Wednesday, January 25, 2012

It's a girl thing color story giveaway

drum roll please....
Barbara
you're the winner!
of last week's
Retro comeback color story  
please email your name (along with your blog name if different) and street address to:
info@michaelmillerfabrics.com
 

now for 
today's color story:
It's a Girl Thing

 For all you girly-girls out there;
 the young and young at heart,
lovers of all things pink,
I know you're out there,
this one's for you...

sweets for the sweet
apron and chef hat tutorials on sidebar 
by Joanna of stardust shoes


hmmmm.. is that a cocktail mommy apron?
Apron pattern by: Vanilla House designs


to check out our latest inspiration/fascination obsession
and source credits for the lusciousness above: 
visit us on:
pinterest.com/mmillerfabrics/
warning:do this when you've got time, guaranteed you'll be bookmarking all kinds of new blogs to keep up with!

so now's the time to leave a comment 
and let me know your favorite inspiration sources.
one random winner will be chosen to win 
a yard each of these party favorites:
CM4604 quaint cupcakes
CX4605 doily dance
and in a fit of whimsy
we'll throw in these:
CX5002 pink elephants/charcoal 
CX3136 play dot/bloom  

winner announced next Wednesday
CHEERS!

102 comments:

Mel said...

Love these fabrics! I was looking at them on your website last night. I don't have one source of inspiration in particular. Just anything around me thst I happen upon. The internet is handy because of the sheer volume of images available to you instantly. Pinterest is especially helpful for that.

Faith said...

These are fabulous! And, who isn't addicted to Pinterest these days - I love to gather inspiration there!

Anonymous said...

I love Pinterest and find loads of inspiration there. The only problem is I spend too much time looking and not enough time doing!
Judith.

Laura said...

I love PINK and those fabrics are so cute. I get lots of inspiration from the internet and my LQS.

jednoiglec said...

It's hard to tell where my inspiration comes from. I spend lot of time admiring other's people works (on Flickr and Pinterest) and I'm sure that this is one of the inspiration sources. But I'm not sure about the rest...

PS. I love the lace prints the most and elephants - so cute and funky! (well, I'm a little girl still:).

Sharon B said...

Such cute fabrics, I see the cupcakes and lace as mug rugs and the elephants & dots as something cute for camping season!

Sharon B said...

PS - I get my inspiration from BLOGS like yours - afraid if I did pinterest, I would NEVER have time to sew :)

camelama said...

I get a lot of inspiration from reading books written by authors from other countries - different views of the same items or activities. And then there's staring out the bus window to/from work - so much to see! And on every birding outing I see at least one wonderful thing I am inspired by.

Cerise said...

Pinterest is my main source of inspiration, but I also get creative jumpstarts from all my blog buddies and my children.

Melissa said...

There is always time to follow another blogger! I am in love with that apron! Its the cutest I have seen...elephants, perfection!
My inspiration are my grandbabies. When I am with them I watch and learn their likes dislike, fav colors, characters, cuddlies they love. And then the idea will hit and I am in tearing up my sewing room trying to make the perfect item to make them smile! I have to go look at all the pink again, makes me smile! Thanks!

Susan B said...

Craft Blogs and Sewing/craft magazines are my main sources of inspiration..

starjumper said...

pinterest is definitely my fave for inspiration, not just for sewing but cooking, baking, home dec, or just inspiring a good mood!

Melissa said...

I love pinterest for inspiration. I also just like walking through store and seeing things and thinking I could make that!

Sleepless Stitch said...

Oh MY GOODNESS!!! Love the pink elephants!!!
These would be perfect! Just found out my friend is having a girl!

Butterfly Baby Place said...

I just joined Pinterest and I find a lot of inspiration is coming from there lately. But I also have two awesome kiddos and they absolutely inspire me daily!

Goosegirl said...

I too am loving Pinterest for inspiration. But my daughters inspire me so much, with their own quirky style.
I love the elephant fabric!

gill said...

