Thursday, August 17, 2017

Behind the Seams with Michael Miller Fabrics

Today, on Making it Fun, we're going...

Laurel Shepherd: Rogers, Arkansas

Hello! My name is Laurel and I love sewing, fabric hoarding and trying new patterns. My mother and grandmothers are all excellent seamstresses and tried to teach me their ways when I was growing up. Did I listen and learn? Nope! I thought sewing was old fashioned and useless. My mom warned me that I would one day regret not learning. Well, as with most things in life, turns out my mom was right! Fast forward to 2013 when I found out I was pregnant with twins- all of the sudden, I wanted to sew them everything! Unfortunately, I had moved over 1,000 miles away from my mom and grandmas and had no one to teach me. That's when I discovered the online sewing community! I was able to learn so much from sewing blogs, Youtube tutorials and Facebook groups. I was able to go from someone who couldn't even sew a straight line to someone who creates beautiful clothing for herself and her children! It has been a rewarding transformation and I am extremely proud of my work. 

It was through other sewing bloggers that I found out about the Sewing Portfolios website. A platform to connect seamstresses with pattern designers, fabric manufacturers and other businesses sounded brilliant to me. By creating a profile and joining the exclusive Facebook group, you open yourself up to some potentially great opportunities and collaborations. 

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 project is actually one of my most recent ones. I created a mini capsule wardrobe for my twins. I created 18 pieces for my girls to mix and match to their hearts content. It was a large undertaking but I was really happy with the results.

Q:  What are you working on at the moment?
A: A teepee for a birthday gift for my twins
**Laurel's studio space
Q: What are your goals for the future, both for work and life?
A: I used to run a successful Etsy shop, but after my third baby, I found it much harder to make the time for it. I'd love to open up my shop again. I'm planning to try and do it this fall so hopefully it goes well!

Q:  What are you doing when you're not creating or at work? What hobbies do you have?
A: Between raising three toddlers and working on all my sewing endeavors, I don't have a lot of other time. However, I do enjoy playing soccer in a women's league one night a week. It's great exercise but also a social outlet for me to spend time with friends. 

Q: What would people be surprised to learn about you?
A: I HATE crafts! I love sewing but I don't consider that "crafting." Scrapbooking, jewelry making, home decor, card making, etc. are not my forte.

Q: Do you have any favorite blogs/magazines/IG feeds that you follow or read?
A: Oh my, so many! One of my new favorites to follow is Sewing with Sarah. She creates such beautiful clothing and she posts great tutorials as well.

Q: Where else can we find you?
A: My blog is My Heart Will Sew On, my Instagram handle is @myheartwillsewon

Q: What else should we know about you and your work? 
A: I love trying new things, mixing prints, mashing patterns and just being able to create unique pieces. I take great pride and joy in my creations!

Q: Do you have any tips or inspiring words for others?
A: It's ok to mess up and have to seam rip! When I first started sewing, I was so afraid to try something new and take the risk of ruining my fabric and wasting my time. It wasn't until I started pushing myself that I actually started to enjoy it and get better. I've ripped a lot of seams in my days and even had to throw out a couple of projects along the way. But I've created beautiful things and I rip a few less seams now!

Q: Do you admire any artists / photographers / people?
A: Every time I'm asked this question, I come up with the same answer. My mom!!!! She's seriously the best and I hope to be like her one day in so many ways!

Q: What is your favorite...
Color: Purple
Animal: Pandas
Season: Fall
Movie: While You Were Sleeping
Book: Harry Potter
Vacation spot: Gulf Coast
Food: Anything Italian!
 As a sewing ambassador for Sewing Portfolios, Laurel created the Easiest Zipper Pouch!
*She used Catching Dreams which will start shipping to stores in October.

Click on the link below for the tutorial!

Friday, August 4, 2017

In Bloom by Sandra Clemons for Michael Miller Fabrics!

