How to Sew French Seams + Arizona by April Rhodes Fabric Giveaway

on May 29 | in Products, Sewing Tutorials + Patterns | by | with 363 Comments

We’re giving away AGF Limited Edition fabric bundles from new collections by Sara Lawson, April Rhodes and Caroline Hulse! We have projects and tips from each of these talented designers, plus every day gives you a chance to win a new fat quarter bundle. Sara Lawson joined us with her free Brookfield Bag Pattern featuring Jungle Ave., and April Rhodes shows you how easy it is to sew French Seams for a professional finish.

April Rhodes shows French Seams used in sweet skirts for her daughters featuring her new Arizona Limited Edition fabric collection. Arizona incorporates fresh color and geometric shapes with a Native American design influence for a “Bohemian South West” vibe.

Comment for a chance to win a fat quarter bundle of Arizona! Note your favorite print in the collection or share what you would sew with your bundle. You can also just share some love for April’s work… Have you made The Staple Dress?!

How to Sew French Seams

I love French Seams! In my second pattern, The Date Night Dress, I decided to use all french seams because that’s how much I love them.

They are quick, simple and clean. Especially nice for kids’ clothes that need to endure lots of wash cycles. This is a perfect technique to use when working with fabrics that tend to fray heavily or if you just want a professional, polished finish without a serger or overlock stitch. With a French Seam all raw edges are completely enclosed. No unraveling.

The technique may, at first, feel counter intuitive but once you’ve tried it you’ll see it’s quite simple and makes perfect sense. There is only a bit of extra math involved in order to determine your finished seam allowance. I will explain how to sew a French Seam if your pattern includes either a 1/2″ or 5/8″ seam allowance (SA).

Begin by placing fabric together with WRONG sides facing.

If 1/2″ seam allowances are included, sew a 1/4″ seam.

If 5/8″ SA included, sew a 3/8″ seam.

Next carefully trim seam allowance to 1/8?.

Press seam allowances open.

Turn again so that RIGHT sides are now facing and first stitch line is along the edge, press.

Stitch 1/4″ from the edge. Finally turn right sides out and voila! You have a completely encased French Seam. So pretty and clean.

This pretty little French Seam is now on the inside of a quick gathered skirt for my toddler.
However, it wouldn’t be right to make something for one daughter and not the other, so I stitched her big sister one as well! Yay!

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363 Responses to How to Sew French Seams + Arizona by April Rhodes Fabric Giveaway

  1. Kate says:

    I love all of the Arizona prints! I’d love to make the Wiksten tank top with Agave Field or Tomahawk Stripe. Maybe both! :-)

  2. Becky Fierberg says:

    clay sundot! crystal arrowhead! love them all actually. and thanks so much for the tutorial. can’t wait to start sewing for my granddaughter- born 2 weeks ago. :)

  3. Cyndy says:

    The clay sundot pattern appeals to me most , but l love all the sunny colors. There’s a new little girl next door and it would be so special to sew a little jumper for her.
    Thanks for the opportunity!

  4. carol broughton says:

    Oh, these would make beautiful skirts for my 3 year old niece!

  5. Linda L. says:

    I’d make some skirts. Thank you for the French seam tutorial.

  6. jane d says:

    I really like the Tomahawk Stripe!

  7. Suellen says:

    I go for the strong graphic of Tomahawk Stripe. And navy is a great color.

  8. Emily K says:

    I love this collection! It sums up Arizona perfectly!

  9. Susie says:

    I love this fabric! I’d make a tote bag and pouch set to match the tote!

  10. Donna Davies says:

    This looks awesome can’t wait to try this method,love all the fabric hard to choose ????

  11. mo magoo says:

    Fun prints. I thin I would stitch up a colorful baby quilt for an arrival due this summer. :)

  12. Doga Keith says:

    I already have the Staple Dress pattern and I’d love to make one with Agave Field. Or the solid mint.

  13. Dana says:

    LOVE the blue and yellow fabric on your older daughters skirt. I see great peasant tops in those prints.

    Thanks for sharing, you’re inspirational!

  14. Cathy Madeleine says:

    Triangle Tokens in Voile! Love the subtle gold triangles and will make a tunic or tank … but hard to choose just one, the entire Arizona collection is so inspiring! Thank you for the tutorial and giveaway!

  15. Karen H says:

    I love several of the prints. My two favorite ones are Clay Sundot and Tomahawk Stripe. What I love most about this collection is that it focuses on only 8 prints and doesn’t overwhelm someone with a bunch of blenders. It makes it possible to have an “entire” collection without having to invest a huge amount.

  16. Leah says:

    I absolutely LOVE this collection. I can’t pick a favorite because they all compliment each other so well. I have been planning our nursery and picked a southwestern/eclectic theme. I wanted something gender neutral and when I saw this line, it fit the bill perfectly!

  17. Dana says:

    Definitely some garments – it’s just perfect for summer clothes! My favorite is the teal with the gold triangles – not sure what it’s called but it’s amazing.

  18. Emily says:

    I love these prints! The colors are so perfect! My favorite is the Agave Dreams print.

  19. amy b says:

    This collection is absolutely gorgeous! Thank you for sharing your talent with us. I can see a beautiful bag, pillow cases in my future etc etc
    ……the sky’s the limit.

  20. Barbara Bradford says:

    Simply beautiful, and I would love a bedroom done in these fabrics… love the 100% cotton…the Crystal Arrowheads and Canyon Wall are my favorites… adore you collection !!

  21. Daniela says:

    It’s so hard to choose! With two girls and myself to make skirts for, I want them
    all! LOL. Thanks for the tutorial!

  22. Diane H says:

    Fantastic line. I would make some great pillowcases using french seams! Thanks for a chance.

  23. Kathy E. says:

    I love this collection of fabrics and I’d make them into a fun summer tote bag.

  24. Lynda Treen says:

    Oh thank you so much for the instructions on the french seams. It is wonderful. I have never used your prints but sure do love them. Thank you for the info. SO helpful!!!

  25. Gretchen says:

    Love Love Love this fabric line. I would make some lovely placemats for my kitchen or maybe a table topper from the bundle. Thanks for the chance at the giveaway.