I get my inspiration from blogs!
I don't do pinterest/Facebook etc - I'm sure if I did there would be no time left to sew!

Kristy said...

Lovely collection!

My children are my greatest inspiration! :)

Thank you!

Jeremy and Shari Pue said...

My inspiration is always my son. I live these fabrics for a girl and have actually used the grey ad white doily print for a gorgeous baby blanket for a friend. Would love to have the whole collection!

Krystal Hacker said...

Most of my inspiration comes from fabric shopping! I've got bins and bins of fabric, since I buy whatever I love! Pinterest is really helping me to convert some of my fabric in to wonderful new projects!

Deanna B. said...

Love those cupcake prints! Any form of art is an inspiration for me. Scrapbooking,sewing,quilting!

khristie B said...

Yummy fabrics. My inspiration comes from vintage patterns and actually feeling and looking at fabric.

Kristy Sioux said...

I have about 30 blogs on my "favorites" I check out for ideas, and just going to my local fabric shop usually gives me some inspiration. But nature is always a good place to look! I don't do Pinterest because I already spend enough time online!

ShirleyC said...

Beautiful fabrics! My biggest source of inspiration is looking at what others make and also my Sew Beautiful Magazines. I sew for my little granddaughter so I'm always looking for ideas even if just using a simple pattern.

Melinda said...

Blogs are definitely my biggest source of inspiration. I really like Craft Gossip for the tutorials they feature. Found a lot of new blogs that way!

Marcia W. said...

On dialup, pinterest is tough to use though my niece really really wants me to get into it.
Meanwhile, I have one niece who wants everything pink, so would love to win this yardage.
Thanks for the chance.
BTW - really enjoyed your first interview - from Spoonflower to MM designer is awesome.

Jenny said...

i love flickr for inspiration. i can't join Pinterest. i just can't. there are not enough hours in teh day! but i can think of a lot of fun things to make with these fabrics!

Judith said...

When it comes to inspiration, I'm a magpie. Fabrics certainly, and photos of the work of others, but I'm also inspired by tissue boxes, and wrapping paper, and my garden, and teenagers wearing colours that I would never have considered putting together.
Love this selection of fabrics.

Jess said...

Flickr and blogs are definitely my biggest sources of inspiration :)

Swinky Binky said...

My biggest inspiration source is pinterest...and oh boy..I had to stop pinning to just work on the stuff I had pinned already! Its amazing to see what people can create and the tutorials they post.
By the way the pink elephants fabric always make the (AWESOME) 80's song "Dear Jessie" by Madonna come into my head and then my heart smiles :)

sandra said...

My inspiration is the world around me and my grandson who is blind. What he accomplishes everyday and he is such a sweet happy guy who amazes me everyday.

lynaeve said...

My inspiration are blogs like this one. I spend alot of time looking at all the awesome stuff you guys make.

stitchinRN said...

I was inspired to make a family wall quilt. I didn't know how to quilt. I went to my local quilt shop, hired a teacher and then proceeded to design and sew and finish a wonderful wall quilt that holds my family photos. I made the photo pockets so that the photos could be interchanged and updated as the family photos changed. The log cabin pattern was the idea but it turned into a really great idea.
Thanks for letting me share

Emily Keaton said...

These prints are SO beautiful--I love pink and gray together! So trendy, too. My fave sources of inspiration are print magazines and catalogs.

rstroh said...

With the Internet, I find inspiration everywhere!

Those elephants are adorable!

Kallou said...

I find inspiration in my child's drawings and their dreams! They always have funny thoughts!! :)

dewmson said...

My inspiration is my granddaughters and internet. I love the it's a girl thing... they both are girlie girls!!!(granddaughters)

traceytoole said...

How could you not love an elephant and a cupcake? I love looking at old French cooking and gardening pictures. I can daydream for hours.

b78ayers said...

