Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Become a Michael Miller Fabrics Brand Ambassador. Apply now!




ATTENTION QUILTING INDUSTRY DESIGNERS & BLOGGERS

Want to gain exposure while sewing with the best fabric?
APPLY TO BECOME A 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.    Participation in our online quilt along/block of the month by designing a block to be included in a quilt.

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

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

5.    Include our “I Like Mike” promo badge on your website and social media.

6.    Tagging @michaelmillerfabrics on posts and using the hashtags #ilikemike, #michaelmillerfabrics #makingitfun.

7.    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 “I Like Mike” 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 program is targeted at QUILTERS. 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. This year we are specifically looking for 1-2 Brand Ambassadors to work exclusively with our Minky products. Minky is super-soft, 100% polyester fabric - great for baby blankets, quilts, scarves, stuffed animals and more! In your application, please indicate interest in Cotton or Minky. 


What is required:

Projects will vary from group challenges to monthly events. 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, 2020-December 31, 2020.

If you have questions, please email: susan@michaelmillerfabrics.com or visit the Michael Miller Fabrics booths (414 & 415) at Houston Quilt Market and speak with our marketing team.


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!

CLICK HERE for Michael Miller Fabrics "I Like Mike" 2020 Brand Ambassador Application

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Quilts for the Cure Recap and Behind the Seams with Director, Holly Anne Knight!





Thank you to all who participated in this year's Quilts for Cure Program!



I am so happy to announce Michael Miller Fabrics received over 703 Quilt blocks submissions. This led to 13 quilts, pieced and sashed by 10 amazing quilters all located around the United States. 



A huge shout out and thank you goes out to our quilters (listed below) and our generous partners, Aurifil Threads and Hobbs batting for supplying the quilting materials! 


Stella M.
Denise G. 
Beryl R. 
Jennie T. 
Winifred W. 
Elizabeth C. 
Lorie B. 
Lacey S.
Lisa P.
Lydia M. 
Stella M.
Cheryl Schuh

Here are some behind the scene images provided by our lovely volunteers.......


Sashing Process Provided by Lydia M.




Blocks organized and displayed on Lydia M's design Wall
     

Completed Quilt by Beryl R.
Thank you again to those who contributed and donated blocks, you should be very proud as these quilts will be helping children who are fighting cancer!
It's never too late to help the cause by donating at https://quiltsforcure.givingfuel.com/donate  



Stay tuned for future programs like these with Michael Miller Fabrics.  











Sashed and Binded by Lisa P.







 
Blocks Pieced by Lisa P.

 

Blocks pieced  by Denise G.
Here is an insider look to Holly Anne Knight, the director of "Quilts for the Cure" who provides more information on the organization's philanthropy and history.

Quilts for Cure started two years ago (2017) in memory of Smiley Kylie Myers. We are a national 501(c)(3) nonprofit committed to providing quilts for children in the United States who have been diagnosed with cancer.



"I had the privilege of being teacher’s assistant to Kylie in 2008 when she was just starting elementary school. She was bright, vivacious, encouraging, and so, so creative. Kylie especially loved theatre, but she loved arts and crafts, too. When Kylie was in 4th grade, her best friend Bailey was diagnosed with a type of bone cancer. Bailey fought hard and had a rotation plasty amputation of her right leg but her cancer responded to treatment, and today she is healthy and strong. Unfortunately, three years later, Kylie was also diagnosed with bone cancer. Her cancer did not respond to the treatment. Less than a year after diagnosis, days before her thirteenth birthday, Kylie’s battled to survived and just like that her life ended.



This beautiful, bright, burning force of energy and creativity and joy was cut short.


Cancer, especially childhood cancer, is one of those things it’s hard to look at straight on. Often the best we can really do is give it a resentful side eye before we’re so horrified and overwhelmed that we look away again and try to forget that a school bus full of children will receive a life-altering, and life threatening, diagnosis TODAY. And some of those children, ones diagnosed with cancers like DIPG which have no treatment nor cure, will effectively be handed a death sentence.


Kylie’s dying wish was for cancer to die instead. For a cure to be found.


