Anya Organic Fabric by MonalunaOur brand new organic fabric collection, Anya, is coming soon, and we now have the poplin collection available for pre-order! Hop on over to our website to get your order in early. This collection will be available in early November. We will also be carrying many of these prints on a wonderful, wider knit base cloth (58″ wide!), as well as 5 limited edition prints on Bark Cloth! We’ll have those groups on the site soon. 


Anya Organic Fabric by Monaluna


This collection draws inspiration from mid-century Scandinavian design, and has a stylized woodland theme. Playful owls and hedgehogs are perfect for the younger set, while the florals and geometrics work well for more sophisticated projects and decor.


Anya Organic Fabric by Monaluna

Anya Organic Fabric by Monaluna

Check out the full collection on the website here!


Monaluna Shop Outside

It’s been a couple weeks since we officially opened, and I’ve finally had a chance to catch my breath – and share some photos! It feels like this has been SUCH a long time coming, but when I really take stock of how much we’ve done over the past 6 months or so, I can see where the time has gone. It’s been so worth it, though! I am loving being in this space, having more room, being able to display all the fabrics and quilts, and really see the prints working together. I’m also enjoying being able to meet some of my customers and be a part of the community here. And it’s been pretty amazing to see the space come together and really take shape. Our customers seem to love it, too! Here’s a little summary of 6 months of work:

Before and After

As you can see, it’s a big change! And each step of the way we *got* to learn a new skill…

carpet un-laying

…Carpet un-laying…


…demolition (you should see the slo-mo video we got!)…

Monacan shop ceiling in progress

…ceiling painting (I really loved that mini-scaffolding – thanks for the loan, Jim!)…

Tile restoration

…tile restoration…

Building the Cutting Table

…furniture building…


… and all about paint guns!

Once the hard labor was done, we got to really have fun with the details and make it a space that feels good to us. So many aspects of the shop have stories behind them, and it’s been a lot of fun to seek out special pieces and put together the displays.

shelves 2

We used the boards from our old fence to panel our room divider and the bathroom wall. A friend of ours, who happened to live in our house 20 years before we bought it, stopped into the shop right after we opened, and we laughed when we realized that he had actually been the one who built the fence 30 years ago.


fabric shelves

Our new friend Warren custom-built the fabric shelves, because I was having a lot of trouble finding shelves that would accommodate 3 tiers of fabric.

reclaimed shelves b

The long shelves in the front of the shop were made from a Modesto Ash tree that had to be cut down near our local library. They’re beautiful and strong, and I love seeing them in the shop every day.

monaluna jewelry display

Our jewelry display was bought from a nice woman we met on craigslist, and the display boxes were from an old hardware store. We painted them white on the inside to show off the jewelry.

monaluna organic fabric bundles

Our electrician, Paul, brought us 3 wooden spools from a job site, and once we painted them up they’ve become our favorite shop displays!

shop inside

Monaluna shop front

And then we’ve found lots of beautiful wooden and metal details that bring the warmth of well-used natural materials.

juicy organic fat quarters

We’re loving the space. If you’re in the area, stop by and see us!



Juicy Organic Fabric by Monaluna

And just like that, it’s fall! Yesterday I dropped Anabelle off for her first day at Kindergarten, and I found myself wondering WHERE did the whole summer go?? And then I looked around at the now fully-functioning studio and about-to-be-functioning shop and remember: oh, yeah, I’ve been working on this for the last 6 months! Turns out, rehabbing an old storefront and building a shop while keeping the business running took a bit more time than I thought. But it’s now finally almost here! We’ll be open in 2 weeks! And once I get some photos of the final shop/studio, I’ll post a little slide show of the progress – it’s been a pretty amazing transformation.


