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8 Days a Week: thank you to Stephanie Patton 03.07.2014

When Stephanie approached us about sewing projects and said she had been working on baby and wedding quilts recently, we knew she would be a great fit! We had been hoping to have a baby quilt to go in our nursery photo shoot and we couldn’t have dreamed up one more charming than the chevron number Stephanie put together. We showed her an idea we were considering, and she made it look so much better than we’d imagined. We just love it! We only wish we had Stephanie’s sewing talent. When we asked if she had used a pattern, she just said that she “sketched it on the back of a scrap of paper and figured out dimensions.” She makes it sound so easy, but we know that it is definitely NOT. Definitely would not have been for us, so we can’t thank you enough, Stephanie! Can you please start selling these? So we can buy one (or many!)?

We feel like the quilt makes the whole nursery come to life. Wouldn’t this be a sweet gift for a new baby?

8 Days a Week: thank you to Monica Spiehs 03.07.2014

We are so excited to introduce you to Monica Spiehs and her mad sewing and pattern designing skills! We can’t even express how lucky we were that Monica volunteered to help us with our sewing projects! She was a rock star taking on so many pieces and designing them as well. We just gave her a few thoughts on what we were looking for and she made them come to life! She made the a-line skirt in the yellow polka dot fabric, worn by Michelle from her own design. Then, she created the little numbers dress with the ruffled sleeves for her own daughter, Lilli. We can’t even handle the cuteness of both, the dress and Lilli! Really, are you kidding with how darling that dress and all its little details are (the yellow buttons, the pink top stitching… ahhh!)? Then, there’s the baby romper, modeled by sweet Amya! Another dose of sweetness overload, no?! We just loved the ideas Monica had for how to make our fabrics come to life! We are pestering her to start making patterns for the rest of us to use because they are just too good not to be out there in the world! As if those weren’t enough amazing projects for her to take on, she did our flag banner as well. So cute for a nursery or kid’s playroom, don’t you think? Monica: thank you doesn’t even cut it. We are so grateful for your talent! Thank you for your time and generosity and for supplying one of our lovely models! We can’t even wait to see what Monica is up to next. We are hopeful it includes some patterns for her designs or some kid’s clothes!

8 Days a Week: thank you to Margaret Schemmel 03.05.2014

We were so fortunate to have Margaret Schemmel on our sewing squad! She took on some complex pieces: a little hexagon ball toy and a crib skirt, plus our calendar pillow! Thank you doesn’t even cut it! She was so generous with her time and carefully thought through issues that making a crib skirt presents (how high is the crib mattress? Do you want pleats or not?) She just really had it together before we did on the crib skirt, and we are so grateful because the end results were just beautiful. We want to have a bunch of those little hexagon balls to give to our kiddos and as gifts for all new babies! If any of you want one, too, you can refer to this tutorial. This is originally a pin cushion, but we thought it made such a cute ball, too. Margaret is a graphic designer and used Illustrator to make her own pattern pieces as a guide. For the crib skirt, she made up her own design, using a crib mattress as a guide.
The pillow was piece quilted using different sections from the various fabrics. We love how she used our calendar grid and made a precious keepsake out of it. We love how this design can work for any milestone (wedding anniversary, baby’s birthdate, the options are endless..) Thank you, Margaret, so much for sharing your creativity, resourcefulness and sewing talent! We were so lucky to get to collaborate with you! We really hope to team up again in the future!

  1. Anna

    This is so cute! I’d like to just transplant all of this cuteness into my little girls nursery!

    March 5, 2014 12:15 pm
  2. Laura Parke

    I love the hexagon ball toy, and the keepsake pillow is such a fun way to use the fabric patterns!! Great job, girls!

    March 5, 2014 5:01 pm
  3. Kristy Daum

    Ooh, my Hexagon Ball looks so adorable in your fabrics. Thanks for sharing my tutorial with your readers.

    April 2, 2014 2:33 pm

ANNOUNCING: 8 Days a Week, our second fabric collection! 02.24.2014

We have been waiting (not so patiently) to introduce you all to our second fabric collection with Windham Fabrics!!!! It’s called 8 Days a Week and it’s filled with hand-painted lettering, dots, stripes and a really unique fill-in-the-blank calendar grid, all  in super bold black, white and hits of color! You can use the numbers, days of the week and months to customize your very own fabric calendar to commemorate a special event, or simply use them all as pattern! We could not have made our vision for this collection come to life without the generosity of SO many people. We are overwhelmed with gratitude for all of them and for the hours they spent helping us put the pieces of this photo shoot together! Scroll through to see some of the amazing pieces that some wonderful people have made for us using 8 Days a Week fabric!!! In the next many days, we will be sharing details about all of these projects and the talented sewers behind each and every one! So please stay tuned!

So, as you can see, beyond the friends that sewed all of these beautiful pieces for us, we have a LOT more people to thank, and we want to start by doing them a bit of justice right here! To start off, these fab photos would never have been possible without our dear friend, who just happens to be a crazy-talented photographer, Jason of Jason Domingues Photography! Not only did he run around town to four different locations, he even volunteered his own backyard to be one of those spots! Yes, you read that correctly, the outdoor shots are in Jason and his wife, Allison’s, very own (super darling) backyard! Thank you, Jason, for your patience in shooting lots of sewn objects along with the lovely models we threw in there as well :) We are so grateful for your time and the super-quick turn-around of the images!!

