Blog Posts Tagged ‘organic fabric’

I took a few minutes to wander through the garden and collect some flowers this morning in celebration of Earth Day. Things have been moving fast around here lately, and can get pretty hectic, but I’m always amazed how much better I feel after a little break outside, whether it’s a check-in with the plants (cranberry bean seedlings popped up this morning!), lunch in the yard or a hike in the hills. I hope you all get a chance to get outside and enjoy the environment today!  To honor the day, we’re offering 10% off all Monaluna orders through the weekend.

 

 

 

We had a great neighborhood photoshoot for Urban Patch last weekend! I had to coax the boys from across the street out of their Ninja Halloween outfits and into some cute little button down shirts, but once dressed they were the perfect models. We got some good photos, they had a blast, and Anabelle got a little more attention than usual from the big kids, putting her in a good mood for the weekend. Everybody was happy! The fabric has been a dream to sew with, and I’ve used it for everything from boys shirts to girls outfits, women’s pajamas and a couple of quilts. I’m super excited to get it in the shop in just a few more weeks!

 

urban patch organic fabric

urban patch organic fabric

urban patch organic fabric

urban patch organic fabric

urban patch organic fabric

urban patch organic fabric

As promised on Tuesday, today I’m sharing photos of our new Raaga organic knit fabrics which will be coming out in late fall. This collection features four of our most popular Raaga designs, printed on 100% organic cotton jersey knit. We’ve shown it here used on our new Ashland A-line skirt pattern for kids (we’ll have an adult version too, with a culotte option!). The tank top and shrug are from the book Sewing Clothes Kids Love. Stay tuned for more cute knit projects, coming soon!

raaga organic knit fabric

raaga organic knit fabric

raaga organic knit fabric

 

We got the sample bolts of our new organic fabric collections last week, and I’ve been busy sewing and photographing ever since! We had a weekend of fun photo shoots and can finally show the fabrics in action. There’s tons of new stuff coming, so here’s a little preview.

 

First up: our new Woodland knit collection! This is soft, 100% GOTS-certified organic interlock knit printed with some of our most popular designs – Foxy, Swedish Forest, A is for Apple, Shroomy, Dotty and our Geo Dot. The fabric is ideal for t-shirts, yoga pants, play clothes and baby clothes like our new Little Bee onesie and pant pattern, as modeled by Mila and Elias here. We will also be introducing organic jersey knits in some of our our Raaga prints, and photos of those will be coming soon.

Little Bee sewing pattern

woodland organic knit fabric

woodland organic knit fabric

Next up is our Urban Patch collection, a playful group of prints inspired by our local urban gardening community. This group is printed on our soft 100% organic cotton poplin, and is great for quilting, kids clothes, adult clothes and all kinds of other projects.

urban patch organic fabric

urban patch organic fabric

Finally, we had a fun photo shoot yesterday with our Meadow collection, a warm and vibrant group of quilt-friendly woodland designs. Lots of organic goodness coming to the shop soon!

meadow organic fabric

meadow organic fabric

meadow organic fabric

meadow organic fabric

 

Tune in on Thursday for a guest post by the fabulous Karen LePage of One Girl Circus! She’ll be sharing a stylish peplum blouse tutorial based on our On the Go dress pattern.

 

The strike-offs for our new fall collections arrived last week, and I’m so excited about them! We have two collections coming out for fall market, Meadow and Urban Patch, and I’m now busily planning out projects to sew up and show at Quilt Market. What would you make with these fabrics?

The strike-offs are hand-screened versions of what will be machine printed in final production, so there are always some little differences, and I love seeing the way they resolve the screen ends, like in the photos below. It won’t look like that in final production, but it’s cool to have the one-offs!

