Monday, April 30, 2018

Behind the Seams with Gertie!

Gretchen "Gertie" Hirsch
Beacon, NY
I'm a self-proclaimed international sewing starlet! I design glamorous vintage-inspired sewing patterns and fabric, write books, and travel the world teaching dressmaking workshops.

Q: What's your favorite piece of work that you have created, your favorite project or your favorite part of the work day?
A: My favorite thing I've created is my new independent line of sewing patterns, Charm Patterns by Gertie. These are beautifully designed and packaged dressmaking patterns inspired by the golden age of glamour. And of course I'm thrilled to be realizing my dream of having a line with Michael Miller Fabrics, as a longtime fan.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: My goal is to release at least four Charm Patterns this year, so I am working very hard on that at the moment! But I'm writing this from my hotel at Disney World, as I'm just finishing up a three-week teaching trip to Los Angeles, Las Vegas and Orlando.

Q: What are your goals for the future, both work wise and life?
A: To release more patterns and online courses, and to continue to travel the world sharing my work.

Q: What are you doing when you're not creating or at work? What hobbies do you have?
A: I love swing dancing, old movies, and rockabilly music!

Q: What would people be surprised to learn about you?
A: That I don't believe that I was born in the wrong era. I'm a very modern woman at heart; I just love old-fashioned things! Also: I'm not afraid to look unkempt when I'm at home.

Q: Do you have any favorite blogs/magazines/IG feeds that you follow or read? 
A: One of my biggest inspirations (and expenses!) is following vintage sellers on Instagram. I love @Geronimovintage, @FabGabs, @Xtabayvintage, @sweetbeefinds, and many more! I also love Advanced Style for future ideas on becoming a fabulously eccentric old lady.

Q:  Where else can we find you? 
Q:  What else should we know about you and your work?
A: Most of my inspiration comes from vintage designs. I love shopping for old textiles and collecting ideas for fabrics. Old hankies, tablecloths, napkins, and of course dresses are my favorite things to collect. 
Q: Do you have any tips or inspiring words for others? 
A: I've been doing this for ten years, but I only feel recently that I'm really accomplishing the visual aesthetic I've been reaching for. Getting a little older and becoming more independent has made me more confident in my personal style. It's amazing how many self-limiting voices we can have, both internal and external. My goals lately are to listen to myself more fully and to trust myself to be in creative control of my own work.

Q: Do you admire any artists / people? (famous or not!) 
A:  Dita Von Teese is one of my main inspirations. Her sense of style and self is impeccable. When I'm unsure about a design, I often ask myself, "What would Dita do?"

Q: What is your favorite....
Color: Pink!
Animal: My rescue pets, a feisty chihuahua named Hattie and a beautiful grey cat named Henry
Season: Sundress season!
Vacation Spot: Disneyland
Food: Birthday cake
*with Hattie
Here's a sneak peek of Charming!
Charming will be in stores this August!
We are so excited about our partnership with Gertie and we want to share the excitement with you! Comment below and let us know your favorite flower, book, movie or movie star and you'll be entered to win a fat 1/4 bundle of Charming! 

*one random winner will be drawn on Friday, May 4th 
*winner will be emailed


Thursday, March 15, 2018

Pantone Color of the Year 2018 :: Ultra Violet

We're pretty excited about Pantone's color of the year!
If you're getting involved with some of the Pantone quilt challenges, here are fabrics we think will work perfectly... they all have that celestial, ethereal feeling too!

 If you're interested in joining the fun, here's a link to the Pantone Quilt Challenge 2018 hosted by Rebecca of Bryan House Quilts and Sarah of No Hats in the House.

Have fun and we can't wait to see what you create!


Monday, March 5, 2018

Behind the Seams with Lily Ashbury!

Stephanie Carter of Lily Ashbury Design
Vancouver, BC Canada
Hi, I'm Stephanie and I basically live to make things. I started my creative life as an illustrator and over the years I have created art for everything from food packaging, magazine ads, and dinnerware to stationary and home decor. And of course I love to design fabric. I do all of my designing from my warehouse studio in Vancouver, BC. I am often accompanied by my little Westie friend, Rosie.

Q: What's your favorite piece of work that you have created, your favorite project or your favorite part of the work day?
A: One of my favourite things to do is create mood boards for inspiration. At the start of every design project I create visual collage pages that I tack up around my desk to inspire me. I also like to choose appropriate music to go with my design ideas. I think of it kind of like wine pairing with your dinner, only music pairing with your design vision.

Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: At the moment I am working on some little project ideas for my soon to be released fabric collection called "Isabella". I am not an expert at sewing but that doesn't stop me :)

I am also finalizing my take on a French Country fabric collection.
Q: What are your goals for the future, both work wise and life?
A: I have a love of collecting vintage things. I dream of traveling through Europe with my husband and plucking beautiful things from small town flea markets. We visited the Paris fleas and we are hooked!

Q: What are you doing when you're not creating or at work? What hobbies do you have?
A: My husband is the cook in the family (I consider myself very lucky) and he loves to entertain. My spare time is often spent with friends and family hosting dinner parties in a chaotic kid filled household.

Q: What would people be surprised to learn about you?
A: I'm also very much a businesswoman. I own two other companies: Image Zoo and Art Print Club. I wear many different hats and I approach business with as much enthusiasm as I do my creative endeavours. 

Q: Do you have any favorite blogs/magazines/IG feeds that you follow or read? 
A: Some of my favorites are here:
Print Pattern
The Jungalow

Q:  Where else can we find you? 
Q:  What else should we know about you and your work?
A: I'm a bit ADD in terms of my style. I like to experiment and love re-creating myself this way.

Q: Do you have any tips or inspiring words for others? 
A: "Never give up your creative passion. It is something that you can always draw upon for joy through good times and bad. It can be a real lifeline at times, so nurture it."

Q: Do you admire any artists / people? (famous or not!) 
A: Too many to list really.

Q: What is your favorite....
Color: This seems to change regularly but I keep coming back to red
Animal: Pigs (because the smile)
Season: Spring and Fall
Vacation Spot: Palm Springs
Food: Peanut Butter and Cambazola (but not together!)


Friday, March 2, 2018

QuiltCon 2018 Re-cap & Fabric Challenge!

We're back from QuiltCon in Pasadena and it was an amazing show! We were completely blown away by the creativity and passion in the quilt show. You are all so talented and inspiring!

We were also able to announce the winners of the Michael Miller Our Yard Fabric Challenge too... If you haven't seen them already, here they are!

1st place
Backyard Chatter

2nd place
Casting Shadows

3rd Place
Our Colorful Orchard

Pop Rocks

Quarter Scale

Open Doors
by Maureen Logan

The Last Minute

The View From Here

Warhol in Our Yard

Michael Miller Challenge
by Rebecca Haley

Yep, It's a Challenge!

Peace by Piece


Complementary Composition

Thanks so much to the Modern Quilt Guild and to everyone who submitted a quilt for our fabric challenge. Stay tuned to see what fabric will be chosen for QuiltCon in Nashville!


Friday, February 16, 2018

QuiltCon 2018 :: Quilting for a Cure!

Michael Miller Fabrics & Quilts for Cure are partnering up for QuiltCon West! 
Visit us in Booth 606
pick out fabric for your Michael Miller Fabrics block for the 2019 QuiltCon charity quilts!

Everyone is welcome to participate! Click on the link below to view the fabrics that we’re featuring... 
 Use the featured fabric to create a 6 1/2" x 6 1/2" unfinished quilt block.
 Please mail your completed block to the address below-

Michael Miller Fabrics
Attn: Kait Witte
118 West 22nd Street, 5th Floor
New York, NY 10011  

*Please pin your name and email address to the back of your block before mailing it.

  *blocks must be received no later than November 8th, 2018.   
Click on our store locator to find participating stores that carry Michael Miller Fabrics.
This year we were able to complete eight quilts with all of the blocks we received. We had a total of 166 quilters from 23 states and four countries contributing blocks.

The 2018 charity quilts will be on display in our booth in Pasadena (#606). After the show, they will be lovingly donated to children in need through Quilts for Cure. We'll also post pictures on our social media pages during the show so be sure to follow along!

Here are the finished quilts! Comment if you see your block or if you'd like to talk about your experience making a block for the charity quilts.

A special thanks to HollyAnne Knight, Lily De La Cruz, Vicki Holloway, Jen Greer, Kristen Esser and the London, ON Quilt Guilt!

Do you have a question or you'd just like to say "hi"? Please email 

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Quilters Vs. Cancer Giveaway!

We are teaming up with a fantastic group of creative companies to bring you the...
 Quilters Vs Cancer Giveaway! 
You can participate if you're at QuiltCon in Pasadena and also if you're following along from home.

First, we'd like to tell you about all of the fantastic prizes and then we'll tell you how 
to enter to win the grand prize!