Emily, our office assistant and Jordan, our summer intern, both worked tirelessly on helping us organize the mailing of fabrics to each and every sewer. This involved a detailed spreadsheet of addresses, fabric yardages for all the different patterns and lists of pieces to be sewn. We can promise you that we wouldn’t have kept it all together without both of them! Thank you, Emily & Jordan!!

We can’t go without mentioning the attentive and always helpful team at Windham Fabrics! We love to collaborate with Windham on our collections and just love our relationship with them! We are so thankful for their patience and support!

We also have many people to thank for letting us use their spaces! A long-time friend of both Morgan & Carrie, Darby Brender, the owner of the ever popular, trend-setting Fusion Fitness, allowed us to take over her studio for a few hours because we were just obsessed with the cool gray wood floors. Thank you, Darby!! Our office assistant, Emily, let us know that one of her friends was a new mom with a really darling nursery. Upon seeing pictures, we knew we had to get in there! So thank you to Emily’s friend, Amanda, for letting us invade your home, especially with a newborn baby! And one of our favorite local restaurants, Urban Table, allowed us to take over the comfy benches in front of their huge windows one morning! Don’t worry, we always repay them by having office brunches there :)

And last, but so far from least are our models!

Amya— the darling baby girl in the polka-dotted romper is the daughter of one of Morgan and Carrie’s friends, Patty, from our Hallmark days. Thank you, Patty for loaning us your sweet little lady for the morning. She was a natural!

Lilli— the daughter of one of our amazing sewers, Monica, also happened to be a perfect model! Much more info to come on Monica, but we’ll just say that on top of being a talented seamstress, she also has the most lovely kiddos. Lilli was such a great sport, twirling around in the adorable dress her mom made. Thank you, Lilli!

Michelle— you may recognize Michelle from our shoot for Cream & Sugar. We couldn’t resist asking Michelle to help us again with this collection. Can you blame us? She is as sweet as she is beautiful, not to mention hilarious. She was so generous to take time out of her busy schedule to model our polka dot skirt and headband, tote and clutch. Thank you, thank you!

As we mentioned before, we are going to be following up with more blog posts introducing you to all of the great sewers who helped us out! But for now, we want to at least give them credit as you scroll through these photos! A HUGE thank you to all of them for making this happen!!

Dayle Bennett: tote bag and clutch // Jordan Clark: pillows, headband and dog collar set // Carrie Dickerson: toddler shorts, toddler skirt and embroidered t-shirt set, stuffed dog toy // Stephanie Patton: baby quilt // Emily Perkins: shadowbox calendar art // Caroline Ritter: carry-all bins and crayon roll // Margaret Schemmel: toy ball, calendar pillow and crib skirt // Madi Sharp: headband and pillow  // Shari Shobe: quilt // Monica Spiehs: adult a-line skirt, toddler girl dress, baby romper and flag bunting // Emily Walters: notebook/ folio and pillows

We sure hope you love this new collection! It was truly made with love (and paint, brushes and scissors!)

Check out our full online brochure right here!!!

  1. Josephine

    Congrats on another FAB collection! I LOVE it! It’s so fun, the projects are gorgeous, and those colors are amazing!! I will now have that song stuck in my head, which I love, so no complaint here : )

    February 25, 2014 9:18 pm
  2. Laura Parke

    GIRLS!!! Such a lovely collection. I seriously LOVE all of it! I can’t wait to get my hands on it and start making stuff. Bravo, you two!

    February 25, 2014 10:32 pm
  3. Jane B

    Where do I get the pattern for your polka dot skirt!?!! Or better yet, where can I buy that skirt!!!!? I love it. And I love this fabric line. So. Much. Fun. Just in time for spring.

    February 27, 2014 12:41 pm
  4. ampersand

    Thank you so much, Josephine and Laura, you know it means a lot to us that you guys like the new group :)

    March 3, 2014 10:04 pm
  5. ampersand

    Hi Jane,
    During this whole week, we’ll be sharing all of the fab people who helped make some of these pieces including the skirt-and we’ll be sharing the pattern! So glad you like it :)

    March 3, 2014 10:05 pm
  6. Dayle Bennett

    Thanks for the shout out ladies! I love this collection. It’s so much fun!

    March 3, 2014 11:12 pm

Ampersand for giggle.com 02.03.2014

Well, this is one that we couldn’t be more thrilled about!!! Giggle.com is one of our all-time favorite baby & kids shops – we fell in love with the entire store on one of our first trips to NYC together! Morgan was pregnant at the time and was in awe of every item in the store. We instantly appreciated their carefully curated selection of modern products! We don’t have a bricks and mortar store in Kansas City, so now, each time we go to New York, Giggle is always on our list of must-stop shops to bring gifts home for our little ones!

Needless to say, we are absolutely honored and beyond excited that Giggle chose our artwork to be included in their small selection of baby and kids decor!! If you are lucky enough to have a store in your city, stop by and check it out, but if not, here are the links online!!

ABC Animalia Canvas Wall Art // ABC Animalia Growth Chart // ABC Animalia Night Light // Trip to the City Wall Art – Framed Print

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