Glam Holiday Fun with Michael Miller Fabrics

Fabrics featured in this post were provided by Michael Miller Fabrics as part of my being a Michael Miller Brand Ambassador

To celebrate the holidays and the new year, Michael Miller Fabric Ambassadors were asked to create projects with the theme of "Glam Holidays." For me, going glam equates to sparkles, and Michael Miller's Fairy Frost collection is perfect with all their pearlescent and glittery accents!! 
Trio of Wintry Fairy Frost Combinations

I ordered a set of wintry colors to create a trio of holiday inspired Mod Mandalas:
Left:  Zirconium (background), Seasisde and Boy (bias tape)
Middle:  Twinkle (background), Hollyberry and Evergreen (bias tape)
Right:  Indigo (background), Snow and Ice (bias tape)

Once the units were all cut, I had lots and lots of bias tape to prepare, as in 36 WOF strips or a whopping 1,512" of bias tape!!!  Thank goodness for Clover Bias Tape makers!!
Mod Mandala Making

These mandalas are constructed using a combination of bias tape applique and piecing, and come together fairly quickly (especially when making 3 at a time!)  I looked for ways to incorporate each holiday into the quilting, along with experimenting with different weights of Aurifil Thread.

For the Christmas Mod Mandala, I stitched in several words related to Christmas including Noel, Joy, Love, Believe, and Wish, along with hearts and stars.
Christmas Messages

Knowing I wanted to make a Christmas tree skirt, I modified my pattern slightly to create a circular mandala, and cut the binding strips on the bias to work around the outer and inner perimeter.
Christmas Tree Skirt, Finishes 23" diameter

In honor of Hanukkah, I incorporated eight candles and flames representing the menorah and its rich tradition, as well as circles for the chocolate coins can be won playing the dreidel game. To help the quilting stand out against the dark background, I used Aurifil 28wt in a variety of light values.  I especially love how the quilting looks from the back!!
Elements of Hanukkah Tradition Stitched into Mandala

Many thanks to my friend Sarah Goer, for lending me her family's Menorah and dreidels--which helped inspire my quilting and beautifully complemented the finished mandala.
Hanukkah Inspired Mandala, Finishes 22" x 22"

The last mandala is a winter-themed mandala featuring ice cool blues and quilting inspired by delicate lace-like appearance of a snowflake combined with the crystalization that can be seen when magnified.  Most of the quilting was stitched using 40wt threads.
Snowflake Inspired Quilting

Thankfully, snowfall is pretty rare here in San Jose, as are extremely cold temperatures. While I have downsized much of my winter gear from 30+ years of living in upstate New York, I have a few sets of scarves and gloves still remaining, just in case!!
Snow Inspired Mod Mandala, Finishes 22" x 22"

These glam finishes will be a fabulous addition to my Mod Mandala workshops!  This is a fun workshop which covers all the steps to construct a Mod Mandala, as well as how to design your own! Join me for one of these upcoming workshops:
  • February 12th for Surfside Quilters Guild in San Juan Capistrano, CA
  • September 20th for Piecing Partners Quilt Guild in Colorado Springs, CO

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Wishing you a joyous Holiday Season and a very Happy New Year!!


  1. These are great. Wish I could take one of your workshops but living in NJ makes that hard!

    1. Thank you! My teaching takes me all around the country--so it is a matter of time until my quilts and I make our way to New Jersey!

  2. Mel! Your creativity is endless! Michael Miller must be so happy that you showcase their fabrics. You rock.

    1. Awwww...thanks Joni. I have really enjoyed my ambassador experience with Michael Miller and delighted that they invited me to continue into 2020!! Stay tuned for more fun projects ahead!!

  3. It's always a joy to see what you've created. They are all beautiful and will make a great addition to your classes. I agree with Joni; Michael Miller is fortunate to have you on their team.

    1. Thanks Ann!! I am really pleased with this trio...they sparkle and delight. I am excited to see what this year's fabric collections will inspire me to create!

  4. These are so much fun! I found you from Sarah Goer’s site and I am glad I did!

    1. Thanks for visiting over from Sarah's blog! This trio was a lot of fun to create. I am delighted to hear you enjoyed as well!

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    1. Thank you so much Lisa! They were a festivally fun addition to my studio (and for years to come)

  6. I love the tree skirt, and the light blue is so elegant! Beautiful.

    1. Thank you...they added a wonderful festive spirit to our holiday season!!


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