I’m not a scientist, just a quilter looking to wage a little war on this beast called cancer, so I invite every quilter I can to join me in shining some creative, loving, Kylie-like light into hospital rooms and making quilts for kiddos to snuggle in (and maybe sometimes hide under) while they endure treatment. While Kylie’s dad, Mark Myers, and the team at CURE Childhood Cancer fundraise for research and a pharmaceutical cure, we quilters do what we do best—we fight evil with love through needle and thread.


In the last couple of years, hundreds of quilters have made blocks, tops, and finished quilts for our cause. We have donated over 60 quilts to date to individuals and through several pediatric oncology hospitals. We hope to donate another 40+ quilts this year (2019). Almost half that number will be through our amazing relationship with Michael Miller Fabrics. 

When I was first starting Quilts for Cure, I was connected to Kathy Miller through a friend of a friend and had the opportunity to meet her at QuiltCon 2017. Michael Miller is known for its generous charity quilting projects, and Quilts for Cure was selected to help finish and receive the quilts made from the QuiltCon 2017 block drive. At QuiltCon 2018, Michael Miller used its booth to broadcast the mission of Quilts for Cure to everyone who attended. As a result, we will be completing over 15 quilts from the QuiltCon2018 block drive. Michael Miller’s voice and support has made a huge difference in the reach of our message. As a result, more families will be comforted and encouraged!

Our biggest event each year is called Operation Smiley which is an online quilt drive running from February to April in honor of Kylie’s birthday on February 24th. Quilters are encouraged to make throw sized quilts featuring heart blocks in yellow, white, and navy to celebrate Kylie’s life and memory. One of Kylie’s greatest joys was bringing joy to others, so we remember her by making quilts to make kids smile. These quilts are a wonderful opportunity for guilds and groups to work together to make a quilt. All working together, a top could easily be made in just a few hours—talk about a well-spent afternoon!

We accept quilt donations (baby to twin sized, though throw sized is best)) year round, and we encourage you to donate financially as well to cover the cost of shipping quilts across the country. You can find information about donating quilts and finances as well as more about us at www.quiltsforcure.org "



-HollyAnne Knight, Founder & Chair of the Board


Wednesday, April 10, 2019

April "Making it Fun" Blog hop by our Michael Miller Fabrics Brand Ambassadors!



Our Brand Ambassadors are "Making it Fun!" this month! Check out our fun filled schedule below and learn more about our latest collections and the fantastic projects you can create with them!

"I LIKE MIKE" Michael Miller Fabrics Brand Ambassadors Blog Schedule 


April 9th, 2019  - Angie of Gnome Angel 



April 18th, 2019  - Jennifer of Sweet Tea Pattern Co

April 23rd, 2019  - Kris of Poorhouse Quilts 

April 25th, 2019  - Karly of Paisley Roots

April 30th, 2019  - Elizabeth of Just Wanna Quilt


Be sure to follow along! 

Happy hopping! 


Tuesday, April 2, 2019

Introducing Michael Miller Fabrics Brand Ambassador - Elizabeth Townsend Gard



We are so pleased to introduce Elizabeth Townsen Gard as our ninth Michael Miller Fabrics Brand Ambassador! 



Dr. Elizabeth Townsend Gard is the host and director of Just Wanna Quilt podcast, which now boasts over 200 interviews in its first year. Some special guests include Marianne Fons, Tula Pink, Jenny Doan, and Rob Appell, among others, and interviews industry leaders and regular quilters.  Elizabeth is also a copyright law professor at Tulane Law School, and Lepage Entrepreneur Fellow at the A.B. Freeman School of Business at Tulane. She has been quilting since age 13, and quilts every night as part of this project. 

 The Just Wanna Quilt project has grown into a movement (called the Quilting Army) -- of conversations about quilting on our lives, entrepreneurship, charity quilting, and intellectual property, among other topics.  Elizabeth, along with her law students, are working on the Copyright Workbook, which will include Chapters with Patterns to learn copyright and other aspects of intellectual property.  The first Chapter, Basic Training, was debuted at QuiltCon 2019.  The Just Wanna Quilt project was featured in Quiltfolk magazine for Louisiana in July 2018.  We had an interactive booth for the first time at Houston.


