Thursday, November 12, 2015

Cotton Couture Color Cards!!

Free shipping on our Cotton Couture color card when you sign up for our newsletter!
Click on the image below for details...
...fits right in your purse!
Choose from 150 gorgeous colors and enjoy the silky soft hand that is Cotton Couture.

Friday, October 30, 2015

Happy Halloween from Michael Miller Fabrics!

I saw these birdie wings on BurdaStyle a couple of years ago and I've always thought they would look great in Cotton Couture... and they do!! Imagine all of the color combo possibilities! Visit our Cotton Couture website to see all of your options.

Cotton Couture also works magic for a scrubs costume! All you need to finish it up is a stethoscope and a surgical mask!
Or, a classic Dorothy costume using Tiny Gingham in Blue.
Butterick B3762 (slightly altered) 

It's a perfectly pink flower fairy! So much Fairy Frost mixed with enchanting Flower Fairies...
Don't forget the pink wig!! 
(the pattern is McCall's M6897)
Use our new Leopard flannel to create the stylized look above...
Removable Peter Pan Collar tutorial from My Sparkle.

For the giraffe and the Zebra look we used Butterick pattern 3238 paired with our Show Your Skin Flannel.

How great is this Rockabilly Vampire?!? He's wearing a Flame cape paired with jeans and a white tee- so easy for a last minute costume! Free cape download coming to our website soon!
And, the final, most important detail of every costume... 
the trick-or-treat bag!!
We created this bag using our new Halloween collection called Nightmare in Gnomeville and GLOW IN DARK FAIRY FROST!!
Download the free tote bag pattern here.
*created by Betty Calabro
*tried, tested and approved by kids!! 

Have a wonderful and safe Halloween!


Monday, October 26, 2015

100 Quilt Blocks in 50 Days with MMF and Janome!!!

Janome has announced an exciting new social media campaign with Michael Miller Fabrics:
We've partnered with Janome and a ton of talented quilt designers and bloggers to create a gorgeous 100 block Cotton Couture quilt! Janome will post two new quilt blocks per day for 50 days. The post will include a block designed by a celebrity quilter and it will include the instructions to download. You can find these blocks though MMF's Facebook page, through Janome's website and through the social media feed of the block designer. How fun is this?!?!? In the end, you'll have an AMAZING quilt to show off!

Do you want to join the fun? Here's a list of the Cotton Couture used in the quilt:
 We are planning to use Soft White for the sashing. 
Sign up to receive an email with two new blocks with complete instructions every day from October 19th through December 25th.

You can also download the blocks at your convenience by clicking here.

Enter to win a Horizon Memory Craft 8900QCP Special Edition by posting pictures of your blocks on Instagram and tagging them with #100QuiltBlocks or by entering here. 
* Unlimited entries. Submit in-progress photos on Instagram to show off your work and to increase your chances of winning!

We'll also randomly draw winners from Instagram every few weeks. Winners will receive a bundle of Cotton Couture! Don't forget to tag @MichaelMillerFabrics and use the hashtag #100QuiltBlocks to enter!
We hope you'll join in!


Friday, October 16, 2015

Pixelism by Michael Miller Fabrics...

We are in FULL QUILT MARKET SWING TODAY!! So, I bring you two fantastic free quilt patterns featuring Pixelism...
*This Way and That II by Marinda Stewart
If you're more neutral (and zen) with your quilt and home decor taste, you might like Pixallusion by Emily Herrick...

Ok, back to packing for Quilt Market :)

Have a great weekend and see you on the flip side!

xo, kait

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!