Wanna Play?

If you're seeing this on your reader, you might want to pop on over to get the full effect... my blog header and background have been updated in honor of my latest quilting cotton collection, PLAYDATE, for Michael Miller Fabrics. I know I say this every time, but I am so stinking excited about this one!

Inspiration can come from anywhere. Andalucia was inspired by our Honeymoon in the South of Spain. Mezzanine was inspired by an extended work trip to Northern Europe. Flora & Fauna was inspired by nature. Well, for Playdate I decided to stay close to home and draw inspiration from none other than my own kids... and boy am I glad I did! I sat them down and asked them to tell me their favorite things (a la Sound of Music). They started out rattling off the obvious: dolls, teddy bears, flowers, chocolate, lollipops... then the list started taking an interesting turn: Chinese lanterns, goldfish, princess tiaras...

I thought to myself, "OK, I can make this work!" So what do you think???

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The collection has 17 designs divided into two color palettes, Recess (all the ones with light and bright backgrounds) and Slumber Party (all those with darker, deeper-toned backgrounds).

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And yes, it comes with its own MODKID Rag Doll Panel fashioned after my very own Potty Girls!!! You have no idea how long I've been wanting to bring my Potty Girls to life... well, possibly ever since I dreamed them up a couple of years ago. :)

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There are 3 dolls in each panel and they stand 18" tall with fronts and backs and come with full assembly instructions. They'll come to you wearing cute MODKID undies but I've been having a blast making little Mod knit dresses for them. :)

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When the fabric starts hitting stores, I'll upload a template and tutorial for these 5-minute dresses... promise! :)

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OK, so you guys wanna see how we've been using the rest of the prints in the collection?
Ask and you shall receive. Of course Valerie had a Playdate of her own with all her dolly designs.... how adorable are these?

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ACK! She's killing me with cuteness... the selvedge trim, the fussy-cut sequined goldfish, the retro sunglasses...

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Of course, I couldn't resist sewing up two of our most popular girl sewing patterns, Kyoko and Frida, to showcase the collection next week at Quilt Market. Sydney says these are her favorites! (mission accomplished)

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And I even made myself an outfit to wear to Schoolhouse (more info on that to come). This outfit uses my Pretty Flowers Turq print for the A-Line skirt and rolled rose pin combined with my Blossoms Citron knit for the blouse and yoga skirt band. Wait till you see the whole thing... it turned out stunning, if I shall say so myself. :)

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I made a quilt and couple of cute pillows for Sydney's bed...

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We are actually hauling Sydney's entire bedroom set up to Minneapolis next week for the show. Believe it or not, she doesn't mind one bit and is excited about sleeping in her inflatable sleeping bag for a few days "like camping in my own room". Gotta love kids! :)

The Goldfish print looks so cool as a lampshade... those goldfish just seem to pop!

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And last, but certainly not least, may I present to you a new pattern I specifically designed for Playdate. This is the first in our line of mini-patterns, which we are calling MODKID LITE (half the calories, same great taste... haha... no, that's not the tagline, but would be kinda funny, eh?). They are smaller patterns and easier, quicker projects for the beginner sewist.

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This is the SUN & SURF TOTE, perfect for a trip to the beach, swim lessons or a day at the park. It’s big enough to hold a couple of towels and has plenty of inside and outside pockets for all your smaller items.

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And best of all, it is the perfect size to use as a diaper bag...

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...or a market bag, while being stylish and unique! Features a padded strap for comfort and button & loop closure for easy access.


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So there ya have it! New fabric and a new pattern, all in time for Quilt Market. PHEW! I'm exhausted!!! What do you think?

The Sun & Surf Tote pattern is already in stock and will be available for purchase at Quilt Market and up on our website as soon as we return. Playdate is available for pre-order through Michael Miller Fabrics.

62 comments:

  1. Stinkin' cute Patty!! Way to go! Can't wait to get it in :)
    Loving the dolls, what a fantastic idea, I can see them popping up at our house already!
    Have fun at Market!

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  2. Congrats on the new line... I LOVE that bag pattern...the grommets with handles are soo cute!

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  3. Wow - this is a really really cute line and the dolls are adorable. Can't wait to see it all at Quilt Market!

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  4. That bedding set and lampshade are so cute!!! Love the new line!

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  5. OH MY GOODNESS, Patty! I've been waiting with baited breath since you tweeted about putting this together and seriously you did not disappoint (like you ever do, HA!)

    This is amazing. Your style is so YOU... no one in the industry does anthing remotely like it. Your personality comes through in everything you do and I always look forward to your blog reveals because your energy and excitement are palpable.

    My only wish would be to be able to come to Quilt Market and see this all in person and YOU. Oh well... some day.

    CONGRATS again!

    Annie

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  6. This one is really out of the box! I adore those goldfish!!