  26. Catriona says:

    Love the Navy and White print, love the whole collection really!

  27. sangeetha says:

    I like them all – good blend of prints and colors

  28. Anne says:

    Great colors and wonderful scale options in this collection!

  29. Kelsey m says:

    Agave field:)

  30. Elizabeth says:

    I think I would have to sew a “Go Anywhere” Bag by Noodlehead. Thanks so much for the giveaway!

  31. Jeanne says:

    I would love to win this. thank you for the tute on French Seams, great visuals. I would do something fun with the fabrics, probably pair it with some solids and go from there.

  32. Heidi G says:

    I think the fabrics would make a great gender-neutral baby quilt! I was just wearing a dress similar to the Staple Dress and thought… sooo comfortable… I need lots more of these!

  33. jax says:

    I like the triangle tokens, I really like the gold and peach accents on the aqua. I would make my best friend a set of travel bags for makeup and other small things.

  34. Lisa E says:

    Your daughters are so cute. I love the Canyon Wall print!

  35. Luisa says:

    Love love love this collection. can’t pick a favorite, I like them all. I want to make coordinating tunics for my 3 girls. Maybe skirts now, after seeing these adorable pictures!!

  36. Diane says:

    I love the whole collection. If I have to pick one, my favorite is probably Crystal Arrowheads. Thanks!

  37. Trish says:

    I love every print, but especially Agave Field! Such great colors and patterns!

  38. Renee Mullins says:

    I love the clay sundot pattern. Would look adorable in a skirt for my granddaughter to wear with cowgirl boots. Thanks for the french seams tutorial. I will have to give that a try. Pictures always make learning easier!

  39. Laura says:

    I love the crystal arrowheads print. And french seams are awesome – I had to make a bunch of reusable wet bags (for daycare since we cloth diaper) and it was a great way to make sure my bags don’t leak.

  40. Brooke says:

    I love this line so much! I want to get some of the voile for garment sewing.

  41. Jessica says:

    I love the canyon wall and clay sundot.

  42. Shari Heath says:

    Living in AZ I can say that those fabrics certainly do remind me of our local colors! I would love to have some of those in my sewing room!

  43. virginia says:

    Love this tutorial.

  44. Anne says:

    I love Canyon Wall and Triangle Tokens for two separate quilts for children. It would be so much fun to figure out complimentary fabrics that would highlight each of these beautiful prints.

  45. Thanks for the french seam tutorial – I’m going to give it a go. I would have to make a quilt with the Arizona fabrics. They are beautiful!

  46. Lauren aka Giddy99 says:

    I love the Clay Sundot print the best!

  47. Amanda. T says:

    Fabric looks perfect for a skirt.

  48. Tracey says:

    These fabrics are gorgeous. I would have said I would make a bag with these but now you’ve got me thinking they would make a great skirt or pillowcase dress for my daughter.

  49. Karen says:

    Love every print! The colors are all gorgeous. I think a skirt of any of these would be fun. Thanks!

  50. Marci Girl says:

    My absolute favorite is the voile print and I so want to make a top out of it! I love the whole collection and plan to make handbags out of it once I get my hands on some!

  51. Caitlin T. says:

    I’m so excited for April’s new collection, and I would love to make a flying geese quilt for our bed using her gorgeous fabric. Thanks!

  52. Mandi says:

    The fabric is so beautiful! I think I’d make a skirt for myself with it!

  53. Janie says:

    I would make a quillow that fabric is gorgeous. Thanks for the chance.

  54. Melissa says:

    I love this line, but triangle tokens is my favourite! I want a whole bolt of that stuff :)

  55. shirley cree says:

    triangle tokens….. gathering stash for tween quilts…..

  56. kimberly says:

    i LOVE the agave field print and i have not sewn the staple dress but i just printed it out yesterday!

  57. Desiree says:

    I seriously love this collection. I want to make everything from it… clothes for my daughter, a new quilt… I just love it.

  58. Emily C says:

    I love this collection. I have not made any dresses with it yet.

  59. Nicole E. says:

    These patterns are beautiful. I think Crystal Arrowheads or Agave Field would be perfect for a little dress for my baby girl. Just what we need to remind us of home out west while living far away from family on the East Coast. Thanks!

  60. Siobhan says:

    I haven’t tried making a dress yet–this might be the thing that helps me get over my memories of Halloween costume making! I love this collection, so it’s hard to choose what I like the most… I think I’d go with Canyon Wall. I’d use them in a quilt.

  61. Betty says:

    I like Agave Field. I’m thinking of buying one of the dress patterns, but can’t decide which I like better (The Staple Dress or the Date Night Dress) as my first clothing attempt.

  62. Ali M says:

    Wow – Ok, I love this fabric line, but thank you SO much for the tutorial. Ive had “learn french seams” on my to do list for almost two years (I’ve kinda been doing more quilting than garment making) and I wasn’t really even sure what it was, just that people who know what they are doing, do it – and this has made it clear and easy for me!

  63. Olivia says:

    Clay Sundot and Agave Field are my favourite. Cushion covers would be fun.

  64. Lynne Tilley says:

    I would make a quilt for my son who would appreciate the prints which are bright but appropriate in a masculine way.

  65. Joan H. says:

    I like the Tomahawk Stripe for its uniqueness but all the prints are lovely.

  66. Amanda says:

    The fabric is all so pretty. I can see any of it making a cute dress! And thanks for the french seams tutorial. I’ve always wondered about them but wasn’t exactly sure how they worked! :)

  67. Cal says:

    I really like french seams, use them quite a lot. More work but so much more neat than anything else I am able to do to finish seams.
    From the Arizona collection, loving Tomahawk Stripe in Knit, and with the spandex would be lovely to wear.

  68. Alexis says:

    Can’t wait to make a dress with the Tomahawk Stripe knit. Love love love every print in this collection.

  69. bookboxer says:

    I think the Triangle Tokens are my favorites, though it’s hard to choose. Thanks for such a generous giveaway

  70. Shirley says:

    The fabrics are wonderful and would look great in peplum top! And would make wonder little bags.

  71. Karen Thurn says:

    I’m always looking for new fabrics for placemats, bags, and quilts. Looks like I’ve found some nice ones.

