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Wednesday, 3 February 2016

New Aurifil thread boxes

A few months ago, Art Gallery Fabrics decided to re-brand AGF designer Aurifil boxes to better match the identity of each AGF designer. Each of the boxes (large & small) come in a variety of thread weights, that was hand picked and curated by the designers to better match their designs and theirs collections.

My collection is a mix of colorful 40 wt threads and neutral 50 wt threads and is called Voluminous!
It's a perfect match to all of my fabric collections and can easily cover all kind of sewing projects from quilts and quilting to clothes and accessories.
Unfortunately, my first Aurifil thread boxes- Indelible will no longer be available, but you may be able to find them still somewhere...

So, to celebrate these great news, AGF is having 10 days of giveaways on Instagram!! You can enter to win the following prizes:

A mixed selection of prints from the featured designer's collection(s) with coordinating AGF solids. (15 fat quarters) A large box of the designer's Aurifil threads (12 spools) Small box of the designer's Aurifil threads (10 spools)

This giveaway will run for 10 days (weekends not included) starting Feb 1st. Each day a different designer will be featured, so feel free to re-post all the images you want. Each winner will be announced the following day, in the caption of that day's giveaway. (ei: Monday's winner will be announced on Tuesday and so on so and forth.)

My turn is on February 4th-tomorrow!!!! I am so excited!!!!

How to participate: please read carefully, as all steps will be verified. Private IG accounts aren't eligible to participate. This giveaway is open to those inside and outside USA (worldwide).

Follow on IG - @ArtgalleryFabrics, @aurifilthread + the AGF designer displayed in the image. (a different designer will be featured everyday) Tag 5 friends that you think, would love to participate in this giveaway. Re-post the image of the the bundle you will like to win, along with 2 Aurifill boxes. (as displayed in the image) When re-posting the image, let us know why, you would like to be the lucky winner of this $150+ prize. Remember to use #AURIFILforAGF to ensure your post comes out in our daily pool.

This giveaway is valued at $150+! Get ready to be in sewing paradise when creating with Aurifil threads and Art Gallery Fabrics.

You can check all the details on the Art Gallery Fabrics blog as well.

Good luck!

Monday, 1 February 2016

AvantGarde Blog Tour recap and Giveaway winner announced!

I hope that you had the chance to see all the wonderful projects during this Blog Tour!
I was really wowed with all the amazing, inspirational ideas and creations by my truly talented friends and designers.

I am not going to describe theirs projects, as I think that you should go and visit them (clicking on the following links for each maker) and see and find out more about them and their fantastic work.


As foreseen by the introduction (my previous) post - we have the Giveaway winner to announce!!! Random.com decided that 10 yards of Avantgarde collection - in half yard cuts will be sent to:

Jen Beatty who said: "I would love to make a new quilt for my bed w/these fun bold prints!" 

(Jen please contact me with your info, as you are a non-reply google user, so I can't reach you!

Thank you so much everyone for participating and if you are using Instagram, you can win some more fabric!!! Be sure to check it out through my profile!!!

Till the next time,

Wednesday, 13 January 2016

AvantGarde blog tour and a giveaway!

blog tour avantgarde

Hope you all had a wonderful Holidays and that you are ready for some new and colorful projects!

 I have a great group of friends and makers that are working on fantastic projects featuring Avantgarde fabrics and I am sure that they will solicit some of your inspiration and ideas!

Here is the complete list with theirs dates, so be sure to follow them along (especially as there will be some other giveaways and free patterns included):

January 15th: Megan Jimenez from Quilt Story
January 16th: Svetlana Sotak of Sotak handmade
January 17th: Sharon Mcconnell of Colorgirlquilts
January 18th: Rachael Gander of Imagine gnats
January 19th: Ali Brorsen of Because of Brenna
January 20th: Laura Scaramella of Simple Life Company
January 21st: Alexis of My sweet sunshine
January 22nd: Marija Vujčić
January 23rd: Hema Malini of Malini’s quilts
January 24th: Kristy Sachs - Rockbabyscissors
January 25th: Paul Hallinger aka Evildemondevildog
January 26th: Erica Jackman
January 27th: Kathleen Quilts
January 28th: The Tattooed Quilter
January 29th: Nicole - Lillyella
January 30th: Sari - Sariditty handmade
January 31st: Lynne Goldsworthy of Lily’s quilts

I will make a complete re-cap post with theirs pictures once the tour is over.
In the meantime, until the end of this month, you can leave a comment here, in the comment section of this blogpost with whatever you like that has to do with Avantgarde fabrics or blog tour -  fabric,  project (yours or someone else's) or anything else referred to Avantgarde collection. The winner will get 10 yards of Avantgarde collection - 20 prints in half yard cuts!!!I will choose a winner using Random.com on February 1st, included in the Avantgarde Re-cap post.

In case you haven't had a chance to browse through the great Avantgarde Look book packed with inspiring projects and ideas, you may click on the following picture and do it ;)

You can also follow me along on Instagram where I will be posting daily theirs projects! Be sure to
check the hashtags #AvantGardeFabrics,  #AvantGardeFabricsBlogTour and #ArtGalleryFabrics  for some more inspiration!

