My New Title

I've been hinting here and there about a new venture in my life... something that I've been working tirelessly on for the past few months. Sorry to have kept you all in suspense for so long. It's not like me to keep things bottled in but at the same time I wanted to make sure it was "official" before I blurted it all out and made a fool of myself if something went wrong.

But I can finally say it: I am the new fabric designer for MICHAEL MILLER FABRICS. Phew! I actually exhaled as I typed that. The long awaited contract finally arrived yesterday and I ripped open the envelope like a kid at Christmas. Everything has been reviewed, signed and mailed back so I can finally say it's official! WOOOHOOO!

I look forward to sharing tons of sneak peeks with you all in the coming months, but right now it's still a bit premature as we are not sure yet if all my designs will be actually printed or if some will get cut in the process. As usual, I was an over-achiever and produced more than my fair share of designs & colorways, so at some point in the next few weeks we will be reviewing my work and deciding what gets printed.


My new fabric line will debut during the International Quilt Market in Houston, October 25-27, 2008. But as I have mentioned before, I will also be attending the Spring Quilt Market in Portland, which is fast approaching in 3 weeks... gulp...so if any of you will be out there on May 15-18 you might catch a glimpse of my portfolio. :)

Now that the envelope has been opened, it's time for me to express my gratitude to a few people who I owe it all to. First and foremost, I'd like to thank Kathy Miller for taking a chance on me and offering me such a wonderful opportunity with her company. I have been a fan of Michael Miller Fabrics for as long as I have been in this industry and it is truly an honor (and a dream come true) to be working with you guys now! Secondly, I'd like to thank Sandi Henderson for introducing me to Kathy and for putting up with my non-stop blabbering during all those crazy late-night chats. Thanks, sweetie! And last, but certainly not least, I'd like to thank my wonderful husband, Jon and my girls, Sophie & Sydney, for being so patient with me and allowing me to slack off on my wife/mother/housekeeper duties as I tried my darndest to multi-task for the past few months. I know it hasn't been easy... I LOVE YOU GUYS!!!

49 comments:

  1. Sandi Henderson10:11 PM

    WooHOO!! My girl Patty is finally "officially" in the house. Oh the fun we are going to have! Now I can blab about you on my blog..

    So happy to have you on board..

    Sandi

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  2. OMG! I am so excited for you and I admit that I just squealed as I read Michael Miller fabrics! I have had several baby things made in their fabric...Emma's cart cover, Diapee Wipee holder, wetbag, etc. :)

    I love, love, love the colors in the "sample" of your work in the last pic. Congrats, Patty!

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  3. Congratulations Patty! What absolutely wonderful news. Sneak peeks look wonderful.

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  4. Thanks for all the love & support, ladies! I am so excited! :)

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  5. Congratulations, Patty!!!! That is EXCITING!!!! Love the sneaks!!!!

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  6. WOW WOW WOW!!!!!
    CONGRATS Patty... how exciting, I'm just thrilled for you:)
    I am a HUGE fan of Michael Miller fabrics... I can hardly wait to see what you have come up with:)
    xoxoxo

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  7. Lorri7:38 AM

    Congratulations Patty! I'm usually a quiet observer on your blog, but this is soooo exciting that I had to say something! Your sneak peeks look awesome - we will anxiously be awaiting their arrival this fall. I see you'rean IL girl (from the earthquake post) too. We're just outside Chicago. Anyway, congratulations and have fun on your new venture!
    Lorri

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  8. Congrats Patty, that's fantastic! Loving the sneak peeks, thanks for sharing. Looking forward to seeing the rest.

    Best wishes to you!!

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  9. Thank you all for being so kind! I'm flattered! :)

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  10. Patty...that is wonderful news! I am thrilled for you! Can't wait to see the fabrics in person...I'm sure they will all be delicious!!!!

    take a bow Jenn

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  11. YeeeeeeeeeeeeHaw!!! That is such awesome news! You have such a shining future ahead of you and one day we'll be able to say we knew you when.... LOL
    also, LURVE the sneak peeks you gave us :)

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  12. Congratulations! I always have thought you'd be great at this. I love what is shown in the pictures. Can't wait to see it all!

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  13. You guys are all making me blush!! Thanks so much.

    OK... and since I just can't keep anything to myself for long, I'll give you some more info. ;) If you click on my "INDIEPUBLIC" link on my right sidebar you will be taken to my page where you can see one of my designs up-close... it's the one on my sidebar background on Indiepublic. It was inspired by a floor tile I saw during our honeymoon in Spain. :) I took an insane amount of pictures of just architectural details when we were over there... I was so inspired by the Moorish influence! Now I can finally put all that to good use. :)

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  14. Shut up!! YAY!!!!!!

    Congratulations Patty!!! :)

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  15. That is amazing! Congrats! I am excited to see your designs evolve!

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  16. That is just amazing!!! Can't wait to see what you come up with.

    Congrats & Enjoy Quilt Market. I'm jealous, I'd love to go.

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  17. patty...i'm so thrilled for you! = ) now i must go click that link...i'm so jealous you honeymooned in spain. that's where i wanted to go....hawaii was wonderful, but i just had my heart set on spain. = )

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  18. Again... thanks a million for the warm wishes!

    Lovelyn... Spain was dreamy! I want to go back! People are nice, the food is TDF and the sights/shopping/etc. is just wonderful. We visited the region they call "Andalucia" which is the Southern part... Cordoba, Grenada, Seville. And we even took a ferry over to Morocco for a day trip. I'll save that story for a rainy day! ;)

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  19. Congratulations! I love the sneak peak and can't wait o see the rest.

    -Andre'a

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  20. So soo sooooooo insanely proud of you Patty! The best news I've heard in so long. You know I'm a super fan of everything you do, you're just the coolest most talented and beautiful person! I love you girl!

