Thursday, October 29, 2015

Fleet & Flourish Projects

Art Gallery Fabrics Fleet & Flourish Bags by Heidi Staples

I was so happy to make a few Quilt Market samples for my friend Maureen this month, using her new Fleet & Flourish collection for Art Gallery Fabrics. You can see pictures of her stunningly beautiful booth in this wonderful post she wrote about her experience at Market last weekend. Maureen is one of the most talented people I know, and I'm so thrilled to see her thriving in this new career as a fabric designer!

Art Gallery Fabrics Fleet & Flourish Bags by Heidi Staples

My assignment was to make bags and clutches for her booth. Maureen sent me a mailing envelope stuffed full of Fleet & Flourish strike-off pieces as well as a good number of AGF basic prints and solids. It was really fun to just be creative and make things up as I went along.

Art Gallery Fabrics Fleet & Flourish Bags by Heidi Staples

Since she was going for a romantic, bohemian vibe, I added lace and leather details wherever possible. I haven't really sewn with lace accents before, but it was a fun challenge. Leather always pairs well with patchwork. I use leather straps as zipper pulls on all my pouches now, and I actually cut one longer purse strap into two pieces for the handles on this mini tote bag. 

Art Gallery Fabrics Fleet & Flourish Bags by Heidi Staples

My favorite project is probably the laptop bag I made using her canvas Roadside Guides print. I definitely need to make another one of these some time. This was my first time working with AGF canvas, and I was really impressed. This is the some of the softest canvas I've ever seen. 

Art Gallery Fabrics Fleet & Flourish Bags by Heidi Staples

This tablet case was inspired by a clutch I had seen on Pinterest. I liked the mosaic effect of sewing pieces together with thin sashing and then tilting it all a bit to one side. 

Art Gallery Fabrics Fleet & Flourish Bags by Heidi Staples

And yes, I couldn't resist adding a Deluxe Pincushion to the stack of projects. I just love fussy cutting the tiniest scraps for these pincushions. It's such fun!

Art Gallery Fabrics Fleet & Flourish Bags by Heidi Staples

You can check out the entire line of Fleet & Flourish at the AGF website here. I have no doubt that you'll enjoy sewing with it as much as I did!

8 comments:

  1. Beautiful work as always Heidi! And love that you snuck in one of your Deluxe Pincushions! I love everyone of those I see, just so cute! Must be so fun to create things for market and get to play with such gorgeous fabric before its out. Cheers, Kelly

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  2. Heidi, the gorgeous fabrics caught my eye and your lovely creations!

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  3. Such beautiful projects Heidi :)

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  4. great projects!! They all look so pretty!! Hugs, H

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  5. How sweet! I'm itching to make some bags and pouches and the like. You inspire me!

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  6. The projects are so pretty Heidi. I love Maureen's new line, and you've done an amazing job showcasing the fabric, the lace accents are gorgeous.

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  7. Those are all so adorable and I especially like the tablet case. Mine is looking a bit ragged so I just might have to make a new one for it soon.

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  8. Beautiful work, perfect for girls going to school. Would love to have few pieces and keep them in my shop. Thanks for sharing it

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