1. What was your first sewing project?

My first sewing project was an embroidery and cross-stitch project on burlap when I was about 5.  I've always sewed, mostly hand sewing, with my mom.  But we also dabbled in quilting, beginning at age 13, which was in 1979.  It was a pink basic block quilt that we tied.  We went to a quilt shop and I remember picking out the fabric.  We powered through that first quilt in a weekend. 

2. What other hobbies do you enjoy?

Hmmmm....binging just about anything on Netflix. 

3. What is your favorite color?

Hot pink.  But I wear mostly black. 

4. Where is your dream vacation?

A quilting cruise to Cuba.  I've never been on a cruise and I've never been to Cuba.  But that sounds pretty awesome.  Especially if the cruise left from New Orleans, where I live.

5. Who taught you how to sew?

My mom.  She passed away about ten years ago.  So, I always feel really connected to her when I sew.  Mom-time.  She made elaborate Danish cross-stitch masterpieces, and also knitted.




6. What food could you eat everyday?

Dark chocolate, French fries and pot stickers.  That's what I had for breakfast this morning.  Just kidding.  Well, not the chocolate and fries.

7. What do you want to be doing in five years?

Well, that's interesting.  My kid will be in college.  I hope that we've turned our house into the Just Wanna Quilt clubhouse (a New Orleans duplex) for hanging out and sleepovers, which we are in the process of doing right now.  I'm still teaching law, but maybe visiting as a professor at wherever the kid is in college. We have the Law and Entrepreneurship Center up and running to help others with their dreams, which again we are working on now. And the Quilting Army really has become a movement of kindness and community.

Thank you Elizabeth! 

Check out her podcasts and content on:






www.justwannaquilt.com

Thursday, March 28, 2019

Introducing Michael Miller Fabrics Brand Ambassador - Karly Nelson



We are so pleased to introduce Karly Nelson as our eighth Michael Miller Fabrics Brand Ambassador! 


Hi! I'm Karly from Paisley Roots. I started my stitching journey 15 years ago, shortly after the birth of my first child. Being tall (6' to be exact) and coming from a creative family, I was always intrigued with making my own clothing. During the last 6 years, my main sewing focus has been clothing my 5 long-bean children but I've been very excited to bring my focus back to quilts this year.   I'm very honored and thrilled to be on the Michael Miller Ambassador team and can't wait to share some of my creativity with you!

1. What was your first sewing project?
My first sewing project was a simple and the super basic of baby quilts. Yarn ties and all!

2. What other hobbies do you enjoy?
Travelling, reading, watching documentaries, doodling, knitting, astrology, eating chocolate....


3. What is your favorite color?
A myriad of teals.
4. Where is your dream vacation?
All around the world!
5. Who taught you how to sew?
Trial and error, pattern tests and YouTube. Although my mother (who has never sewn) says I got my sewing talent from her! 😂
6. What food could you eat everyday?
Brownies...maybe topped with some strawberries and raspberries but mostly the brownie.
7. What do you want to be doing in five years?
I want to be sitting on the beach in front of my beach house, eating brownies while planning my girls prom dresses while I'm also neck deep in a dozen other projects! A book and fabric line may be part of those projects.

Thank you Karly and welcome to the brand ambassador team!

To see what she is currently working on, check and follow her main channels:


Thursday, March 21, 2019

Introducing Michael Miller Fabrics Brand Ambassador -



We are so pleased to introduce Jennifer McClanahan as our seventh Michael Miller Fabrics Brand Ambassador! 


Jennifer McClanahan is a pattern designer, a mother of three amazing children, a soon to be grandma and a loving wife.



Jennifer spent the majority of her childhood in beautiful southern Indiana, learning many crafts, including sewing, from her mother, aunts, cousins and grandmother. A couple of years after graduating, she married her high school sweetheart and embarked on a 22-year journey of traveling the world with her Navy husband and kiddos. Jennifer credits these world travels and variety of cultures for expanding her creativity and influencing her modern, artistic and bold style of design.

Once Jennifer’s husband retired from the Navy and her children began spreading their own wings, she decided to share her passion for quilting and unique design with others. Thus—Sweet Tea Pattern Co. was born!


