Blog Posts Tagged ‘organic fabric’

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

Scrap Quilts

02/17

Hello, blogosphere! I’ve taken a long blog break, and these past few months have been a flurry of designing and growing here at Monaluna. Things are finally calming down a bit, and I’m excited to get back to projects and blogging.

 

I started last week with what turned out to be a pretty ambitious organizing project. I had been carefully ignoring the towering, disorganized scrap pile in my closet for months, and had finally had enough of it. At the same time, Anabelle’s school put out a call for extra blankets and quilts, and I decided it was time to make something from those extra odd pieces. The piecing for three little quilts only took Saturday afternoon, and I hardly had to cut – I just arranged the pieces I had in blocks, and trimmed them to fit where necessary. The backing, binding and quilting took a bit more time, but it felt really good to see them coming together, and I even hand quilted (very quickly and sloppily) 2 of the 3, the first time I’ve done that in years! It was so easy and fun that I decided to organize and bundle all the remaining scraps and make them available on the website. It turned out to be a bit of an undertaking, but in the 5 days since I put them up there they’ve been VERY popular, and the first batch are almost gone! Now that I have the hang of it I’ll be able to add them more frequently, though, and keep my scrap piles at more manageable levels.

Good things come in priority mail packages! I’ve been working with the talented Melissa Lunden, of Lunden Designs, to develop a chevron quilt pattern for Havana, and I just received the sample quilt in the mail. So pretty! She worked two prints into each chevron stripe, and the back is a really nice patchwork using four different prints. I love it, and I hope you do too! The pattern will be available soon.

It was a gorgeous Northern California fall day here yesterday, and we took advantage of the golden light to do a little photoshoot of our new Modern Home collection. We got two of our favorite models and headed down to the open space near our house for some beautiful backdrops. Here are a few of the photos, plus a sneak peek of the full collection. I hope you like them! I will be introducing the collection at Quilt Market this month, and it’s expected to arrive in December. Anabelle’s dress is made from the Charlie Dress Pattern by Made by Rae.