Wednesday, July 20, 2016

UP AND AWAY by Emily Herrick

Summertime is the perfect time for a ride in a hot air balloon!  Emily Herrick takes us UP and AWAY with her newest collection of fun fabrics.
  If you were at International Quilt Market in Salt Lake City, I hope you were lucky enough to see Emily's booth for yourself. It makes such an adorable room for those brothers and sisters that have to share!  I wanted to pick up the entire booth and place it in my house :)

 As usual, all her projects were amazing!!  She puts so much detail into the design of her booth.  The hit of the show was the adorable hot air balloon that you can see hanging in the photo above. Soooooo many people were asking how to make it. We've finally got the answer



THANK YOU EMILY!! 



Tuesday, July 12, 2016

It's time for some Summer Lovin

It's time for some sweet Summer Lovin'
Susan Emory has the cure for those Summertime Blues. 


For those of you who may not already know, Susan Emory is a fifth generation quilter, graphic designer, wife and mother. She's a former quilt shop owner and the founder of Swirly Girls Design. Susan has been designing creative patterns with clearly written and illustrated instructions since 2008.
Susan’s designs have been featured in several magazines and Swirly Girls Design patterns are sold worldwide. 



Her most recent Block of the Month pattern, Sweet Summertime, features a new coordinating thread collection from Aurifil.


The thread assortment features a range of 6 colors, 1 each in both 50 wt and 12 wt, perfect for piecing and hand-stitching


Susan is always busy creating new quilt patterns.  Each one is better than the next!  Flower Power is her newest pattern seen above in the Summer Lovin' collection.  It looks even more fabulous made up out of Cotton Couture (BELOW)


This pattern and much much more are available at Susan's website 

Thank you Susan for bringing us lots of summer fun and inspiration! 




Monday, June 27, 2016

LUXE - 108" of Bliss on a Bolt!

FEEL IT AND YOU WILL LOVE IT! 
LUXE is 108" of Bliss on a Bolt! 


SUPER SOFT AND EASY TO SEW!!



LUXE is not only great for quilt backs, but it's also perfect for pillows, duvets, curtains and more! 



To find Luxe...
Look for the CORAL thread.
The CORAL thread in the selvedge sets LUXE apart from other 108" quilt backs.  It symbolizes the superior quality exclusive to LUXE! 
Click to find a store near you 

View the entire collection on our website



We are super excited to reveal that the Modern Quilt Guild announced LUXE will be the challenge fabric for the 2017 QUILTCON in Savannah!
For more information and details on how to participate, check out the Quiltcon website


Stay tuned for more exciting summer fabric releases!! 










Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Bed of Roses... Perfect for Wedding Season!

The sun is shining, it's starting to warm up outside and the flowers are all blooming... this can only mean one thing...
 It's wedding season!! 
If you're looking for creative gifts for your bridal party or you want to personalize your pre-wedding festivities, look no further- we have some ideas up our sleeves :)
https://issuu.com/michael_miller_fabrics/docs/bedofroses_lookbook_issuu_sm/1
Michael Miller Fabrics brings you Bed of Roses...
Shipping to stores now!
 These robes are perfect for when your bridal party is getting ready! The pattern is by Atelier Joy.
*Featured fabric:
If you need gift ideas for your bridesmaids, how about a makeup bag, a makeup brush roll-up or a bow clutch? You can tuck little goodies inside as well!
The bow clutch is available through Craftsy
The Makeup brush roll-up is a free tutorial by Mimi G on We All Sew
You can find the mini drawstring pouch pattern on craftsy (It's free to download!)

If you're looking for a gift for the bride, a quilt could be the perfect solution. 
The quilt above was designed by Marinda Stewart and it's a free download on our website~
Bed of Roses Quilt

There's nothing like a handmade gift to make an event extra special... and we'd love to see what you create! 
Be sure to share on social media and tag #MichaelMillerFabrics
@michaelmillerfabrics

xo, kait

 


Friday, June 3, 2016

QUILT MARKET ROUND -UP



It's hard to believe how quickly Quilt Market can come and go!! 
Here are some of the highlights!  




If you walked down the 700 aisle, you couldn't miss our life sized flower garden. 
Inspired by the Meet Me in the Meadow collection, these bright and cheerful paper flowers were a must see!!  
We also won the 2nd Place Multiple Booth award.
WOO HOO!!! 



Violet Craft's booth featured her House of Hoppington Collection.
Crowds were lined up outside her booth trying to get a peek of her Abstraction quilts.  Patterns available here



Two days before market, the contents of Sarah Jane's booth decor was stolen!  With the help of friends, she replicated the booth in one day..... it must be Magic

 
It is amazing that one person can design so many beautiful quilts! Each one of these were designed by Susan Emory using the fabric from her Summer Lovin' Collection.  



How cute is this?  
Emily Herrick puts together a show stopping booth again!  Check out her new collection -  Up and Away 


 
It has been many moons since Sandi has released a new collection.
 Which makes Strawberry Moon, a perfect name for her new line.
 Welcome back Sandi Henderson!!  We've missed you :)



Unfortunately, what goes up must come down!!  The exhausted breakdown crew smiles for one last photo before heading home. 
So long Salt Lake! 

