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!


summer food


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!

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.





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



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.

(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 ( 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!

Before I moved to the bay area, I wasn’t really aware of orange seasons. Oranges were always available at the grocery store when I wanted them, and I didn’t think too much more about it. Now that I have an orange tree in my yard (along with two tangerines, a teeny grapefruit, two lemons and several little limes) I think about the season a lot. I watch with anticipation as the blossoms give way to little green nubs, which eventually grow and turn orange. I sample numerous super sour and not-quite-ripe oranges to see if they’re ready, and finally, after what seems like an eternity, they turn sweet. Our oranges have been in season for about 6 weeks now, and I’ve made a little ritual of going out and picking them off the tree for dessert. There’s nothing quite like a cold, sweet orange picked fresh by moonlight.


Anyway, as is the case with all of the ridiculously productive little fruit trees in our yard, our orange tree has given us way more fruit than we, our neighbors, and all of the teachers at Anabelle’s school can eat. I’ve put them in salads, I’ve squeezed them for juice, and I’ve made 2 batches of some of the best marmalade I’ve had in recent memory. We’re going to harvest the rest of the tree this weekend and do a run to the local food bank, but I think I’m going to have to make one more batch of marmalade, just to get me through til next year. Since even if you live in snow-laden MN (sorry, I heard about the storm this week, and don’t mean to rub it in…) you can always find oranges at the grocery store, I though I’d share the recipe here.


Sweet Citrus Marmalade

8 small-medium oranges

3-4 tangerines if desired

3 lemons

11 cups sugar

2 packages sure jell pectin

1/8 tsp baking soda

3 cups water or orange juice

3-4 Tbsp. whiskey (optional)

12 1/2 pint jam jars

Jar tongs and funnel, optional


1. Make sure jars are clean and sterile. An easy way to do this is to wash jars and lids in your dishwasher. Wash the fruit.

2. Using a paring knife or a vegetable peeler, remove the outer rind (orange part only) from the fruit. Chop the rinds into chunks or strips and set aside

3. Remove the remaining white rind from the fruit and discard. Chop the fruit into chunks, removing any seeds or tough parts. Put fruit and any liquid into a bowl.

4. Measure out the sugar and put into a bowl. Take 1/4 cup of the sugar, mix this together with the pectin powder, and combine this mixture with the chopped fruit.

5. Place the chopped peels in a large saucepan with 2 cups water or juice and 1/8 tsp. baking soda. Bring to a boil, turn down and simmer for 20 minutes. If you want a marmalade that is less bitter, you can use less of the peel, or omit it completely.

6. Meanwhile, fill a large, high-sided pot 1/2 way with water and place on the stove to boil. This will be used to process the jars once filled.

7. Once the peels have softened, add the chopped fruit and the additional cup of water or juice and simmer for 10 minutes.

8. Add the sugar, stir, and bring the mixture to a full boil. Boil hard for 1 minute

9. Remove marmalade from heat and add the whiskey, if desired.

10. Carefully fill the jars within 1/4″ of top, wipe off any drips and secure lids. I use a jam funnel and a ladle for this step.

10. Once all the jars are filled, you will want to process them in boiling water for 20 minutes. To do this, place as many jars as will fit in the pot described in step 6. The jars should be covered by 1″ of water. Return water to boil and boil jars for 20 minutes, in batches if necessary. Jar tongs are really helpful for this step.

11. You’re done! Once the jars cool, they can be stored for about a year. It may take up to 2 weeks for marmalade to set completely.