Friday, October 18, 2013

Quilt Market Mahem!!

It's that time again-- Fall Quilt Market in Houston, Texas!
*photo courtesy of Pepper Cory

We are in full swing over at Michael Miller Fabrics... Packing our crates and trying to wrap up last minute EVERYTHING!

And, it wouldn't be Quilt Market prep time without a major printer malfunction. 

The red light is a sight we hate to see :( 
 But, when everyone pitches in, the chaos of getting ready for quilt market can be fun!

 Here are some more photos from around the office. I thought you'd all enjoy getting a glimpse into a day in the life of the staff of the MMF New York office!

Nellie and Julia "helping" the sample department...

 Jennie- working with an oh-so-luscious pile of Cotton Couture

Alison- a very organized mess :)

Robin- There's always time to pump iron... errrrr, fabric!

Anna- hiding behind the headers... please, please no more labels!!

Kait- Gettin' cozy with the Cozy

 and, now a sneak peek of some of our fabrics that will debut at Quilt Market...

See you all next week!


Friday, October 11, 2013

all that glitters is gold... Glitz & Glam!

With winter and the holidays approaching, my mind is stuck on metallic. I'm ready to do some holiday party planning, shopping and maybe even some redecorating- and I want it to be all sparkle, glitter and gold...

The fall/winter season also happens to be my favorite time in New York City. It really comes alive.. and, lucky for me, it sparkles!

Manhattan Glitters Eye Poetry Photography

Using glittery NYC as my inspiration, I found some really great "wish list" party items from around the web- Would it be gaudy and over the top to wear it all at the same time? :)

 1. Kate Spade charm heels  2. The most beautiful ring EVER from Nora Kogan (xoxoxox)  3. Twinkling at Twilight Dress by Modcloth   4. Golden Garden Dress by Modcloth  5. Crystal Wildflowers Necklace by J.Crew  6. (The appropriately named) Champagne Kisses by China Glaze

In my search for the perfect party dress and accessories, I found a glitzy weekend bag from Anthropologie. I think I could make a similar version if I had the perfect metallic fabric (I have something in mind, so stay tuned Michael Miller fans!)

 How cool is the unexpected pop of shimmer on the side panels?! I love the mix of a neutral stripe, canvas straps and bling!

And, another glitzy bag (1) from Anthropologie-- perfect for a party or a wedding. If you'd prefer to make it yourself, I found a sequined clutch tutorial here and tassel tutorial here. Michael Miller's Clementine Cotton Couture (2) would add a surprising pop of color!

After I hit up my go-to sites, Anthropologie, J.Crew and Modcloth, I couldn't pass up a quick look over at ABC Carpet & Home. If you're ever in NYC, you should definitely stop by- It's pure eye candy and you can't help but be inspired.

ABC Home is right on trend with these metallic polka dot glasses --

Glassware led to barware which led to votives which led to vases and, finally, led to DIY gold mason jars and a very sparkly tabletop-- You know how it goes when you're surfing the web...

The mason jar DIY is from a blog called lovely little Details.

And the amazing sparkly tabletop and sparkle votive DIY comes from Hey Look via Glitter Guide.

And now, I'm off to try out some tutorials and dream about all things shiny...

 Stay tuned- Michael Miller is planning to release some fancy new fabric in the very near future and I'm going to share it here first... We'll also have a surprise guest blogger!

xo, kait

Friday, October 4, 2013

Midnite Gems

Michael Miller's new line, Midnite Gems, crosses effortlessly from home decoration into apparel. Heidi Pridemore designed a simple, modern quilt with lots of bright white. She also used a combo that we've seen a lot of lately-- navy and berry!

 1. color block party romper 2. DIY chevron nails 3. Trina Kelly stripe jewelry organizer 4. J.Crew look for girls

*Styled and photographed by Trenna Travis

*quilt design by Heidi Pridemore

The free quilt pattern (pictured above) can be found here.

The navy/berry combo would be fantastic for apparel as well but we thought that we needed to represent some of the other beautiful color combos from the group- like teal and navy.

Trenna Travis styled the photograph below and designed the simple, elegant shirt dress. I found a similar pattern that would work well with this collection. Just click on the image (or here) and you'll be linked to the pattern below.

Next on our list of fabrics that need to be garments? Julie. But we can't decide between teal and jewel! 

Stay tuned to find out what we create!

Happy sewing~
xo, kait