  72. Karen Thurn says:

    I’m always looking for new fabric for making placemats, bags, and quilts. Looks like I’ve found some nice ones.

  73. Karen Thurn says:

    I’m always looking for new fabric for placemats, bags, and quilts. Looks like I’ve found some.

  74. Lisa says:

    I couldn’t possibly choose a favourite, I love them all together, I’d make a flying geese quilt with a natural linen background.

  75. terri henderson says:

    i like the peach and yellow sketchy triangles the best

  76. Brianna says:

    I love the crystal arrowheads

  77. auschick says:

    Such a beautiful collection! I really love that skirt too! Agave Fields or Tomahawk Stripe are my favorites.

  78. Wendy says:

    Great color palette–I especially like “Clay Sundot”!

  79. Amy says:

    I like the the clay sundot ans the tomahawk stripe. I would make my girls similar skirts.

  80. Jess says:

    I can’t even pick a favorite from this collection. They’re all perfect. And I absolutely adore April’s Staple Dress. I made one last year that I wear all the time, and I just made a matching dress for my soon-to-be newborn niece so we can be twins! Thanks for the giveaway.

  81. Jess Z says:

    I can’t wait to make my first quilt with Arizona!

  82. Marti says:

    I love Agave Field and Crystal Arrowheads and could see them together in a fun tote or clutch.

  83. Kelly Wilson says:

    Canyon Wall and the Triangle Tokens would be great blenders to have on hand. The whole line is very dynamic. The voile is calling my name!

  84. Hanna says:

    My favorite print is the Triangle Token.

  85. Barbara says:

    I think the Triangle Tokens would look very nice in a dress.

  86. Cassaundra Lala says:

    Love the fabrics and great tutorial! I was just reading a pattern that had french seams and I could not visualize what they were talking about. Your instructions were amazingly simple and clear. Thank you!!!

  87. erika says:

    I love the Tomahawk Stripe and Triangle Tokens!

  88. Amber Arnold says:

    Love all of these fabrics!

  89. Katie says:

    What a fun line! I love the Triangle Tokens and think that would make a really cute dress.

  90. Cassie Scott says:

    There is no way I could pick just one print. This is one of the first collections I’ve loved every.single.print. I’d make myself a gorgeous quilt for my bed. Then I could look at it every day!

  91. Lori Morton says:

    Loooove Triangle tokens…and close 2nd is Crystal Arrowheads. DO love all the fabrics & colors are definitely desert-like shades! I lived in Arizona for almost 11 years. Beautiful there!

    Your Sweet model’s are Adorable in their new skirts too!! I have not made the Staple dress, but did consider getting the Pattern. :)

  92. Stephanie says:

    I really love this Arizona collection. I think it would make an adorable baby quilt!

  93. Danielle says:

    Those fabrics are great!

  94. jessicac says:

    Love the Clay Sundot pattern!

  95. mary says:

    I love that these prints come in voile and knit too, I’d love to make myself some tees for summer with these

  96. jenny says:

    I love them all! I would make bags with the fabric.

  97. Patty says:

    Beautiful collection. Definitely, a tote bag out of Tomahawk stripe.

  98. tracy reed says:

    Great fabrics. I like the Clay Sundot. I would make something for a co-worker who is pregnant with her second child.

  99. Cyndee Davis says:

    Never been to this site before. I like it!

  100. Tif says:

    My fave is Tomahawk Stripe in knit. I wish the others were all in knit, but that wouldn’t stop me from using the bundle to make a summer top or incorporate into a pair of shorts, say a standout pocket or one front panel in a decorative print, or even work several different pieces into a dress! It’s all too much fun!

  101. Jeannie says:

    I love Arid Horizon, but I also love the the peach and pale green in Agave Field. I would love to make a skirt for myself.

  102. Julie says:

    I just love them all the colors are so pretty:)

  103. dinah says:

    Love Love Love – the French Seam tutorial and the fabric!!

  104. Liz Mouse says:

    I love sewing skirts for my two girls. Thanks for the tutorial. My oldest and I are learning to piece quilts, so I’d use the FQ bundle to try out a new quilting pattern!

  105. Diann Cornell says:

    I think the fabric would make a great bag.

  106. Brenna says:

    I love all of them! I’d love to make a sleeveless blouse in clay sundot or tomahawk stripe though!

  107. Flicsha says:

    It’s hard to pick one . I think they would look good made into bag and baskets and anything you like! I let fabric tell me what to make when I have it in front of me and can feel it.

  108. Charlotte L says:

    I love these fabrics! I think I would make a Super tote out of them. So pretty! Thanks

  109. Lee says:

    I love the tutorial! thank you! I would make a duffle bag for my daughter – thank you.

  110. Beth says:

    I love the fabrics Agave Field and Tomakawk Stripe!

  111. Gill says:

    I’d love to make a Washi dress!

  112. Elizabeth K says:

    Desert blanket is my favorite, hands down! I think I would make a skirt for my little one or possibly an infinity scarf for myself…. or BOTH.

  113. Sue says:

    Thanks so much for the great tutorial. I love it, and will use this method!

  114. These fabrics look like they belong in a chevron quilt to me…

  115. Pandora says:

    i need a cover for a stool and some cushions! grab my sewing machine and start!!
    Thank you for the giveaway!!

  116. Gina C says:

    These fabrics are all so lovely! If I won the fat quarter set, I think I’d make me daughter a skirt or a dress. Or maybe piece it together to make myself a summer top.

  117. SuzieS says:

    Love Clay Sundot! Love the colour palette of this range. I have not made the Staple dress – I haven’t made clothing for myself for years. Must start again.

  118. Chelle Chapman says:

    I would love to start a quilt for my Niece who is going to Grand Canyon Univ, IN Arizona! How perfect!

  119. Elena says:

    A lovely fabric collection. I’d like to make a tote like the one Noodlehead made with Arizona fabrics.

  120. Sarah p says:

    This is beautiful fabric, and the skirts are too cute. I’ll have to use this seam, brilliant, and extra strong.