My only child is a son, but his 2 daughters are without a doubt my girly-girl inspiration!!! From painted nails to tutu's to giggling forever and lots of dressup, they've taught me things (and will continue to!) that remind me I was a girl long before becoming a mom or grandma!

Jill said...

I find inspirations from all your wonderful fabrics. Love them!

Gina said...

Love your fabrics!

I especially love pink! I find a lot of inspiration in color!

Hugs,
gina

Barbara said...

I get inspiration from children and people that I talk with
Children can be very informative
in designing. They tell you what
they would like in clothing and accessories.
The Fabric and colors in this collection are also inspirational.
Barbara

LizJ said...

Of course I find inspiration on Pinterest and all the blogs I read..then I ask my grandchildren( all 5) what they like..there are not enough hours in the day to do all I dream of..love your fabrics to create some of these dreams

Gram said...

I get inspiration from colors.. they provoke such strong happy feeling. I have tried to explain it to people and some know exactly what I'm talking about and others think I'm nuts .. I'm sure the "nut" part is true, but it has nothing to do with my love of color : )..
Oh yes, I love the pink elephants! When I was a little girl I remember not quiet "getting" why drunk people saw pink dancing elephants.. : ) Now I do : )

The Berry Family said...

Love these fabrics. I get ideas from people's blogs, magazines, and memories of the past. I have no idea what I would do with these fabrics yet - but I a sure when the time came it would be fun to use them.

Cheryl @ Sew Can Do said...

So pretty & love the doilies. Lately I've been getting ideas from vintage sources - paper dolls, old catalogs & ads, illustrations from other eras and from fabric prints. Usually it's a beautiful print that inspires my project design!

Anonymous said...

My inspiration comes from many places: the colors in a garden, the pattern on a tile floor, a photograph -- inspiration is all around me everyday and everywhere I go.
Evelyn
soparkaveataoldotcom

Lee Ann said...

My source of inspiration comes from blogs like these, family, and nature.

Thank you for a chance to win.

Sheila Galindo said...

My inspiration comes from many things, especially beautiful fabric. Love the elephants and bubbles....make great wine bags.

Amorette said...

seeing some great fabric that immediately shows me what i need to do with it, blogs (canoe ridge creations, from the blue chair, ellison lane quilts, malka dubravsky, denyse schmidt, film in the fridge- so many!) along with my local modern quilt guild.

min said...

First of all, that cake on the bottom left with the gradation of pink is to die for!

My inspiration comes from anything in print. I scour every piece of junk mail looking for interesting color combos and patterns. Then if it sparks a thought, I'll tear it out and post it on my bulletin board.

Online interest is not bad either.

Brandi said...

Wow! I just love this fabric line. In fact I just bought one of these fabrics for a sewing project. I have been learning to sew and am addicted to Pinterest. I probably get most of my ideas from Pinterest, but I am really liking the "Mommy Apron". One of my sewing class projects is an apron. I think that I need to order some more fabric!

KatheG said...

These are just too cute!!! My inspiration comes from people like you and others who share. Thanks.

deede said...

Of course on Pinterest one can find a LOT of inspiration, but I also find it in every day occurances; little things may come to light. A particular need by my daughter or a friend, something I see while walking down the street or on the university campus where I work. I always find something to try and make someone smile.
Thanks!

Sew Nichole said...

I get lots of inspiration from the NYC modern quilt guild! So many inspiring quilters, I always leave there itching to sew!

Myra Gutzwiler said...

These are the cutest fabrics. My local quilt shop ladies are at the top of my list for inspiration. My three granddaughters would love anything made from this group of fabrics.

ssmith said...

Love all the pink! I'm in a girly frame of mind lately!
I go to local quilt shops, blogs on the internet, tile patterns around town...just about anything that catches my eye!

Sarah said...

I'm a Pinterest addict. But I HAVE actually made a few of the projects I've pinned. :)

These fabrics are GORGEOUS!!!

Bev said...

