This post is part of a series reporting on the Spring 2009 International Quilt Market by True Up East Coast Stringer Mary Beth of Supafine.
You know who had it together? Michael Miller. Their booth got great natural light, everything was very nicely decorated, and Kathy Miller herself was a veritable font of information and extremely helpful to a poor defenseless fabric reporter.
Kathy walked me through the new Michael Miller stuff, starting with her new prints Jewel Tones and Happy Tones (previewed here on True Up).
“Clementine, citron, black, gray — we’re excited about the palette,” said Kathy, mentioning that it’s come up a lot on J. Crew and elsewhere as well. Jewel Tones has the same print but on a deep brown ground, and of course the dots; Kathy explained that they help establish a palette which can later be extended with new prints and used to freshen older collections. See more Jewel Tones here and Happy Tones here.
Also new is the Michael Miller Essentials collection: “Celebrating 10 Years of Fun.” Some prints are reissues, and some they just never stopped carrying. Kathy says they’ve been putting them out every few months as a celebration of their tenth anniversary.
I love the kitchen print because it looks just like my actual kitchen. Only bigger. And probably cleaner. And the How To Get A Husband print is good for some LOLz.
Kathy also showed me Michael Miller’s line of laminated cottons, which contains two new prints; and the flannels and 21-wale corduroys, also in new and popular prints, and their fleece-like plush fabric that is freakishly soft, too.
More from individual Michael Miller designers to come …