  121. I love this technique! Thanks for sharing. I love the prints too, Canyon Wall is gorgeous.

  122. Sadie says:

    I love all of these fabric. Thinking of making a lampshade with some of this.

  123. Marjory W. says:

    The Crystal Arrowheads are very nice, and I love the matching solids.

  124. Claudia says:

    This fabri would make a great table topper.

  125. Cait says:

    I love these fabrics! Thanks for the tutorial.

  126. Shanley says:

    Am I allowed to say “all of them”??!

  127. DeborahGun says:

    I would love to make a supertote.

  128. FaithK says:

    How can you choose??? I love them all!! Maybe the Tomahawk stripe most?

  129. NancyB from Many LA says:

    I’d make clothes for my granddaughter

  130. Marissa says:

    I don’t have a favorite…I love them all! I can see lots and lots of bags being made with these. And maybe a dress

  131. Barbara P. says:

    I LOVE all the fabrics from this line. They are wonderful and I would love to win some to make some beautiful bags with it.

  132. Amorette says:

    Love the canyon wall print

  133. Michele says:

    I have been eyeing up these beautiful patterns since quilt market!! They have such a fresh, clean, and sophisticated look wich I love. Her designs are truly inspiring. I would like to make a zipper cluch out of the material or even some small stuffed animals that would look great on any shelf. Maybe even as the focus for a modern quilt to go with the great geometric designs! Would love to make a pinbord with these colors too to brighten up a wall!!! The triangle tokens is so fresh!!

  134. Ashley says:

    I love the Arizona collection!

  135. Lauren says:

    I think the mint triangles – so sweet for a tiny skirt (or even something for myself).

  136. Jen says:

    Tomahawk stripe! Have not tried the staples dress, I have such a lineup already!

  137. Kimberly says:

    I have been coveting this entire collection! I would love a cute skirt in the Clay Sundot.

  138. Sherry VF says:

    I think french seams are great when you don’t have a serger to keep seams from raveling. I would probably make a tote. Love the ochre/gold fabrics. svonfumetti at yahoo dot com

  139. Anne says:

    All are nice esp. Canyon wall!

  140. Sarah says:

    Love the Tomahawk Stripe. But really… The collection is just lovely.

  141. Vicki P says:

    Triangle Tokens! I’ve been eying that print to add to my fractal triangle quilt – perfect shape, perfect colors.

  142. Nancy says:

    What a neat collection. I like the Triangle Tokens in cotton. Would make a nice set of placemats for the summer. Thanks for sharing the tutorial!

  143. Amy says:

    I love all of them but the second one down (b&w triangles) is probably my favorite. I’d love to make a maxi dress out of it, or any of them, or all of them!

  144. Allison C says:

    I would make a light summer quilt

  145. Jennifer says:

    Clay Sundot!

  146. Barbra says:

    I love the triangle tokens print. I would love to make a new bag with some of this!!

  147. Bec says:

    This line would make a glamourous nappy bag! My old ones falling apart and I’ve been meaning to pick fabrics for a new one. Love this line!

  148. Bette I says:

    What a difficult decision to choose just one design, I love all of them! I would make a quilt, I’d probably throw in some solids to accent the colors!

  149. Heidi says:

    I’d make a summer beach tote!

  150. Ella says:

    I love the triangle tokens!

  151. Cyndy Lacey says:

    They all are fun and upbeat. I am thinking may a vest to wear with jeans!

  152. Sarah Lahrman says:

    I cannot pick a favorite ~ I LOVE them all and I already have plans for making a quilt and skirt for my daughter from this gorgeous fabric! I cannot wait for this fabric to be available!!!!

  153. Jackie says:

    Agave Field is my favorite, and I’d jump at the chance to make a skirt in it!

  154. Christy H says:

    I like the canyon wall print. I’ve been wanting to try out french seams, but just haven’t done it yet.. I always forget until I’m already halfway done sewing a project.. go figure.

  155. Jeanette says:

    I love the tomahawk stripe… I love navy and white!! The fabrics would look great in a tote!!!,!

  156. Carol Y says:

    I like all the prints, but I guess Arid Horizon the best!

  157. ARZ-557 is my favorite! The whole line reminds me of the southwest which
    I truly miss after living so many years on the East Coast. I would like to mke some pillows for my livingroom! The blues would go very well. Thank you.

  158. Jean Soderberg says:

    Perfect timing! Just purchased her Staples dress pattern for summer sewing.

  159. Danielle says:

    Love the geometrics!

    Definitely would keep this collection to myself and use it for a quilt.

  160. Joelle T says:

    Beautiful fabrics and beautiful seams :)

  161. anna gerard says:

    I love all of these prints! Definitely want to make a bag of some sort. Soo cute.

  162. Cheri says:

    I like the black/white/yellow prints/colors.
    I think I’d make a quilt using large pieces as the geometric shapes are very unique
    Cheri
    quiltingnanny at yahoo dot com

  163. Aubrey says:

    This is so awesome! I am just a beginner at sewing so I love learning new little tricks like this. I recently got my first sewing and I am learning new thing everyday! I want to try to sew a skirt or something and was thinking I probably would need a serger but now I will try using this technique! Thanks! I would love to get new free fabric :)

  164. Cassandra says:

    I think the Clay Sundot and Crystal Arrowhead patterns are particularly appealing.

  165. Tammie says:

    I would like to try the staple dress and French seams.

  166. Linda C, says:

    I am a sewing instructor and felt your technique was well taught. Your daughters are adorable and I would love to make a skirt for my 3 year old granddaughter from the giveaway.

  167. Rori Jensen says:

    This Arizona color palette is so appropriately named…it has the feel of the desert with the muted colors. I would make some wallets from Valori Wells’ Little Wallet pattern.

  168. Melissa says:

    These are so beautiful! Great work, April!

  169. Claudia TN says:

    Love the navy, but also the one used for the toddler skirt. They are all wonderful! Thanks for the giveaway.

  170. Allison D says:

    I love french seams too! I think my favorite Arizona print is the minty triangles.

  171. Toni Buzzeo says:

    Nice fabrics for cute little boy’s clothes!

  172. Beth T. says:

    I have a nice graduating from high school this year. I’d like to make her some pillows for next year’s dorm room.