The M7200 offers a deluxe package of features including a wide selection of quilting and appliqué stitches, a programmable block alphabet and auto thread trim. Hard Cover and Extension Table included!
Included feet: 1/4" Seam Foot, Automatic Buttonhole Foot, Blind Hem, Even Feed Foot, Overage Foot, Satin Stitch Foot, Zig-Zag Foot and Zipper Foot

The powerful LED Table version is ideal for all types of needlework, sewing and quilting. The lamp provides a long arm reach of 28.7" and a wide, even light coverage, which is ideal for large work surfaces. The daylight light source reduces eye strain and glare for healthy vision and allows true color matching.
This modern, portable and multi-purpose lamp delivers a battery life of up to 10 hours on low light setting and approximately four hours at the brightest setting. Ideal when you need light away from a plug. Easy to pack up, take with you, set up and use wherever, whenever and however you need.
The Wafer 1 is only 0.3" thick. The tracing area measures 12.5" x 9"- easily fits A4. The Wafer has dimmable LEDS and provides an even spread of light from edge to edge.
The non-slip, 11" x 8" self-healing mat is the perfect addition to your Wafer 1 lightbox. The Wafer 1 cutting mat allows for direct cutting on the lightbox, while allowing the light to shine through.

100% cotton. 50 weight cotton thread is ideal for hand & machine appliqué, hand & machine piecing, longarm quilting, machine embroidery, lace and machine quilting. This thread is thin and with all the colors available, it will have a very fine finish for embroidery and appliqué and disappear into seams.

Hobbs Bonded Fibers has been committed to quilters and the quilting arts since 1978. By staying in constant contact with our customers, we strive to be the highest quality provider of quilt batting and the industry leader in product development.

The 45mm Rotary Cutter has changed the quilting and sewing industry. The most popular size available, this cutter features a durable handle with a blade cover for safety. Designed for both right-and left-hand use.
This 12"x18" mat features 1" and 2" parallel diagonals for cutting bias strips. It also features 30degree, 45degree, 60degree and 90degree angles for precision cutting. Olfa Rotary Mat is a self healing mat! 
Olfa 6"x12" Frosted Acrylic Ruler is non-slip and comes with the Frosted Advantage. Marked with black numbers and black lines for clarity, your measurements will be clear and easy to read on light and dark fabrics. This traveler is a smaller version of the essential ruler, it fits in your tote and is ideal for taking along.
Applique scissors are designed for precision cutting with high-impact ABS handle. With symmetrical handle design, it is great for both right- and left-hand use.

When customers see this Sewnatra compact sewing cabinet, one word always pops out of their mouth- CUTE! But don't let the cute exterior and compact size fool you - the Sewnatra offers most of the features our larger cabinets have, including an airlift! When open, the louvered door has two thread spindles and two trays for your sewing accessories.
*Winner can pick a finish of their choice: white, oak or black

The most user-friendly quilt design software on the market. In Electric Quilt 8, you can design quilts at any size! Start with a layout from the library, or choose a pre-designed Quick Quilt project for instant inspiration. For complete control, design your layout from scratch!
*Prize will be emailed to winner

Make Modern is your digital quilting magazine - by quilters, for quilters. A 12 month subscription includes six issues packed full of projects, articles and features that will keep you inspired throughout  the year!
*Prize will be emailed to winner

String & Story is donating three one-day online workshops.
*Winner's choice. Must be redeemed by March 9, 2019.

The Quilt Class in a bag is a completely new template set and a 6 point -8" cross hair ruler. PLUS, all the tools come in a Yazzii Bag. Learn how to quilt with a Deco, Nouveau, and Contemporary style with instructional DVD covering 13 new designs and over 41 blocks. All designed by Leonie West of Westalee Design.

...and, finally, 50 yards of Michael Miller fabric!
Receive 50 yards of 100% cotton fabric from Michael Miller's current collections.
Winner's choice!
*Subject to stock availability

A GRAND PRIZE worth over $4,300!!

If you're headed to QuiltCon in Pasadena, you can enter with a Passport Postcard! Just pick one up in the Michael Miller booth (#606)
If you're entering from home, please head over to Quilts for Cure for details!

This promotion ends at 11:59pm EST on March 5, 2018.

The winner will be drawn at random and announced on March 12, 2018 (winner will be emailed)
We are so honored and appreciative to have such generous sponsors! We couldn't have pulled this off without you.

A special thank you to Quilts for Cure for providing quilts full of hope, love and smiles to kids fighting cancer.

If you haven't already, please take some time to learn about Quilts for Cure