Hop around the Mirror Ball Blog Hop | Meet the man {and the super-fans} behind Mirror Ball Dot

It’s on, folks.

Introducing the

Mirror Ball Blog Hop

But first, let me get you up to speed on my coveted stash and why the internets are magic, or my three degrees of separation with the man behind theMirror Ball Dot, Mr Mad Hatter of Maui. More commonly known as Mark Hordyszynski, designer of the much-hoarded and {finally} re-introduced Mirror Ball Dot fabric series by Michael Miller Fabrics.

Ok, all caught up?

Well, he’s hosting a Mirror Ball Blog Hop.

And I’m invited!

brain-tingling color!

That means you are, too. While reading along, there’s been a chance to win- at EVERY stop on the hop – a Mirror Ball Dot color card {swoon} and one Fat Quarter of 5 colors of your choosing of Mirror Ball Dot fabric. That’s a lot of shimmery dotted goodness, folks. Here’s the lineup, it’s already underway so there’s lots to check out.

April 21:  Mark Hordyszynski – Launch of the MBD Blog Hop and his project

April 28:  Jamie Mueller / Sunflower Quilts – www.jamiemueller.blogspot.com (bricks!)

May 05:   Linda Solovic – http://lindasolovic.blogspot.com (Embroidery, beads, buttons… Oh my.)

May 12:   Karen Neary – http://sewkaren-lycreated.blogspot.com (Crazy cool —> DISCO BALL <— )

May 19:   Elisa Albury – http://stitchoutsidetheditch.com (Amish disco dance floor… Still time to visit, comment and win!)

May 26:   Dory Smith Graham – https://worthygoodstextile.wordpress.com

June 02:  Nanette Zeller – www.NanetteSewZ.com

June 09:  Mark Hordyszynski – Close of the MBD Blog Hop / More MBD Inspiration / Judging for Blog Hop Winner


I’m next!


What will I be making with my AB Fab inspired bright citrus-y mirror ball dots and cotton couture? {PANIC} Hard to say. I’m pretty darn excited to push aside my mound of orders and find out. I’ll have a coupon for you and you’ll have a chance to win 5 FQ’s of Mirror Ball Dot and a swatch card! I’ll fill you in on Sunday.

Wait for it.

Till then, check out what Mark, Jamie, Linda, Karen and Elisa have been up to the past few weeks. I’ve got a lot to live up to, here. These folks are inspired. I better start humming This Wheel’s on Fire and review my  Mirror Ball Dot pins.


Rawr! Monster patches for torn jeans.

That hole in the knee?

It looked just like a mouth.

DIY monster patch for torn jeans

So, really all I did was to embellish it a little. And with some Pin-spiration and Echino scraps leftover from this, I went to town.

Mr P is pleased as punch.


He dragged out another pair of jeans for me to monster-ize.

The man behind the mirror | Ab Fab | Free chevron quilt pattern

The Mad Hatter of Maui.

That’s the handle for the man behind the Mirror Ball Dot series. (Or, what I so comfortingly refer to as my stash.)

An interesting and talented character for sure, but what inspired him when it came to the name for this flashy coveted fabric line?

A Jennifer Saunders pilot. Yeah. Edina of AbFab. Somehow that just fits, doesn’t it?

The glam the flash… Somehow I like it even more.

Well, now you’ve got to hear the rest of the story. And when you start humming This Wheel’s on Fire, I’ll chime in.

But first…

the chev!

Aah. Yes. Lovely, isn’t it?

I’ve been heavy-crushing on the chevy trend for awhile now. And while I’ve never quilted a day in my life (secret’s out!) this may be just the project to put me in the quilty saddle. It’s an Ab Fab chevron quilt pattern by Marinda Stewart. She’s certainly caught my eye with this one.

And speaking of trends,

“Sometimes — okay MANY times – I find that I am ahead of my time when it comes to design. I suppose I must have an innate knack for spotting a hot trend way before it’s even a trend, or perhaps it’s because I have the attention span of a dead flashlight battery and get bored easily – or more accurately it’s probably both.” -Mark Hordyszynski

You’ll want to know more about this Mad Hatter of Maui.

And while you’re reading, you’ll have to guess which of those “quotes from adoring MBD fans” are mine… Ahem.

This wheel’s on fire…

I’ve got some hats to sew, folks!

This Wheel’s On Fire, via YouTube. See the newest Mirror Ball Dot release fabrics from Michael Miller Fabrics here. Photos: Mad Hatter of Maui, Wikipedia

Just in: Shimmery Ribbons

What a beautiful mess.

Looks like a headache, doesn’t it?

Well, for me it’s kind of the perfect excuse. The perfect excuse to sit on the couch with a pile of shimmer dot ribbons beside me. First, I’ll tease out one five yard strand, then carefully wrap it on it’s own stamped card, until they all look like this.

working from couch.

Once the movie’s over and the skinny million little threads are picked up, it’s time to put them in the shop.

Aren’t those spring-y colors nice to see? They have me thinking about Easter. Quite a feat considering the foggy, rainy day. : ) If you’d like some, you can find them here.

What’s your perfect excuse to sit?

My Stash Update : Internets are Magic or Three Degrees of Separation

Firstly, just let me say that I love you, internets. Come here, you and let me give you all a big kiss. Secondly, I best clear off some shelf space.

stashThe very day I’m inspired to wax poetic about this lovely shimmery dotted rainbow of a stash of mine. The day I decide to share my persistent collection of a fabric line that’s been discontinued for years. Well, something awesome happened. This same day the designer of this line just happens to comment on my post. Yeah, I know. Kindly responding with something along the lines of, ‘Hey guess what? It’s being re-introduced. Tomorrow!’ And by tomorrow, he meant today.

Instant gratification? Delivered.

Two conclusions:

One, I love the internets! and two, I should have told you about my stash sooner. : )

ALSO: You’ll want to check out these fabrics. With color names like Snow, Silver, Onyx and Rice they might sound like basic shades, but combined with the unusual element of metallic shimmer… Well, you might find yourself wanting to add them to your stash, too.

Click to read the history on My Stash.