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

Friday, January 5, 2018

Behind the Seams with Axelle Valentin!

Today, on Making It Fun, we're going Behind the Seams with our new licensed designer...
*photo credit: Sophie Masiewicz
*photo credit: Sophie Masiewicz
Axelle Valentin
Location: Nantes (west of France, 1 hour and a half from Noirmoutier's Island!) 
I am 39 years old, married (since 10 years this July ;)) and have two kids: a boy 9 years old and a girl nearly 7 years old. I've decided to work from home to become full time a surface pattern designer and to raise my kids. 

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 favorite piece of work I was really proud of is my painting for the anniversary of cinema, made when I was 17 years old for a national contest. It has been exposed during one month in the "Cinematheque" inside the Palaisi Chaillot in Paris just in front of the Eiffel Tower. Now I've offered it to my son for his bedroom.

Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: I am preparing new autumn-winter patterns collection for Premiere Vision Design trade show in Paris, where fashion brands will come from every country. And I am thinking of a few new stationary products for local Christmas markets.
*Axelle in her studio *photo credit Helene Petit Village
Q: What are your goals for the future, both work wise and life?
A: I wish I could create all my life long, as I do not even know if it will be enough to draw all my ideas!
When my kids leave home, I wish I could organise creative workshops with nice tea times and home made cakes... Meanwhile, I would like to learn always new techniques, meet other designers and follow some summer courses at Saint Martin School in London...
*Axelle creating in Proce park *photo credit: Sophie Masiewicz
Q: What are you doing when you're not creating or at work? What hobbies do you have?
A: I am fond of cooking, especially pastry... even at the London College of Printing, my personal project was a recipe book...
And I try to swim and run once a week to keep healthy mind in a healthy body... and it's always when I am outside that I find new ideas!

Q: What would people be surprised to learn about you?
A: My godfather gave me a second name "Fleur" which means flower in English... and honestly flowers are what I love the most to draw, funny isn't it?

Q: Do you have any favorite blogs/magazines/IG feeds that you follow or read? 
A: I love the fresh but also stylish IG of my friend Helene (who came home to take pictures of me yesterday especially for you!) helene petit village
And since I've signed with MMF, I enjoy reading inspiring posts from Sarah Jane Studios.

Q:  Where else can we find you? 

Q:  What else should we know about you and your work?
A: Both of my parents like to paint, and the colorful portrait on my office table has been painted by my dad! 

*photo credit Helene Petit Village
In my childhood, my really first drawings were flowers and rainbows... and the funny thing is that they were already repeated!! Later, I've taken a few classes on Wednesday afternoons: drawing, painting, sculpture and later on silver jewelry when I was in London. Also, I've been a member of a photo club for a few years to be able to get my own black & white pictures when I was living in Paris and start using colors only when I've decided to change my way of life and arrived in Nantes! I've learned Illustrator at the London College of Printing where I spent a lot of time in charity shops and flea markets to find vintage clothes with nice patterns.
*photo credit: Sophie Masiewicz

When a friend of mine, Domitille, taught me how to sew, I did not find in the shops the the fabrics I've had in my head, so I've decided to create them...

My main inspiration is nature, which I like to stylize to get fine lines and add colors from my own.

Q: Do you have any tips or inspiring words for others? 
A: For style, do really what you love. .. It's often the designs I've done for myself or presents for friends which has been sold first!

For those who wish to learn how to create patterns, it's really useful to take some classes on Illustrator or Photoshop (some are free online), you will save precious time!!

Q: Do you admire any artists / people? (famous or not!) 
A: In my town, I've met these two artists who are as nice people as talented artists: Izumi Idoia for her Japanese style and so delicate paintings and Dominique Le Bagousse and his funny little bears.

Q: What is your favorite....
Color: green
Animal: birds as they can fly
Season: I would say summer even if I like a lot of spring as well for the flowers...
Movie:"The Party" with Peter Sellers, which I find so funny and original.
Book: "Grain d'aile" my first book of Paul Eduard with the wonderful watercolors of Jacqueline Duhême, the story of a little girl who wished to fly...
Vacation Spot: Noirmoutier, a lovely island where I like to camp with my family to get closer to nature and do a digital detox ;-)

Food: the Nantes' cake, the original pastry of my town, with almonds, which was really rich in rum to be kept during days for sailors on boats. I've even create a poster for my relatives as they always ask me for the recipe
Axelle's debut line with Michael Miller will hit stores in February! Here's a sneak peek of Strawberry Tea...
If you'd like to win a fat 1/4 bundle of Strawberry Tea before it arrives in stores, just comment and let us know what you'd make! 

Congratulations to Michelle for winning the Strawberry Tea bundle!
"I would make a quilt for my oldest daughter (about to turn 15). She would love this color palette!"