Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Nathalie of Seams Normal & Flowertopia!

Hi there! My name is Nathalie and today I have the honor to write a guest post about the Flowertopia collection that will start shipping to stores on May 15th. Hopefully you will enjoy reading what I have created with it and if you want to see more of what keeps me busy feel free to visit my blog Seams Normal.

A couple of weeks ago I participated in a Fabric Fri-yaay, a fabric giveaway organized by MMF and SewingPortfolios. Not familiar with SewingPortfolios yet, but interested in making your own sewing portfolio and collaborate with sewing businesses? Check out their website and find out all the advantages of becoming a member of this great community. But back to the Fabric Fri-yaay where, as you can expect, I turned out to be the winner of the complete Flowertopia collection. I am living in Belgium, so I had to be a bit patient. But when the box arrived I felt like a little child in a candy store.

The Flowertopia collection comes with 13 designs that are full of bright, vibrant colors. They scream for summer, so I felt the urge to make some summer outfits with them. In particular the dark blue Ring of Flowers fabric got my attention. I used it for some selfish sewing and made a skirt for myself. I used the Lotta skirt pattern from Compagnie M., one of the many talented designers that Belgium has. Making a proper garment for an adult starting with ‘only’ 1 yard of fabric was a bit tricky. But with the solid waist band and a less gathered back piece, I just made it. And I’m so thrilled with the outcome. The fit is just great and the fabric feels comfortable and soft.

I couldn’t resist to make an outfit for my oldest daughter as well. Flowertopia is exactly what you need for children’s clothing. The bright colors are so joyful, just as they are. So I asked my daughter which fabric she liked the most and picked the bright green Paisley Blossoms. As I did for my skirt I again went for a Belgian pattern. It’s the Tinny dress from Straight Grain. I have used it often before and none of the dresses I made look similar, because the pattern is incredibly versatile. First time though I made a circle skirt and she just couldn’t stop twirling. It’s so rewarding when you see your child’s happiness.

I enjoyed writing this post for all of you and hope you had fun reading it. And who knows one day we will meet again.


Wednesday, March 8, 2017

QuiltCon: Michael Miller Luxe Challenge!

Every year we sponsor a QuiltCon challenge... this year, it was all about our silky, soft Luxe!

The entries were so amazing! You are all so talented :)
Here are the winners of the challenge and all of the Luxe quilts that were displayed at QuiltCon East!

1st Place
Luxe Modern by Susan Clay
59" x 62"

2nd Place
Look Deep, Deep Into My Eyes by Kari Anderson
62" x 58"

3rd Place
80" x 80"

Radiating Star by Jennifer Rodriguez
47" x 53"

Pyramids in Blue by Amanda Mourenza
16.38" x 16"

 Mini Luxe by Heather Black
19" x 22"

Luxe Mosaic by Michelle Lieberson
25.75" x 24"

Topography by Audrey Nishi
25" x 23"

Sunset on a Wavy Ocean by Lindsey Kiesz
24" x 24"

Pinball by Betsy Vinegrad
47" x 62"

Pentagon Toss Up by Karen Winther
54" x 62"

 Luxe Rebellion by Jen Sorenson
35" x 48"

Homage to Gwen and Jacquie by Sarah McKee
24" x 26"

 Diamond DeLuxe by Tiffany Baxter
51" x 62"

Birds on a Wire by Wendy Richards
26" x 31"

Lime Light, Star Bright by Mel Beach
31" x 31"

Windblown Kisses by AnnMarie Cowley
32" x 36.5"

Lime 'n Luxe by Linda Hungerford
35" x 35"

Sedimentary by Louise Phelps
32" x 32"

Also, check out these one-of-a-kind ribbons that Nicole (of Modern Handcraft) made! She made ALL of the prize ribbons for QuiltCon using Cotton Couture and our Luxe!

I also spotted Luxe in another category... Youth Quilts!
 Big Blue Whale by Caitlyn Baxter 
(2nd place winner!)
47" x 53"
Here's what Caitlyn had to say about her quilt-
"The Michael Miller Luxe fabric made me think of water, and water made me think of ocean animals. The first ocean animal that came to me was a whale because I like whales. We thought of the diamond shapes for the spout because the fabric has diamonds on it. I stitched all of it, and my mom helped me cut and pin the pieces. Mommy helped me quilt it, and she also helped me with the binding. I used Luxe Tumble Blocks, Fog, Luna, Midnight, and Magic Folk. The whale is from the Preppy Pod pattern by Elizabeth Hartman."  
QuiltCon East was so inspiring. We had an amazing time meeting all of you and seeing so much incredible talent

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Quiltmaker's Butterfly Forest Blog Tour!

Our friend, Felicia Brenoe, of Felicia's World, wrote a lovely book called the Quiltmaker's Butterfly Forest
The idea for the book was realized on a trip to the Ecuadorian Amazon. Felicia was inspired by all of the beautiful butterflies which made their way to the pages of her book.

Butterflies Rising (pictured below) was created using black and bright white Cotton Couture- it's gorgeous in its stark contrast.. like the shadows of butterflies in flight. 
Designed and pieced by Felicia Brenoe
Quilted by Gina Perkes
Detail of the quilt and the amazing quilting!
In honor of Felicia's new book, we're giving away a bundle of Cotton Couture so that you can make Butterflies Rising (a total of 8 yards!)
C&T has generously offered to add a copy of the book to the prize as well! (They're planning to give away a copy of the book every day of the blog tour so check back on all of the dates below.)

February 10

February 13

February 14
Michael Miller Fabrics

February 15

February 16

February 17

February 19

February 20

February 21

To win the Michael Miller Cotton Couture bundle, just let us know what color Cotton Couture is your favorite. One lucky winner will receive their color choice along with the bright white background fabric.
To view Cotton Couture-> Click HERE.

 And the winner is...
Danette Stankovich said..."My favorite is Lavender SC533-LAVE-D. Beautiful!"

Monday, February 13, 2017

A sneak peek of Namaste!

Last week, my friend Candice (of Sewing Portfolios) and I did a sneak peek of some upcoming Michael Miller collections... Every week we'll feature one of the collections in a series called, 
Fabric Fri-yaaay! 
You can view the sneak peek video HERE.
For more details about Fabric Fri-yaaay, visit Sewing Portfolios.

Ok, now that you've watched the video and visited Sewing Portfolios, you know that you can win some fabric! 
Last week, it was all about finding your inner zen with NAMASTE... this week, it's all about fun and flirty florals- Head over to Sewing Portfolios for details, a sneak peek and a giveaway!
Congratulations to the winner of our Namaste collection!
 We can't wait to see what you'll make...
Maybe a yoga bag? Or a wall hanging?
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Namaste will start shipping to stores in April.