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. 


Thursday, February 6, 2020

Brand Ambassador Intro- Marie Segares

Our 10th Brand Ambassador is the fantastic Marie Segares. Her talents span across the entire crafting world. Get ready for all the Michael MIller fun she will be sharing.
Marie is the Proprietress of Underground Crafter. Marie shares sewing patterns and tutorials, crochet and knitting patterns, crafty tutorials, recipes, and more creative inspiration on her blog. She also hosts virtual make-a-longs throughout the year. Marie's favorite projects to sew are gifts for her family and friends and small quilted projects. You may be wondering about the Underground Crafter name. Marie isn't part of a secret society of crafters (though that would be pretty cool), but she enjoys crocheting and knitting underground while commuting on New York City's subway system. 
1) How long have you been sewing/quilting? 
I come from a family of excellent seamstresses, so I can’t say for sure if it was my maternal grandmother or my mom who first taught me to sew. I didn’t do much sewing until 2005, when I went to a quilting retreat with two of my best friends. We headed to a bed and breakfast for a long weekend to learn to quilt, guided by the owner and a copy of Quilt in a Day: Log Cabin Pattern by Eleanor Burns. That’s when I really started sewing with a machine, which I much prefer to hand sewing. I’ve been sewing regularly ever since, but I still prefer the piecework to actually finishing the quilt. Please don’t ask how many completed quilt tops are lurking in my fabric bins! 

2) What other hobbies do you enjoy? 
I love to crochet, knit, bake, and cook. I regularly geek out on science fiction novels, movies, and shows. I love to read, but these days I mostly listen to audiobooks so I can craft at the same time. 
3) What was the biggest change in your life in 2019? 
In 2019, I traveled much more than I usually do. I visited St. Louis for the first time to attend Baby Lock’s Machine Smart event. I used a serger for the first time and made this clutch. (Not bad for a serger newbie!) I also visited Houston for the first time to attend Quilt Market and met the wonderful folks from Michael Miller Fabrics! 

4) What is your favorite food? 
I come from two food-obsessed cultures (I’m Cuban and Italian-American) and I was born and raised in New York City, which is a real foodie city, so this is a very difficult question to answer! My favorite New York City quick bite is pizza, my favorite kitchen gadget is my slow cooker, and my favorite sweet treat to bake is banana bread. Sorry, can’t pick one favorite food! 

5) Do you have any pets? 
I have two rescued black cats. It’s fair to say that I’m a “cat person,” though I do love other people’s dogs (haha). My cats love everything handmade. Cappuccino loves my first log cabin quilt, made during that retreat I talked about, and James Bond loves my crocheted blankets. 
 Cat photographs courtesy of Matt Champagne. 

6) What is your favorite color?  
Purples and pinks are my favorites, but I also like blues and greens. I love colors (what quilter doesn’t?!?), but my favorites could best be described as “Caribbean colors.” Most things I sew or make end up as gifts, so I try to keep the recipient in mind when I’m choosing colors, which sometimes means working with colors that are outside of my comfort zone. When I make quilts for my own home, I tend to favor blues.