The other big news is that our newest organic fabric collection, Juicy, is here in all it’s vibrant and fruity glory! We have these playful prints in both poplin and canvas, and I’ve been working on a bunch of projects for the shop opening using these fabrics. They’re sewing up into the cutest aprons, placemats, coasters and pillows, not to mention the 60’s-vibe A-line dresses and Skater Shirts in these photos. Check out all the prints on our website here.


Juicy Organic Fabric by Monaluna

Juicy Organic Fabric by Monaluna

Skater Shirt in Lemon-Lime by Monaluna

Juicy Organic Fabric by Monaluna

Skater Shirt in Juicy by Monaluna

Juicy Organic Fabric Collection by Monaluna

Haiku Organic Fabric by Monaluna


Our brand new Haiku and Haiku Lawn collections are in, and they’re now shipping! It’s always exciting when new collections arrive, but this one has been especially fun because there are so many things I want to sew for ME! With Quilt Market right around the corner, I had Karen over at One Girl Circus sew up some beautiful samples of our new Sarah Skirt (coming soon!), as well as a gorgeous Ella Dress using our new Poem cotton lawn for Anabelle. The fabrics sew up so beautifully, and the little pops of gold add a special shimmer. As always, both groups are GOTS-certified organic fabric.


The Sarah Skirt by Monaluna

The Ella Dress in Poem Lawn by Monaluna



It’s been a very busy couple of weeks here, as we’re (still!) fixing up the new studio/shop, moving our storage to a new warehouse, preparing for Market and receiving the new fabrics. Our next collection, Juicy, is coming together, too, and I’ll have an update on that group once we’re back from Minneapolis.

Haiku Organic Fabric

Our new organic fabric collection, Haiku, is scheduled to arrive this week, and it’s now up on our website for preorder! We did our first photo shoot for the collection last weekend, and wow did we get some beautiful shots. We took our models up to the Briones reservoir near our house, and I basically just ran after them with the camera trying to capture the images as they did their thing.

Lise and Kathleen walking s

Haiku Organic Fabric by Monaluna


One of the nice things about using friends as models is that they just play, and it’s more fun than work for everyone.


The new fabrics sew up beautifully, and we had some great sewists on the job (thank you, One Girl Circus and Laurie Smith!) The dress patterns above are the Hide and Seek Dress by Oliver + S, New Look’s pattern 6888, and our own Ella Dress.

AYA and SARA picking flowers s

Haiku Organic Fabric by Monaluna

We’ll also be introducing a new skirt pattern at Quilt Market, the Sarah Skirt, shown below. It’ll be up on our site soon!

Haiku Organic Fabric by Monaluna

Four of the Haiku designs will also come on a beautifully drapey cotton lawn. The delicate prints are a perfect match with this fabric, and I’ve been loving the samples we’ve sewn up with it, like the two below:

Haiku Organic Cotton Lawn by Monaluna

haiku lawn s

Both the Haiku poplin and Haiku lawn will be arriving this week, and you can see the full collections on our website here, and here.

Haiku Organic Fabric by Monaluna

Stay tuned for more news soon!

Haiku Organic Fabric by Monaluna

Our new Haiku collection is almost here! This range of six GOTS-certified organic prints is painterly and delicate, with soft watercolor florals juxtaposed by pops of metallic gold.

haiku organic fabric by monaluna

The prints evoke spring, featuring scattering petals, cherry blossoms and daubs of colorful paint. The Shimmer print, spring green with tiny gold plusses, is a perfect accent, providing a pop of color and shine.  Four of the prints are also coming on our gorgeous cotton lawn, which is perfect for flowing garments and kidswear, lightweight quilts and delicate accessories.

haiku organic lawn fabric by monaluna

Stay tuned: we’ll have Haiku up on our website for preorder next week!

haiku organic fabric by monaluna




We’re highlighting our playful and spring-like Under the Sea collection this week (and having a SALE!), so we got some of our dear friends together for a photoshoot last weekend. Can I just say how grateful I am for such generous (and photogenic) friends? We just let the kids run in an open space near our house, and they were instantly adorable.


