the advance materials and I am so energized by this collection! 

As I said, I wanted to do a nautical themed collection for some time now but didn't want to have the typical nautical imagery you've seen time after time. Just enough to know it's nautical but with a fresh approach. As a land girl (living in landlocked Ohio) I love everything about beaches, and nautical except the water! So, this collection is about living or being on the Coastline and what you would see from the land. 

As well as the famously soft and high quality quilting cotton that you know and love about Art Gallery Fabrics, each new collection has 4 prints from the collection in knit, 1 print in voile, and 1 print in the new substrate-canvas! The AGF introduced canvas this spring and is a home decor weight that is buttery soft and drapey. Absolutely amazing to sew with in garments, bags, and home decor. You have to try it! But wait, there's more! New this fall, AGF is now offering Cotton Wide. A print from each new fall collection will be offered in 58" - 60" wide cotton. The prints are amazing! Find out more about these materials in the AGF 2015 Fall Reveal LookBook. 

I have already begun sewing with the new fabrics and today will be quilting one of several quilts for my booth at Quilt Market in Houston. My sewing room is an organized mess of workstations. The guest bed (since this is also a bedroom) holds Art Gallery Fabrics Pure Elements and blenders, knit solids and my basic game plan for what I will be creating the next few weeks. I have a desk that is a small cutting table and doubles for my serger station. My sewing machine and ironing board set up gives me space to lay out blocks and press as I sew quilt tops. Another bedroom is home to my mid-arm quilting machine. 

Keep watching instagram and other social media for more Quilt Market preparation updates. Art Gallery Fabrics will also be rolling out more exciting news over the next week--I don't even know what to expect! What next??? It's already amazing!!! 

Cultive Blog Tour

When Bonnie Christine posted a call for designers to participate in her Cultivate fabrics blog tour, I jumped up and raised my hand!

Bonnie is a textile designer with Art Gallery Fabrics and the sweetest person you'll ever meet. I love her beautiful prints and inspired collections. Bonnie's Cultivate fabrics grew out of her love of gardening and wrote "It's about the romance of reaping the harvest". It was that sentence out of Bonnie's describing her collection that became my inspiration for my blog tour project. 

Even though it's not technically fall by the calendar, it feels like fall time to me. My vegetable garden is winding down, fall flowers are gearing up to bloom, back-to-school preparations are in full swing and the daylight hours are slowly shortening. Fall is my favorite time of year. Although it's always bittersweet to see summer go, I love the "squirreling" instinct that sets and find comfort in gathering the harvest and preparing the house and yard for the winter months ahead. 

Bountiful Table Runner by Sharon Holland 

Bountiful Table Runner by Sharon Holland 

When I found out I was going to be part of the tour I immediately envisioned a harvest table and what better way to dress up a table but with a beautiful table runner! This project has even more layers of meaning to it because of my source of inspiration for my design. I am always scouting for new quilt ideas and found the inspiration for this quilt block in a wire mattress spring!

Donna, from Funky Junk Interiors had repurposed a wire mattress spring into a bulletin board. I loved the graphic shapes found in the mattress spring and immediately thought-- there's a QUILT! 

Photo courtesy of Funky Junk Interiors

Photo courtesy of Funky Junk Interiors

Photo courtesy of Funky Junk Interiors

Photo courtesy of Funky Junk Interiors


I love the whole repurposed from repurposed idea going on here! Then combine that with fabrics that are about growing your own food and it's a win, win, win! But you're a winner too because I have made this table runner design into a free pattern. Download the Bountiful table runner pattern here.




This is a fast and fun project. You'll only need 4 fat quarters to make the blocks. The runner was a nice size to do a little hand quilting as well. I used these yummy 50 weight Aurifil threads in colors 2225 and 2920. A perfect weight for the hand quilting stitches to show on your work.


My "table" for this harvest gathering scene is really an old shed door turned back side up. I love the impromptu feeling not having a traditional table brought to the scene. Can you tell I had a lot of fun with this project!

Gather your friends and family and enjoy the bounty of the harvest (big or small). Take time to revel in the beauty around you--inspiration is everywhere.



Talented makers from all over the world also raised their hands to join Bonnie's Cultivate Blog Tour. To see the full list of the 20 participating bloggers click here. Yesterday, Danielle Golinski of Food Family Story posted about a sweet scrapbook page decorated with Cultivate fabrics detail. Tomorrow, Audrey of Skirt Fixation will be posting an exciting sewing project you won't want to miss!



Sketchbook Fabrics

The advanced yardage for the Art Gallery Fabrics Sketchbook fabrics arrived here the end of last week. I am in love with this collection and the seemingly endless possibilities of looks you can get from these prints! 


Sketchbook Plein Air Colorway


Sketchbook Studio Colorway

I didn't waste anytime cutting into these pretty bolts of fabric! Quilts and sewing projects need to be made for magazines and the Art Gallery Fabrics Sketchbook Look Book (out later this month).

Sharon McConnell of Color Girl Quilts will be making one of the quilts for the upcoming AGF Sketchbook Look Book. Here's the fabrics she will be using. Check out her blog, it's filled with quilts and great information on how to choose fabrics and colors for your next project. 


Want to get your hands on a 20 pc. Sketchbook fabric fat quarter bundle? I have two bundles to giveaway in my July Sketchbook Celebration. Enter to win by filling out your name and email address in the form below. Hit submit and your name has been entered. Even if you have entered earlier giveaways you will need to resubmit your name on this new drawing on the actual post for this fat quarter bundle giveaway. Please, only submit your name once--multiple entries do not better your chances. Winners will be drawn on Monday, July 20th at noon Eastern time. 

Congratulations to the winners of the Sketchbook Aurifil thread sets giveaway! First place winner, Jeannie Zimmerman won the 12 large spool thread set and Melody Lutz won the 10 small spool thread set. Have fun sewing with these yummy colors girls!


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