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Melody Miller  Fabric designer, big dreamer. Founding designer of Cotton+Steel. I like to make pretty things.

Special request for you: this weekend a Canadian hockey team was involved in a devastating accident. As part of the healing process, the Humboldt Quilting Guild is reaching out to make quilts for the survivors and community. They are looking for donations of the horses from my Mustang collection (as horses were the Humboldt Broncos team mascot). I wish I had held on to my extra yardage but sadly just sold it in our studio sale:( I am not organizing this collection but happily passing along the message; please reach out directly to @leannenwc. The @clintonmodern store also has the details. Thanks!

Today it’s my turn for @cottonandsteel’s #sneakpeekfridays! Here’s a look at my next collection, Freshly Picked, which will be shipping in July. #freshlypickedfabric #cottonandsteel #fabriclove

One of my favorite prints I’ve made in a long time is this palm tree tree print for my collab collection with @alexiamarcelleabegg, Poolside (hitting shops this month.) Two are cotton/linen canvas and two are cotton. Working with friends is the best. ❤️ #cottonandsteel

Oh how I love these ladies! I had so much fun making posters celebrating the #cottonandsteel designers for #quiltcon #quiltcon2018.

Thoughts on turning 40:

My birthday was in December. I've always assumed that when I turned 40 it would come with the tiniest sting of loss. If nothing else, I expected an adjustment period, and hoped I would handle it gracefully. But I didn't expect to feel empowered. I didn't know that I would actually like my new number, or that it would so clearly underline my experience. I feel like I've received a certificate of achievement for decades of hard work.
I spent formative years of my childhood in an abusive household. I used to feel hurt and broken. I've spent most of my life putting myself together, redefining family, building friendships, making mistakes, having ideas, feeling vulnerable, feeling excited, feeling overwhelmed, feeling scared, feeling brave.
I wish it had come naturally, but I've had to work hard to use my voice, to stop apologizing, to trust myself. "Boundaries" is my new favorite word. Last year was one of my hardest in over a decade, and January introduced new lows. But I turned 40 and did 10 pullups in a row the next day. I never thought I'd be so strong or could handle so much.
I never thought I'd turn 40 and finally discover lipstick. I never thought I'd turn 40 and have my most monumental parenting challenges. I never thought I'd turn 40 and feel back at square one. I never thought I'd love my husband and children and friends this much. I never thought I'd have so much work to do, or that it could all be so daunting, or so worthwhile. I never thought my ideas could be this big.

I don’t usually share so much publicly; thanks for listening. I’d love to hear your thoughts too. ❤️

I’m happy to see my Flutter collection arriving in stores this month! This collection includes 2 rayon prints and lots of butterflies. ✨🦋✨ 📷@cottonandsteel #cottonandsteel

You guys, I have too much fabric! Some of the other designers and I have decided to have a stash sale.
Mark your calendar for February 3, 10-3 at our Atlanta studio. I'll be selling my old Ruby Star fabrics from Kokka, hundreds of yards of Cotton+Steel, and vintage props and furniture (all for verrrry low prices). Address: 828 Ralph McGill Blvd, 30306. Go to the front door and follow signs. Credit cards accepted. Hope to see you there! (Swipe to see photos❤️)

I’m in strikeoff heaven, looking at my next collection for spring 18. It’s fun to see the joint line- see the crooked flower edge at the top? They have to find just the right spot to connect the top and bottom edge of the design to make it continuous. #cottonandsteel

This color combination is one of my favorites. I’m so pumped to see what @chickietails made with the dot prints from my #kicksfabric collection. ❤️💙❤️💙 pattern by @bridgetspitler tutorial by @teresadownunder #cottonandsteel

Woke up to this amazing quilt by @lysaflower (using @latifahsaafirstudios pattern) in my old Kokka record fabric. Such a clever use of that print!! I’m totally blown away. ✨⭐️ 📷@lysaflower

Phew, finally home from Market! Here’s a preview of my latest collection, Flutter. #cottonandsteel

My quilt for my newest collection, Flutter. #cottonandsteel

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