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 :)


Friday, July 17, 2015

The Great Pattern Hack Challenge and Giveaway!

**Calling all makers**
Stop what you're doing and check out the
You have the chance to win 
+ loads of fabric 
+ amazing sewing patterns 
+ Your own feature on MMF's blog 
+ a brand new 


I bet you thought that the Great Pattern Hack was ending today. Well, it turns out, it's just beginning! We are having way too much fun to stop now... We want to keep the great pattern hacking momentum going but now it's up to you!

 It's YOUR turn to hack a pattern!
When we say hack, we mean that you will slightly (or not so slightly) alter a sewing pattern to make it your own! Tweak a little here and a little there and make it all yours! Maybe you make a sleeved garment sleeveless, or you make a blouse into a dress, or you add pockets to a tote bag- the possibilities are endless! 

Wondering what we mean? Do you need some inspiration? Check out what Jess, Kait, Jane, Melissa, Rachael, Tamara, Betsy, Laura, Kristin, Celina, Sanae, Erin and Delia all did for their pattern hacks. 

Here's how to enter:
1. If you'd like to join the Great Pattern Hack Challenge, grab some Michael Miller fabric and show us your skills!

2. Hack a pattern (any pattern) and share your best photographs on Facebook and/or Instagram with a short description of your hack and the name of the pattern that you hacked. Tag your photos so that we can find you-
#MichaelMillerFabrics #GPHChallenge @michaelmillerfabrics @ahappystitch

3. Email a photograph of your hack to with the subject line: Great Pattern Hack Challenge. If you have a blog, website, Instagram account or a Facebook business page, please send us links.

4. All entries must be submitted by Tuesday, August 25th, 2015, 3pm EST.
*You don't have a Facebook page or an Instagram account? No problem- you can email your photos and a description of your hack to

Our panel of judges will vote on the following-
1. Craftsmanship
2. Originality
3. Over-all aesthetic

The panel of judges
Kathy Miller, creative director, co-founder & president of MMF
Denise Wild, sewing expert, magazine editor and author
The Janome team
The Michael Miller team

Winners will be announced on Friday, August 28th, 2015, 3pm EST

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!

Runner Up:
6 sewing patterns
10 yards of MMF fabric: winner's choice*
Total value of the prize $180!

 Honorable Mention:
5 yards of MMF fabric: winner's choice*
Total value of the prize $60!

*subject to availability

The Great Pattern Hack Challenge is brought to you by Michael Miller Fabrics, Janome and our lovely sponsors...
A special thanks goes out to my friend and co-host of the Great Pattern Hack, Melissa, of a happy stitch. We couldn't have pulled this off without her!! Stay tuned for what we have in store next :)

This challenge is open to participants in the US and Canada only.
Questions? Concerns? Please email