  173. barbara says:

    I really love agave field. I wpuld make a lap quilt for a lady at church who is losing her eye sight. She is from new mexico and has a lot of southwestern clothes. She would love this fabric. babscorbitt at gmail dot com

  174. Nita says:

    I’d love to make some pillows.

  175. Sandy A in St. Louis says:

    I love the Crystal Field design. It has some of my favorite colors in it. Thanks for the lesson on French seams. I haven’t made them for a while so the refresher was great to see!

  176. Wendy C says:

    My favorite is Clay Sundot, would make a great bag.

  177. Beth says:

    I think my favorite is agave field – I was in Arizona last year and this collection brings back such memories!

  178. Wendy C says:

    Clay Sundot would be great as a tote bag.

  179. Hayley says:

    I love that mint green print. And the staple dress. And French seams. A whole love dear going on!

  180. Sash says:

    I love the whole range and would use it to make my daughter a quilt, the fabrics are the perfect balance of feminine, fun and sophisticated!

  181. Joyce Mitchell says:

    Triangle Tokens is my favorite Arizona print. Thanks.

  182. Arizona Powers says:

    I think I should win since my name is Arizona. ;) I would make quilted placemats with the fat quarters. They would look fabulous on a table where everyone could see them.

  183. Bonnie says:

    Pretty fabric! I really like the aqua one.

  184. Lisa says:

    I love this site. Just found it today. I love all the fabrics but the Crystal Arrowhead is my fav.

  185. Lisa says:

    I just found this today. Can’t wait to use my new sewing room. The fabrics are all so beautiful but crystal arrowhead is my fav.

  186. Jennifer says:

    I loved seeing all the pics from quilt market of April’s booth. I really like all the gold tones. I might make myself a bag of some sort.

  187. Abby says:

    I’m so glad I learned how to sew a Freach seam today… Thank you! Love the fabric!

  188. Triangle Tokens is my favorite! I would love to make a cute clutch.

  189. Tyler F says:

    Love love love this fabric. I would make something for my sister in law who misses Arizona like crazy. :)

  190. Renee says:

    Thanks for the tutorial! I’m going to try this on my next project!

  191. gillian says:

    I love all of the fabrics in the collection, but I’m especially drooling over the Tomahawk Stripe and the Clay Sundot. Crossing my fingers!

  192. Danielle Ciullo says:

    Loving this fabric line! I would love to work with Agave Field or Desert Blanket to create some pretties for my daughters;)

  193. Sandi says:

    Love love triangle tokens and crystal arrowheads! I am loving the whole color scheme and need a beautiful lap quilt & possibly a tote bag!

  194. Diana says:

    THANK YOU!!!! I have been studying different tutorials for a french seam and it never made sense to me. I finally got it. Thank you, thank you.

  195. Megan says:

    I love all the fabrics! And French seams! :)

  196. barbara woods says:

    I love the yellow and black, thanks

  197. angelina says:

    yehaw!

  198. Mara says:

    I really like the Triangle Tokens print, I have a friend that already has the fabric and she says it is fantastic!

  199. Sandy K says:

    Clay Sundot is one of my favorites. I would like to make my granddaughter a skirt of it. Thanks.

  200. Vicki H says:

    I like Triangle Tokens, it would make a great pillow.

  201. Virginia says:

    I absolutely cannot choose a favourite – they’re all fabulous! The duffle bag that was made on her blog tour was so inspiring – I want to try making that!

  202. Betsy says:

    I would liove to my my. Granddaughter a skirt with agave field. Thank you for the great tutorial

  203. Patti says:

    These fabrics are so beautiful and I would use them for something on my dining table. Thanks for the chance.

  204. Jessica says:

    PLEASE pick me, I can’t wait until July to get this fabric :)

  205. Jessica says:

    I love these all SO much and I can’t wait to buy all of them! It’s hard to choose, but I’ll say Clay Sundot if you insist I pick a favorite.

    PLEASE pick me, I can’t wait until July to get this fabric :)

  206. Kate says:

    Hard to pick a favorite but my daughter definitely needs a skirt out of this gorgeous fabric!

  207. liezel says:

    I love the fabrics, they are all pretty! I would love to make a lotta dress in agave field!

  208. Margie says:

    I love the Arid Horizon print. It’s fantastic.
    Margie

  209. Margie says:

    I haven’t made the staple dress…yet. April sure is making a splash and I think it’s great. I’m in desperate need of a new quilt on my bed, and these fabrics fit the bill!

    Margie

  210. Shannon B says:

    I love the whole collection! The first dress I ever made was a Staple Dress and get complements all the time. I plan to make lots of things with the new line:)

  211. Erica says:

    I adore the whole collection! I would make a quilt with this collection.

  212. Linda E says:

    Your photos are beautiful! I love all the entire collection – a perfect combination of colors and prints. I like the vivid design of Agave Field but I think I like the subdued tones of Crystal Arrowhead. It’s so hard to choose!

  213. Jenny K. says:

    I love all of them! I can’t wait to make a herringbone quilt with the Arizona fabrics!

  214. Linda says:

    The photos above are all so lovely! I have not made the Staple Dress, but will download the pattern. All the fabrics are great – perfect color combination. I like the vivid design of Agave Field, but I think I like the more subdued tones of Crystal Arrowheads. I love them all and It’s so hard to choose!

  215. Gina says:

    I would make Noodlehead’s Super tote with these prints. I like all of the prints but my favorite is the minty green with scattered triangles. Thank you!!!

  216. Lindsay T says:

    I love the Tomahawk Stripe and the Agave Field prints! So cute!

  217. Priscilla says:

    I really want to make a maxi skirt with that tomahawk knit!

  218. Priscilla says:

    I really want to make a maxi skirt in that tomahawk knit!!

  219. Avery says:

    I love all the patterns! I would make a sweet little skirt and tank top.

  220. Rebecca says:

    i love me some french seams and some beautiful fabric! such a gorgeous collection. :)

  221. Mary says:

    I love the crystal arrowheads the best, but the entire collect is gorgeous. I had not used French seams for years then made a new insides for my laundry basket, needed durability plus they look really neat!

