Saturday, October 8, 2011

Michael Miller Fabrics & The December Block Challenge

We were very lucky to have a visit from the delightful Christine Osmers and Kathy Miller of Michael Miller Fabrics, who showed us some new fabric and discussed how they come up with color stories to determine new lines.

They also asked us about what we were looking for and would like to see more of in fabric, and it was interesting to hear everyone's opinions. Solids with a little somethin-somethin (to provide a little depth) were high on the list, as well as prints that aren't so girly--fewer flowers, more plaids and paisleys and geometric designs. Also, a lot more grey. As a "modern quilter," what else are you looking for in fabric that you're not finding?

The best part? They BROUGHT FABRIC! And the wolves descended! Just kidding, everyone was very polite (we pulled numbers to pick two pieces each, which kept mayhem to a minimum). Congrats to Margaret who ended up winning all the remaining fabrics--can't wait to see what you make out of it!

We also got a preview of their new line of solids, which works into the December Block Challenge. If you were at the meeting, you got your fabric packet and instructions, and just a reminder that this is a special challenge. You can only use the fabrics provided, and here's what to do:
Make a 12.5" (or whatever size you can with the fabric in the pack) abstract block using only the fabrics included--no adding from your stash (no embellishments either). Consider angles, symmetry, balance, etc.
The yellow fabric should be used as the focal "pop."
Bring the finished block to the December 3rd meeting!

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