Pink and gray...very 1950's! My inspiration comes from just looking at my stash. I try to "restack" my fabrics from time to time in a random way and when I'm working on my computer (that's in the same room), I take a break and look at my stash (lovingly). Sometimes I see an accidental combination that inspires me to use that fabric in a quilt. Love this line. Come on random generator! Cheery wave from Bev
http://44thstreetfabric.blogspot.com

Rilene said...

I love girly fabrics! I find most of my color inspiration in nature and nature photos.

Sue and Crew said...

Love the fabrics! My source of inspiration - our group of quilters in our local area - we meet every Friday am - they always have something to inspire me!

Heidi Meinecke-Smith said...

Those prints are too cute! Inspiration? My newest source is Pinterest, but I have always found inspiration from just being around my "stash" of fabrics, they just SING to me! Oh, and Barbie catalogs! I know, that one is a bit weird, but I just can't get enough Barbie!

DebS said...

I'm always on the hunt for great prints for boys - keep 'em coming! These look fantastic!

robin said...

New fabric lines inspire me, as do seeing what others are making and posting about in blogs. :)

suzyQuilts said...

These are fabulous! I get my inspiration many time from the fabric itself. Working with fabric is so tactile and mood changing. I love just feeling and working with fabrics. After that it is nature and everything around me.

sewkalico said...

What gorgeous photos of gorgeous girls! Love the butterfly cupcake papers. Inspitration is everywhere!

Robyn of Coffee and Cotton said...

My inspiration comes from fellow bloggers, nature and art

Diane said...

I get my inspiration from other BLOGS:) such as this one. With the internet inspiration is just a click away. LOVE, LOVE the fabric!!

Noelia said...

Pinterest and blogging are great sources of inspiration.
I love those fabrics and have plans for them.
Thank you

Jeannie said...

Wow - such beautiful fabrics. Love the pink elephants. I get inspiration from my crafty friends, blogs and lately - spending too much time on Pinterest!

Madame Samm said...

Oh Hi Kathy..and pretty little bakers....I am sew pleased Christine sent me your link...I just love all this....pink, blues, greens,....well everything....I will place you on my blog roll momentarily...lovely everything...

Tanis said...

Pinterest and a few other blogs are definitely the source of inspiration for me- also, my sister, she's amazing!!

cpasseno said...

My inspiration comes from blogging and sewing magazines, also from by granddaughter. I love surfing all of the wonderful sewing and fabric blogs to get ideas for my projects. I LOVE THE PINK ELEPHANTS. Thanks for your blog site and your insiration.

Miss Prickly said...

Oh! the elephants!!
My inspiration often comes from things my kids are doing. Lately, they've been learning French which has been fun for me. One of my new projects is a skirt made from Paris Map Fabric.

Erin said...

Love the doily fabric and I have lots of things pinned that I could make from it.
Erin
Emstone28@Gmail.com

Jen @ Pippichick said...

I am a sucker for pink, that is for sure! Pink elephants sound fun. :)

Sarah Z. said...

I gain inspiration from the entire world that is opened up to me by the tips of my fingers via the internet.

SewSuzie said...

Inspiration is all around. Blogs, books,maazine, nature.

Kara said...

I LOVE that elephant fabric! So whimsical and cute! Pinterest is my total obsession, I can't stop pinning and making new things. So fun.

Talking said...

Amazing!
Can I ask where can I find the butterfly cupcakes from the first picture?
Again - Amazing!! :)

Lita said...

Pinterest is a favorite for inspiration, but I love blog hopping (even if I can't remember sometimes how I got to a site!)...

Abigailb said...

Oh, so pretty and fun! I can just see my 4 yr old having a great time in the kitchen!

Maggie Muggins said...

Pinterest, Blogs and Google Image Searches provide the inspiration I need. But all sorts of things give me the needed inspiration.

tricialee said...

So cute. Love the cupcakes

Sheryl said...

I tend to go to the Moda Bake Shop a lot

Laura Stewart said...

this blog of course and design sponge!

Rachel said...

