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.
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.
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!
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!
August is my favorite month for food. The garden is going crazy, the tomatoes are ripening, it’s a perfect temperature in the evening (here, in the far-east bay, anyway) for grilling dinner, and everything tastes and smells so good. We’ve been taking advantage of the fruits of the garden (tomatoes, basil, cucumbers, zucchini, eggplant, peaches, figs and grapes) and making some amazing finger food dishes and salads for dinner. They’re a great way to use the produce and make fairly simple and delicious summer food. Here are some ideas from the Miguelucci-Moore household this week.
Simple caprese salad: heirloom tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, fresh basil, good olive oil, balsamic vinegar and a sprinkling of course sea salt
Crostini with arugula pesto, blue cheese and fresh figs, as seen here.
Fresh figs, stuffed with feta, wrapped in bacon and grilled.
Grilled zucchini wrapped around ricotta basil filling (1 c ricotta, 20 basil leaves 1 or 2 garlic cloves, olive oil, salt and pepper in the blender).
Simple pie crust baked for 10 minutes, spread with goat cheese, layered with fig-olive spread (from Whole Foods), topped with heirloom tomatoes, sprinkled with fresh thyme and sea salt and drizzled with olive oil.
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!
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.
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
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…
the Monaluna booth at the Spring 2013 Quilt Market
The Raaga collection showcase
the Monaluna booth
We introduced two new GOTS-certified organic collections at this market, Raaga and Free Range.
The Raaga Collection
Free Range Collection
We also introduced our brand new sewing patterns and more creativity kits!
The On the Go Dress
The Tea Blossom Tunic
Lila Lounge Pants
Raaga Super Simple Skirt Kit
Free Range Super Simple Skirt Kit
Free Range Really 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!
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.
(2) 22 x 13
Hi Everyone! Our scheduled post got delayed yesterday due to some technical difficulties with the website, so with no further ado, please welcome guest blogger Heidi Staples!
My name is Heidi Staples, and I blog at Fabric Mutt (fabricmutt.blogspot.com). I
It’s been a busy week here in the Miguelucci Moore/Monaluna household. On Saturday we brought home 6 new family members – baby chicks! I’ve been waiting a loooong time for chickens – I started nagging Dave about getting them almost 8 years ago when we first moved into our apartment in Oakland. The apartment was ruled too small for chickens (I had to agree on that – we only had a little front porch and a bitty little piece of garden), but once we moved into our house it seemed like the perfect time. But then we were landscaping the yard, and busy with quilt markets, and somehow the coop we were planning to build just never got started.
Then, on New Year’s day, we happened to see a darling chicken coop kit which matched our house perfectly, and also happened to be on sale. Although I was all excited about the idea of building our own coop, the convenience of the kit won out. And then of course once we had the coop straightened out, we could get the chickens! Picking them out took the better part of Saturday afternoon, but we finally landed on the assortment above. I knew I wanted a couple of Araucanas, because I’m in love with the blue-green color of their eggs, and I’ve had a thing for Silkies ever since seeing the resident Silkie chicken at Wild Rumpus Bookstore in Minneapolis. Emma’s a few days older than the others (just about 5 days old in these photos!), and Anabelle calls her “big sister”. We’ve spent many hours over the last week just sitting and watching them scurry about in their temporary home (a big clear plastic storage box with a heat lamp), pecking and fluffing and nodding off while standing up. They’ll be in the house for about a month before they can move into the coop, and I’ve really been enjoying the chorus of peeping while I work. I have a feeling they’ll be making their way into some new textile designs soon!
In other news, I’m excited to announce that I will have a guest blogger visiting next week! The talented Heidi Staples from Fabric Mutt will be sharing tutorials for 3 projects – a reading mat, a scooter bag and a love bird pillow, all using the Havana collection. Look for her first post on Tuesday!