Tuesday, September 15, 2020

APPLY TO BECOME A 2021 BRAND AMBASSADOR!

 ATTENTION QUILTING INDUSTRY DESIGNERS & BLOGGERS

Want to gain exposure while sewing with the best fabric?
APPLY TO BECOME A 2021 BRAND AMBASSADOR!
Michael Miller Fabrics provides bold design, inspires creativity and offers exceptional customer service, all while “Making it Fun!”. Now is your opportunity to join the team as a Brand Ambassador!
What it means to be a Brand Ambassador:

1.    Share your love for Michael Miller Fabrics

2.    Broaden your skill set and explore new techniques in group challenges.

3.    Create buzz around new product launches by featuring Michael Miller fabrics on your blogs and social media platforms.

4.    Include our promo badge on your website and social media.

5.    Tagging @michaelmillerfabrics on posts and using the hashtags #michaelmillerfabrics and #makingitfun.

6.    Provide feedback to our marketing team.

Perks of being a Brand Ambassador:

1.    Free fabric and goodies.

2.    Promotion of you and your brand by sharing your content on our social media channels.

3.    Opportunities for you to be featured on our blog and marketing channels.

4.    Sharing our promo badge and other graphics and images for your posts.

5.    Opportunities for your patterns/projects to be included in our catalogs and marketing materials.

6.    Connections to magazine publications for your projects using Michael Miller fabric.

What we looking for: 
This is the perfect opportunity for those actively building a brand in the quilting industry. We are looking for enthusiastic designers and bloggers to promote our brand and fabric through social media, online or in-person events and social media channels. Our Brand Ambassadors must have active social media outlets, be experienced quilters and engaged in the quilting community

What is required:
Fabric collections will vary and you create your own projects. We will provide all fabric required for program-related projects, plus other goodies. We will promote two campaigns per quarter (8 per year). Ambassadors will make projects and post about them. You may offer free patterns or patterns that you sell commercially. We are looking for posts from the opening reveal of what’s in the box to the final project. Facebook live, Instagram Live, videos and product demos are encouraged.
Ambassadors may be asked to provide projects for our sales reps, Quilt Market and magazine outlets. Ambassadors are expected to actively participate in a private, ambassadors-only, Facebook group and respond to emails. MEETING DEADLINES IS A MUST!
This ambassadorship runs January 1, 2021-December 31, 2021.
If you have questions, please email: susan@michaelmillerfabrics.com.
How to apply:
Click link below and fill out the application. Applicants will be assessed by the marketing team at Michael Miller Fabrics based on your blog content, posting regularity, social media content and photography. Thank you in advance for your application!

THE DEADLINE TO APPLY IS SEPTEMBER 30, 2020.




Wednesday, July 29, 2020

Color, Thread & Free-Motion Quilting Blog Tour

Color, Thread & Free-Motion Quilting Blog Tour

by Susan Emory, Brand Manager, Michael Miller Fabrics

I had lunch with Teri Lucas, as Quilt Market last year and she told me about her book idea on color and quilting. We had a long discussion about fabric, thread, sewing machines and techniques. I knew she was on to something as an artist and a teacher. Well, she didn’t disappoint! 
This book has the perfect title: Color, Thread & Free-Motion Quilting. Teri delves into each, giving quilters of all skill levels permission to make mistakes and learn through practice. 

Michael Miller Fabrics supported her endeavor by supplying Teri with a variety of colors of our high-density solid fabric, Cotton Couture (seen above on the book cover). Cotton Couture’s super saturated color is the perfect canvas to show off your stitching!
I am so impressed with Teri’s explanation of color relationships between fabric and thread. She goes into detail on the rules (and breaking the rules!) of color. Not only does Teri explain the color wheel and why it works, but she goes a step further, demonstrating the marriage of fabric and thread and how the color of each affects the result. Color by color, she shows how different thread colors work with fabric of each color of the color wheel. 
This book is packed with information on color and thread. But, if you have a question about getting started in machine quilting, this book answers it also. Teri is a thread artist and these pages are loaded with images to inspire your quilting – teeny pattern fills, curvy and straight lines, geometric shapes, spirals, bubbles and more. She includes thread weight, needle choices and other tools of the trade to help every quilter improve their machine quilting. 

(Picture used with permission from C&T Publishing)

As you can tell, I love this book (gush, gush). Visit Teri’s website for information on ordering – www.terificreations.com. Teri is giving away an e-copy of Color, Thread and Free-Motion Quilting to one of our readers and we are adding a Cotton Couture Fat Quarter Bundle!


