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It’s been a busy week here! Meadow and Urban Patch arrived on Tuesday morning, a few days behind schedule, and I spent the day unpacking, taking inventory and stacking bolts on our new shelves (I put Dave to work last week, as seen on our facebook page). Then I spent Wednesday shipping out dozens of boxes of fabric. It’s fun to know that the new prints are making their way all over the world! It’s always fun when the new collections finally arrive and get shipped off, but I only get a moment to savor the completion, because next week I have to have the final designs done for spring. Whew! Off and running… I’ll share a peek when they’re ready to go.

 

urban patch organic fabric

 

urban patch organic fabric

 

meadow organic fabric

 

meadow organic fabric

The dust has settled after another exciting Quilt Market, and I’m enjoying a little chance to breathe and reflect. I don’t have long, because our two new fabric collections, Meadow and Urban Patch, are due to arrive on Thursday! Before I launch into the flurry of shipping out the new stuff, I wanted to take some time to share an overview of the Market introductions here. There was a lot to show!

 

First of all, I have to give a shout out (and a round of applause) to my father-in-law, Ed Miguelucci, for building a powerhouse of a booth. We basically built a little mini-house inside the Houston convention center! Those walls weren’t going anywhere once we bolted them in place.

monaluna quilt market booth

monaluna quilt market booth

We got everything set up the night before the show, and then at the last minute we realized that our sign had reacted poorly with the spray mount I used to re-stick it, and had bubbled terribly. Luckily, we had used chalkboard paint on the walls, and so Dave and I did a little chalk fix the morning of the show. It worked out pretty well!

monaluna quilt market sign

monaluna sign

We had a bit of an urban-meets-woodland theme going on in the booth, with Edison lights, wooden pallets and galvanized metal accents along with birch poles and cedar boards. It was a pretty good fit with our Urban Patch collection, highlighting the farm-to-city theme.

Urban Patch organic fabric

Urban Patch at Quilt Market

I was lucky enough to get Melissa Lunden of Lunden Designs to whip up one of her Northern Exposure quilts out of Urban Patch for the booth, and it looked great! Here’s a photo, with an On the Go dress out of Bouquet in front:

Northern Exposure Quilt by Lunden Design

On the other side of the booth, we had a gorgeous Wiley Way quilt by Sassafrass Lane out of our new Meadow collection. I loved how energetic and kind of retro it felt! We also had cute dress samples using the Bonnie Dress pattern by One Girl Circus, and the Ruby dress by Made by Rae.

Meadow Wiley Way quilt by Sassafrass Lane

meadow organic fabric

The runaway hits from the show were our two new knit collections, the Woodland Knits and Raaga Knits. I couldn’t believe how popular they were!

Woodland organic knit fabric

raaga organic knit fabric

They’re not expected to arrive until January, but I’m already contemplating a reprint. It helped that we also introduced three new sewing patterns specifically designed for knit fabric: the Little Bee Babysuit and the Ashland A-line Skirt and Culottes sized for adults and girls.

monaluna sewing patterns

We also reintroduced our wildly popular Fox Hollow collection at the show! We have had so many requests for a reprint of this collection, and we finally decided it was time. We’ll have 5 prints back in stock in January: Wonderland Blue, Shroomy, Stripey Blue, A is for Apple and Happy Patch.

fox hollow organic fabric

The ever-talented Karen LePage of One Girl Circus whipped up this adorable dress to show off the collection, and we’ll have the pattern available in the spring.

fox hollow dress

fox hollow dress

Finally, we introduced some great new kits at Market, including two new versions of our Super Simple Skirts, and a new Super Simple Patchwork Quilt! Right now we are offering the Super Simple Patchwork Quilt in the Leaf colorway of Urban Patch, but we will be offering it in the Petal colorway as well, along with a version in our Meadow collection.

Urban Patch Super Simple Skirt

Meadow Really Super Simple Skirt kit

Super Simple Patchwork Quilt

All in all, it was a great show! It was so good to see some old friends and familiar faces there, and fun to get such great feedback on the new stuff. I’ll keep you posted on the arrival of the new collections later this week!

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

 

Happy Thursday, everyone! Today, the talented Karen LePage of One Girl Circus will be guest-blogging and sharing a tutorial for how to convert our On the Go dress pattern to a super cute peplum top. Karen is a pattern maker, author (Sewing For Boys) and seamstress extraordinaire , and has worked on all of our Monaluna patterns. Take it away, Karen!

 

TheOn the Go Dress is equally as charming when made up as a peplum blouse, and the process to convert the pattern is remarkably easy. Follow our tutorial to alter your pattern and you’ll have a blouse you can wear with anything you like when the weather turns too cool for a summer dress.

 

Note: When you make clothes from Monaluna patterns, you should first trace the pieces required in your size onto some sort of pattern paper. You can use anything from dedicated tracing medium found at the fabric store, to a roll of drawing paper from your kids’ art supply stash. The only requirement is that the paper must be transparent enough to see the lines you want to trace. Here’s a good tutorial on tracing patterns, if you need a little help.

 

 

Get Ready

 

 

Gather your traced copies of the three pieces that require adjustment: front skirt, back skirt, and button placket. You will use all the remaining pattern pieces as is, omitting the pockets.

Alter the Pattern

 

 

To make the blouse pictured here, use a ruler to measure down 6″ from the waist edge of your chosen size every few inches. Using a curved ruler (or a steady hand), connect the dots to form the peplum hem. Repeat for the back skirt. Use these new pieces to cut the peplum portion of your new blouse.

how to alter the skirt pattern tutorial diagrams

Now you’ll need to shorten the placket to accommodate the new shorter length of the “skirt” portion of the pattern. For the 6″ peplum pictured, the placket measurements are as follows:

XS: 22 1/2″ || S: 22 3/4″ || M: 23 1/4″ || L: 24 1/4″ || XL: 24 3/4″

 

Sew it Up

 

 

Construct according to the On the Go Dress instruction sheet, skipping the pocket. Pair with a cardigan or cropped jacket in cool weather.

 

Wear it!

 

 

Wear your new peplum blouse with everything from skinny jeans to trousers, from pencil mini to flowing maxi skirt to take you into cooler weather.

 

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!

 

summer food

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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.

 

flowergirls

 

 

happy 4th!