Saturday, December 27, 2008

Holiday festivities!

It's that time again; when all of us at Michael Miller gather for our end of the year party.

We had a great time at Cowgirl and nothing brings out the child in you like a few games: divide into teams ; pass the dice till someone gets a 6 then that person hurriedly puts on oven mits, a hat and tears through ONE layer of wrapping (of course there's MANY LAYERS)
you get the idea; repeat at a frantic pace
till the victorious team
gets to the prize inside!

Happy Holidays!

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Tis the Season

Couldn't resist these Pears from Kim at Retro Mama made out of our Christmas prints.
Great idea to turn them into ornaments!
check out the pink ones on her blog; yummy!
To make your own delectable pears; try adapting Heather Bailey's
Pear pincusion pattern

Friday, December 5, 2008

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Matching Game

Hey there! Here's a great project from Joanna of Stardust Shoes just in time for the holidays. A matching memory card game. No sew cards fused onto stiff interfacing. The little bag to hold them is square bottomed and stands on it's own. Above in the Silhouette Kids collection and below in Retro Dick and Jane.

The squares are perfect for this! download the tutorial here.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

fabric 2.0 Houston

The Fabric 2.0 blogger party was a great time. Here's L to R; Christina of Etsy, me and Caroline of Jcaroline Creative! the only one missing is Lissa of Moda: Hostesses all, and thanks to Caroline for bringing us all together!!
It was a beautiful setting atop the Hilton. I had to pull myself away and felt a bit like Cinderella having to leave the festivities and hurry back to the booth set-up. I've always felt it'd be a great concept for a reality show; PROJECT TRADE SHOW, behind the scenes, real world creativity under pressure, on a deadline. show - must - go- on kind of thing. Too bad I didn't get a chance to meet Jay McCarroll (yes that's him in the polka dot kerchief) from Project Runway and take notes.
L to R: Heather Bailey, her sister -in law: Laura Gunn and Paula Prass. Did they plan to color coordinate? Pssssst! here's a scoop; Laura's new line will debut with us at Spring Market in Pittsburgh!!! BEAUTIFUL!

Friday, November 7, 2008

Quilt Market follow-up

Here we are, all smiles as we receive the 2nd place multiple booth award.
This is just a few of us that were around for the picture taking (L to R: Patty Young, Benjamin Rubin, Christine Osmers, Sandi Henderson, me, Deb Buchanan, Paula Prass, Becky Bennett, Terri Hempfling, Susan Day.
The booth theme was our new Cicely Mary Barker's Flower Fairies.

loved the fairy wings

I love Sandi Henderson's color sense. The orange wall color was an inspired backdrop for her wonderful Ginger Blossom and Farmer's Market collections, not to mention her boutique pattern line.
Sandi and Dustin, what a team!
Loved the way the booths all flowed and complimented each other. Here's Sandy's booth next to Paula Prass's booth with her premeire Flights of fancy collection. Her background in interior design comes through soooo tastefully. Wall art and frames from her home decor accents line tucked in here and there.

love the details
speaking of details love the vintage pins Bari J puts on her bags. (she's also got great news on her blog!)
Patty Young across the aisle debuting her Andalucia collection! My pictures don't do it justice, If you have'nt already, be sure to check out her blog.

loved this dress! complete with a petticoat! It's no wonder her kids clothes have been such a hit!
I have to throw this in - it's Caroline (in the blue chair) of JCaroline Creative! with the cutest booth designed by Jessica Jones (note Jessica's fabric on the chairs and desk): we carry it wholesale - JCaroline carries it Retail) She's also produced Ribbon designed by Patty that coordinates perfectly with her Andalucia collection.
And by the way, she won best new exhibitor!

What follows are the few pictures I managed to take during set up. I always get back and realize all the pictures I didn't take!!
Jean and Tom (my sister and Brother-n-law) she made sure we were the best fed crew at mkt. home made brisket, pulled pork sandwiches, bacon bread, cookies etc. etc. He makes our ideas become a reality even when some structures need a little "sky tape and air hooks"
my sister Mindy creating the twig and branch bed for the Flower Fairy bed, complete with a bark bedside table.

can you believe I don't have a picture of the finished bed!
Becky had just stapled her hand (note the bandage) didn't slow her down a bit!
Paula unpacking: what's wrong with this picture?? You'd never know she had a broken shoulder and arm!
Jennifer: Paulas' multi tasking/uber-talented, right hand, left hand, whatever-it- takes -to- get- the- job- done daughter.

That's John at the top; Patty's husband and helper to ALL OF US!

Sandi, calm under pressure, booth structure arrived late but in the end it all came together - beautifully!

this was just a small sampling of all our group that knocked themselves out to make it happen!

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Flower Fairies Preview

It's crazy busy here at Michael Miller as we pull it all together for Quilt Market. The excitement's building! Thought I'd share just a tiny sneak peek from Cicely Mary Barkers' Flower Fairies Collection. The panels below are approximately 23" - 24" x 43"44", Beautifully engraved and printed.

Apple Blossom Group
Periwinkle Group

Sunshine Group

Monday, September 29, 2008

Michael Miller Fabrics on AM Northwest!!

I had a great experience in Portland, Oregon this past Friday. An appearance on KATU's morning talk show; AM Northwest! To view the segment click here. What fun, check out our studio audience - the Red Hat Society in full regalia!

The main emphasis was our Dick and Jane collection and all the great projects, like this Dick and Jane lunch box kit.

After the show I had a great time at Fabric Depot meeting fellow fabricholics and even getting to see what they created.

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

The Michael of Michael Miller Fabrics

For those of you that might not know, our company name, Michael Miller Fabrics is actually the combination of my biz partners' first name and my last name. Here's your chance to hear the Michael in Michael Miller Fabrics. Daria of Boutique Cafe did a fun, candid, unscripted podcast with him. It's her 100th podcast. Way to go Daria!
You can listen to the podcast here!

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Bean Bag Chair

Hey there! lots going on behind the scenes here getting ready for the next line release, not to mention Quilt market. More on that in future postings. For now,check out this kid friendly bean bag chair from the ever creative Joanna of Stardust Shoes. What kid wouldn't want to plop down on this Dick and Jane comfy spot and take a trip back in time with reprints of those Dick and Jane Readers from the 60s.
download the tutorial here.

Friday, August 1, 2008

Merryville Playmat

Beth was asking if there was a quilt pattern planned for our new Tot Town collection? Well; voila! check out the cute roll up Merryville playmat on jcaroline's blog. While you're on her blog check out the great sneak peeks from Paula Prass and Patty Young. Both will be debuting their Collections in Houston at Quilt Market. I can't leave you without mentioning one more collection debuting at market: Laura Gunn's inspiring painterly artwork on fabric! Fun times ahead!!!!!