  222. Anne says:

    I love them all, but I think the Canyon Wall print is my favorite! Beautiful collection. :)

  223. Maggie says:

    Love these colors and all the patterns! how could I pick just one?! I would make a modern quilt!

  224. Jessica Kirkland says:

    I love this fabric so much…there is no way I can pick just one print. I love the whole collection. I would make quilted herringbone pillows or a small quilt. Or maybe I would just sit and stare at the fabric because it’s so pretty. :) Thanks for the chance to win.

  225. Teri says:

    I love the triangle tokens!

  226. Jessica Kirkland says:

    I love this fabric so much. There is no way I could pick one…the whole collection is awesome. I would make herringbone quilted pillows or a small quilt. Thank you for the chance to win!

  227. Rachel says:

    I can’t wait to make a pair of Maritime shorts in the Arid Arizona print. Great colors!

  228. mjb says:

    I’d love to pair these fabrics with leather in some accessories!

  229. Samina says:

    I like the Tomahawk stripes pattern. I can see that made up in a great knit dress.

  230. Sue says:

    I love this collection, especially Agave Field and Crystal Arrowheads.

  231. Cindy says:

    I love the peach fabric with white circles. This would make a nice skirt for my
    granddaughter.

  232. Amanda C says:

    I cannot wait for this fabric to get to stores already!! I love it so much.

  233. Jessica b says:

    Love this fabric!!! I would include it in my weekender bag that I’m currently working on!!

  234. Sarah says:

    I love the light blue with little triangles! Thanks! I would probably make something for our kitchen out of the fabric if I won.

  235. Nadine says:

    Gorgeous fabric. I love those colors. I think they are so on trend. Might make a scarf, I always wanted to try making one.

  236. Megan says:

    I am head over heels in love with ALL of the Arizona prints and the Southwest Boho vibe! I’m dying to get my hands on a few yards to make crib sheets for my tiny tot.

  237. Julia Metzger says:

    I love them all. If i was lucky enough to win I would love to make a bag with it.

  238. Julia Metzger says:

    I can’t pick a favorite either. I just love them all. I would love to make a bag for myself with it
    , if I was lucky enough to win.

  239. AnnCP says:

    I like the Arid Horizon – but personally they are are outstanding. Being a Zonie – I especially love designers that can make a fabric line that is modern.
    I would probably make a skirt or high/low tunic top.

  240. L says:

    I’d make a quilt–the colors go perfectly with our baby girl’s room!

  241. Cricket Harris says:

    I like them all! I’d make a baby quilt!

  242. Patti Guptill says:

    French seams are very nice, and your tutorial makes it very straight forward. Love the colors in this line subtle like the desert, and the four pointed flower is so simple and clean. Thanks.

  243. Cindy Molnar says:

    I love the whole line! The gold triangles are simply stunning, the tomahawks are a bold yet feminine statement and the peaches remind me of summer! I have Staple Dresses and tunics and many Riding Peplums in my wardrobe….there are so many options to create with this line. I see bags, shirts, skirts and more! The french seams are also fantastic ways to finish your garments…I love this method.

  244. Katy D says:

    I have been thinking about a great quilt pattrn with large blocks to show off the wonderful patterns. This is my top favorite collection from all the photos I saw from quilt market!

  245. Garris says:

    Fab fabrics! I’ve been looking for some funky material to make a gender non-specific quilt for my niece or nephew to be, these would be perfect.

  246. Tiffany Taylor says:

    I love this entire collection! I have purchased the Staple Dress, Date Night, and Party Peplum with these fabrics in mind. Thanks for the chance! Cheers!

  247. Jolien says:

    Triangle tokens is my favourite print, with canyon walls as a close second. Thanks for the chance!

  248. Mary Ihla says:

    I love the color palette, especially the apricot. The Agave Field would make an awesome tote bag.

  249. Debbie D. says:

    Grr.. where is my comment? Not having a good electronic day! I like agave field

  250. Debbie D says:

    Fab tutorial, I did this over 40 years ago when I hand sewed in a HUGE patch to my bell bottom Levi’s.. I’m not a huge Southwestern person, but I do like agave field

  251. Fran says:

    I adore the entire line. When my order comes in I am making a quilt. I would love to make some of these skirts with matching headbands! How cute would that be??!!

  252. Veronica says:

    I love the Triangle Tokens print. The triangles are so pretty against the mint green background. I think I would make some zipper pouches or baskets.

  253. Danielle B says:

    I can’t pick a favor they’re all so cute! The color story is perfect and right up my alley of favorites right now. I’m thinking about making some super cute camera straps and possibly a bag too!

  254. Kim says:

    Pls delete;) duplicate!

  255. Kim says:

    Crystal Arrowheads! ? the ENTIRE collection!

  256. Kim says:

    Crystal Arrowheads! I ? the entire collection!

  257. Lauren Wright says:

    Love this collection! The light blue print is probably my favorite!!

  258. Nicola Mcbeath says:

    I love the triangle tokens voile. I would make a simple tank top for summer to show off the print.

  259. Kelly P says:

    Oh, how I love this fabric! Triangle tokens may be my favorite, but I adore them all!

  260. Megan says:

    I adore this collection, It inspires me to try making a tank top or skirt. Ive always been hesitant to make garments but this makes me think i can! :)

  261. Elizabeth says:

    Agave field is my favorite and I’ve already ordered the coordinating solids so I can make a quilt when the patterns are available. (Considering a sampler or something fast like a log cabin but on point to give it some flair) Winning some now would be fantastic!

  262. Leslie Collier says:

    I can’t get enough of this fabric line! My sister-in-law is having a baby soon and this screams her style… I would love to make her a quilt from it. Thanks for making such beautiful fabric!

  263. Natalie says:

    I have made the staple dress and am working on the date night dress right now to wear to my SIL’s wedding next month :)

    I would totally make my 15year old niece and myself some adorable bags with the fat quarter bundle just in time for summer vacations and beach days! :)

  264. Robin W says:

    I don’t normally like blue – but I really love the navy in these patterns! And I adore french seams in garment construction. Just says you really care about the end result.