Good luck, have fun and spread the word:)

Thursday, 12 November 2015

Wonderland look book

Wonderland look book is out and it looks so pretty!!! It's packed with many inspiring pictures and projects to make.

Wonderland fabrics

Welded block

You can also see my previous posts from Wonderland blog tour to see more interesting ideas and creations!
There is also the fabric giveaway going on, so be sure to visit the Art Gallery fabrics blog for more details.

Happy sewing!
xx, Katarina

Thursday, 22 October 2015

Introducing Avantgarde, my 6th fabric collection for Art Gallery fabrics

As the Fall Quilt Market is just about to start, I thought that this may be a good moment to introduce you my next fabric collection, Avantgarde that will be shown at the Quilt Market and will be available in December.

Today is a big day, as @artgalleryfabrics will post the full preview of new collections to be presented at the upcoming #quiltmarket �� This is the detail in one if the prints from my next line: #AvantGardeFabrics �� Can you maybe recogn

With this collection, I wanted to embrace a bit of the art history and the period that played very important role for the Modern art and everything that came after - Avantgarde movement.

up left: Gunta Stolzl weaving, up right: Eva Hesse ink drawing, bottom right Kazimir Malevich black cross painting and bottom left Josef Albers color study

The avant-garde is considered by some to be a hallmark of Modernism, pushing the boundaries of what is accepted as the norm.

Modernity began with a series of theories that have destabilized the weather contributed to suspicions of our beliefs and our certainty. All this has had an effect in the history of art that has become less and less certain of its fundamental principles. It is therefore understandable that many artists have expressed the temptation to minimize artwork on almost - zero: from Malevich’s suprematism, aesthetics developed by Bauhaus school till minimalism and conceptualism.

"In the early part of this century there began to appear, first in France and then in Russia and in Holland, a structure that has remained emblematic of the modernist ambition within the visual arts ever since. Surfacing in pre-War cubist painting and subsequently becoming ever more stringent and manifest the grid announces, among other things, modern art’s will to silence, its hostility to literature, to narrative, to discourse. As such, the grid has done its job with striking efficiency. The barrier it has lowered between the arts of vision and those of language has been almost totally successful in walling the visual arts into a realm of exclusive visuality and defending them against the intrusion of speech.
In the temporal dimension, the grid is an emblem of modernity by being just that: the form that is ubiquitous in the art of our century, while appearing nowhere, nowhere at all, in the art of the last one. In that great chain of reactions by which modernism was born out of the efforts of the nineteenth century, one final shift resulted in breaking the chain. By “discovering” the grid, cubism, de Stijl, Mondrian, Malevich . .. landed in a place that was out of reach of everything that went before. Which is to say, they landed in the present, and everything else was declared to be the past. There are two ways in which the grid functions to declare the modernity of modern art. One is spatial; the other is temporal. In the spatial sense, the grid states the autonomy of the realm of art. Flattened, geometricized, ordered, it is antinatural, antimimetic, antireal. It is what art looks like when it turns its back on nature. In the flatness that results from its coordinates, the grid is the means of crowding out the dimensions of the real and replacing them with the lateral spread of a single surface. In the overall regularity of its organization, it is the result not of imitation, but of aesthetic decree."(The Originality of the Avant-garde and Other Modernist Myths by Rosalind E. Krauss)

A pioneer of the Avantgarde textile design, Sonia Delaunay, a painter, print-maker, and designer of objects from tapestries to alphabets, removed all representation from her paintings in order to concentrate on the visual power of shapes and colors. With her husband, Robert, they developed avant-garde theories of Orphism (nonrepresentational color abstraction) and Simultanism (color as a major element in the creation of form and movement in drawing).

So, the portrait of Sonia Delaunay can be seen on "Simultaneous" print from this collection.
Also, the Bauhaus was the most influential modernist art school of the 20th century, one whose approach to teaching, and understanding art's relationship to society and technology, had a major impact both in Europe and the United States long after it closed. It was shaped by the 19th and early 20th centuries trends such as Arts and Crafts movement, which had sought to level the distinction between fine and applied arts, and to reunite creativity and manufacturing.
The school is also renowned for its faculty, which included artists Wassily Kandinsky, Josef Albers, Laszlo Moholy-Nagy, Paul Klee and Johannes Itten, architects Walter Gropius and Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, and designer Marcel Breuer.
Johannes Itten was one of the first people to define and identify strategies for successful color combinations. Through his research he devised seven methodologies for coordinating colors utilizing the hue's contrasting properties. These contrasts add other variations with respect to the intensity of the respective hues; i.e. contrasts may be obtained due to light, moderate, or dark value.
He created this very popular color wheel (the following picture) and that was the starting point for me while developing this collection's colors.

My interpretation of the wheel with my choices of colors....

And here is the final collection, divided in 2 colorways: Allusion and Enlightment

Can't wait to show you the projects and fabrics with my Avantgarde.
xx, Katarina