Friday, September 28, 2012

Sail away with Sarah Jane

Is this amazing or what??
I love the photo, the dress, the model and of course the fabric by Sarah Jane.

If you haven't visited Sarah Jane's blog lately, you really must check it out....
especially her Pin & flickr fridays

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Springtime in the Rockies book giveaway & blog tour

Springtime in the Rockies by Konda Luckau 
 15 patterns by 9 designers
Color and design interpreted by this talented group of designers surrounded by the Rocky Mountains. 
Take the tour, check out all the blogs and enter to win a copy of the book at every stop!

leave a comment telling me what inspires you most: prints, color,  whatever...
winner announced Tuesday Sept. 25th

here's the schedule:

Sept 19 - Kansas City Star -

Sept 20 - Amy Smart
Sherri McConnell

Sept 23 - Emily Herrick
Kathy Miller

Sept 24 - Karlene Riggs
Joy Lyn Rigby

Sept 25 - Margie Ullery
Shannon White

Sept 26 - Machelle Preston

Kim Walus
Sept 27 - Konda Luckau

Jenifer Dick

Monday, August 13, 2012

Geometric Movement

If ever there was a perfect time for quilting, it's NOW.
The Geometric movement is upon us and it's EVERYWHERE.

You could say a quilt inspired this cuff 
this cuff will inspire a quilt
either way it's win/win.

Saturday, July 28, 2012

Sew for the Gold

the games have begun but it's not too late...
win our soft high density cotton couture solids 
ready... set... GO!  

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Take a Tour with Sara Jane!

With the Out To Sea fabric collections shipping out in just a few days, 
Sarah Jane is launching the Out to Sea D.I.Y. Blog Tour 
featuring free downloads & tutorials of the projects seen 
in her award winning Quilt Market Booth, 
as well as other ready-to-make sewing projects 
to get your customers excited about her brand new collection!

Visit Sara Janes's Blog every Wednesday now through September 
to download your projects!  See you on Wednesday!

Friday, July 13, 2012

Heaven & Helsinki winner!

and now for the randomly chosen winner in last week's giveaway.... 

please email your full address to

yes that's right Amorette, 
a yard each of Patty Young's  entire 
36 yards!

Friday, July 6, 2012

Heaven & Helsinki by Patty Young

 Greetings All!
You're in for a treat today as Patty Young shares the process behind her bold new line: 

A method to my madness

Hello, all! It's Patty Young again! I am here today to tell you about my newest fabric collection, Heaven & Helsinki, in stores now. I often get asked how I design fabric, how I come up with the themes, the ideas, the colors and the imagery. This is a loaded question for sure, but I thought I'd give you guys a little insight into the inner workings of my brain. Fabric design is such an organic process... it's never the same and there is no easy way to turn it into an organized process. Sometimes I come up with a theme first, but sometimes it's just a color palette that drives the design, and sometimes I just have a cool word or city name or concept I want to build a whole collection around... I know, it sounds crazy!

For Heaven & Helsinki, I decided I wanted to make a collection inspired by Mid-Century Modern and Scandinavian design, two styles that often go hand-in-hand. I have always been obsessed with that design aesthetic, having grown up immersed in it, so it seemed quite fitting and fun to do. The name of the collection came first, and it was a play on words, a tongue-in-cheek sort of thing. I've had this name thought out in my head for a long, long time, just waiting to use it on something, heehee.

Then came the research. I always create mood boards for all my collections. Below I share two mood boards that sat next to my desk for weeks, as I drew the designs that made up Heaven & Helsinki. You'll see anything from clothing, to pottery to candy wrappers. I look for everything that embodies the style I am after, whether it's a funky lamp or a milk carton or a vintage rug. Anything goes because you can draw inspiration from just about everything around you.

Then came the colors. I decided I wanted to break up the collection into two main palettes: METRO and RETRO. Metro would be more like a modern-day version of the colors found in Scandinavian design, while Retro would show the original colors from the 50's, 60's and 70's.

Then comes the fun part... DESIGN! I always design in black and white, then insert colors later. Below you'll see my inspiration image for Loves Me Not, followed by my original design in black, and then the finished repeat pattern in full color.
After all designs were completed, I designed the logo, which usually ends up borrowing colors and imagery from the collection.
Then the collection goes to Michael Miller Fabrics, and after review and a few tweaks, it is off to the mill for strike-offs.

Below, see some projects we made with the fabric, once we received sample yardage, several months later. This is by far the BEST part! :)
and here's the best part for YOU! Leave a comment and you could win a yard each of the entire collection Heaven & Helsinki! The randomly chosen winner to be announced Friday 7/13

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Happy Independence Day!

Here's wishing you all a great Holiday!
wherever you may be
  and remember school's right around the corner
these and more fun stripes here
so go ahead 
Make it Fun!