Sunday, May 22, 2016

SALT LAKE CITY - 2016 !!!

International Spring Quilt Market 2016 starts today

It's official! Spring has sprung in Salt Lake City.
Visit us at International Quilt Market
Inspired by Meet me in the Meadow Collection



Stop & see new collections from:







Friday, May 6, 2016

Behind the Scenes with Jennifer Taylor!


Jennifer Taylor of Coppell Texas is the Sarah Jane Sommer Dress Challenge winner! 
Here are a few photos of her winning looks...


 To read more about Jennifer's photoshoot, visit her blog!
*Dress patterns used-
Hourglass Dress pattern by Rabbit Rabbit Creation 
Trendsetter by Little Lizard King 
 We wanted to learn more about Jennifer so let's go behind the  
scenes!
Q: Let's start with a little background about yourself? 
A: I have been married to my high school sweetheart, Judd, for almost 14 years. We have two children, Evie (6) and Katy (3). Although I was born and raised in sunny Florida, I call Texas my home. We've lived in Dallas for ten years. It's a great place to have a family. For twelve years I taught elementary school, primarily 3rd and 4th grades. Recently, I took a break from teaching to stay home with my children and pursue other interests like sewing! 

Q: What's your favorite piece of work that you have created, your favorite project or your favorite part of the day?
A: Last winter I collaborated with a photographer, Elizabeth Nicole Photography. She created a hot cocoa stand for her photo shoot. The dresses I created were perfect for the setting. 

A year ago I created Easter dresses for my daughters as well as for my friend's children. We decided to take photos together of the girls.


Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: I just completed a fourth of July collection inspired by summer picnics and strawberries! We took photos by a creek, in front of an American flag, and in an open field. We had so much fun!
Q: What are your goals for the future- both work wise and life?
A: As I continue to develop my sewing repertoire, I aspire to network with fellow seamstresses through social media and locally. I would love to share ideas and learn from one another. Also, I would like to further develop my blog and Instagram accounts. I am always on the lookout for talented photographers to photograph my work. On a personal note, I stepped away from teaching full time to allow more time to devote to my family, others, and myself. I look forward to volunteering at my children's school and helping those in need.

Q: What are you doing when you're not creating?
A: I've always enjoyed the reward of creating. I find cooking to be relaxing and exciting. I would call myself a foodie! Also, I enjoy hiking or riding bikes with my family. My husband and I went on a beautiful scenic hike through the Rocky Mountains. I think about that all the time! Another calling I have is gardening. At one time, I had a vegetable garden in our backyard. Now, I plant flowers. Fitness and health are important to me, as well. When I have a chance, I enjoy Zumba, Yoga, running, and bike riding. I also enjoy music! Going to concerts is something my husband and I enjoy. He actually plays the fiddle and the mandolin in a bluegrass band, Bluestem.

Q: What would people be surprised to learn about you?
A: I am a self taught seamstress. My husband surprised me for my birthday with a Bernina sewing machine three years ago. Knowing that was a really great machine, I was determined to learn how to use it! Naturally, I started sewing dresses for my two girls. I'm really grateful for YouTube and PDF patterns! I sew in my children's playroom and cut fabric on my dining room table. 
Q: Do you have any favorite blogs that you read?
A: I enjoy reading several blogs about various topics:
My Sweet Sunshine Blog
See Kate Sew
Made Everyday (Formerly Dana Made It)
Ann Voskamp: A Holy Experience

Q: Do you admire any artists / photographers / people? (Famous or not!)
A: My grandma and great grandmother were seamstresses. My great grandmother was a head seamstress during World War II. My grandmother sewed her own wardrobe after she retired. They did not teach me to sew, but I know they would be proud to know I have carried on their legacy.

I admire Ann Voskamp and Logan Wolfram, christian bloggers/authors that teach wisdom in walking through the various paths, ups and downs of daily life.

In the creative world, I am drawn to Alexis Wright of Violette Field Threads and My Sweet Sunshine. Her style and use of fabric appeals to me. Also, she is self taught. She's a mom and wife, too.

Q: What else should we know about you and your work?
A: I enjoy using bright colors, mixing prints and whimsical fabrics. A lot of my inspiration is driven from growing up in Florida as well as my children's interests.

Q: Do you have any tips or inspiring words for others?
A: Listen to the desire of your heart. If you feel a nudge to step into a new opportunity, take the chance. Look forward to the future, and seek people who will help you grow in wisdom and knowledge. Do what you love, and always self check to make sure you are feeding your soul.

Q: What is your favorite...
Color: any shade of blue
Animal: don't really have one
Season: summer
Movie: The Hunger Games
Book: Curious Faith
Vacation spot: the beach or the mountains
Food: sushi, international cuisine
Q: Where else can we find you?
Lillian Kate Custom Clothing
Facebook
Instagram
And, my Shopify site

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Thanks so much Jennifer and congratulations on winning the Sommer Dress Challenge!

To view the entire Sommer fabric collection, please visit michaelmillerfabrics.com