Friday, December 2, 2016

Free Christmas Printable



Hello Makers,
My favorite song during the Holidays is O Holy Night. By far my favorite. Love, love, love it.

To download the printable version: Click here to download the PDF printable. Print on heavy card stock. It is size for regular letter size paper.

Please note: All images, patterns and designs are © Sandra Clemonse of Make It Blossom. You may not reproduce, re-create or sell in any way, but please feel free to download for your own personal use. If you share on your own blog (I would love that), then please direct your readers to this post to download the file. Thank you!

Enjoy a free printable.
Sandra

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Holiday Traditions



What are your family traditions during the holidays? I hope they are wonderful. We normally spend the holidays just the three of us (my husband, daughter, and I) in Denver, Colorado. We are Christians and celebrate Christmas. Our traditions include:

- A visit to Santa during the week of Thanksgiving to beat the rush.
- A family photo for our Christmas cards. (see above)
- Of course a Christmas tree, which we put up over Thanksgiving weekend.
- Celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ by going to Christmas Eve service.
- We bake Santa a fresh batch of chocolate chip cookies on Christmas Eve.
- I always have a holiday project, whether it be a new wreath, yarn ball ornaments, a Christmas quilt, there's always something for me to make.
- We're allowed to open up one gift on Christmas Eve.
- Our big meal is on Christmas Eve, which always include my husband's marinated pork tenderloins, mashed potatoes, corn, chocolate pudding pie, and baked beans.

This year, we're adding on to our house by expanding our basement and building a 2nd floor. We had to modify our Christmas, which means a 2 foot Christmas tree. But all in all, we're excited for our house addition, and know that by next year, we'll have wide open space to entertain and celebrate like never before.




Here's a quilt I made, called Gingerbread. I used a layer cake to make the stars, bought a few yards for the border and background. The backing came from Ikea and it 'still' glows in the dark. :)




Darn those loose threads, they always haunt me. Here we've snuggled with this quilt for 3 years and right there, it's a thread. Can you find it below? I can still hear my quilt teacher's voice in my head, saying that's why it's important to cut loose threads as you make them.




If you're interested in the quilt pattern, then you can find it in my shop.


Happy Holidays,
Sandra

Monday, November 28, 2016

Front Yard Photo Hop



Hello and welcome to the Front Yard Fabric Photo Hop. For 12 weeks, beginning December 6, 2016, we will share with you on Instagram and Facebook posts from your favorite sewing and quilting celebrities. Each Tuesday, one celebrity will post a project featuring the Front Yard Fabric Collection. The celebrity will share the pattern or tutorial used in the project.

At the end of the Photo Hop, we will GIVEAWAY a fat quarter bundle of all 24 prints of the Front Yard Fabric Collection. To enter the GIVEAWAY, follow @sandra.clemons and @michaelmillerfabrics on Instagram, and repost the celebrity’s Photo Hop image using #makeitblossom, #frontyardfabric, and #michaelmillerfabrics. Drawing occurs at the end of the Photo Hop. Stay tuned to the weekly Photo Hop to be notified of the winner at the end of the tour.

Find the collection by heading over to the Michael Miller Fabrics website.

Find patterns and books featuring Front Yard by heading over to the MIBShop.

Make sure to find the photo hop by searching #frontyardfabric on Instagram.

The Front Yard Photo Hop celebrities are as follows:





December 6, 2016
Sandra of Make It Blossom
 @sandra.clemons
#makeitblossom




 
December 13, 2016
Leah of Leah Day
@leahdayquilting




 
December 20, 2016
Stephanie of Modern Sewciety
@modernsewciety
#modernsewciety




 
December 27, 2016
Erin representing Aurifil
@aurifil 




 
January 3, 2017
 Kait representing Michael Miller Fabrics
@michaelmillerfabrics





Sew Shabby Quilting 
January 10, 2017
Melissa of Sew Shabby Quilting
@sewshabbyquilting




 
January 17, 2017
Sara of The Sara Project
@thesaraproject_




 
January 24, 2017
Whitney representing the Fat Quarter Shop
@fatquartershop




 
January 31, 2017
Sandi of Crafty Planner
@craftyplanner





Clover & Violet
February 7, 2017
Jennie of Clover & Violet
@cloverandviolet




 
February 14, 2017
Emily of Lady and the Gents
http://theladyandthegents.blogspot.com/
@ladyandthegents





On The Cutting Floor
February 21, 2017
Daniela of On The Cutting Floor
@onthecuttingfloor




February 28, 2017 - Winner is Announced
Sandra of Make It Blossom
@sandra.clemons
#makeitblossom




Sunday, October 16, 2016

See MIB at Quilt Market



Hello Friends,

It's been some time since the last I wrote you, but I'm happy to say I've been working hard designing, making, and writing a series of sewing related products you'll love. I'm gearing up for my first experience as an exhibitor at the 2016 International Quilt Market in Houston, TX. I've had a whirlwind of tasks and learning to catch up on, but I'm so happy with the end result. Let me take some time to share with you MIB's latest news.



First, my first fabric collection for Michael Miller Fabrics is out. It's called FRONT YARD. The designs are inspired by the landscape and movement of things in the front yard of my house. It's so exciting to get the collection out in the world. I'm thankful for the team at Michael Miller for making my dreams come true. They love it, I love it, you're going to love it too.