  265. sharon cason says:

    I have not made the Staple dress pattern yet. Love the Arozona collection

  266. I love this entire collection! The colors are so dreamy, but I would have to say that my favorite print is agave field… So pretty!!

  267. Amy Y says:

    Adorable! I’d love to make some cute skirts for my nieces with the fat quarter bundle!! Fingers crossed that you pick me :D

  268. Delaine says:

    I love all of this line, especially Tomahawk Stripe. Thanks!

  269. Ally says:

    I can’t wait to use Arizona for some cute clutches, tanks, and maybe some pillow cases!! Love love this collection

  270. Marianne says:

    Love the Apricot Crepe. Reminds me of the colors at sunset.

  271. Karen Ann says:

    Agave field….and a maxi skirt is in my future!

  272. Carla S says:

    I would use the bundle to sew a lap quilt or make quilted pillows.

  273. Margaret says:

    I have April’s Date Night Dress pattern and am searching for the perfect fabric–perhaps Tomahawk Stripe or Canyon Wall.

  274. Michelle says:

    I can’t pick a favorite! I’m in love with this whole collection!

  275. Sarah R says:

    So hard to choose, but desert blanket is pretty great.

  276. Nicole says:

    My favorite print used to be Triangle Tokens, but it’s changed to Arid Horizon because that print you can cut apart and use in different ways. I know I’m definitely making a quilt from this line and some scarves with the voile, but I haven’t decided what else.

  277. Laurie says:

    My favorite print is Agave Field, the same as pictured above. I’m thinking a skirt for my daughter would be lovely – or a slouchy hobo bag. Simply love this collection!

  278. MargeeHi says:

    I like Clay Sundot with circular and straight lines and dark and bright color. Found the French seam tutorial easy to follow btw.

  279. Cheryl says:

    Just pick one? I love this collection! Would have to say tomahawk knit is my fave

  280. Steph H. says:

    I love all of it, and think this line would be an awesome line for a nursery!!

  281. teri c says:

    I like the crystal arrowhead print best but I do like the skirt print too.

  282. Carrie Schnittger says:

    Picnic quilt! I would definitely make a picnic quilt!

  283. Megan Panda says:

    I love all of them! So hard to choose!

  284. Anita L. says:

    I have recently learned French seams and I love them too. My favorite fabric is the aqua triangle print. Thank you for the chance to enter.

  285. Rebecca Hirschy says:

    I’m drooling over them all but love the Agave Field and Canyon Wall! Would love to make a little skirt with these pieces!!!

  286. kristin says:

    i’d love to sew a picnic blanket with a FQ bundle! this line is my jam. Loooove Arid Horizon.

  287. LaurenH says:

    I would totally make a quilt for my new living room at my new house! There is no way I could pick one favorite print! I need them all!!!

  288. Christina says:

    Its a toss up between Triangle Tokens and Crystal Arrowheads, they both look like prints I could use in EVERYTHING I make. I should probably go ahead and order multiple yards of them both. I can feel the undying love for them both developing.

  289. Michaeleen says:

    What a beautiful collection. Being a Arizona resident, I’m over the moon! I would love a summer dress made from Crystal Arrowheads and Triangle Token accents. And the Tomahawk stripe in knit for a long flowing maxi skirt.

  290. Jess Musumarra says:

    I love the colors in the Crystal Arrowheads fabric. Very soft & pretty

  291. laurelry says:

    I love the triangle tokens but your skirts have me re thinking! I might just love the arid horizon!
    I think they are all so great! I would love to make some shirts in the triangle token voile! :)

  292. NaomiG says:

    I’m crushing on this whole collection in a big way. I definitely want to do something for me in knit, and I think a quilt would be amazing too.

  293. Lynda H says:

    I have a collection of AZ fabrics from 10 years ago, and this line is so fresh and modern in comparison – I love the geometrics but really love the color pallets. It would be fun to make a two sided quilt, one side with the older fabrics, and one side with the newer fabrics. Just may do that!

  294. Tina Short says:

    I love the Triangle Tokens in voile ans I’m sure my 3 month old Granddaughter would love a dress made out of it.

  295. LINDA says:

    Love the aqua! Thanks for sharing!

  296. Jana says:

    What a gorgeous bundle! I would make a patchwork blanket for picnics and the beach!

  297. Becky m says:

    Canyon Wall is my favorite. And your daughters are just SO cute! (beckmoyer at gmail.com)

  298. Omg, EVERY fabric is amazing in that collection, but maybe I would start with Canyon Wall. I really love them all!

  299. Serena says:

    Love French seams, and love the colors in the Arizona collection!

  300. I would love a wardrobe of clothes made out of these beautiful fabrics!

  301. AQS has a show coming to ABQ in 2015, so I’d work on a quilt for a SW-themed exhibit they will be having.

  302. Bee Williams says:

    Love them all! I’d make an adorable sundress for my sweet little red-headed niece, Ella. These colors would look great on her! And she lives in New Mexico, so it would be a great look.
    Thanks!

  303. alisia domer says:

    I can’t pick just one print from this line as a favorite. I just love the colors! Beautiful!

  304. Linda Middlemist says:

    I really like all of the designs, and the colors are wonderful. thank you for the chance to win

  305. wendy says:

    great tutorial, french seams are a lot easier than you might think! I’ve yet to dare try dressmaking… Triangle totems would make a great dress

  306. Mallory says:

    Love all of the patterns! I have been looking for a fun beachy purse/bag pattern and any of those prints would be perfect once I figure out which pattern to use :)

  307. fenna says:

    I would probably sew my daughter up some skirts or some baby dresses! :)

  308. Tracy H says:

    I don’t know why I always thought French seams were complicated! Thanks for the tutorial and the ease of them and they look so pretty indeed! Love the fabric too!

  309. Southern Gal says:

    Crystal arrowheads is a gorgeous print. I love using French seams. They make garments look professional. Thanks for the chance.

  310. Robin says:

    Love the arrowheads or triangles on the green background. Fun to use in a newborn quilt for my grandson…beautiful colors and patterns!

  311. Michelle Guyette says:

    hmmm either Tomahawk Stripe knit or Triangle Tokens.