Enter to Win! 
Comment below and tell us your go-to Cotton Couture color and you will be entered to win an e-book of Color, Thread & Free-Motion Quilting AND an 18-piece Cotton Couture Fat Quarter Bundle! Please comment by August 6th to enter. Winner will be chosen by random number generator.
Follow along on the book tour for more chances to win:
Color, Thread & Free-Motion Quilting Blog Tour Schedule

Saturday, June 27, 2020

Peek Into Batiks Monthly Quilt Along 2020 Blocks 1-9

Peek Into Batiks Monthly Quilt Along 2020



Welcome to the Peek Into Batiks Monthly Quilt Along!!!
Starting today we will be posting a block pattern on the last Friday of each month. Visit your local quilt shop and grab your favorite Michael Miller Fabrics Batiks to sew along with us. Fabric requirements are included in the first month's pattern.  


Michael Miller Fabrics' Batik collection is vibrant, unique and features both metallic and non-metallic finishes. With 78 current skus, and many more to come, you are sure to find that perfect design. Stunning multi-colored pineapple, butterfly, hibiscus and golden bamboo are just some of the prints that will make you feel the island breeze. 



BLOCK #1



* We are offering the pattern for this striking quilt with the option of rotary cutting or cutting with your AccuQuilt Go! Fabric Cutter and 8" Qube. Be sure to select the pattern download for your preferred cutting method.


We used the AccuQuilt Go! Fabric Cutter to cut the pieces for this quilt. We were amazed at how quickly we were able to cut the entire project. Also, each piece was perfectly accurate, every time! 


Get started now or join in at any time! Click Links below to download patterns. Happy quilting!

We'd love for you to share your progress as you quilt along! Be sure to tag us.
@michaelmillerfabrics #michaelmillerfabrics #makingitfun #peekintobatiks
If you are using your AccuQuilt Go cutter for, be sure to tag them as well 
@AccuQuilt #AccuQuilt


                               
CLICK LINK TO DOWNLOAD PATTERN                      CLICK LINK TO DOWNLOAD PATTERN









Monday, April 20, 2020

Project of the Week 4/20/20

PROJECT OF THE WEEK 4/20/20
Michael Miller Monday

Hey fabric fans! While we are all staying safe at home Michael Miller fabrics will be continuing to provide you with fun, inspiring, and creative content. We will be putting out a featured pattern of the week every Monday! You can find the free project instructions on our website! ClICK HERE



This week is SHARE THE LOVE WEEK! We will be focusing on spreading love and cheer with our communities and letting essential workers know how much they are appreciated. Join in by hanging a handmade heart quilt on your doors/windows. Tag #sharethelovequilts We will be posting a collection of pictures on our page!

The featured pattern is the patriotic Heartland Quilt by Wendy SheppardFinished quilt dimensions are 61"x74". It was created using our Bandana Ballad Collection.

Wendy was inspired by the patriotic prints and developed this stunning American Flag block quilt. During times like this, we are reminded how important patriotism is and standing together as a community. 

All week long we will be posting videos about love and appreciation on our "Making it Fun" Youtube channel. We will also have a Facebook Live tomorrow at 2pm EST where Rob Appell shows us how to make fabric heart postcards.


We'd love to see what you're creating. Share your photos with us by posting your creations on social media and tagging @michaelmillerfabrics or e-mailing photos to marketing@michaelmillerfabrics.com 

STAY SAFE! HAPPY SEWING AND REMEMBER TO KEEP #MAKINGITFUN

Monday, April 13, 2020

Project of the Week 4/13/20

PROJECT OF THE WEEK 4/13/20
Michael Miller Monday

Hey fabric fans! While we are all staying safe at home Michael Miller fabrics will be continuing to provide you with fun, inspiring, and creative content. We will be putting out a featured pattern of the week every Monday! You can find the free project instructions on our website! ClICK HERE


This week is BASIC WEEK! And the featured pattern is the vibrant Pixelated Cityscape Quilt by Rob Appell. Finished quilt dimensions are 70"x70". It was created using our Sew Colorful Cotton Couture Bundle and the Frosty Marble Hash Bundle.

This is a super simple technique using half square triangles as color tiles to create any picture with fabrics.  On our Youtube Channel you can enjoy an easy to follow tutorial by Rob Appell that walks you through the steps of making this quilt. The quilt was inspired by the New York City Scape designed by Susan Emory. 

This technique developed organically in a 2 hour sewing challenge. Rob and his team were given 2 hours and 2 bundles of basics to create a quilt top. They realized with basic shapes they could recreate any design. Michael Miller Fabrics had just launched the Sew Colorful program to help people with color theory and this became the perfect pallet or this quilt. Rob added in Fairy Frost, Marble and Hash Dot basics to enhance the textural pallet. Some of the best quilts are built off of basics and this technique could not be simpler. 

We took the finished quilt out for a spin and had a blast letting in soar in the wind. 