FRONT YARD is available for presale, shipping January 2017. Simply call your local fabric shop to ask for FRONT YARD or if you're a shop owner, call (212-704-0774) or email Michael Miller.

Second, I finished up my official website and my own shop. Phew. It was a lot of work and a lot of learning. I had felt that I'd become quite efficient with blogger for my blog, but a website with a shop was an entirely different animal. The website came out nicely. There's more things I'd like to do to customize the website, but those changes will sprinkle in as the days go by.

And... yes, I have more sewing products available for you. The products were made with FRONT YARD. There's 6 quilt patterns, some of them modern and some traditional. There's a new book, called Simple Patchwork. It has 9 classical blocks, made in 3 block sizes, set in 12 layout options. Plus, it's chalk full of information from my favorite techniques and tips, as well as information for you to build out your own quilt. In addition to the fabric, quilt patterns, and book, there's also 7 garment patterns and 2 decorsewing patterns available. You must check them out!


 

Along with a new website, comes a new email address. Please update my email to sandra@sandramakeitblossom.com.

If you're heading out to market, then come to my schoolhouse and stop by my booth to see in person the beautiful garments and quilts.  Details are noted in the first photo above. I am taking appointments, but I'm flexible either way. Simply shoot me an email to schedule an appointment.

I look forward to meeting many of you at quilt market,
Sandra

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

2016 Fall Quilt Market Readiness



Hello Friends,

It's been a long time, but wanted to say hey and let you know I'm still around.

It's been hard days working on my first booth for Quilt Market, which is about a month away. I'm debuting so much, a fabric collection, new quilting and garment patterns, my second book, and more. You're going to love it.

I'm really excited to be an exhibitor, but it is also my first time. When it comes to design and making, I'm confident. I can talk and talk your ear off, but preparing for such an event like quilt market, it's been a guessing game. A costly guessing game. It's finding this happy middle ground where you anticipate enough to be ready for any business opportunities and yet determining what's overkill.

For example, I have these beautiful brochures and order forms. How many to print, what paper to use, color, both sides, buy online or use local?

I will admit I went overboard on my booth. It's hard walls and it's beautiful. And so more decisions. Do you ship or drive? If you ship, how will it get to the convention center. If you drive, do you rent an u-haul and if so, where do you park it. How much will it all cost?

And yet there's more decisions. How much inventory to bring? What should be preorder or what should be ready for the sale. What's my sale policy, how to price, how will I transact, and so forth.

Then the anxiety questions starts to enter my brain... Will I sell enough to at least break even? Will it be worth my time? I'm optimist, but there's no guarantees.

Overall, I'm really excited. It's been a whirlwind of everything. Designing, making, drafting, writing, photography, building, coordinating, and so forth. And also, I built an official web page.

It's been a lot. I've learned so much. I may not have been efficient this go around, but I'm improving my learning curve. I'm gaining more confidence as a business women and growing as a designer. Those are things to focus on, to focus on the positive.

In the midst of market prep,
Sandra

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Make It Blossom is going Full-Time


Friends,
I have awesome and yet scary news to share with you. The day has come. I have resigned from my day job as the Director of Internal Audit of a financial company downtown Denver. I'm taking Make It Blossom full time! For the past 15 years, I've enjoyed the consistent income from Corporate America. Then, I was able to dedicate all my free time to moving up the corporate ladder. But now, I'm a mom, and a wife, and that kind of commitment to a corporate job is no longer desired. Although my priorities have changed, I still desire to be a business women and create a balance family life.

Wish me luck on this journey. The best support and encouragement you could offer me is to reach me on social media, tell your friends, and check out my store on Etsy. (For shop owners, my patterns and book are available through Brewer, Checker, and United Notions.)



Currently, I'm working on a formal webpage, making my booth for fall Quilt Market, and making samples/patterns for my first fabric collection.

I'm excited for this next chapter in my life. Thank you for being here for me, because without you, this wouldn't be a possibility. Below are some photos of the booth project.

Seizing the day,
Sandra
 

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Please Vote for Me

Hello Friends,

Welcome to summer! We have experience lots of rain, but it's so appreciated given our dry climate in Denver, Colorado. My garden has never looked so good, but the heat is on this week.

A lot of my time these days is working on the simple concept called, work-life-balance. I'm trying to put 'life' first. I've narrowed down my work by focusing on my fabric collection, books, and garment patterns. This is my focus for the summer. I intend to spend time with my family, actually taking off weekends to get lost in the summer sun.

Then, I had this great opportunity with Craftsy. It's a BOM kit and class. Check out the link. Craftsy is reaching out to their audience to vote on the final 2 quilts. I'm one of the two designs left. I'm B and it's called Abe's Beloved. Voting is open for today. Please vote for me. http://www.craftsy.com/blog/2016/06/2017-bom-voting/



Also in June, it's Father's Day. Scrap Patchwork book and quilt patterns are on sale. Enjoy 15% of with the coupon code MAKEITBLOSSOM15. Expires Monday, June 20, 2016, Midnight MST.

For wholesale purchase, either message me or order through one of my distributors: Brewer, Checker, and United Notions. Both Brewer and Checkers lists all my products for purchase.

Happy Father's Day,
Sandra
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