Springtime adds new life and new beauty to all that is In Bloom. The In Bloom fabric collection is about the loveliness of Spring. Find tulips, crocus, and butterflies thriving in nature's rich and vibrant colors. Designs blossom in burgundy, blush, orange, teal, and grass.
*Sandra's In Bloom booth at Quilt Market

*Citrus orange & yellow with lemonade pinks and deep, saturated burgundy

*Optimistic Quilt Pattern

*Teal, soothing aqua with a pop of citrus

I'm sure that you noticed all of the incredible fabric origami butterflies in Sandra's booth... she made 500 of them!! If you'd like to make a few or 500, here's a link to her pattern: 
 Find out more about Sandra and check out all of her incredible quilt patterns on her website, Make It Blossom!

Friday, July 14, 2017

Hello Blog Hop with Susan Emory!

Hi, Howdy, Hello!! We're so excited about the Hello blog hop... There will be tons of fun projects and prizes too!

Susan Emory (of Swirly Girls) designed this super fun and versatile collection. Stay tuned next week to see all the amazing projects you can create with Hello!

Hello Blog Hop Schedule
Friday, July 14th 

Monday, July 17th

Tuesday, July 18th 

Wednesday, July 19th 

Thursday, July 20th

Friday, July 21st

Check out this free downloadable quilt pattern on our website...It's called Party Line and it was designed by Susan Emory- isn't it fun?!
It doesn't just stop with this adorable cotton collection, there's also a coordinating Aurifil thread collection!

In honor of the Hello Blog Hop, we're giving away a fat 1/4 bundle to one lucky winner!
Just leave us a comment and tell us what you'd make with it.
Comments are now closed.
...and the winner is...
Candy commented that she would make some awesome tote bags!

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

International Yoga Day! Namaste.
In honor of International Yoga Day... we bring you, Namaste Collection!

Breathe in, breathe out and find your center while sewing a yoga mat or a peaceful wall hanging.
**Helpful hint- back your mat with non-slip drawer liner so the mat won't slip around.
The yoga mat and the wall hanging/floor Mat below were designed by the Whimsical Workshop and are available to download on our website.
 Do you need a bag to carry around your yoga mat and accessories?
 The Motherload Tote by Cozy Nest Designs is the prefect yoga bag!

We also have Namaste available on Minky! It's so soft and cuddly... perfect for a calming eye mask, a yoga pillow or a blanket...
Happy first day of Summer and International Yoga Day!

Keep Calm and Yoga On!

Friday, June 16, 2017

MMF & MQG Fabric Challenge!

We are SO EXCITED about the challenge for QuiltCon 2018 in Pasadena! We're featuring Our Yard by Sarah Campbell.
Each participant will receive fabric in the cloud colorway, a few prints from the line, plus a coordinating Cotton Couture solid. Entrants can use either colorway. Like previous fabric challenges, we have many more members than available fabric. We wish everyone could get one, but the bundles are first come, first serve for MQG members. That said, everyone who signs up for the challenge should submit their final quilt to the Fabric Challenge category at QuiltCon - like other categories, this category is eligible for judging and awards up to $1,000.
*Quilts can be any size that you'd like! 
For more challenge info, please click here
*You must be a member of the MQG to enter a quilt into the challenge.
If you'd like to join the Modern Quilt Guild, click here.

Participants must use at least two fabrics from the Our Yard collection. However, participants may use as many Our Yard fabrics and Cotton Couture solids as desired. Binding and backing can be any Michael Miller fabric. Once completed, these quilts will be entered into the Michael Miller Fabric Challenge category at QuiltCon. The top prize for this category is $1,000!

Eligible quilts must use a minimum of two fabrics from the Our Yard collection and any number of Cotton Couture solids. additional Michael Miller prints or solids may be used on the backing and binding. All fabric will be shipped by mid-July. Quilt entries will be open July 31 to November 30, 2017 (the same as other QuiltCon quilt show entries). Quilts can be submitted via the form at quiltconentry.

A list of shops carrying Our Yard will be posted HERE soon. 

 Each bundle (of fat 1/8's) contains the following sku's
*Signups for MQG members will happen June 17-24 

List of stores that carry Our Yard

Cotton Couture coordinates for Our Yard 
Cloud Colorway

 Midnight Colorway