Friday, October 2, 2015

Ride 'em Cowboy!

For all of you cowgirls and cowboys out there... 
ROUND UP :: New from Michael Miller Fabrics!! 
(In stores now!!)
Buckaroo by Heidi Pridemore is a free download on our website! Click HERE.
If you're stuck inside this weekend, why not sew some western quilts in front of a cowboy classic?
Here's a list compiled by my coworkers--

Sewing with kids? How about these options?

 Chisholm Trail designed by Marinda Stewart. 


We love the Wanderlust Rucksack tutorial from Hawthorne Threads and thought it would be perfect in Round Up. We were right!!
 Click her for the Rucksack Tutorial

Have a great weekend!


Friday, September 18, 2015

Great Pattern Hack Winner, Jessica Bustos!!

Brief intro to who you are / what you do:
My name is Jessica Bustos and I am a pattern and garment designer for Lil Luxe Collection based out of Chicago, IL

What’s your favorite piece of work that you have created?
My favorite piece has to be Over the Top dress I made for Pattern Revolution. My daughter felt so special in it. I also love the Guggenheim inspired dress I made in college which really boosted my love for fashion and architecture.
*Over the Top Dress
*Guggenheim Dress
What are you working on at the moment?
I’m currently working on a lot!! I have a new blog series called Sew ’n Style where you’re tasked to create a minimum three piece collection using at least half Lil Luxe Collection patterns. The collection must have a clear and cohesive theme. I’m also working on my next wave of fall patterns which will debut after the series in October. Lastly I’m participating in Top Stitchers this season.

What are your goals for the future, both work wise and life?
I feel like I have never ending goals! My mom has always said I’ve had a 5 year plan since I was 5 years old…funny enough my oldest daughter Olivia is just like me. This year when I asked her how she felt to be 5 years old she replied “Good, next I’m going to turn 6” as if she’d already concurred 5 and was ready for the next big thing :) She went about her day being as independent as ever! She truly makes me so proud. So what’s next for me?! Well, I’d like to complete my catalog of girls patterns within the next 3-6 months, then I think I’d like to take a stab at women’s patterns…eek, I said it! Now I have to live up to it! I’d also like to start building on my website and blog with more tutorials, Lil Luxe pattern hacks and sponsorships with fabric companies or other. I love me a competition so I’ll keep doing them as well to keep my creative juices flowing.
*winning look for the Great Pattern Hack! (Featuring North Star)

As far as in life - My husband and I are both fortunate enough to work from home so we’re thinking of living abroad before settling down into a home. We’ve both always dreamed of traveling and we may never have the opportunity to literally “give our girls the world” so we want to try to take advantage of it. There are a lot of job related technicalities to get over on my husband’s side but we’re hopeful that it will work out and if not, then we’ll be house hunting next year :) But I really hope to share the view with my husband and our girls from the top of the Eiffel tower, learn about Roman history at the Colosseum and dance with the Spanish in Spain. I know some of our family will have issues with us leaving and not providing a “stable” environment for our girls but we want to share this with them and we believe that they will live a more cultured life having lived abroad. We’re very close with our two daughters and we think that having a loving mother and father who want to share their love and the world with them is a strong enough statement to provide them with stability.

What are you doing when you’re not creating?
Apart from my design work, I’m a mom extraordinaire. Doing the everyday things most moms do…cooking, cleaning, laundry, after school home school sessions, chauffeuring from dance lessons to play dates, etc. But apart from that I enjoy crocheting. I hope to learn to knit this winter. I also enjoy reading…I’m a serial reader…once I start a book, I can’t put it down and spend countless nights reading until I’ve finished the book! I also play the violin. I’m a bit rusty but I’m practicing again so that I can show my girls how to play when they’re ready.

What would people be surprised to learn about you?
Hmm, I’m not sure if it’s surprising anymore… but people always tend to be surprised that I didn’t go to school to be a pattern designer. I actually went to school to be a Architect. I had a year and a half left in my Masters program when we decided it was best for me to stay at home with our first daughter. It was quite a shock to my system to stop and put my career aside but being a mother/wife was a bigger dream and whole lot harder! It was the right decision and I feel beyond blessed to be on the path that I am on. I’ve always sewn, but never professionally. Everything I know about sewing is self taught or read/seen on the internet or passed down from my relatives.

Do you have any favorite blogs you read?
I don’t really have any favorite blogs. I follow a bunch on bloglovin and if I see something I’m interested in I’ll read it but there’s not a blog that I'm really addicted to.

Where else can we find you?
You can see some of my Interior and Architecture work on my Website, It’s a little out dated but you can see all my recent work on Lil Luxe Collection blog/shop, Instagram, Facebook Group page, Pinterest 

Do you have any tips or inspiring words for others?
Never stop believing in yourself….make your own dreams come true…and be fearless enough to go for your dreams. I’ve never failed at anything I put my mind to. I’m a very ambitious person that believes in the power of self and working hard to achieve greater depths.  

