Spring/Summer 2012 Releases
Heaven & Helsinki and 5 new patterns!

We are gearing up to exhibit at the International Quilt Market next week (May 17 - 20) in Kansas City and are just so excited to show all of our new goodies! In addition to the Sewing MODKID Style book and the Andalucia reprint, we are also showcasing a brand new fabric collection and five brand new sewing patterns! So without much further ado, let's get started...

My newest collection for Michael Miller Fabrics is titled Heaven & Helsinki:


As the name and logo imply, it is a Scandinavian collection with a nod to Mid Century Modern design. Those two things, by the way, have been an obsession of mine for most of my life. I grew up in a very "Mod" home designed by my own father, who at one point studied under a pupil of Frank Lloyd Wright's. The furnishings and décor in my childhood home were also very "Mid-Century Modern"in style... we had a Danish dining room table and some pretty funky Mod lamps throughout the house. I clearly remember our family room sofa, low profile, straight lines and with that wide wooden frame around the cushions, a style typical of Scandinavian design.

So I drew inspiration from all of this plus from some of my current furniture pieces and décor, and sprinkled in some current trends in fashion and design, to bring to you this collection, which makes my heart go pitter-patter every time I gaze upon it.

The collection is made up of 31 prints, divided into two colorways, Retro and Metro, printed on premium quality quilting cotton.



We have had a blast creating pieces with these prints and I simply cannot wait to show these off...


Let's begin with the garments, which are always my favorite part. Here you see from left to right: a Gretchen dress, a Julia skirt with a piece of fabric wrapped around the torso (for lack of time to make another top), a Hannah 2-pc short set (new Summer pattern), a Natalie & Nate girl romper, and finally an adorable Claudia dress (another Summer 2012 pattern).


Here are some close ups. Don't you just love those Puffy Birds?!


The little houses, which I call City Block, are so fun to use for borders and skirting like this...


And of course, we have Tulips galore!!!


Check out this chair Emalee covered in my Loves Me Not (Metro) fabric. The pillows are from our newest mini-pattern...


Of course, my mom has made some AMAZING purses for us to take to Market. That woman never ceases to amaze me! Check these out!! We will be making patterns for future releases out of these, for sure!


Here are a couple of close-ups...



We also made an AWESOME quilt, of which I'm only showing you a tiny portion, because it really deserves a post all its own. It involves the Central Illinois Modern Quilt Guild again.... you guys are gonna LOVE this one!!


Finally, we will have 5 new patterns at Quilt Market, and these are so new they're not even up on our site yet. You are seeing these here first! :) And I promise to do a full write up of each of these when I return from Market.

Claudia is a sweet dress with a paper-bag-style skirt, a Peter Pan collar and side-seam rounded pockets. The pattern includes options for 3 sleeve lengths, all with ruffled trims, plus a long sash-style belt. Zipper closure at center back for easy dressing. Mix and match designer fabrics for a boutique look! Sizes 2T - 10 (Girls)


Hannah is a set of adorable flat-fronted shorts and capri pants with inset pockets, contrast cuffs and a flared hem reminiscent of nautical sailing pants. Pair them up with our easy-to-sew Carefree Cropped Top and she will be the cutest girl at her next beach or pool party.  Sizes 2T - 10 (Girls)

Morgan is a playful, color-blocked dress with a very Mod style for knit fabrics only. It features side inset pockets, a contrast hem band and inverted box pleats in the center front and back. Mix and match designer fabrics for a boutique look! Sizes 2T - 10 (Girls)


Here by popular demand!!! Dolly version of our very popular Addison dress, with the same vintage style as the girl's version. For 18" and 15" dolls.


Our newest "LITE" pattern! Pieced and quilted pillow cover. Fits any standard 18" square pillow form.

Nordic Snowflake-cover

So there you have it! There is one more reveal (for the Heaven & Helsinki knits) coming up next Friday, the 18th, but I would LOVE to hear what you guys think of the new goodies! And for those of you attending Quilt Market next week, here is the schedule of events again:

Thursday, May 17:
Schoolhouse at 12:45 - 1:15 p.m., Room 2503B
We will preview all the new fabrics and patterns,
then show a MODKID Fashion Show video (first time ever shown!)
4 books will be given away at the end, courtesy of Wiley,
and EVERY attendee will receive a free pattern from our Summer 2012 line!
Friday, May 18:
Book signing at 11:00 a.m. at the MODKID booth, Booth #3024-26
The first 20 books are free, so be sure to get there on time.
After that, books will be available for purchase at wholesale price.
Saturday, May 19:
Book Signing at United Notions, 3:00 p.m., Booth #110-117

Sunday, May 20:
Book Signing at Brewer, 11:15 a.m., Booth #2824-2833


  1. AWESOME PATTY! All of it. I don't know which I like most of all those patterns. And those fabrics? Gorgeous. I just love the Metro Palette. Such a rich purple and that green is so pretty too.

    Beautiful job!

  2. I love that you're putting pockets in everything! And I love those tulips!!

  3. Barbie Shipley2:07 PM

    Love the prints, they really lend themselves to both a frilly and mod esthetic. So much fun.
    the patterns are just great, frankly, just what I'd like to wear this summer!

  4. What goes on in your brain? You are on a serious roll, gorgeous everything and I can't wait for the second purse pattern! There are so many patterns I need now lol. The fabrics are gorgeous. Congratulations!

  5. I LOVE the Peter Pan collar. I wish I could buy the pattern and fabric right now - I might forget! So pretty!

  6. Everything looks great. Love your Mom's purses.

  7. I just love how you approach design. You pull from what you love and your personal experiences and create so many diverse looks. You rock girl! I am loving the new fabrics AND patterns! Cannot wait to sew with them!

  8. i know which two patterns i NEED!

    and ahh! i just wishwishwish you could one day visit portland, OR!

  9. Excited about the earthy colors in these new fabrics. I can't wait for the knits to be available for purchase! Will I choose Metro or Retro or both?! I bet these will sew up into some awesome leggings and long sleeve items for fall.

  10. Anonymous5:54 PM

    Congrats! Love the new fabrics, can't wait to create something using them : )

  11. Love the lantern festival pics I think I see a fabric collection here


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