Blog Posts Tagged ‘new fabric’

One of the most exciting parts of designing a fabric collection is when the big package of strike-offs lands on my doorstep. The strike-offs are the hand-screened samples that show what the artwork and color will look like on the final product. Sometimes, they’re spot on and look exactly like I’d hoped they would. Every once in a while they look even better! And then occasionally… well, we go for round two (or three). Last week our Magical Creatures strike-offs arrived, and they look great! Here’s a little peek:

Magical Creatures by Monaluna

The collection is 9 prints total, with 4 of them (the green, gold, lavender and pink blenders) carrying forward to sit with our upcoming Saturday collection (Coming in February). As always, the designs are printed on our GOTS-certified organic cotton poplin (read more about the GOTS certification here!), which works beautifully for quilting as well as many apparel and home dec projects. We see it as a great all-purpose cotton fabric.

The prints are a balance of large, medium and small scale motifs, designed to work well together in quilts and clothing.

There Be Dragons by Monaluna

Although it was tempting to go all girly with the unicorns and mermaids, we got some excellent dragons in there too (for the boys, or girls who like dragons, like me!) The green and gold blenders both work really nicely with that print.

Mermaid Party by Monaluna

I’m already planning for a pair of Mermaid Part pajama bottoms with a Lavender Dots top…

Unicorn Dreams by Monaluna

I felt like I was channeling my 4th-grade self when I painted the Unicorn Dreams print. I was unicorn-obsessed as a 10-year-old, and was also quite excited about flower crowns and peacock feathers, so I got them all into that print. Come to think of it, I’m still a bit obsessed with those things…

There will be a few minor tweaks to the prints (color trapping should be better, and a few colors will be adjusted for better details), but they’ll be on their way shortly! Look for the collection to land around the middle of November.

Field Flowers

We just got home from Quilt Market in Portland, and we had such a great time! There’s always so much to see, and so many of our quilty friends to catch up with, that it goes by in a blur. This time we were buying for the shop too, so it was even a bit busier than usual. I thought I’d share some photos of our booth, as well as a few peeks at all the awesome creativity we saw there.

 

Monaluna Quilt Market Booth - Portland Quilt Market 2018

 

Our booth was decked out with glimpses of our new Magical Creatures and Saturday collections, as well as lots of cute Journey samples, including an awesome May Chappel Blooming Dresden quilt that Janet Johnson stitched up, and Kathy August quilted. So pretty!

 

Monaluna Quilt Market Booth - Spring Quilt Market 2018

 

We introduced two new collections at this market, Magical Creatures and Saturday, and they both got great responses! They won’t be in stock until October (Magical Creatures) and February (Saturday), but I’ll have them up on the website to view next week. Until then, here’s a little peek:

 

 

 

I didn’t take nearly as many photos as I’d intended, but those that I did were all nicely coordinated: I was clearly into rainbows! And rich, saturated color. As usual, I was really drawn to the wool felt (coming soon to a Monaluna shop near you).

 

Sadly, I neglected to match this vendor to the gorgeous samples I photographed. Can anyone help me out with the company name on these felt samples? So pretty!

 

This was the “Village for All Seasons” quilt by Karen Eckmeier. Ahhmazing.

 

The Tula Pink booth, one of our neighbors. I cannot get over her gorgeous palette. And the fabrics and quilts, of course!!

 

A paper pieces quilt, made with Tula fabric.

 

There was so, so much more to see, and you should jump on instagram and search for #quiltmarket or #quiltmarket2018 for more!

Journey Organic Fabric by Monaluna

 

Our new Journey collection arrived last week, and we’ve been busy unpacking (so many boxes!), repacking, photo-shooting and shipping orders out to shops and designers all over the world. It seems like we wait and wait for the new collections to arrive, and then once they land there’s so much to be done! I still have a lot of samples to sew, mainly patchwork and some adult apparel projects, but we were able to get some great kidswear pieces finished in time for our little photoshoot last weekend. We got some of our favorite kids to show them off for us!

