Thursday, July 24, 2014

MMF Kids Summer Craft Camp :: Project #1

Ok, so I know that on Facebook I said we'd have "celebrity" camp counselors, but we thought it would be fun to kick off craft camp with yours truly :)

 I created a project (with the help of our graphic designer, Jenn) for you to do with your kids that uses some very simple hand sewing techniques like the Running Stitch and the Whip Stitch. The downloadable instructions for the bean bags can be found here or you can click on the tower of bean bags below!

*Once you've opened the instructions, print them out at full scale and then get crafty with your kids!

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 Now, for the first MMF Summer Craft Camp Challenge... 

We want you to work with your children (campers) to sew up some bean bags with Michael Miller Fabric and then come up with fun games or activities that you can do with the bean bags. 

Here are a couple examples to get you started...

 How about Tic-Tac-Toe on the side-walk?
This game would require at least 10 bean bags- five in one color, five in a different color, and some sidewalk chalk.
*fabrics pictured above are from our Modern Basics Collection
*Supplies pictured above: scissors, pins, thread to match, dried beans, sewing needle, fabric fat 1/4's
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Or, you can make some sweet smelling lavender sachets. Wouldn't these make great gifts?
*Fabrics pictured above are coming soon...
*Supplies for the lavender sachets: scissors, decorative ribbon (optional for gift giving), thread to match, sewing needle, dried lavender, fabric fat 1/4's
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Here's how to enter the challenge... 
1. Sew a bean bag or two with your kids... and then brainstorm with them and come up with some fun bean bag activities

2. Help the kids write down their ideas and/or photograph them and then send them to us!

3. You can email the ideas and photos to kaitlin@michaelmillerfabrics.com

or

4. Post your ideas and/or photos to our Facebook page 

or

5. Tag @michaelmillerfabrics on your Instagram photos of the bean bags and use #MMFCraftCamp 

Two lucky campers will win MMF Summer Craft Kits with mystery fabric bundles and fun sewing supplies!

Please start sending your entries by August 4th. We'll pick our campers on August 7th at 4pm est. We'll also post MMF Summer Craft Camp Project #2 on the 7th! 
(I can't wait to share our Celebrity Counselor!)

Happy Sewing, Campers!


 


Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Rustique by Emily Herrick



http://www.michaelmillerfabrics.com/shop/collections/rustique-by-emily-herrick.html

The idea for Rustique started over 2 years ago as a tribute to my husband. He is all about the outdoors; Mountains, wildlife and hunting are his greatest passion. I wanted to design a collection that would include some of the common rustic themes that he enjoyed but in a way that was pleasing to me. I chose some of his favorite things: Deer, Antlers and Quaking Aspens, and mixed in some of my favorite geometric elements. The images and motifs are rustic in nature but the contemporary design and vibrant color palette are the perfect combination. 


I like to say that Rustique is a little bit Rustic and a little bit Chic. The masculinity of the Rustic sides shows through in Embossed, Adirondack, and Sharktooth.
*Embossed
*Sharktooth

We feel the femininity of the Chic side with the florals peppered about in Yes Deer and Crosscut. Of course the color palettes differentiate the rustic and chic as well.
*Yes Deer
*Crosscut


One of my favorite prints is Park City. I like to play around with different design elements twisting and turning them to create a secondary image. The "Snowflakes" are the same deer as in the "Trophy" print. Using a hexagon shape gives this print a modern feel, while the touch of wood grain lends itself to the outdoors. 
*Park City
Trophy is my second favorite print. I enjoyed taking one element and mixing it with another. Changing the antlers into branches and adding the leaves and blossoms was one of my favorite creations. I love the tiny bits of color in the blossoms on each print. 
*Trophy
What's your favorite print? Maybe my twist on the Chevron or leaves?
*Feathering
*Leaf Press
Rustique fits in perfectly with the Adirondack/Aztec trend in design right now. Everywhere you look there's modern twists on these rustic designs. Several of my new quilt patterns were influenced by this design trend. My version of a medallion quilt is Jackson Hole.
The quilt is put together in sections and can easily be broken down into a block-of-the-month/week. 

Tuacahn was inspired by an aztec rug I once saw. I've been saving the idea for the perfect fabric and I finally got my chance to make it with Rustique. Once I realized how easy this design would be to piece I got started and didn't stop until it was finished. 
Scottsdale is a direct interpretation of a common aztec design and pieces together in a quick and easy way. 
I wanted to carry the deer theme into a quilt with Big Game and use fusible applique to create a simple and graphic design.