Do you admire any artists?
I have very eclectic taste. I have everything from classical music to alternative music on my iPod and the same goes for my taste in art. I would say my favorite artist is Caia Koopman. I love the beauty, fantasy and use of color in her work and my favorite architects are Santiago Calatrava and Frank Lloyd Wright. Even when I design my fashion collections I always turn to Architecture and my environment for inspiration.

What is your favorite…
Color: Black
Animal: Dolphin
Season: Fall
Movie: The Princess Bride... yes, I'm a hopeless romantic
Book: No favorite books I enjoy reading about anything and everything


Thanks very much to Jessica for participating in the Great Pattern Hack and for sharing about yourself! 
Congratulations and we hope that you continue to create and take on new challenges in the future!
*Jessica with her new Janome 2015!
 Have a great weekend!

Friday, September 11, 2015

Back to School with Michael Miller Fabrics!

Did you doodle on your desk and on your book covers in Elementary School and High School? I did! 
I wish I had a Color Me backpack way back when... :)
Hayley Crouse of Welcome to the Mousehouse and Michael Miller Fabrics bring you new...
(It's shipping to stores starting on October 1st.)
For more details about all of the Color Me collections, please visit our website.
 Grab some fabric markers and color your heart out! :)
(Hayley has a great blog post about fabric markers here.)
The backpack pictured above was made using McCalls 7207, Building Fun and Construction Zone
*We used an online tutorial by Crazy Little Projects to create the notebook covers.
 The pattern for the backpack above is from Simplicity (1388)

 If you'd like to see some incredible Color Me inspiration, check out the hashtag, #colormefabric on Instagram. It's so fun to see what everyone is working on!

Coloring is therapy too... so if you're feeling stressed, try it out- You'll thank us later ;)
If you share your Color Me photos and projects on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Pinterest, don't forget to tag us and use the hashtags below! 

I hope everyone has a great weekend and that all of you "back-to-schoolers" are having a great start!



Friday, August 28, 2015

The Great Pattern Hack Challenge WINNERS!

 And the winners are.... Drum roll, please.....
Grand Prize- Jessica Bustos!!
 Grand Prize:
10 amazing sewing patterns
15 yards of MMF fabric: winner's choice
Your own feature on Making It Fun!
A Janome DC2015 Sewing Machine!!
Total value of the prize $1,000!
 You can find Jessica on her blog, Lil Luxe Collection, where she talks about her Great Pattern Hack process.
Jessica is also on Instagram, Facebook & Pinterest
Stay tuned for our special blog feature on Making It Fun starring, Jessica!
Runner Up- Paola Phillips!!
Runner Up:
6 sewing patterns
10 yards of MMF fabric: winner's choice
You can find Paola on her website, Sweet Julia, where you'll find more adorable photos and a description of her hack!
Paola is also on Instagram, Facebook & Pinterest

Honorable Mention- Kari Steiger!!
 Honorable Mention:
5 yards of MMF fabric: winner's choice
Total value of the prize $60!
You can find Kari on her blog, that's sew kari, with more details about her hack!
Kari is also on Instagram, Facebook & Twitter
Thanks very much to everyone who participated in the Great Pattern Hack of 2015!! This was a difficult decision since ALL of the submissions were amazing.
 ...and to our lovely sponsors!
Congratulations to our winners!
Happy sewing and have a great weekend everyone!

Friday, August 14, 2015

Cotton Couture & the Ventana Quilt! (+ a giveaway)

Several months ago I asked the talented, Nydia Kehnle if she would make an Autumn inspired quilt for us using Cotton Couture... I think she nailed it :)
Nydia used the Ventana quilt pattern which she designed with Alison Glass for the Skill Builder Series. The quilt teaches foundation paper piecing with a top press technique and it's pre-cut friendly!
 Love that colorful matchstick quilting!!
 If you would like to view the Cotton Couture colors that Nydia chose for Ventana, Please click on the link below--

We'd love for YOU to make this quilt! 
Together with Nydia, we're hosting a giveaway... you'll have the chance to win a bundle of Cotton Couture and a copy of the Ventana pattern!

28 Cotton Couture fat 1/4's
1 yard Cotton Couture for the binding
4 yards Cotton Couture for the background
1 copy of the Ventana pattern!

Just let us know your favorite quilting technique and/or a technique that you'd like to learn.
 **Congratulations to Mary on Lake Pulaski who said,
"My favorite quilting technique is paper piecing - love the accuracy!"

Happy sewing and have a great weekend everyone!

Friday, August 7, 2015

Behind the Scenes with Sarah Campbell!

By now, I'm sure you've heard about our newest licensed designer, Sarah Campbell. Her first collection with Michael Miller is called Melodies.