 

Journey Organic Fabric by MonalunaJourney Organic Fabric by Monaluna

 

Stylistically, this collection is a continuation of our Wanderlust collection that we introduced 2 years ago. It is inspired by the Southwest (and specifically, a time I found myself in Arizona years ago – you can read the story here), and has lots of cacti and succulents, coyote, blackbirds and indigo painted steer skulls. The palette includes warm corals and pinks, and a range of blues, which for me evokes the play of light and shadows on sandstone cliffs.

 

 

Like all of our collections, this range is GOTS-certified organic, which ensures that every stage of production meets strict environmental and social standards. The cotton is farmed without the use of synthetic fertilizers or pesticides, and there are no harmful chemicals used in the processing or finishing. Also, it’s fair trade. ūüôā The certification covers a lot – you can read the full description here.

 

Journey Organic Fabric by Monaluna

 

The collection includes 12 prints on our premium organic poplin, and we also have 7 prints (plus our warm white solid) on our lightweight organic cotton lawn. Both substrates are great for quilting, as well as all sorts of apparel and home projects. The lawn is especially nice for spring and summer-weight dresses, skirts and blouses, but I will say that one of my favorite quilts is made entirely from our wanderlust lawn and is so soft and cozy!

 

Journey Organic Fabric by Monaluna

 

Because we only release a limited number of collections each year, I always try to make sure that there’s a good range of prints that will work for a variety of projects and wearers. This collection hits that mark pretty well, I think, with prints that work for kids as well as adults, and some good boy prints, too (I hear you!). I have a few projects picked out to sew for myself – I just need to fit in a little selfish sewing one of these weekends!

 

Journey Organic Fabric by Monaluna

 

Journey Organic Fabric by Monaluna

 

Coyote Moon Organic Fabric by Monaluna

 

Journey Organic Fabric by Monaluna

 

Journey Organic Fabric by Monaluna

Our new Journey collection is on the way! It’s scheduled to land at port on February 21st, and we’ll have it in stock as soon as it makes its (sometimes slow) way through customs. Perfect for spring, the collection includes 11 prints on our premium organic cotton poplin, and 6 prints on our light and drapey organic cotton lawn.

 

This collection is a partner to our Wanderlust collection from Spring, 2016, and follows the theme of Southwestern imagery, with succulents and cacti, coyote and blackbirds, and even a desert night sky, as seen in the Moon Phase print. The collections were inspired by an unexpected two week adventure I had in Arizona years ago, and you can read the story about that trip here.

 

 

I’ve been itching to work with the sample fabric that we received a couple weeks ago, and have projects in mind from quilts to summer dresses, and even some summer-weight, rolled edged scarves from the new lawn prints. I got a little start this morning, and am planning to carve out some stitching time over the long weekend. Here are a few projects that I made from the strike-offs before market. They were perfect for scraps and small pieces, and I love the way the colors worked together, but I’m looking forward to some garment projects too. I’ll let you know when we have them in stock!

 

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Our Cottage Garden  organic fabric collection has arrived and is now shipping! 9 playful prints featuring charming garden creatures, pansies, mushrooms and spots are printed on our premium, 100% organic cotton fabric.

A Cottage Garden Daydream:

 

Here at Monaluna, we’re envisioning a sweet girl exploring an English garden. As she wanders through the green grass, she sees strawberries, pink pansies and animals of all kinds. Hedgehogs! Squirrels! Deer! Foxes! And rabbits! Oh how delightful – she was amongst all her garden friends. They laughed and played without a care.

 

Little red mushrooms with pinprick white spots scattered the yard, just as cute as can be. Ladybugs dotted the sky and grass below. Her red and white polka dot dress blew in the warm breeze. She picked a plump, red strawberry from the field and its sweet taste filled her heart with joy and springtime giggles. As she laid back in the plush grass, the setting sun shone upon her smiling face. The moon and the stars sparkled the sky as the evening blanked her in a navy blue dreamland.

 

 

Cottage Garden honors the garden dweller in all of us: it is a playful collection featuring garden flowers, tiny mushrooms, strawberry fields and charming English garden critters. As always, printed on premium, 100% organic cotton fabric. After a long-awaited arrival, these delightful prints are now available!