All of these patterns and more can be found in my online shop https://www.etsy.com/shop/crazyoldladies

For more information, please visit my blog, Crazy Old Ladies

Emily

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Please tell us which pattern is your favorite and we'll randomly pick one lucky winner who will receive the bundle of Rustique pictured below! 

Comments will close on August 1st at 4pm est





Friday, July 18, 2014

The Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show

The Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show, which was started by Jean Wells (owner of the Stitchin' Post)in 1975, takes place every year in a small town nestled in the mountains of central Oregon. The town is named after the three mountains (the three sisters) that are visible from almost anywhere in town. Saying that it is picturesque would be an understatement- the big sky, gorgeous sunsets, snow capped mountains, towering evergreens and fields of wildflowers make this area so magnificent! And, the Sisters Quilt Show is unlike anything I've ever experienced... It is not to be missed.
*The main street through Sisters
*pictured above- the SOQS poster by Dan Rickards, Christine, Rob, myself, and the Stitchin' Post decorated with quilts- that the local fire service hangs early in the morning!
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Our Sisters Story 
Christine and I flew into Portland and then drove about three hours into Sisters. The drive was beautiful and, luckily, the car rental place gave me a map (I LOVE maps!) so I could check out the route and tell Christine exactly what national park we were driving through and what river we may have passed over- yep, awesome navigator ;)
*We may have been called "old school" by the barista in the Starbucks drive through- but, now I can picture exactly how to get to Sisters... and I can tell you all of the elevations and alternative routes :) Take THAT modern technology! 

First thing on Saturday morning, we attended the ceremony for Quilted in Honor where our friends, Rob Appell, Scott Hansen and Angela Walters all had donated quilts on display. It was a moving ceremony and if you haven't heard about Quilted in Honor and Operation Homefront, please head over to their website- they do amazing work! 

The Wish Upon a Card Project was also initiated at the Sisters Show and sponsored by Michael Miller! It is a local non-profit organization that assists with non-medical expenses for people undergoing cancer treatment in Central Oregon. For more information, please click on this link or visit their Facebook page. This year, the MMF challenge fabric was Beadwork.
*pictured above- Rob Appell and his designs

*pictured above Scott Hansen, Angela Walters and Kari McClellan
We spent much of the day on Saturday walking the show, aka THE WHOLE TOWN, with Violet Craft, Jen Carlton Bailly, Monica Solorio Snow, Elizabeth Hartman and Petra Anderson. 

*Pictured above- Violet Craft with her design, Forest Abstractions
*The Portland Modern Quilt Guild representing!!
There are quilts hanging on every business in the town- it was fun finding Michael Miller Fabric ones!
*Laura Gunn's Big Poppy (on the left) and Domino Dot by Violet Craft (on the right)
*Brambleberry Ridge making an appearance on the coffee shop!
My photos really can't do this show justice. Truly an inspiring experience! 
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I'll leave you with some wild flowers and some pretty Oregon clouds- 
Have a wonderful weekend and happy sewing!

xo,
Kait





Thursday, July 10, 2014

Quilter Spotlight :: Sassafras Lane!

Sassafras Lane (aka Shayla & Kristy) have featured Michael Miller Fabrics on their blog this week! We love this so we thought we'd shine a spotlight on their patterns as well and share their gorgeous photography! 
 
Lombard Street looks so pretty in our Crayon Box Modern Basics bathed in sunlight and framed by leaves- so summery! This quilt is precut friendly and if you'd like to see what fabrics Shayla and Kristy used, please click on this link.  

**How cool is that pieced binding?! Love it!



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Next up, Churndash Court in Kiss Dots and Tiny Houndstooth in gray- and, in Shayla and Kristy's words, this quilt glows! I agree- they used such a pretty rainbow gradient...


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Euclid Avenue was created using our Houndstooth & Friends Collection in Lagoon... How great would this quilt be for the boys (or men) in your life?! Especially with Ricky Raccoon making an appearance :)
*Made a quilted by Juli Kieny



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Thanks so much to Sassafras Lane for featuring us this week- we adore you! And, MMF fans, Shayla and Kristy are planning to feature one more MMF project today so be sure to visit their blog- News from the Orange Studio!

