Blog Archive for 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.

Finally, after what seems like an unusually long wait, our tomatoes are turning red (and brown and gold and pink)! They got fruit pretty early this year, but they’ve just been sitting there all green and hard for months while I dreamed of caprese salads to be. Now, all at once, we have loads of gorgeous tomatoes ripening. Since it’s pretty much tomato season everywhere, here are my 5 favorite things to do with them.

1) Caprese salad
(I add a little balsamic)

2) Tomato bread salad

3) Nonni’s tomato sauce

4) Ratatouille

5) Sliced, with sea salt

I stumbled upon a couple of great clothing designers using Monaluna prints, and I though I’d share them with you today.

Generations in Style makes clothing and accessories for kids, including this little number using Foxy and Wobbly

… and this dress, which uses no Monaluna prints but is so cute I can hardly stand it:

Larry from Beaks of Eagles sent me some great photos of his funky and cool Post-Mod Collection, which uses Monaluna Mingle on some very hip dresses. Beaks of Eagles is based in Monterey and calls itself “fashion from the jagged coast”, which I love as it’s a perfect description of that lovely area. Here are some photos, and you can see more here.

Have a great weekend!

My dad and his wife have been visiting us for a couple of weeks now, and on Saturday we celebrated his 80th birthday. He’s a bit of a foodie, and loves Bay Area cuisine, so in honor of his birthday – and also as a nod to Chez Panisse’s 40 years of inspiration – Dave and I decided to create a dinner using as much as possible from our garden. Not every single ingredient came from our yard – we didn’t raise the chickens or the sardines, to name a couple – but the ones that didn’t came from our local farmers’ market or, in the case of the chickens, Whole Foods.

It turned out to be a wonderful dinner, and a great experiment! Four courses for fourteen people, I’ve discovered, is a bit of an undertaking even without trying to time the ripening of fruits and veggies, but it was amazing to realize how much we could create from our garden and the fruit trees growing in the yard. Here’s the menu:

And some photos of the preparations:

peach pit kernels, used to infuse white peach jam
making white peach jam
finished jams
making lemon verbena ice cream
a visitor helped himself through the open kitchen door to observe ice cream prep
preserved lemons for the gremolata served with sardines
slicing apples for pie
dad’s favorite dessert
garden vegetables for the ratatouille
we have sungold tomatoes coming out of ear ears…
making ratatouille
getting ready to set the table
guest of honor
strawberry, cucumber and nasturtium salad
white peach, heirloom tomato and basil salad
setting the table

grapes from our yard
“bella fresher”
lemon verbena martini (fresh pears from our tree in the background)

sardines and prosciutto-wrapped figs, waiting for the grill

I recently saw the products made by two of my customers up on, and they are absolutely adorable! Canadian-based Organic Quilt Company makes the sweetest items, many of which use a soft and natural-colored organic cotton interlock for the base and Monaluna fabric for the trim. Here’s a sampling of what she has in her shop (though there’s tons of other stuff to choose from!):

essential organic baby blankets
organic anika newborn bibs
organic baby bib and hat set
organic cotton knotty hat
organic baby blanket and burp cloth set

Fellow Minneapolitan Lisa of PixieSpit makes gorgeous quilts and a number of other cool items, like yoga mat bags, eye pillows and kitchen accessories. She just sent me pictures of the yoga straps she made using Anika and Marin, and I thought they were such a great idea! Check them out:

yoga strap in peony
yoga strap in geo dot