  312. Julie Stoen says:

    I love the Arizona line, especially Arid Horizon, Clay Sundot and Tomahawk Stripe. I would love to use any of them for my first attempt at making a shirt.

  313. Great fabric and I would make a set of pillows to brighten up the sofa!

  314. Jessica says:

    I love this collection!

  315. Bethany says:

    The Tomahawk stripe is my favorite! I have not made a Staple Dress, but it is something that I want to make this summer!

  316. jo says:

    I really like the Tomahawk Stripe

  317. Kris says:

    Love the Trianlge tokens but all are great. I love the French seam tute. It has been a long time since I have sewn them.

  318. Monique says:

    I love this fabric so much! I can’t choose a favorite – but I would love to make some pillows with this fabric!

  319. Heather says:

    I recently discovered squash blossom blocks, and I think Arizona would look fabulous as a squash blossom quilt! Especially Agave Field!

  320. Michelle Folkerts says:

    I love the Tomahawk Stripes and Agave Fields prints. It’s been awhile since I have attempted French Seams. Thanks for the refresher lesson.

  321. Sarah says:

    ooh… I would sew a skirt for myself

  322. The colors are all so lovely. I love the Triangle Tokens.

  323. Leah Corbin says:

    I love the whole collection! The colors work so well together an id love to work with the knits! Clay sundot has to be my fave!

  324. Michelle says:

    I love agave fields. Or, you know, the entire collection. Such a beautiful color scheme!

  325. Karie says:

    I love Agave Field and Canyon Wall, both great. And I would make pillows, lots of pillows.

  326. Emme says:

    I love this print, all of them, i love the SW feel of the Arizona collection

  327. Suzanne says:

    I can’t even pick a favorite, they’re all adorable!! I definitely want to make a cute quilt with this fabric.

  328. I am seriously OBSESSED with absolutely all of her collection!! I can’t even pick a favorite, I love them all equally!

  329. Mary Jane Cardwell says:

    Love them all. They would be so pretty made up in skirts, pillow, miniature quilts.

  330. Amy M says:

    April’s fabrics are beautiful. I would love to sew a tote and pieced skirts.

  331. Laurie says:

    I would love to sew a quilt with these gorgeous fabrics!

  332. Shayne says:

    Loooooove them all!!!!!

  333. Amymayen says:

    I love the tael with triangles! Your skirt is sooo cute!

  334. Stephanie says:

    I love this fabric collection! Desert Blanket is my favourite among the bunch.

  335. Jowyn Jenson says:

    I really like ALL of Arizona. But my favourite is Crystal Arrowheads.

  336. Jennifer says:

    Love the triangle tokens and the canyon wall!

  337. Tricia says:

    Think I’d make a cute summer handbag, love these fabrics!

  338. Lani says:

    I love the Triangle Tokens!

  339. Eileen Johnson says:

    What a pretty collection! I would make a tote bag from the Arid Horizon, Nocturnal and Honey fabrics. Love the Arid Horizon!!

  340. Christine says:

    I love all of them! I’d be making my first quilt! I’ve been working g on smaller projects to practice sewing and some quilting but haven’t done a quilt yet!

  341. Brenna says:

    I lovelovelove the triangle print.

    and, I lovelovelove this tutorial! Thanks for sharing!

  342. Andrea S. says:

    They are all so incredible! If I have to choose, though, Clay Sundot is my favorite :)

  343. Jane says:

    I love the mint with gold triangles the best but the whole collection is pretty much perfect. I’ve made the Staple 5 times already and plenty more planned for the future! It’s a great basic pattern to add your own modifications too, I love it!

  344. Kayla D says:

    I love every fabric design she has made! I’m dying to make a skirt with some of these, and a tote.

  345. angie s. says:

    I just used french seams on a top, and looks so clean. I would love to make some summer totes with this fabric.

  346. Paula says:

    I recently made the little ones some tshirt dresses and I should’ve used french seams, there are little ‘ravelies’ everywhere! I will try to remember this for future projects! (Like Diane I’ve used them for pillowcases, but it never crossed my mind for skirts and other garments).

    I’ve loved this collection from day one. I might need some 1/2 yard cuts for skirts/dresses for the littles.

    If I must pick a favorite it’s probably Agave Field; but they all work so well together it’s hard to choose just one!

  347. KAY says:

    I love the soft peach colours in this selection. A friend has just said that she would like baby gifts in peach colours and these would make a great modern baby quilt.

  348. Grace says:

    I think a fat quarter bundle of this would make an awesome new collection of bibs to add to my shop!

  349. Latisha Farley says:

    Agave Field is my favorite, but they are all GORG! I adore the color palette and geometric shapes. They’re just my style!

  350. Catherine says:

    I really like the color palette – every solid is perfect! I would rock a skirt in the tomahawk knit.

  351. Diana says:

    French seams are so much prettier than serging. They are especially great for lighter fabrics. Thanks! It’s also lovely fabric, particularly the canyon wall.

  352. Kate says:

    Agave Field!

  353. Katrina says:

    I really like agave field. I am planning to sew up a dress in the voile

  354. Deborah says:

    The traingle tokens and clay sundots are my favourites.

  355. Liesbet Rombaut says:

    I really like the minty blue with the white triangles.

  356. MsVicki says:

    Such an interesting take on this type of graphic, these colorways are lovely!

  357. Sara says:

    it’s such a wonderfully graphic collection. i think it’d make an awesome modern throw quilt.

  358. Jan says:

    Favorite print? Ohhh no – favorite collection! I see a lap quilt for ‘me’ in my future. I’m working on my own layout for it using this collection!

  359. Carolyn says:

    I need a new sun dress and these fabrics would be perfect.

  360. Diane Pfluger says:

    I always do French seams on the pillowcases I make for community service.

  361. marilyn says:

    triangle tokens in voile

  362. Caitríona Nic Seoin says:

    Am loving the prints in the Arizona collection! Particularly loving the Canyon Wall – could picture it in a summer tunic, and the Arid Horizon in a cool summer maxi. Great work ;-)

  363. Tracy Chin says:

    I really like the Tomahawk Stripe. I do have the Staple Dress pattern, but have not made it yet. Maybe in Triangle Tokens in Voile!

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