May 9th, 2012
Last February the Portland Modern Quilt Guild had a very special visitor - Kathy Miller of Michael Miller Fabrics. It was a fun and so very interesting evening, but nothing could top the excitement when Kathy handed out color cards of Michael Miller’s dreamy new Cotton Couture solids to everyone. It was definitely an Oprah handing-out-keys-to-new-cars moment. A color card for you, and a color card for you…
We also learned that Michale Miller Fabrics chose our guild to participate in a block challenge, and the winning blocks would be made into a quilt and displayed in the Michael Miller booth at Quilt Market (next week!). Oh boy, I don’t think Kathy knew what she got herself into. I don’t know how she is going to pick winning blocks - when they are ALL winning blocks. HOLY SQUIRREL NUTS, they’re all so amazing! Edited in: the selected blocks and quilt.
This is my block. I had no idea what to do or what direction to go in… so I went in all directions. I don’t know how I feel about it, kinda meh, but it was fun to drive to the fork in the road and take all the roads at once.
I fell in instant love with the new Cotton Couture. The colors are super saturated eye candy, and the fabric feels like little heavenly clouds of cotton that angels farted out. Poof. So much for any hope of me becoming a Michael Miller copywriter. But seriously, Cotton Couture is so dreamy, and now that I’ve sewn with it - it feels like I’ve flown first class, and I can never go back to coach.
I’m seeing the grannies all over, and just loving seeing them. I know there are different methods being used, but I have a thing about bias edges - so I made my sides with 3″ quarter-squares and 2″ half-squares for the corners. The center squares were cut at 1½”. It’s a little over-kill on the sides and corners, but I like having room to square-up and trim. Kinda like wearing an elastic waist-band skirt when going to the Cheesecake Factory for dinner.
Simple sashing and auditioning floss. Mmmm, any excuse to use Cosmo.
Two things I love doing - hand quilting and big stitch embroidery quilting. Edited in: I use two stands of Cosmo floss and a Piecemaker embroidery needle. Even though an embroidery needle feels like a quilting needle from Land of The Giants, I do use the same rocking method to quilt as if it’s thread. It just somehow works.