We are featuring our basics all week long on our "Making it Fun" Youtube channel. First up is this pixelated quilt tutorial! Watch below and subscribe HERE for all the latest content. 


Give this technique a try! We'd love to see what you create! Share your photos with us by posting your creations on social media and tagging @michaelmillerfabrics or e-mailing photos to marketing@michaelmillerfabrics.com 


STAY SAFE! HAPPY SEWING AND REMEMBER TO KEEP #MAKINGITFUN

Monday, April 6, 2020

Project of the Week 4/6/20

PROJECT OF THE WEEK 4/6/20
Michael Miller Monday

Hey fabric fans! While we are all staying safe at home Michael Miller fabrics will be continuing to provide you with fun, inspiring, and creative content. We will be putting out a featured pattern of the week every Monday! You can find the free project instructions on our website! ClICK HERE


This week is SPAM® week! And the featured pattern is the colorful and mouth watering SPAM® Quilt by Heidi Pridemore of The Whimsical Workshop https://www.thewhimsicalworkshop.com/. Finished quilt dimensions are 63"x63". It was created using our new SPAM® Collection. Now's the time to stock up on your non perishables! Fill your home with SPAM®. 

We are also featuring SPAM® all week long on our "Making it Fun" Youtube channel. Subscribe for all the latest content. The first video tutorial went up today where Rob teaches us how to make the Apron from our SPAM® Kits. 


There will be chances to win these kits all week long so make sure you are following us on Facebook and Instagram 

We'd love to see what you are all creating! Share your photos with us by posting your creations on social media and tagging @michaelmillerfabrics or e-mailing photos to marketing@michaelmillerfabrics.com 

STAY SAFE! HAPPY SEWING AND REMEMBER TO KEEP #MAKINGITFUN

Monday, March 30, 2020

Project of the Week 3/30

PROJECT OF THE WEEK
Michael Miller Monday

Hey fabric fans! While we are all staying safe at home Michael Miller fabrics will be continuing to provide you with fun, inspiring, and creative content. We will be putting out a featured pattern of the week every Monday! You can find the free project instructions on our website! ClICK HERE


This weeks pattern is the amazing and adorable Dog Show Portrait Quilt by Susan Emory. Finished quilt dimensions are 38"x44" . It was created using the Dog Show fabric collection.  This applique quilt is easy to piece and makes the perfect gift for all those dog lovers out there!


A few months ago we took it out on the town!  We walked it through NYC, showed it off in time square and found the perfect spot for a photoshoot. 


We'd love to see what you are all creating! Share your photos with us by posting your creations on social media and tagging @michaelmillerfabrics or e-mailing photos to marketing@michaelmillerfabrics.com 


STAY SAFE! HAPPY SEWING AND REMEMBER TO KEEP #MAKINGITFUN

Saturday, February 8, 2020

Brand Ambassador Intro - Christina Reeve

Our 11th Brand Ambassador is the creative and inspiring Christina Reeve. She rounds out our amazing Brand Ambassador team for 2020! Her use of color really make her quilts and crafts stand out. Follow her journey with Michael Miller Fabrics! @leeleequilts
Hi! I’m Christina, but my husband calls me Chris, my twin sister calls me Nina, and in the quilting community I’m known as LeeLee. 
I’m a twin. US Marine Wife. Mom to 3 Avery (20), Reagan (18) and Charlie (5). Maker of all things and pattern tester extraordinaire. 
I’ve been sewing/quilting for the last 20 years. I’m completely self-taught. I originally started hand sewing to help pass the time while my husband was deployed overseas, but, before I knew it, my hobby turned into a little online business in 2005.  
   
In 2014, I scaled down my business…. because sewing/quilting started to feel like a JOB and it was no longer enjoyable for me. I really missed interacting with others, so I started to become heavily involved in my local and online quilting community by teaching and attending workshops and joining the Modern Quilt Guild. 
 
I currently live in Pensacola, Florida…but, will be moving to North Carolina in June. I hope that we will only have one more move, before my husband retires in 2023…fingers crossed. 
  1. Do you sew/quilt? YES!!! 
  2. What other hobbies do you enjoy? Crocheting, cross-stitching, embroidery, up-cycling furniture…I’m also a Thrift Store Junkie. 
  3. What was the biggest change in your life in 2019? Being separated, by choice, from my husband. My husband moved to North Carolina, August 1stWe decided as a family, that the kids and I would stay in Florida and ride out the school year, so that our middle son could graduate High School (Class of 2020) and our oldest son could finish his certification in welding.  
  4. What is your favorite food? PIZZA 
  5. Do you have any pets? NO 
  6. What is your favorite color? Black…but, I rarely use it in my quilts. I’m definitely a #sewtherainbow kinda girl.