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  7. Anonymous10:53 AM

    Very cool fabric! Thanks for the preview!

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  8. CONGRATULATIONS PATTY YOU DID IT AGIN!!!

    I Love EVERYTHING about it the colour, the patterns oh and those dolls i need to make some for my girls!

    I cant wait to get hand on these fabrics

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  9. Patty girl....you never cease to amaze!!! Love all of it! Those goldfish patterns...omg! And the colors are amazing!!!!! I need to make some of the dolls..too stinkin' cute! Julia would love them! Can you possibly do anything better?? You top it every time! ;)

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  10. AAAAA!!!!! I LOVE IT!!! I want that fabric!!!! Just wonderful!! My pigtail girl will want it all!! Great designs Patty!

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  11. Love everything...the fabrics are amazing...and love the sun and surf tote!

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  12. OMG, I am drooling! I can't wait for the fish print, the dolls, and the bag pattern! Everything looks amazing--you've done it again!!

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  13. Another very creative fabric line! It is hard to pick a favorite pint, I guess that I will need all of them :0)

    Can't wait to see it/you at Market!

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  14. You have been busy!! Extremely cute! Love them! Are we going to see this line in knits as well?!? :)

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  15. I just want to say I LOVE IT ALL!!!!

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  16. WOW, thank you all! So glad you likey! :)

    The Sun & Surf pattern is NOT up on our site yet, because we literally got it in today and we need to still prepare for QM so it'll be up right after we get back... promise!

    Re: matching knits... we haven't discussed it yet, but I did want to point out that a couple of the knit stripes are a perfect match to the ones on my Party Time Stripe panel so you'll see me using those together A LOT! :)

    Release date for Playdate? I'm thinking probably June/July. Will post here as soon as I get a real date from MMF.

    Thanks again!!

    patty

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  17. A-MAZING, as always Patty! I love it, ALL of it! Those dolls are just adorable! My daughter is going to LOVE them! I can't wait to see the reveal of your schoolhouse outfit! You've been really really busy haven't you!?! Pre-ordered some of your new knits and I CAN'T WAIT for them to arrive! Congrats on all of your success!

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  18. Like the tote, LOVE the quilt! This is an exciting and fun line. Congratulations!

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  19. I just don't know how you do it! The ideas just flow! You are amazing, your ideas are amazing and your products are amazing!

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  20. Everything looks great! Love the bedding. Have fun at Quilt Market!

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  21. Love it! Love it! Love it!

    Great work (again), Patty!

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  22. Impressive as ever! Everything looks so polished and perfect. Congratulations!
    Hope to see you at Market!

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  23. patty- this is realy something!!!
    unbalivable!
    i love this collection- i want it so bad!
    and by the way my 6 year old girl looks very much like your daughter


    great collection congrats and good luck!

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  24. You've done it again! Love the fishes and the paper lanterns! Congrats Patty :)

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  25. Oh my life I love it, love it, love it! I am now going to badger Courtney @ Seamstar UK to stock it immediately! Anyone know of good fabric stores in Orlando Florida as I'll be there in July/August and must stock up on yummy fabric! Please get in touch if you can help!
    Justine xx

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  26. Justine, my hubby, Jon, sent you an email with the store information you were asking about earlier. Hope you got it and that it helps! :)

    patty

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  27. Wow!! I can't seem to get ahead of you!! You just keep on coming up with the most amazing stuff EVER!!!
    When will the tote be available? I have 12 end of year teacher gifts to make, and I wanted to do bags this year. I haven't been able to find the right pattern, but I think I just did!! Just got to hope I will be able to get it in time!!! Crossing my fingers!

    Amazing as usual!

    luckydux@sbcglobal.net

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  28. Too late for the wee wee pads. OMG, PATTY!!!! I love everything. EVERYTHING!!! Oh Patty, Oh Patty, Oh Patty OH!!!

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  29. So much fun! Love the vibrancy of the colors. Well done, once again, Patty!
    Missy

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  30. Awesome! Love it all. The goldfish are my favorite. And the dolls. And the tote!

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  31. awww... y'all are making me blush! :)

    Stacie, when is your end of school year? The Sun & Surf Tote pattern is actually already here in stock (came in TODAY) but we just haven't had a chance to put it up on the website yet. We'll try to get it up this weekend but if not, it will have to wait until after we return from Quilt Market... we are a tad shorthanded right now. :) Either way, nothing will ship until after the 25th...

    patty

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  32. Oh.My.Gosh. This collection is GREAT!! It's just so fun! Can't wait to get my hands on it - what beautiful work; thank you for designing another beauty!

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  33. Oh gosh - I love it all!!! Amazing!!! Now I have even more on my "must have" list.

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  34. Patty they are gorgeous, hope they do a double run of those dollies because they are going to walk themselves out the store.