 Jennifer feels blessed and fortunate that she can spend her days in her studio doing what she loves—creating, designing, sewing and quilting. When she is not in her studio, you can find Jennifer binge watching reality TV, cooking and enjoying time with family and friends.

Here are some questions we asked her and responses:

1. What was your first sewing project?
Its been a long time, I learned to sew when I was around 5 years old, so I believe it was a blanket for my doll.    
2. What other hobbies do you enjoy?
 All types of sewing, but I enjoy drawing, reading – fiction and nonfiction and cooking.
3. What is your favorite color?
 Its so hard to pick a favorite color I love all brite colors.  I guess if I have to choose one I tend to lean towards Blue.
4. Where is your dream vacation? Ireland
5. Who taught you how to sew?
I come from a large family that all sews. I’ve learned different things (crocheting, cross-stitch etc) from different family members but I would say sewing/quilting ultimately came from my Grandmother.
6. What food could you eat everyday?
            Anything Mexican
7. What do you want to be doing in five years?
            I want to still be sewing everyday and playing with my future grandkids. 

Thank you Jennifer! We look forward to working with you and are excited to see what you create for Michael Miller Fabrics. 

To see what she is up to follow her social media accounts and pages below: 


  
  

Monday, March 18, 2019

Introducing Michael Miller Fabrics Brand Ambassador - Angie Wilson



We are so pleased to introduce Angie Wilson as our sixth Michael Miller Fabrics Brand Ambassador! 


Hello! Hello! My name is Angie Wilson and I am the voice behind GnomeAngel.com. I’m a 40-something half of a smug married couple who lives in the Capital of Australia, Canberra, with the apple of their eye, their adorable son. I am the custodian of 2 cats; Sonic and Llink (don’t worry, it’s not a typo – he’s named after both Lloyd from Lego Ninjago and Link from the Adventures of Zelda).  We live in an exceptionally brown 1980’s home in suburbia.

I’ve been sewing since 2011 and it’s been an adventure in horribly crooked seams, miss-cut fabrics and broken needles. I’m not a “natural sewist”. It’s a lot of practice, practice, practice. I am the creator of the #100Days100Blocks challenge. It’s been one of the best things I’ve ever had a hand in. It’s an annual challenge where participants are asked to sew 1 block a day for 100 days from a specific pattern. (The pattern for 2019 is Kinship: 100 Block Fusion Sampler which I co-designed with a friend and self-published, it’ll be available for purchase 23 March 2019 and #100Days100Blocks2019 kicks off 1 July 2019.)

I’m the author of the book, Fussy Cutters Club, and a self-proclaimed fabric addict. I’m addicted to both sugar and saturated fats; it’s a lethal combination. I’ve never had coffee, tea or wine (with the exception of Champagne). I’ve also never seen The Sound of Music. My go-to colour palette is rainbow or black, white + another colour. I have a bit of a thing for gnomes, anchors and the history of the British Monarchy
1. What was your first sewing project?
 A pillowcase in my High School economics class. I totally botched it and my teacher decided that from that point on the world would be a lot safer if I didn’t have a sharp implement in my hand.
                                                                       I’m proud to say that I proved her (and my first quilt teacher) wrong by persisting through the horrible cluster that was my sewing technique to now dominate with a sewing machine, rotary cutter and a stack of fabric.

2. What other hobbies do you enjoy?

Who has time for a hobby outside of a full-time creative career and a family? *wink* When I find myself with down time or I’m actively avoiding (i.e. procrastinating) I love to play video games and read. I’m am the poster child of a healthy lifestyle.

3. What is your favorite color?

That’s like asking who’s my favourite Winchester brother! I go through phases but I always come back to black, white and rainbow.

4. Where is your dream vacation?

I really want to go to Hawaii. But right now, I’d settle for a comfy bed, someone else to cook dinner and a few hours uninterrupted to get some sleep or read a book (or both).

5. Who taught you how to sew?


A really patient and understanding lady who was running a beginner’s quilt class. She was able to see past my bull-in-a-china-shop approach and encourage my love of colour and pattern.

6. What food could you eat everyday?

Hot chips (fries). All.day.every.day.