We want you to get to know her, so, for our next "Behind the Scenes" segment, we've interviewed the one and only, Sarah Campbell!!
Q: Can you please give us a brief intro to who you are and what you do for Michael Miller?
A: I'm a textile designer and painter of patterns and my first range for MMF, "Melodies" has just begun to ship to stores. It's built around a favourite theme of bright birds and leaves with small geometrics and spots.... my second collection is being sent to the mill as we speak and the third is busy hatching...
Q: What's your favorite piece of work that you have created, your favorite project or your favorite part of the work day?
A: I love the early morning, especially when I wake with an idea that just has to be painted down before I do anything else - it happens!
*at home with Sarah...
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: Recently, I traveled to Guadalajara to run a course at the HardToFind art school - "adventures in painting patterns". I also work with West Elm on a regular basis so there are always exciting projects to develop for them, and then there's the new collection for MMF to be painted.
*HardToFind Art School - Adventures in Painting Patterns
Q: What are your goals for the future, both work wise and life?
A: My main goal is to stay on the planet making new and interesting work for as long as possible..

Q: What are you doing when you're not creating or at work? What hobbies do you have?
A: I dig my allotment when I can... and cheer on my grandsons at their football matches.

Q: What would people be surprised to learn about you?
A: I have a habit of making terrible puns - and laughing at them!

Q: Do you have any tips or inspiring words for others?
A: For me, faced with a new project or challenge - my first instinctive response is usually a good signpost.

Q: Do you admire any artists?
A: Very very many - in textiles, the designer and painter, Sonia Delaunay, is pretty high on my list, I love the inventiveness of Alexander Calder, the sensuous colour and forms of Matisse, the brilliant wit of Picasso, the dancing lines of Dufy, the poignant portraits of Rembrandt.... I could go on -  and on! 

Closer to home there are many makers whose work I admire and enjoy - it's a double treat to put beautiful flowers into a jug made by a friend, to sew a pal's hand-made ceramic buttons on my jacket.

There are also all of the 'unknowns' - the designers, makers, embroiderers, weavers, cloth-workers, lace-makers, knitters - that have clothed our world over the centuries.
*two of Sarah's favourite jugs...
Q: What is your favorite...
Color: How could I choose?
Animal: I like making my own creatures!
Season: Maybe the Spring, but they all have their charms.
Movie: So many - but I always love that last line in 'Some Like it Hot' - "So what - nobody's perfect!"
Book: George Eliot's 'Middlemarch'
Vacation spot: Vacation? That's an interesting idea...
Food: a tomato sandwich - made with tomatoes that have been warmed in the sun, fresh bread, butter, salt and a basil leaf - and left to stand for about a half an hour on a pretty plate so the juices permeate.

Q: What else should we know about you and your work?
A: I love new commissions and collaborations - I've been invited to be a part of a human library as part of a new project in London, the Museum of Empathy - I'll be a sort of talking reference book!

And, last year I made a greenwood table from start to finish!
*greenwood table
Q: Where else can we find you?
Twitter: SarahCamDesigns

Thanks so much, Sarah! We can't wait to share some sneak peeks of your next line!!

To view the Melodies collection by Sarah Campbell, click on the image below...
Melodies is in stores now!

Happy sewing and have a great weekend everyone!

Friday, July 31, 2015

Christmas in July with Michael Miller Fabrics!

Christmas is less than six months away... it's time to start your holiday sewing ;)
We have the perfect fabric for all of your Christmas sewing needs and some amazing project ideas.

Festive Forest by Tamara kate
For MMF's 12 D.I.Y's of Christmas, makers from around the web created the projects below.
*Click on the project image for more details
*Festive Pencil Case tutorial by See Kate Sew
(Featuring Tangly Lights)

*Festive napkins by Candice Ayala
(Featuring All the Trimmings)
*Keep your cup cozy! Tutorial by See Kate Sew
(Featuring Man Flakes & Socks)
*Tree Trivet by Call Ajaire 
(Featuring All the Trimmings)
*Christmas Stockings by Britches n Bloomers
(Featuring A Star Atop)
*cutie little holiday skirt by Crafty Hour
(Featuring Christmas Lovebirds)
*Holiday Hand Warmers
(Featuring Candy Claus & Many Mini Gnomes)
*Super fun Christmas Tree Skirt by Patty Murphy
(Featuring All the Trimmings)
*Holiday Hoodies by Jennuine Design!
(Featuring Nordic Holiday)
*Holiday Mug Rug!
*Holiday Bow Tie for Boys!
(Featuring Candy Cane Stripe)
*Sharpie or colored pencil roll-up!
(Featuring All the Trimmings)

I hope you enjoy all of these Christmas in July projects! Have a great weekend and happy holiday sewing :)