Under the Sea Organic Fabric by Monaluna

If you're ready to get started on your spring sewing hop on over to our site and check out our Under the Sea Sale!

I know it doesn’t feel like spring everywhere yet, but it’s coming! Spring has definitely sprung here, and Saturday was a perfect day for running around in some fresh organic cotton digs. In this photo, we’re showing our Ella Dress on the littlest, our Boy’s Skater Shirt, the fabulous Goodship Dress by One Girl Circus, and our Super Simple Skirt in Under the Sea. I also tried out Olive Ann’s Geo Dress Pattern, shown below, which was fun and easy to sew, and is a great way to show a few different prints that go well together (like our Octopus Party, Kelp Forest and Scallop!)


Under the Sea Organic Fabric by Monaluna

I know I’ve mentioned my favorite tree before – this beautiful old Live Oak in the open space where I hike in the mornings – and it was the gorgeous backdrop to many of these photos. It’s branches are thick and worn, bowing down to rest on the ground before swooping back up again, which, of course, makes it ideal for climbing.

Whale Trail Organic Fabric by Monaluna

Under the Sea Organic Fabric by Monaluna

Go Fish Organic Fabric by Monaluna

Our Go Fish print works perfectly with our On the Go Dress pattern, shown above. We’re also working on a new sewing pattern, the saucy two-tiered ruche skirt shown below in Octopus Party and Scallop. It’s great for showing off coordinating prints, and looks good with boots or spring sandals. What do you think?

NL 7

Under the Sea Organic Fabric by Monaluna

If you’re ready to get started on your spring sewing hop on over to our site and check out our Under the Sea Sale!

Under the Sea Organic Fabric by Monaluna


Newsflash! Caroline over at is giving away a fat quarter bundle of our Westwood organic fabric! The bundle includes 10 organic poplin prints and 6 organic canvas prints, perfect for quilting, pillow making, accessories or pieced apparel projects. Hop over to her blog to enter the giveaway!


Westwood Organic Fabric by Monaluna


A few weeks ago I got an email from a former colleague who was seeking fabric on behalf of his daughter, Jameson. Her second-grade class was studying inventors, and she had been assigned Isaac Singer, founder of the Singer Sewing Machine Company. The class was instructed to come up with an invention relating to their assigned inventor, and then to build the invention.


Jameson first identified a problem: she had banged her head on the school bus window while trying to catch up on her rest, and she wanted a product that could make the trip to-and-from school less hazardous and more restful. In a flash of (what I consider to be) pure brilliance, she came up with the Pillow Pop, a handy pillow with a suction cup that can be attached to the bus window (or car window, or airplane window) for a cushy, relaxing in-transit nap. She then produced her first prototype, and presented her invention to her class.


I absolutely love this, not only because I think the Pillow Pop is a really good idea (and I want one, especially for plane trips), but also because of how valuable the lesson is for kids. The project went beyond teaching the history of the inventors and prompted the class to exercise their own creativity, and then really follow it through to create the product, solving problems as they arose. SO important!


A few days ago I found these in my inbox:
Pillow Pop by Jameson

Pillow Pop by Jameson

Pillow Pop 3

How cool is that?? She may only be in the second grade, but I think Jameson has a bright future as an inventor and creative thinker.

When I start a new collection, it usually begins as ideas and sketches, or little paintings – a bunch of small images and impressions that I pull together and blend into a group. But it’s not until I get the strike-offs back from the mill – the first screens that are sent to me to approve art and color – that I really get to see the whole collection come together. It’s always so exciting, and I love to play with the fabrics, usually laying them out on the floor or couch, seeing how they combine and pair. My cats love to play with the fabrics too, since any textile on the floor is apparently fair game. Here’s a little peek at our upcoming organic fabric collection, Haiku, and my cat Sadie, happily nestling in to the strike-offs.

Haiku Organic Fabric by Monaluna