    Congratulations on your excellent news!!

    XOXOX
    Daria

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  21. Oh my Patty! That is exciting news! Congrats on this new venture! I'm sure your fabric line is fabulous! Can't wait to meet you in 3 weeks now!

    ~Michelle

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  22. Eeek!!! HOW EXCITING!! You GO girl! I cannot imagine a fabric I'd rather use - I just CAN'T WAIT too see it.
    BIG congratualtions!
    Cree

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  23. Daria... you've got me all choked up here. I LOVE YOU, hon!!!

    Cree... OMG, I would totally pee in my pants if you made something with my fabric. LOL!!! I am such a HUGE fan of your work! YOU ROCK!!!

    Michelle... can't wait to see you at Market!

    Andrea... glad you liked my tiny sneak peek. More to come soon, I promise. :)

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  24. Congratulations, Patty!! That's incredibly exciting news! :)

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  25. Wow!!!!! How exciting for you, Patty! Now I can say that my logo was designed by a famous fabric designer! Good thing I hired you when you were still cheap. :)

    And I will be at Quilt Market in Houston, so I will get to meet you in person!

    Becky

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  26. wow!!! Congrats Patty, I am thrilled for you! How EXCITING!!!

    I may have to mak eyou a fabric bracelet with your new line for you... :)

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  27. LOL @ "cheap", Becky! YAY! Can't wait to meet you in Houston! :)

    Erin... ooooh, I would LOVE one of your fabric bracelets. Thanks, hun!!!

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  28. Congratulations Patty! Those little swatches of your designs are making me drool!

    :) Better make room in my fabric closet for your gorgeous creations!

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  29. I'm so ridiculously excited for you Patty!! You might even get me to make something girly!! haha!! I couldn't think of someone more deserving than you sweetie. You are one of the hardest workers I know :)

    Lots of love honey!!

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  30. Patty,

    CONGRATULATIONS!!!!! This is SO exciting!!!!! I would just be out in my front yard doing flips!! I just can't wait to see!!!!! :)

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  31. OH, girls! Every single one of your comments gets me a bit more teary eyed. I'm gonna be bawling by the end of the day! LOL!

    Thanks a million!!!

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  32. I am so excited for you Patty!!!

    Those sneak peaks are TDF! I can't wait to see them up close and personal, not to mention sew something with them. YOU ROCK!
    I'll see you in a few weeks:)

    Chelsea

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  33. Oh no! I think "cheap" was the wrong thing to say. What I meant was...I'm so glad I had you make my beautiful logo when you were still affordable. :)

    Becky

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  34. WOWZA!!! Patty!! This news is so wonderful!! You are so creative & deserve this so much!! So glad you have another great place to display your incredible talent!!! Congrats girl!! I look forward to many more Modkid purchases & hopefully some customs made from your amazing fabrics!!! I can't wait :)

    Jennifer
    SSB

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  35. wow, Patty! conf=gratulations! Isn't it an amazing feeling? I just today got my first strikeoffs- it's incredible!!

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  36. Thanks so much, Chelsea, Jennifer and Melissa.

    Becky... don't be silly! I knew exactly what you meant! LOL!! ;)

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  37. They are Beautiful! So hip and totally cute! I have heard so much about you, I can't wait to meet you! I am Chelsea's aunt (one of many) I will be at Market with her helping at her booth, and supporting my sister Lila with her debut with Moda, etc. I would love to see your portfolio in person! How exciting! Congrats and see you in Portland!
    Lucy (the drizzled apple)

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  38. Oh, P.S..... your playlist is a breath of fresh air!!!! I put it on and let it play all day while I'm working around the house!

    Let's hear it for the 80's! Hip, Hip!

    -Lucy

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  39. Thanks so much, Lucy! Can't wait to meet you ladies at Market. Oh, and so glad my playlist provided some diversion for you. :)

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  40. WOW, WOW, WOWWWW!!!!So happy for you!!!
    Congrats for the great news!!!!Can't wait to see some more sneak peeks and your fabrics in person:)!!!!
    xo
    Katarina

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  41. Thank you, Katarina! You are so sweet!

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  42. I just popped in to see if you told your fans yet and got to see your sneak peeks. Gorgeous! Guess I better go ahead and make my own announcement(without the fanfare).

    See you in Portland! Paula

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  43. Hey Paula! Thanks for the comment. And congrats to you too, hun!!! See you in a couple of weeks!

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  44. Patty, Patty, PATTY!!!! CONGRATULATIONS! I'm so stinkin' happy for you! I'm soooooooo not surprised you were snagged up by MM. I absolutely love your sneak-peeks.

    I can't wait for Market - to see you and to see your new fabs. I'm so happy, happy, happy for you!

    PS... maybe you can sneak Papin into Market (like I am Triskit... I think they'll want to meet too!).

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  45. Hey Monica! It's always nice to "see" you around here. Thanks so much!! I am excited beyond words to actually get to "meet you" at Market. I'll see about sneaking my Papin in to meet your Trisket. :)

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  46. Big congrats to you Patty ! I have always been a huge fan of your work and I will be in line to purchase your fabulous prints when they become available. I adore the color scheme, the patterns - WOW !!!....Helen

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  47. I can't wait to see you in houston!!!!

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  48. OMG Patty!!! I am so excited for you! You have such a great eye for color and pattern, I'm sure your new fabric designs are going to be a big hit!

    With friendship,
    Lisa

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  49. Congratulations- I ma so excitedfor you- and for all of us designers. It is wonderful to have such a talented designer, make something for the rest of us to play with. I can't wait for more sneak peeks- the ones you have up look delicious!!!!

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