 

The Free Range collection is in, and has been flying off the shelves! One of the fun parts of my job is doing photo shoots for each fabric collection, and we finally got a few photos taken yesterday. Here are some of the takes, and outtakes. Happy Friday!

anabelle and the chickens

 

anabelle and isabelle

 

apple barn cow dress

 

 

 

 

Happy Fourth of July weekend, everybody! It’s cooled down to 100 degrees here from 104, and for the first time I’m really regretting that our little house has no air conditioning. At least it’s dry heat, though! We just got back from a great pan-midwest vacation, where we celebrated the wedding of my brother Josh and new sister-in-law Amy, visited Dave’s alma mater and college friends, and spent time with family and friends in Minneapolis. It was hot there, too, and oh-so-humid! At least we got to enjoy a couple thunderstorms, which made it a little better, and everything was gorgeous and green.

 

The wedding was so beautiful and perfect, including the flowergirls, who were clad in Raaga-print bubble dresses (thanks, Josh and Amy!). Here are a couple of photos, along with a photo of my 4th of July outfit for tomorrow.

 

flowergirls

 

 

happy 4th!

Our new Raaga collection arrived late last week, and the weekend was a flurry of unpacking and taking inventory. You’d think I’d be used to it by now, but every time we get a collection in I’m amazed by the huge number of bolts and seemingly endless stacks of fabric. I love stacking the bolts on our shelves, seeing the patterns repeated over and over. And then I especially love packing them all up in boxes and sending them out across the country and the world. I’m just starting the shipping process now, and I love thinking about those bolts heading off to Japan, the UK, Australia, Spain… all those places I’d like to go but can’t right now. The other day Anabelle was playing in the studio while I packed up a box heading to Hong Kong. She climbed in on top of the bolts and announced that she was going to Hong Kong too! Maybe someday soon…

the raaga collection

 

 

lila lounge pants

 

 

tea blossom tunic

 

Raaga

Whew, what a flurry the last couple of months have been! We exhibited at our 5th Quilt Market two weeks ago, and the dust is just now settling. Every time we start the ramp-up to market it seems like such a huge project – samples to sew, quilts to make, a booth to design and build, props to buy, catalogs to compile order forms to order – but once we get there it’s always so fun, and so worth the work. It’s a great feeling to be among so many like-minded fabric lovers, and get to meet many of my on-line customers in person and see industry friends. Plus, there’s so much creativity and inspiration there! This show was busy, and the down-side of that is that I only had about 25 minutes at the end of the day on Sunday to walk the show (not nearly enough, btw), so this time I don’t have photos of the overall show, but I will share some images of what we introduced there.

 

Here are some photos of our booth from the show…

monaluna quilt market booth

the Monaluna booth at the Spring 2013 Quilt Market

 

monaluna booth detail

The Raaga collection showcase

 

monaluna booth

the Monaluna booth

 

We introduced two new GOTS-certified organic collections at this market, Raaga and Free Range.

The Raaga Collection

The Raaga Collection

 

Free Range Collection

Free Range Collection

 

We also introduced our brand new sewing patterns and more creativity kits!

The On the Go Dress

The On the Go Dress

 

The Tea Blossom Tunic

The Tea Blossom Tunic

 

Lila Lounge Pants

Lila Lounge Pants

 

Raaga Super Simple Skirt Kit

Raaga Super Simple Skirt Kit

 

Free Range Super Simple Skirt Kit

Free Range Super Simple Skirt Kit

 

Free Range Really Super Simple Skirt Kit

Free Range Really Super Simple Skirt Kit

 

Havana Super Simple Skirt Kit

Havana Super Simple Skirt Kit

 

And finally, a little sneak peek of what’s coming for fall: Woodland and Raaga knits!

raaga knits

raaga knits

 

woodland knit series

woodland knit series

Happy Friday, everyone! It’s a gorgeous spring morning here, and I’m putting the finishing touches on a new collection for fall (peeks coming soon!). While I paint, Heidi from Fabric Mutt is back to share a tutorial for her Scooter Bag, using the Havana collection. Hello, Heidi!

 

The Scooter Bag

This soft, floppy bag is the perfect size for the reading mat along with some books, toys, or any other items you want to pack for the trip. The velcro closure is easy for little hands to open and close, and the long padded strap allows for comfortable crossbody wear.

Materials
(2) 22 x 13