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  35. What a fun new line! You are certainly amazing Patty! So many new goodies! I am sure your booth will be a showstopper with Sydney's Playdate bedroom set! Looking forward to photos. :)

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  36. One word: YUM!

    Okay, maybe more:)
    I love it all! The dolls are just adorable and the colors are so perfect for summer. Patty, you are awesome!! We are so lucky that you have been so busy. Have a great market!

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  37. Will there be a pattern for the quilt? Love It!

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  38. Wow!
    I love the new fabrics!
    You are a very talented lady.

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  39. I love them all. I am so excited about the fish!! And the dolls are so cute. Definitely plan to whip up a few of those.

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  40. Super cute, as always. I sat with my 6yo and she says, "OH I like those fish, can can we have stripeys too, ohhhh I love those beautiful flowers, lookit those cute lil girls" and when I asked which color she wanted of the Lollipop Dreams she said, "but can't we have purple and pink AND orange"? I think it's a hit with the youngsters as well! Quick Q though, will the grommets be available through you too? I've not seen such great colors before. Thanks for another awesome line!

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  41. I am in love with that tote - I want to make it right now - despite never-ending rain!!! fabulous work, once again!!

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  42. Rebecca1:32 AM

    Wow, wow, wow!!! You're killing me... I just got three of your new patterns and am waiting not so patiently to get my hands on some of your new knit material... And now I want some of this too!!!! Love it! And would love a pattern for that quilt cover too (hint, hint).

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  43. Wow! You are one busy girl!! I LOVE the new line - so many options. I just need to add a few more hours in my day. Especially love the new decor for your daughter's room. Best of luck at market - may you be very successful! Enjoy!

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  44. You outdo yourself every time Patty! So stinkin' cute! My girls would love those dolls and I love the new tote. Have fun at Market!

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  45. Heaven!! I just want every bit of this, and all the doll clothes, and yikes...Heaven!!

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  46. How Fantastically Fun Patty! I love the prints and the colors just scream! It's totally awesome!

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  47. Patty
    Darn! Our last day of school is June 4th. That would be cutting it way to close! But maybe I will find something else to make this year and save that amazing tote for next year!!

    Cant wait to get some of this new line in my hands. I get so many compliments of the things I make with your patterns and fabrics...You make me so creative:)

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  48. Wow you have been busy! All looks amazing - that bag looks ideal for me to take to swimming lessons.
    Congratulations on the new range.

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  49. oh my gosh, SO much cuteness! All those little dolly outfits are adorable.

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  50. I love the selvedge edge trim with the playdate girls and their pig tails!

    The quilt is amazing as well. I can see all my "teaching" money will be gong to fabric!

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  51. Patty,

    I think you have officially outdone yourself this time! This is SOOOO beyond cute, I can't even take it. Bravo on all of your hard work. The dolls, the beach bag, the new line - LOVE IT ALL!

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  52. First of all...Love the new blog header. Secondly....your kids must be super excited to see their inspiring ideas come to life! This new collection is wonderful! I've been waiting for fabric featuring cute chinese lanterns. And those goldfish are just adorable!

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  53. I don't know how I missed this post. Such cuteness going on Patty!!! I cannot wait to see it all pop up in my local quilt shop!

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  54. I'm loving the new fabric line, REALLY LOVE IT! I can't wait to place an order! Enjoy Market!!!

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  55. Yolanda W.1:25 PM

    Patty -

    Good afternoon. I love everything about this post. Too CUTE!

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  56. Amanda W2:33 AM

    I love all the new and fun patterns and fabrics and can't wait to start using them.

    The bag pattern is to dye for, and I'm defiantly looking forward to buying to use at the beach all summer long. But where do you find rivet thingy so large?

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  57. Congrats. Playdate is fabulous. I especially love the quilt. LOVE it.

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  58. Oh my goodness, what an amazing new line. Now how do i get my hands on this fabric and quick :-). Cant wait to make my little princesses the dolls and the bed set is totally unique and amazing - a pattern for that would be very much appreciated. I am new to sewing and have totally got the bug.
    Thanks for the inspirations, the tutorials.
    Have fun at the market !!!

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  59. Tammy Vineyard10:58 AM

    Love it all - but I really want to know where to get that ring (grommett) that the strap goes through on the bag - what a beautiful and functional idea !!

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  60. Where can I get the pattern for your schoolhouse outfit?!
    LOVE the new collection - ordered some of the knits at Market. Viv @ Sew Inspired

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  61. WOW! I love it!!!!

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  62. Denise2:14 PM

    Your stuff is amazing! I love your sense of color and pattern. The dolls are so adorable. I hope to have a granddaughter someday to sew one or two for. The new bag pattern is great. I was wondering where do you get the colored grommets for the purse? Thank you and keep inspiring us sew-aholics.

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