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

DIY fabric starching: on anything

I'm a long time fan of starching fabric on everything from walls 
 to  elephants
 and I'm not alone in this inclination to starch fabric on  EVERYTHING...
meet Trenna Travis; designer, photographer, DIY extraordinaire.
 check out her demo on Great Day St. Louis here
Happy starching!

Friday, June 22, 2012

Polyurethane laminates (PUL)

It's a leaky world...
and that's where PUL (polyurethane laminate) comes in.
This has been in development for awhile and we just released it in June!
check out our first prints here.
What's PUL?
  • 100% polyester knit fabric backed with a polyurethane laminate.
  • Waterproof:  perfect for diapers, bibs, waterproof bags, raincoats and much more.
  • PUL is soft & pliable, resists wrinkling and drapes beautifully.
  • Machine washable and dryable.
  •  Holds up to heavy long term use.
  •   Lead free 
  • Meets CPSIA requirements
sewing pattern by 
 We'd love to know your favorite Michael Miller print 
for our next PUL line!
please leave a comment

Friday, June 1, 2012

Showtime at Kansas City Quilt Market

In case you think it's all fun and games at market..

Booth prep for Spring Quilt Market

As Quilt Market approaches we're often asked: 
What's your booth theme this time?
I think most people assume we've been planning it for months.
Well, not quite.   
We've been planning the line for months and that's the most urgent thing you can imagine. 
It's "all hands on deck" as the show approaches.
But the booth? 
Okay, here's how it works:
1. We consider all the prints we'll have in time for the show and visualize each as a "theme"
(we usually have MANY prints and possible themes)
2. Which theme would be the most fun? Fun is the operative word here.  It has to be fun to carry us through all the grueling hours it takes to pull it off.  It's a team effort.
3. Once we've crammed our heads with all of the above, 
 everything we see relates to the BOOTH THEME
and then the most amazing thing happens:
Inspiration strikes!
Such was the case when I spotted this elephant in the window of the prop house in our building. I Walked in and said, "How about if I rent that elephant, starch fabric on it and return it to you in perfect condition?" Next thing you know we've got 3 of them in the office and my two sisters on a plane to NY for two days and nights of nonstop starching fabric on elephants.
fun, fun, fun
next stop 
Kansas City
Booth set up
let the fun begin!
 the booth theme collection
stay tuned tomorrow 
It's Showtime!

Sunday, May 13, 2012

There's a circus coming to town!

Next stop 
Kansas City!
Quilt Market here we come!
 more photos and fun to follow
market starts on friday 5/18

Friday, May 11, 2012

We've got a winner!

Drum roll please.........
the randomly chosen winner of  
Patty Young's new book
Sewing Modkid Style
ten 1 yard cuts 
of her best selling knits  
is :
Carla G
thanks to all of you for your favorite 
Modkid print shout outs
WE Hear YOU!

be sure to check out Patty's preview of her New collection
Heaven &Helsinki

Monday, May 7, 2012

Sewing Modkid Style giveaway

Let's get right to the point: 
Patty Young's book Sewing Modkid Style 
published by Wiley 
is fabulous.
Great sewing patterns and tips for sewing with knits.
Totally Modkid
Totally Patty

For rave reviews and details galore:
check out her blog tour and giveaway 
that's been going on since April!

Wiley has generously offered 1 free book to be given away
we've sweetened the giveaway with 
 ten 1 yard cuts 
(some of her hard to find all-time best sellers)

To win just leave a comment 
telling us your favorite 
One lucky random winner will be announced Friday May 11th.

pssst... for a peek at her latest collection Heaven & Helsinki 

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Potty Talk

I just returned from a trip to Asia
this is the kind of picture you'd expect to see:
not this, right?
I'm sure a therapist would have concerns about me-
but I'm fascinated with  modern Japanese toilets.
Specifically the TOTO brand
The one above had English labels (unfortunately it was at the end of the trip).
There's a lot of detailed instruction to read, 
luckily some of it's illustrated.
The problem:
In public bathrooms with multiple stalls, polite Japanese women were discretely flushing while taking care of business if other stalls were occupied.
 Big waste of water:  
Thus this solution:
the etiquette button
A hand activated motion sensor plays a recorded water flushing sound.
note: instructions also in braille.
I'm told this does not exist in the men's bathrooms.
My hotel room control panel:
heated seat, exhaust, air freshener
yes I pushed all the buttons

And if you're shopping in Japan with children
you're in luck
Is this genius or what?
a flip down kid seat
of course a kid holder and changing table 
with instructions 
of course
 But if after all this you still prefer the old way,
it's still available.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Quilts with a Punch

Subtle: no
graphic : yes
in your face: yes
packs a punch?
you betcha!
perfect for kid's rooms
We liked those so much we couldn't resist this
 Kiss Me Quilt 
just released prints: Kiss me and Zap
all quilts designed by Marinda Stewart