Blog Archive for 2011

I’ve been all caught up in the bustle and hum of the holidays this year. I’ve had lots of things I’ve wanted to post about – the makings of a new Marin quilt (not yet done), Anabelle’s first Christmas cookie making experience, and lots of thoughts about making and the holidays and new beginnings. It’s been exciting to tackle the holidays with a toddler this year (though “exciting” isn’t the word I would have chosen the other afternoon when I was trying to wrap gifts and the ribbons were suddenly unrolled and everywhere, the tape had been used to resurface the floors, and the scissors, *gasp*, were nowhere to be found … until they turned up much later hidden in a box inside another box). It puts the holidays in a new perspective in all kinds of ways. I’m embracing it all, but also looking forward to the new year and a fresh slate, some new goals and a thorough housecleaning. We celebrated the solstice on Wednesday with some good friends and a (small) bonfire, and as I looked out over our brown winter garden I felt real joy at the thought of the days lengthening and the sun returning. I’m excited for this new year and the new growth it will bring. Happy holidays, everyone!

Thank you to everybody who entered our fat quarter giveaway! I really love reading your comments and project ideas. I wish I could send you all a bundle, but I had to pick just one, so I used the random number generator and came up with… Katarina! Congratulations! I’ll email you to get your mailing information.

Oh, but wait! There’s more Etsy adorableness to be had! Kirsty from Wild Things Dresses emailed me last week with some of the creations she’s made using Monaluna fabrics. These dresses are almost too cute to be believed! I’m seriously thinking of commisioning her to make one in my size, regardless of how silly I’d probably look. Or suppose I could just get one for Anabelle – she’d look much better in it. AND she’s offered a 20% discount to our blog readers – just use the code FUNKY20!

little fox dress

fox dress

fox print pinafore

owl baby dress

And another thing. I came across the lovey that Nathalie from Dolce Dreams made for Anabelle when she was just wee, and I was reminded of how ridiculously cute they are. See??

She has them available on her etsy shop here.

Happy handmade shopping!

And finally, don’t forget to enter to win the Taali fat quarter giveaway! I’ll close the drawing at midnight, and will announce the winner tomorrow.

For those of us not completely finished with the holiday shopping (or, ahem, not quite started), I thought I’d post some links to adorable gift ideas! I always love checking out the amazing handmade products on etsy.com, and it’s especially fun to see what people have made with Monaluna fabrics. Here are a few great ones.

iknowlesnothing – sailor dresses

the organic quilt company – essential organic baby blanket in peony

the organic quilt company – organic baby blanket in soar

yellow plum blossoms – organic patchwork blanket in anika

crayon caddy by crzybaglady

organic burp clothes by yellow plum blossoms

stork and me – organic changing pad and diaper clutch

organic heirloom spindrift quilt by gypsy forest

little owl with blossoms by le petit reve

little fox with blossoms by le petit reve

pink scooter onsie by crzybaglady

starburst tote bag by moodyandsanguine

onesie, bib and burp cloth set by turquoisealligator

monaco cloth ball by littlefreeradical

myfrecklesshop – organic hooded towel

The dust has finally settled here after the arrival of our new collection, and I’ve got the first wave of Taali pre-orders out. Time for a giveaway! I’ll be giving away a fat quarter of each of the 9 Taali prints. Just leave a comment letting me know what you’d like to make with the fabric by Monday, December 12th, and I’ll enter you in the drawing. Good luck!

Over Thanksgiving weekend, Dave and I ventured into our local Barnes and Nobles to do a little shopping. As usual, I took some time to check out the magazine section, and was amazed and excited to make several Monaluna sightings. First, I found the new (well, November, but it takes a while to get to our store) issue of Handmade Living, and saw that they had featured a quilt using Anika on their cover! It looks so great, and I only wish I wasn’t out of 3 of the prints.

Then I spotted Anika Blossoms on the cover of the December issue of Making magazine. I had never seen that magazine before, and it’s absolutely gorgeous, full of great images and projects.

Finally, as I was flipping through one of my favorite sewing magazines, Stitch, I saw this crafty use of Soar and Starburst on page 17:

Needless to say, I felt that justified my buying all three, and since two were imports I ended up leaving most of my shopping money at the bookstore. Well spent, though, and now I have all kinds of good ideas for holiday projects!

The shipment of our new Taali collection finally arrived this morning! You’d think I’d be used to it by now, but it’s always such a thrill when the truck pulls up and unloads all the boxes. So exciting! And then there’s the sinking realization that we have to actually carry them all inside and put them away. Less exciting. We lucked out with the weather today, though – last time it was raining, and we had to fiddle around with tarps and all sorts of nonsense. I can’t wait to start shipping out orders!

I am absolutely loving the Taali quilt that Melissa Lunden made for our Quilt Market booth! I had planned to have Anabelle use it, but she’s still in a crib, and the quilt felt like overkill for such a small space, so Dave and I have been using it on our bed. I love the weight, and the fabric feels so good! Melissa made it with lots of white space, so the pops of print look so cheery and fresh. Thanks again, Melissa! Here are a few more photos:

Selby from Sweet Tooth Fabrics recently sent me these photos of the adorable blouse she made using the Soar print from Marin. I love it! Selby is a pattern maker who specializes in organic and sustainable fabrics, and she’s currently working on a line of sew-at-home clothing patterns (when she’s not at her day job as an osteologist on an archeological dig, that is… which makes me feel a bit lazy). You can read more about the new patterns here.

I’m finally getting back into the swing of things after our adventures at Quilt Market in Houston. What a blast! Market ended on Monday, but Dave’s parents live just outside of Houston so we spent a few much-needed days of vacation with them before heading home. The show went really well, but I always wish I had more time to see all the other booths as well. It’s very hard to stay in the our little 10×10′ space when there are hundreds and hundreds of fabric designers and quilters and pattern makers to see!

When I first got to our booth on Friday it looked like this:

Except it was full of boxes and crates from the large distributor next to us. Within a few hours, we had it spiffed up to look like this:
It took a little longer than I hoped, because I neglected to consider how much ironing all those curtains were going to take! I’m definitely going to reconsider using linen curtains for the next show. Here’s another shot showing the left wall, which was rearranged later in the show when we realized we had no neighbor to our left and could do away with the wall.
And here I am with the gorgeous quilt sewn by Melissa Lunden of Lunden Designs. Everybody loved it!
The little outfit sewn from the Monaco fabrics was made by Olive Ann Designs, a great pattern maker who also had a show at the booth. Dave got a shot of her booth with some of the other designs she sewed using Taali prints (note the sheep and apples on the pajamas):
I also had some adorable samples in the booth by Rebecca Ruth Designs. She made the cutest little smock aprons (see photos 2 and 3 on left), and some that she calls “Smock Monsters”, which were out on the tables but not really visible in the photos. Check them out here.
Also, I finally got to meet Jan DiCintio of Daisy Janie! Her booth and new collection looked great!
On Monday after the show we broke down the booth as fast as we could and rushed back to the suburbs of Houston for our first time Trick or Treating with this little person:
She was not too clear on the concept of Trick or Treating. First, she wanted to just sit there with her hands in the bowl of candy, playing. Then she wanted a full tour of the homes, and was not content to just stand on the doorstep and receive candy. A door would open and she’d wiggle around the legs in a flash and head straight for the stairs. A little later in the evening she got the hang of taking candy, but insisted on trading with some of her own, often after it had been chewed on a bit. Unconventional Trick or Treating, but all in all, a good night.