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!