7. What do you want to be doing in five years?

On the personal front: being a good parent and spouse.

On the work front: encouraging and supporting people to pursue their creative dreams and passions. The world needs people who make with their hands and their hearts. It’s not about being the best or the most popular, it’s about using your own unique and special brand of creativity to express who you are.

Thanks so much Angie Wilson! 

Be sure to follow her platforms below to see what she is up to and what she will create for Michael Miller Fabrics!




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Thursday, March 14, 2019

Introducing Michael Miller Fabrics Brand Ambassador - Kris Poor!


We are so pleased to introduce Kris Poor as our fifth Michael Miller Fabrics Brand Ambassador! 



Kris has a dedication to creating innovative patterns. She is a major player at Quilt Market and we love her fun booth design and demos.






I am thrilled to be a Michael Miller Fabrics Ambassador!
Let me introduce myself; I am Kristine Poor, owner of Poorhouse Quilt Designs. I have a degree in Engineering and in my previous life, I worked as a manufacturing engineer (mostly writing assembly instructions!)! I started Poorhouse Quilt Designs in September 2006, after designing the Sampler Tote as a gift for a family member. The tote was a hit around town and a pattern company was born!

My pattern line has grown since that first tote - there are bags, bowls, quilts, banners, ornaments... Our most popular pattern is the Fold’n Stitch Wreath. I enjoy experimenting with unusual materials and sharing the results with you!!

I create our designs from our home studio in Derry NH. Most of my days are spent writing a little, stitching a little, sipping coffee, repeat! Where I stitch, I can gaze out to the trees and sometimes spy a deer or two walking by in the early morning!






My husband Bill works with me; he is a recently retired IT project manager. He runs our day to day operations as well as our laser cutter! We laser cut projects for quilt shops around the country. Laser cutting has been an adventure - we have even laser engraved a cheesecake!


Bill and I have 2 boys, Alex, 23 and Eric, 20 – both boys are recent college graduates, busy getting their careers going!  Lastly, no pets here…. I am too sneezy!

          1.What was your first sewing project?

Fun question! I had been playing with a sewing machine and just stitching on scraps (instead of practicing my flute) starting in about 4th grade. About a year later, I decided I should make a dress for myself. My mother brought me to the fabric store and we got a pattern (ooh I loved those big pattern books….still do!!) and a lovely red polyester with big pink polka dots, pink ball buttons and a long red zipper. We made that dress and I wore it with pride! The moral of this story is: If you want your child to sew, put a sewing machine in the room where they are supposed to practice or study!!  



2. What other hobbies do you enjoy?

I love to paint and enjoy being in the mountains in the summer.

         
           3.  What is your favorite color?

Red is my jam! I generally put a bit red in everything that I sew for my booth at Quilt Market so that everything goes together!


4.Where is your dream vacation?

A Scandinavian tour would be my dream vaca! I would love to visit my family’s roots in Dalarna Sweden (yes – think dala horse – I am a big fan!!), as well as the capital cities, the fjords, palaces and Viking ships. I guess I better get saving!

           
          5. Who taught you how to sew?

I had 3 great teachers - my mother Jean and my grandmothers! As mentioned, I was playing with a sewing machine and asking questions that my mother found she couldn’t answer. She decided that she would take an adult ed sewing class (she was an athlete in high school and never took home ec). She taught me at home as she learned. I also learned from Dolly and Stina (grandmothers), who would help me to sew for my dolls.  Great women with loads of patience! I still sew with my mother often (poor Jean – she gets stuck with sewing/testing my patterns!!)!

           
         6. What food could you eat everyday?

Hands down – ice cream. Not just any ice cream – local ice cream at outdoor stands in the summer ice cream.


      7. What do you want to be doing in five years?

The plan – teaching and touring the USA pulling a trailer for two! My husband and I plan to hit the back roads to hunt down quirky attractions, scenic views and meet quilters along the way. Bill is a railroad history buff, so I am sure we will include a few whistle-stops too!





Kris Poor
Poorhouse Quilt Designs


Find me at:

Website:
 https://www.poorhousequiltdesigns.com/

Blog:


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Thanks so much Kris! We can't wait to see what you come up with!