Blog Archive for October, 2011

Have you guys seen Handmade Living magazine? It’s a gorgeous British magazine put out by the same publisher that does Sew Hip. I picked it up at Borders a few months ago and just loved it! Well, they did a profile of Monaluna in their latest (October) edition, and we put our 2nd-ever ad on the back cover! It was so fun to get it in the mail last week. Here’s a peek!

Monaluna in Handmade Living

I’ve had so many requests lately for this sadly out-of-stock scooter fabric that I’m thinking of sneaking it, or a similar print, into one of my new collections. What do you guys think? Are you still feeling the scooters? They would probably appear in a slightly different colorway, and possibly a little different print, but I’d keep the essential girliness, and of course the scooteriness. Thoughts? I’d love your input!

One of my UK customers, Isabel Knowles, just sent me photos of the gorgeous line of dresses she’s making using Monaluna fabrics, and I thought I’d share them with you. Aren’t they lovely? I adore the fox-lined vest, too! You can see Isabel’s website here, and check out her blog here.

Teresa over at Green Bag Lady is doing a giveaway of Monaluna fabric bags and fat quarters! Teresa has this great idea of giving away free reusable bags in exchange for a commitment to USE them, instead of using disposable bags when shopping. I sent her some fabric recently, and she turned it into adorable tote bags! Check out her blog and enter the giveaway here.

So! Sew. And sew and sew and sew. That’s what I’ve been doing lately. In part to get ready for the upcoming Quilt Market, but also, even more urgently, to prepare for the very exciting (and extremely anxiety-producing) appearance on PBS’s Sew It All TV that taped on Monday. I tend to be terrified of speaking in public. In fact, I recently gave a talk to my niece’s 8th grade class on graphic design, and I almost passed out from stage fright. SO, you can imagine that the thought of appearing on national TV had me in a little bit of a bunch. But luckily, there was SO MUCH SEWING to do in preparation that I didn’t have too much time left over to worry about the actual appearance. For the show I did a tutorial on the summer dress pictured below in Hill and Dale (left) and Peony:

There is no set date for the episode to air, as each PBS station runs it on its own schedule, but you can find out more about the show on their website here.

Also, I wrote an article on organic cotton featuring the same dress tutorial for Sew News magazine, and that will run in the April edition. I’ll keep you posted on that as well.

Now, back to the sewing machine!

You know you’ve neglected your blog when friends and family start calling to make sure you’re okay, because you haven’t posted in weeks. Yikes! The last couple of months have been the busiest in my memory, and I feel like I’ve been hanging on by a literal thread. BUT, there’s light at the end of the tunnel! Quilt Market is coming up at the end of the month, and once that’s over life should go back to just being moderately busy. Yay!

The sample bolts of Taali came in a couple weeks ago, and they look beautiful! The rest of the order is just waiting to catch a ride on a ship, and (fingers crossed) should be here by the end of November. I’ve been working to whip the new prints into samples for the show, along with a couple other projects (which I’ll fill you in on later). Dave and I finally decided to take some photos of the fabric this weekend, and since we were a bit tired of the shots in our backyard, we decided to head up the road a bit for some shots in nature. A little random, I admit, but somehow the location was working for me. There are usually cows grazing in this field, but they must have taken Sunday off, to our dismay. Here are a few photos from the day.