Hello Michael Miller fans! It's Sandi here, gate-crashing the Making it Fun blog!
I'm so happy to share with you my newest venture with Michael Miller Fabrics - laminated cottons. I have wanted to do a group of these fabulous fabrics for awhile, and with Secret Garden - I was given the green light to pick out some of my favorite prints to be laminated.
When we started looking over the Secret Garden prints, the first obvious choice to me was the Garden Gate design in all of its mossy, rainy colored splendor. When I designed this print, I wanted it to look like an ornate Garden Gate, with the remnants of past grown flowers still clinging to the iron. What a perfect print for a drizzly day, don't you think? I have a raincoat in the works.. in three different prints.
To accompany Garden Gate, my Lock & Key and Vintage Ironwork prints in those lovely tones of gray joined the lineup, and were soon followed with the Midnight Party Dress and accompanying Vintage Ironwork in Berry:
When I received my sample yardage to play with, I started thinking about the obvious uses for water-resistant fabrics. Raincoats, lunch bags.. but I wanted to really push creativity with this unique fabric.
My first project was to recover an old, outdated sewing caddy that had great bones and construction. Look at the before:
Please try not to be overly jealous of my gorgeous turquoise carpet. We can't all be so lucky..
But do be jealous of what I found on the inside: (and with a price tag of $9.99, I would have snapped it up even if it wasn't full of lovely vintage sewing goodies!)
So I got to work and stripped away the covering and gold foil trim and covered the lid with my Garden Gate laminate and covered the body with some mod podge and Garden Damask. Working with the soft laminate was a dream. It moves and drapes like a regular cotton, but obviously is laminated to make it water resistant. The coating prevents cut edges from fraying, which makes projects like this particularly easy-peasy.
I think it is a definite improvement, and now I can put my feet up on it and just wipe it clean. And now I want to sew everything in a laminate, just to be able to "wipe it clean.." It's a really great feeling - if you will be attending Quilt Market in a few weeks, please stop by our booth to see fresh ideas using this new fabric!
I will be back after Quilt Market with some more tips and tricks to sewing with this fabric, a free quilt pattern for the laminates (yes!) and some care tips.
Congratulations! Sarah you're the winner in last week's
Spa Collection Giveaway! please email your name (along with your blog name)
and street address to:
We're in the throes of quilt market prep and thought I'd share a few behind the scenes pictures while I'm here in our New York headquarters. (For those of you that don't know, I split my time between our New York office and northern California studio)
please email your name (along with your blog name)
and street address to:
now for today's special treat:
who doesn't feel like they're ready for a spa day?
our in house artist, videographer and now model Shawn sure does!
Relax, Rejuvinate, Recharge
are we there yet???
snap out of it!
considering we're all in
pre-Quilt - Mkt.- lock -down - mode here,
we're most definitely NOT there yet.
But seriously don't these colors put you in that
"Spa state of mind"?
Breathe in, breathe out and imagine you're at the Spa and a yard each of the Spa collection prints pictured above have just been delivered to you on a tray as you lounge by the pool sipping the drink of your choice.....
now, go ahead leave a comment (what are you sipping??)
and you could win a yard each of the spa prints pictured above.
The anchor color for this story is a deep rich chocolate brown. This warmer version of black makes all colors next to it sparkle and pop.
It's considered a basic today but around 2005 it was considered the radical new "black". Also, in case you're wondering, it's a trend that started on the streets of Paris - specifically with brown and pink. It sounds so silly now but it caused quite a stir, suddenly the new trend was causing a rise in handbag and shoe sales (after all you couldn't be caught wearing black shoes with brown pants!) It also meant one more thing to think about when packing a suitcase- black pants? brown pants? 2 pairs of shoes? decisions, decisions....
(that's one reason my purse is black and brown)
Now that brown is the accepted norm we're starting to see "white" as the "new" color to throw in the mix.
So, when you were young, did you believe in fairies? Every little girls' fantasy? Leave a comment and you could win a yard of each of the fabrics used in the quilt pictured above. Winner to be announced next Wednesday!
You could call this color story neutrals but I think there's so much more to it. This is the one story that really speaks to the time we're living in. In rocky times it says stability. It's solid but not stodgy. It's the wise investment in pieces that will never go out of style. It's the palette that can be cutting edge new or just plain edgy.
as we speak these just landed in my mailbox
personally I think to make this palette work, it's all about the contrast between the shades. If I want a combination to "pop" and not look drab it's my preferred tweaking technique. But then again that's personal.
note the cream "almost white" in these. Trust me it's intentional.
What's your thoughts on this timely yet timeless color story?
leave a comment and you could win a yard of all the
This has been one of the most popular color stories ever. It used to be known as "the money color " in New York's garment center/ dress business. Whatever the latest color trends were, this winner would always be added to the lineup because it always sells.
The whole range of blues, teals, emerald and turquoise with touches of lime. The depth and intensity of the colors may change from year to year but it's attraction stays constant. I think it's our connection to nature that draws us to it. The blues of the sky, the turquoise of water and the green shades of nature.
Is this your go-to color story? Does it resonate with you?
leave a comment, let me know and you could win a yard of each of the Lagoon color story prints pictured above.
The random winner will be announced next wednesday.
And I'd like to say to all you east coast folks
dealing with the aftermath of Hurricane Irene;
this week's water theme color story is purely coincidental.
Here's to calmer times and the soothing effects of