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holiday pillows for Michael Miller Fabrics


One of my goals for the past few years has been to have my work included in a booth at Quilt Market (a bi-annual trade show for quilt shops). Last fall, I was able to accomplish that goal (yay!) when I was asked by Michael Miller Fabrics to create two pillows for their fall Quilt Market booth, using fabrics from their holiday Glitz collection.


Since the objective was to showcase the green, gold, red, and white prints, I wanted to stick with clean, simple designs that referenced the holidays, but weren't over the top. For the first pillow, I envisioned creating a minimal wreath design. I first thought of sewing one of the rings from Denyse Schmidt's Single Girl Quilt, but I wanted something that had a bit more space in the borders. Not long after, I found Svetlana of Sotak Handmade's quilted pillow design---featuring a patchwork ring---and thought it would be lovely in this context.


The resulting pillow cover wound up being so pretty and simple, and a subtle nod to the holidays.

Photo by Michael Miller Fabrics

For the second pillow, I created a design inspired by overlapping cranberry garlands. I made each garland by fusing small red circles to the patchwork pillow top, and then stitching a line through each "strand."


In addition to making the pillow, I also wrote up a free tutorial for it, which is now available on Michael Miller's web site, if you would like to make your own. 


Each of the pillow backs featured more of the Glitz prints and hidden zippers (I used Svetlana's tutorial---my favorite method!), for a fun, festive finish.


P.S. Looking for this month's link-up for the Modern Sampler Quilt Along? It will be posted later this week, so stay tuned!
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how to make fabric labels


I really love adding labels to everything I make; they add such a professional finish to my projects! I recently put together a tutorial for Spoonflower that walks you through how to make your own personalized fabric labels, which can feature either your logo or a favorite phrase. Pop on over to the Spoonflower blog for step-by-step instructions and more photos.

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recent inspiration

As I continue to grow my little fabric shop and prepare to add new designers to its shelves, I'm constantly searching for inspiring fabric makers, projects that feature hand-printed fabrics, and tutorials that show you how to print your own designs. Here are a few of my latest and favorite finds:


1. Kate's step-by-step tutorial for how to screenprint on fabric at home is super thorough.

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quilt label tutorial for spoonflower


Head on over to the Spoonflower blog today to check out the tutorial I put together on how to make a simple quilt label in Photoshop!

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log cabin napkin tutorial


Today, I'm so thrilled to have a project featured on the Fat Quarterly blog! Please stop on by to learn how to make your own log cabin napkins and see all of the other projects created by talented sewists using Melody Miller's amazing fabric.
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