If you aren’t already, I totally recommend following any blogs from your favorite fabric company. I have a few on my blog reader and I really like them because it is fun to see what fabric designs are coming out or being re-released, AND because the fabric companies often also put out patterns. I think most quilters on blog land know all about the Moda Bakeshop, but other fabric company blogs I follow are from Michael Miller fabrics and Free Spirit.
What is also admittedly quite fun is that some of them host fabric giveaways, and we all love getting free fabric, right?
Back in August I entered such a giveaway on the Michael Miller site and my goodness, I won the Retro Color Story giveaway! Due to some difficulties with getting the fabrics from the warehouse and probably just some general busy-ness and/or forgetfulness, I didn’t get the fabrics right away. But, when I did get the fabrics this January, Kathy Miller herself wrote me and made sure my package had some extra goodies to make up for the delays. So in my box, not only did I receive the 11 yards of fabric in the Retro color story,
I also received 10 yards from the Once Upon a Time fabric line, several fat quarters from the Fairy Frost collection, several fat quarters of their new Cotton Couture solids, and a charm pack of all their solids!
SO very exciting to open up that box! By the way, the Michael Miller regular fabrics have a great heavy weight that I’ve always loved about their fabrics — makes them super easy to quilt with. What I found surprising was how silky soft their cotton couture line was — a totally different weight! I’m sure they’ll be great for quilts as well, but I’m looking at getting one of the colors for a planned summer dress for one of my girls – the weight should be perfect.
Now I’m sure you’re wondering what I’m going to do with all of this fabric, and to be honest I’m not sure. I have finished washing and folding it all and for now I’m admiring it. I think the pink fabrics will be turned into some dresses or skirts for my girls — that’s at least what Julia is requesting. And I’m sure the original retro fabrics will be turned into a cute baby quilt or 2 or 3 — I know at least one baby boy about to arrive that needs a quilt!
So, go out and have some fun with some Internet contests as well, although I definitely won’t promise you’ll hit the same jackpot I did!