The dust has finally settled here after the arrival of our new collection, and I’ve got the first wave of Taali pre-orders out. Time for a giveaway! I’ll be giving away a fat quarter of each of the 9 Taali prints. Just leave a comment letting me know what you’d like to make with the fabric by Monday, December 12th, and I’ll enter you in the drawing. Good luck!
Over Thanksgiving weekend, Dave and I ventured into our local Barnes and Nobles to do a little shopping. As usual, I took some time to check out the magazine section, and was amazed and excited to make several Monaluna sightings. First, I found the new (well, November, but it takes a while to get to our store) issue of Handmade Living, and saw that they had featured a quilt using Anika on their cover! It looks so great, and I only wish I wasn’t out of 3 of the prints.
Finally, as I was flipping through one of my favorite sewing magazines, Stitch, I saw this crafty use of Soar and Starburst on page 17:
Needless to say, I felt that justified my buying all three, and since two were imports I ended up leaving most of my shopping money at the bookstore. Well spent, though, and now I have all kinds of good ideas for holiday projects!
The shipment of our new Taali collection finally arrived this morning! You’d think I’d be used to it by now, but it’s always such a thrill when the truck pulls up and unloads all the boxes. So exciting! And then there’s the sinking realization that we have to actually carry them all inside and put them away. Less exciting. We lucked out with the weather today, though – last time it was raining, and we had to fiddle around with tarps and all sorts of nonsense. I can’t wait to start shipping out orders!
I am absolutely loving the Taali quilt that Melissa Lunden made for our Quilt Market booth! I had planned to have Anabelle use it, but she’s still in a crib, and the quilt felt like overkill for such a small space, so Dave and I have been using it on our bed. I love the weight, and the fabric feels so good! Melissa made it with lots of white space, so the pops of print look so cheery and fresh. Thanks again, Melissa! Here are a few more photos:
Selby from Sweet Tooth Fabrics recently sent me these photos of the adorable blouse she made using the Soar print from Marin. I love it! Selby is a pattern maker who specializes in organic and sustainable fabrics, and she’s currently working on a line of sew-at-home clothing patterns (when she’s not at her day job as an osteologist on an archeological dig, that is… which makes me feel a bit lazy). You can read more about the new patterns here.
I’m finally getting back into the swing of things after our adventures at Quilt Market in Houston. What a blast! Market ended on Monday, but Dave’s parents live just outside of Houston so we spent a few much-needed days of vacation with them before heading home. The show went really well, but I always wish I had more time to see all the other booths as well. It’s very hard to stay in the our little 10×10′ space when there are hundreds and hundreds of fabric designers and quilters and pattern makers to see!
When I first got to our booth on Friday it looked like this:
Have you guys seen Handmade Living magazine? It’s a gorgeous British magazine put out by the same publisher that does Sew Hip. I picked it up at Borders a few months ago and just loved it! Well, they did a profile of Monaluna in their latest (October) edition, and we put our 2nd-ever ad on the back cover! It was so fun to get it in the mail last week. Here’s a peek!
|Monaluna in Handmade Living|
I’ve had so many requests lately for this sadly out-of-stock scooter fabric that I’m thinking of sneaking it, or a similar print, into one of my new collections. What do you guys think? Are you still feeling the scooters? They would probably appear in a slightly different colorway, and possibly a little different print, but I’d keep the essential girliness, and of course the scooteriness. Thoughts? I’d love your input!
Teresa over at Green Bag Lady is doing a giveaway of Monaluna fabric bags and fat quarters! Teresa has this great idea of giving away free reusable bags in exchange for a commitment to USE them, instead of using disposable bags when shopping. I sent her some fabric recently, and she turned it into adorable tote bags! Check out her blog and enter the giveaway here.