Now, I'm off to the Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show... I'll take lots of photos and I'll post about it next week. Have a great weekend everyone!

xo
kait

 
 



Friday, June 27, 2014

Happy (almost) 4th of July!!

Here's to a lovely holiday week with family and friends!

I hope that there will be fireworks, parades, barbeques, carnivals, fairs, picnics, concerts and trips to the beach for all!

http://www.michaelmillerfabrics.com/shop/collections/petal-pinwheels.html

Let's see if we can all have as much fun as these cuties- pictured above in Petal Pinwheel and Petal Garland. I used the Wednesday Dress by Cali Faye and the skirt was my own design. 

And, how amazing is the photo below!? Pure joy. Love it!
http://www.michaelmillerfabrics.com/shop/collections/petal-pinwheels.html
*Photo credits ~ Trenna Travis Design
I used Tile Pile in coral and my go-to dress pattern, the Geranium Dress, by Made by Rae- so easy-breezy for summer! 

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And stay tuned for a fun, new project we're hoping to unveil next week! Can't wait!


xo,
Kait



Friday, June 20, 2014

It's a lovely time to throw an Ice Princess Party!

http://www.michaelmillerfabrics.com/shop/collections/fairy-frost.html

Last weekend we had a super fun Ice Princess Party! The girls wore beautiful princess dresses, played games, snacked on delicious treats and, of course, we all sang songs... I'm sure you can guess what they were ;) ...and now, you probably won't be able to get them out of your head!

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We played outside for a bit since it was a beautiful, sunny Saturday and I wanted the girls to run around before I brought out the cupcakes... So, they put on their first princess dresses and the magic began! They were so happy... you can definitely see the joy.


The dresses above were made using Fairy Frost by our friends over at Jessica Inspired Boutique. We wouldn't have been able to pull off this Ice Princess Party without them!
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Next stop, the Ice Palace and the Treat Table!
I used Fairy Frost for almost all of the decorations- The table topper, the chair covers, the icicle bunting, and the bows that decorate the jars! Even though I worked hard on the details, the dresses were definitely the stars of the show!
*Click here for a link to the dress. Theresa used MMF Fairy Frost in Aqua (It's covered in silver glitter which makes it oh-so-sparkly!)

Every princess needs to learn how to curtsy... and I didn't even have to stage the photo below! Little Miss A taught Little Miss O how to curtsy! Melted my heart...
*click here for a link to the dress above. It's sewn using MMF Fairy Frost in Midnite and Jet Black.

I thought the curtsy lesson deserved a treat so the girls picked "Snowballs" (aka white cupcakes with vanilla icing and coconut flakes)
I decorated their "Snowballs" with tiny icicle bunting attached to white toothpicks. I used a glue stick to attach some Fairy Frost to a piece of card stock, let it dry, and then cut out the little icicles. Then, I used a sewing machine to sew the icicles together and I tied the threads to the tooth picks. Hmmmm... maybe I have too much time on my hands :)
  I found the blue and white striped baking cups at Ikea. 

Party City has tons of blue candy (they actually have their goodies separated by color so that made things easy!) I found "Magical Ice Wands" aka rock candy and striped candy sticks along with some pretty aqua gem stones. 
I used the aqua gem stones as a game- the princesses guessed how many ice crystals were in the jar. The winner (they were both winners :) got to choose a prize from the table... 
*some close ups of the party table and prizes~
2. "goodie jars" filled with snow, a white tree and an ice crystal. *I used mason jars and baker's twine and I added a little bit of sparkly Fairy Frost to the lid so the girls would get to take home a little winter wonderland.
3. glitter nail polish, of course!
4. Marshmallows, carrot sticks and pretzel sticks aka a deconstructed snowman! The bowls are really cute- they have a line of black dots on the inside, just like a snowman's buttons!
5. I know, it's an elk... but he's so awesome! I had to :)
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Michael Miller's Fairy Frost is available in a lot of icy colors-
http://www.michaelmillerfabrics.com/shop/collections/fairy-frost.html

I'd love to make icicle bunting out of all of the colors and you can too! 
Click on this link for a free Icicle Bunting tutorial! 

Or, make an icy quilt for your favorite princess! Click on the quilt below for the free pattern.
http://www.michaelmillerfabrics.com/inspiration/freequiltpatterns/octagon-alley-quilt-instructions-coming-soon.html
*Quilt design by Heidi Pridemore
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Have a wonderful weekend and don't forget to visit Jessica Inspired Boutique!

xo,
Kait
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