Ashley from Film in the Fridge posted the most adorable baby quilt yesterday, made with Taali! She’s calling it baby plusses, and they look like little flags to me. I love all the white, and the way she’s worked in the gray and teal.
As I was scrolling down, I noticed that the next post features a quilt made with the Circa 52 collection I designed for Birch Fabrics, and that one’s adorable too!
Thanks, Ashley, for your great designs and for being such an inspiration!
Happy Monday, everyone! Wow, this weekend went by fast. I’ve been sitting here wondering where it went, but a quick look at my iphoto gives me a good idea – we packed a lot in! Anabelle got her first (real) haircut on Saturday (I decided against giving her another home haircut after stumbling across this hilarious blog post), we pruned the roses and cleaned up the yard, we cleaned the house (though I swear you’d never know it now), I sewed a new dress for Anabelle, and we took a lot of photos. We made soup, went to the gym, I met with some other creative women for our monthly creativity/business gab fest, and I packed up a bunch of orders. Whew! I promised Dave that we’d have some quiet weekends in January, but that hasn’t really happened. Maybe in February…
Here are some photos of Belle in her new dress. It’s Kwik Sew #3775, sewn with Taali Mixed Apples and Dotty.
I love the weeks after we release a new collection, because I often will get emails from customers sharing what they’ve made with the fabric. Over the last couple of weeks I’ve gotten some amazingly cute photos of Taali items, and I thought I’d share some with you. First up are some adorable short sets from Owl and Hedgehog, of Tauranga, New Zealand:
Jo from Monkeys in my Pocket emailed me with photos of her Taali quilt, and I just love it. I’m amazed at how many crafty Australians I’ve met in this business! Must be something in the water there – I’ll have to visit.
My first real design job was as a toy designer for Manhattan Toy in Minneapolis, so I always think that someday I’ll make some cute soft toys with Monaluna fabrics. Well, I got an email from teddy bear artist Jenny Smith, and she’s been doing just that! She sent me this photo of her new creation Lowry, using Taali trees:
Finally, I got a really nice New Year’s message from Katerina of Modern Patchwork in Slovakia, the winner of our Taali fat quarter giveaway in December. In (what I consider to be) record time, she used the fat quarter bundle to whip up this baby quilt for her son:
Thanks, guys, for sharing the photos with me, and for your creativity and inspiration!
There’s a Taali fat quarter bundle giveaway going on at favequilts.com! Check out their post here to enter to win one fat quarter of each of the 9 Taali quilts. Good luck!
Over the last few months I’ve been doing a lot of wistful thinking about the old days when I had more time to do sewing projects and little tutorials for the blog. That sure was fun. Right before I went home for Christmas, I got all inspired by a quilting post on Posie Gets Cozy and decided to start a quilt for my mom using some of her favorite Marin prints. Of course, when I started it, I actually thought I might finish it in time for Christmas, but that was just silly. I forget how much slower quilting goes when you have a toddler. So here it is, early January, and one of my New Years resolutions is to finish it before March. Here’s a photo of some of the first blocks, and I’ll post more photos as I make progress. Once I’m done, I’ll post the full project and pattern. Wish me luck!
Hi everyone, and happy New Year! I’m getting organized and up to speed this week, and it’s feeling really good to be starting a fresh page, even if only symbolically. I’m cleaning out my office, giving myself a new organizational system, and working on a new collection, all very reinvigorating. But with all this new, I’m carrying over something old, too. The demand for Foxy from Anika has been so great, that I decided to reintroduce the print in our new collection, Fox Hollow. He’s (she’s?) got a spiffy new color, to compliment the new group, and should be back this spring. I’ll share a sneak peek of the whole collection soon, but for now, here’s Foxy Too!
I’ve been all caught up in the bustle and hum of the holidays this year. I’ve had lots of things I’ve wanted to post about – the makings of a new Marin quilt (not yet done), Anabelle’s first Christmas cookie making experience, and lots of thoughts about making and the holidays and new beginnings. It’s been exciting to tackle the holidays with a toddler this year (though “exciting” isn’t the word I would have chosen the other afternoon when I was trying to wrap gifts and the ribbons were suddenly unrolled and everywhere, the tape had been used to resurface the floors, and the scissors, *gasp*, were nowhere to be found … until they turned up much later hidden in a box inside another box). It puts the holidays in a new perspective in all kinds of ways. I’m embracing it all, but also looking forward to the new year and a fresh slate, some new goals and a thorough housecleaning. We celebrated the solstice on Wednesday with some good friends and a (small) bonfire, and as I looked out over our brown winter garden I felt real joy at the thought of the days lengthening and the sun returning. I’m excited for this new year and the new growth it will bring. Happy holidays, everyone!
Thank you to everybody who entered our fat quarter giveaway! I really love reading your comments and project ideas. I wish I could send you all a bundle, but I had to pick just one, so I used the random number generator and came up with… Katarina! Congratulations! I’ll email you to get your mailing information.
Oh, but wait! There’s more Etsy adorableness to be had! Kirsty from Wild Things Dresses emailed me last week with some of the creations she’s made using Monaluna fabrics. These dresses are almost too cute to be believed! I’m seriously thinking of commisioning her to make one in my size, regardless of how silly I’d probably look. Or suppose I could just get one for Anabelle – she’d look much better in it. AND she’s offered a 20% discount to our blog readers – just use the code FUNKY20!
And another thing. I came across the lovey that Nathalie from Dolce Dreams made for Anabelle when she was just wee, and I was reminded of how ridiculously cute they are. See??
She has them available on her etsy shop here.
Happy handmade shopping!
And finally, don’t forget to enter to win the Taali fat quarter giveaway! I’ll close the drawing at midnight, and will announce the winner tomorrow.