Oh wow! I'm from Australia and it is so hard to get great fabric here at affordable prices. I end up ordering online from the US and I LOVE Michael Miller fabrics - and these are just lovely!! My little girl may be getting more new clothes soon!

Unknown said...

My baby girl will be ONE in April and these would make the perfect birthday outfit! I get most of my inspriration from her as of late, but also Etsy...so many good ideas, so little time!

stashtostitches said...

Usually I rely on my first reaction to patterns and fabrics for inspiration. The elephants so cute and I am not normally drawn to elephants. The first thing I thought of when I saw the elephants with the bottles in the champagn glass was the first time that I tried mschine quilting on a home sewing machine. Of course, they said you would need to practice so that you would have flowing curves instead of points and squares. You can only do so much practice and you feel like giving it up. Took a class, searched the internet for tips. I came across a article/blog that if you have a glass of wine to loosen you up before you stipple you will relax and be less tense. Two glasses work better and I have not managed to do stippling that small on my long arm. Today I am amazed at how good it looks. As for inspiration, I am constantly checking the internet for new fabrics, patterns and ideas. I started my grandaughters collecting fat quarters when they were 4. They now have quite a large stash, can coordinate colors and frequent fat quarter sales and quilt shops when they can. They let me what they like and dislike and it is a good indication of what thier age group is drawn to. Sew days with friends, shop hoppin and blogs are great ways to share ideas. Sew many project ideas and hopefully enough time to get them done!

Joy said...

I love these fabrics. I get inspiration from pinterest, Sometimes it is to much inspirations though and I find myself with to much to try and not enough time to do it.

Donna Mansker said...

Inspiration can come from anywhere. I love my quilt magazines and am constantly marking pages that inspire me. Quilting with friends, getting their advice, learning from them, and seeing what they create is inspiring. Looking at these fabrics is inspiring by itself!!

lindawwww said...

I get my inspiration from many different places. That's why quilting is so much fun - you never know when you're going to get a new idea.

KathfromOz said...

Colour, light and shapes inspire me. The same thing can be different many times in a day, depending on the light which changes colour and even shapes as they are silhouetted, half lit or fully lit, and from different angles too. From the top or base or...so, my inspiration is everywhere. It's all in the seeing.

Anonymous said...

Pintrest is my latest inspiration outlet!!

Enya said...

Lately textiles and fabrics have been a huge inspiration for me.
I have been on a quest online for say maybe even years now to find specific designs and great fabrics and this last few weeks have been amazing with finding Michael Miller through a google search and revisiting Spoonflower to find it to be amazing. So thank you!
Other than that I find inspiration come from anywhere, sometimes right out of the blue, other times slowly crystallising and especially when you do not have a sketch pad handy!

Karin said...

I get my inspiration from many different blogs. And I do my share of pinning on Pinterest, too.

BizzyMom said...

Beautiful fabrics!! My inspiration is when I open up my Facebook or emails and see sales galore on fabric.. I dream, until I purchase, and then my ideas come to life. :)

TaderDoodles said...

I love Pinterest, but I have a friend who stalks craft blogs and she is always showing me something that teases me into buying more fabric!!

Shiny Green Penny said...

I'm a teacher and a mom and most of my inspiration comes from children's books, like Fancy Nancy and Olivia. My daughter goes for the full-on girlie and loves to look at fabric online to pick her faves. Together we come up with some deliciously cute sewing and craft projects.

cherie said...

My favorite inspiration sources are flickr, pintrest, and my 4 year old who is obsessed with pink and sparkles! Thanks for the giveaway!

Brooke said...

My greatest source of inspiration is from Google. :D I think of something I want to make, Google it, and up come LOTS of ideas to start with and personalize. :D

Doris said...

I'm inspired by everything, patterns on a leaf or flower, a pretty layout on a magazine page, fabulous quotations, pretty or clean, fresh graphics. A lot of inspiration comes from my reaction to environmental things, based on my education in Art History.