Monday, August 13, 2018

Little Londyn and Simply Happy

Hello Everyone!

My name is Megan Miles and I am the owner of Little Londyn. Little Londyn specializes in custom dance wear which I design. But because my Mom, Dodi Lee Poulsen, is the designer of this new line, Simply Happy for Riley Blake Designs, I get wrangled into being her assistant!

Photo by Riley Blake Designs

Actually, I love doing this for my Mom and what better excuse is there for creating these adorable outfits for my 3 girls? And of course, I get to chose from any of the fabrics, so it’s a win - win!
One of my favorite designs is the Border Print---It’s gorgeous! Mom chose 3 yummy colors to print these in.


It’s a 45” wide piece of fabric that has so many possibilities. When I saw these prints, I thought my littlest would be perfect to make a dress for using this design.

You can see how lovely this dress looks in the Border print. The bright colors on the pale pink is beautiful.

I combined it with 2 additional prints and it’s just adorable. This pattern is from my favorite
children’s pattern designer, Violette Field Threads. This is called the Poppy pattern.

Next up is my middle daughter. She’s my lover of all things comfortable. Violette Field Threads just released this great romper, called Priscilla; she had to have it. Look how Simply Happy rocks it!  And of course, there is nothing better than wearing Grandma’s fabric.

Lastly, my oldest wears the new Kennedy pattern by VFT as well. Look at that fabulous peacock blue color and fabric in the skirt. My FAVORITE color of the bunch in this line. (actually, I told my Mom this color would be amazing…and she actually listened!) This diagonal stripe is fun too and so versatile.

I love the tiny roses printed on the diagonal.

Don’t these outfits look wonderful against the amazing Starstruck pattern    (find pattern herethat my Mom designed for this line?

Yep, we all agree, my mom and grandma knocked it out of that park this time. We are all Simply Happy with this great line of fabrics for Riley Blake designs!!  Grab your bundle of deliciousness at your local online shop or fabric store. Shipping to stores now!!

Stay tuned for more bloggers to share their creations of Simply Happy fabrics. They will appear for the next 3 consecutive Mondays.

Here’s the schedule:

Aug 20 2018        Quiltscapes with Deonn Stott   
Aug 27 2018        Primrose Cottage Quilts with Lindsey Weight
Sept 3 2018          Brown Bird Designs with Elisabeth De Moo

Happy Sewing friends!!!
  Meg and girls

Saturday, July 21, 2018

Introducing Simply Happy and Starstruck!

I am excited to share with you my newest collection from Riley Blake Design,

SIMPLY HAPPY        and a new pattern, Starstruck.

Photo by Riley Blake Designs

Simply Happy will start shipping to stores in the next few weeks.

To see all the prints in my collection, click here:
As I thought about what I wanted to design for my next line I wanted to include prints that exuded joy. For me that was interpreted as bright colors and a mix of florals and small prints. In life, I feel, that all of us simply want to be Happy…..just Simply Happy. It is something that I personally strive for.

You will find soft pastels with a punch of peacock blue. Added to this mix are raspberry, lime, orange & gold. I think it makes for a delightful mix of sheer Happiness!

Photo by Riley Blake Designs

Photo by Riley Blake Designs

I designed a new pattern for this line, Starstruck

It is a beginner friendly pattern available in 3 sizes.     65 x 81, 49 x 49 or 32 x 32

It can be made any size you desire by simply adding or decreasing the blocks as well. I also included a Bonus quilt, Free flight, that is made from the leftover half triangle squares that are cut off when making the Twin or Topper sized quilts.        

This is the bonus quilt, Free Flight, you can make from the cut off half square triangles that are made while constructing the main quilt.  YAY! You can make 2 quilts at the same time!! Free flight can make 2 baby sized quilts or one larger one.

Starstruck Pattern can be found in the pattern shop  click here

Look for Simply Happy online and in shops soon!
 (Fat Quarter Shop will be carrying this line.)

Happy Stitching       Dodi

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Introducing Seaside Sail

A new pattern full of “Down by the Seashore” character. 

When fellow designer for Riley Blake, Tasha Noel, designed this adorable line of fabric I knew I had to make something with it. Seaside Sail features easy applique & quick block techniques. Quilt measures 54 x 71

Life Rings, Sail Boats and Star Blocks are sweet details on this quilt.

This pattern can be made using a Border print  --- Tasha has a beautiful one in her line as shown in this quilt made by the Riley Blake Team.

Or you can use the alternate Pinwheel Block if desired in lieu of a border print.

So sail on over to the Pattern Shop and pick up your copy of this delightful pattern.
Available in PDF or Paper

Happy Sailing! - Dodi

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Aurifil Floss and a FREE Pattern!

Aurifil Floss and a FREE Pattern!

A bit back Aurifil was kind enough to send me their amazing embroidery floss in matching colors with my Enchanted Fabric line for Riley Blake. 

They are so beautiful and I love using them as they stitch like butter. And I admit I have a crush on the wooden spools. Love them! They remind me of sewing with my grandmother when I was younger. I loved to play with her spools of darning thread on the floor while she mended socks. Wow, that brings back memories.

Mama Said So Pattern available HERE

I wanted to play with these delicious threads some more, so I created this cute little Choose Happiness Squirrel embroidery just for you!  

Click to enlarge the photo and then print, or save image and then print full size 8.5 x 11.

I often run my embroidery patterns off on Sulky Fabric-Solvy. It is self-adhesive and I can put it in my printer, (laser or ink), and create the perfect diagram to stitch my design. 

While it has the firmness and feel of fabric, it easily washes away, placing no stress on the thread work. I like to run my designs off with brown ink as black sometimes tends to run, depending on your printer. It’s always good to do a test first. Use a light or draft setting on your printer. You will really like the ease of using this product with embroidery. No more hand tracing!

I also use a soft light weight flannel behind all my stitcheries when I can. It helps to hide your threads and gives your handwork a nice loft look.

I put my finished embroidered design into a hoop and I think it’s adorable!  

The thread colors are intense and just pop when stitched into a project. They are 6 strands of sheer delight and are colorfast. That is so important to me. Aurifil threads are soft and subtle and can be used with ease… I LOVE THEM! You won’t regret investing in these threads.

What are you going to make today?
 Pick up some Aurifil thread or floss and stitch away.

More from Aurifil HERE

Have a HAPPY STITCHING day!