Friday, September 28, 2007

A Tote Bag

Here's a great tote bag pattern from Craft Apple Creations. It's designed to schlep all the baby essentials a mom on the go needs.

But since I spend A LOT of time on planes, which I love for the reading and thinking time, this is a great carry-on tote bag to carry my files, books, notebooks, magazines and even bottled water purchased after going through security.

Speaking of files, how about these nifty files on procrastinating from Sesame Letterpress . Who can't relate to that!?
The file headings read: Urgent, Ignore, Later, Much Later, Never, Really never!

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Quilting with the Artists

I'm here to share a few pictures of the fabulous time I just had at the Quilting with the Artists event in Historic St. Charles.

Mark Lipinski of Quilter's Home magazine regaled us with hilariously heartwarming stories of his beginning quilting days. He also gave us a sneak peek of his stunning embellishments and his new print line Katmandu for Troy fabrics.
Author and Kansas City Star Editor,
Edie McGinnis, shared her knowledge and fascinating history of feedsacks. Check out this amazing quilt she made entirely of different feedsacks! (Shown front and back).
Ann Hazelwood wowed us with her incredible red and white vintage apron collection. She has more than 200 of them! If you're in the vicinity of St. Charles, you'll have to check out her store Patches.

Friday, September 21, 2007

It's Gotta Go Somewhere!

Let's face it. Diapers are one of the handiest things around. They're the ultimate catch-all. Long after the kids are functioning on their own, these are still the perfect thing to grab for all kinds of reasons. Now, the ever-so-humble diaper can hang out with all the other classy hip baby accessories!

This Burp Cloth tutorial from Stardust Shoes shows us once again, how easy it is to make something ordinary, fun!

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

For the Chuckles!

For those of you not familiar with our warped sense of humor here at Michael Miller Fabrics, we've got a couple of new print groups to share. (Knitmare on Elm Street and That's Sew Wrong). My experience is that quilters/crafters and knitters can have a wicked sense of humor and we love to indulge and oblige! These are from Jennifer Shugars. She's a designer with a knack for design with a punch line!

Thursday, September 13, 2007

Yo Yo Flip Flops

Who says summer's over? I enjoy the changing of the seasons as much as the next person. But the one thing I drag my feet on (love those puns) is cramming my tootsies into proper shoes when the rain or snow finally demands it! Love to feel the air between my toes!

Well, here's another reason to drag it out as long as possible: Susan I. Jones, fiber artist with a flair for making all things fun, has used two great new artist tools in an ingenious project: Clover's Yoyo Making Tool and Beacon's Flip Flop Glue. You can download the tutorial here.

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Where it's Happening!

You can read about it here. This happens on the day before The Round Bobbin Sewing Expo starts.

I'll be one of the four speakers. Besides giving a sneak peak of what we'll be debuting at the upcoming International Quilt Market, I'll also speak of the latest trends in quilting, fashion and home decor. There'll also be in the trenches stories from the start-up days of Michael Miller Fabrics.

I'm hoping I'll be the first to speak.
Two reasons:
A. The raucously funny Mark Lipinski is a tough act to follow.
B. I can sit back and enjoy the show.
Quite frankly, I can't wait to hear the other three speakers.

Just to give you an idea of what you'll hear from these fascinating folks:

Mark Lipinski: Editor of the newest, funnest quilting magazine out there. I have no idea what he's going to say but am sure it will be irreverently candid and humorous! I've read the magazine cover to cover from it's inception.

Ann Hazelwood: She'll be showing her huge collection of aprons (who doesn't love aprons?) and sharing fun tidbits.

Edie McGinnis: We'll get to see an amazing collection of "feedsacks" from the 1930-50s and hear their wonderful stories from this Kansas City Star journalist and author.

Thursday, September 6, 2007

Oh Baby!

Chances are if you're reading this, you found your way here because you either clicked on the cute baby face on Michael Miller Fabrics' website or you spotted our ad in Mary Englebreit's Home Companion (Oct/Nov) magazine. Either way, we're glad you came!

We're still in the setting-up phase. Just like moving into a new home that's not quite ready for company. So, please bear with us while we find our way around the neighborhood.

Now, back to that cute baby. He's wearing the latest trend in hip baby couture! Appliqued Onesies! Here's another great tutorial from Stardust Shoes.

These are so cute! They transform plain onesies into designer duds on a dime!