 

After what seems like a very long wait, our Simple Life Poplins, Canvas and Cotton Lawns have finally arrived! Inspired by the crisp, clean lines of Scandinavian design, these ranges incorporate woodland animals, graphic florals and geometrics, all in a palette of blues, red and warm white.

 

I spent the year after high school living in Denmark, just south of Copenhagen, and this collection sprung from memories of my kitchen there – steaming Bodum mugs and red coffee carafes, strawberry cake with whipped cream, lingonberry jam, cut flowers and wildlife passing by the big windows that looked onto the beach. Such a beautiful place.

 

Simple Life Organic Fabric by Monaluna

 

The prints come on 3 different base cloths¬†–¬†our versatile poplin, featherweight cotton lawn and sturdy canvas – so you can pick just the right weight for your project. We’ve already used them to make up garments, quilts, pillows, clutch bags, backpacks, table linens, oh – and some cute Christmas ornaments!¬†¬†What would you make with these fabrics?

This spring just FLEW by.¬†There’s always such a flurry building up to Quilt Market, and then we went on a family vacation to the East Coast right after we returned. When we got back¬†I jumped straight into¬†finishing up the new collections for fall, and by the time I caught my breath it was the 4th of July! So¬†this is a belated Quilt Market post, but we had a lot of fun with¬†our booth this time, and we actually got some decent¬†photos.¬†Here’s a little recap of the booth featuring our upcoming organic fabric collections, Wanderlust Poplin and Wanderlust¬†Lawn, and Bloom Poplin and Bloom Double Gauze.

 

WANDERLUST Organic Fabric by Monaluna

 

We had a double booth this time, but actually had 3 collections to show, since we didn’t show Anya at fall market. We decided to build little vignettes for each group, with more props than we usually have. That worked out really well, because we had very little sample fabric to work with (most of the fabrics literally arrived the day before market opened, so I pulled a late night sewing up the little Ella Dress in the Wild Horses fabric that you see here), and also because we were able to give a very clear mood for each group. The Wanderlust collection was inspired by a trip I took (well, actually, I was stranded, so “trip” isn’t quite the right word) in Arizona about 18 years ago, so this set has a very 60’s Southwestern feel. I’m going to share that story on the blog next week, so tune-in if you’re interested.

 

WANDERLUST 2

 

You can see a closer image of the Wildflower skirt here, sewn from the cotton lawn. This pattern is one I made up based loosely on a skirt I bought in Korea 20 years ago. I’ve tried in vain to find another, and finally tried to recreate it. There’s been a lot of interest in the samples, so it may become a pattern soon!

 

Wanderlust Organic Fabric by Monaluna

 

Mindy whipped up a little cross patch pillow and baby quilt top using our strike-offs. I love the way they turned out – the textures and colors work really nicely together.

 

Bloom Organic Fabric by Monaluna

 

The Bloom side of the booth was all French flower-shop¬†feminine, and we found some foxglove and hydrangeas that accented the florals perfectly. The two garments on the mannequins were sewn from the Bloom Double Gauze, and we’re loving the way this new (to us)¬†base cloth works for clothing. So soft and airy!

 

Bloom Organic Fabric by Monaluna

 

The booth was on an aisle, which is always nice because you can leave that wall open to passing traffic. The only downside is it can feel a little TOO open, so we tried to anchor the corner with this little grouping of sewn samples and flowers, connected to the rest of the display with bunting and string lights. It was festive!

 

Bloom Organic Fabric by Monaluna

 

We were able to show Anya off with a gorgeous Diamond Alley quilt by Sassafras Lane and a darling Sally Dress in Hootenanny and Florette. The barkcloth was represented by our own living room chair (covered in Eero) and some pillows from the shop, and we had some darling garments made from the Anya Knits.

 

Monaluna Organic Fabric, Quilt Market 2016

 

All in all, it was a pretty fun booth! Now, I’m just anxiously awaiting the new collections, which were delayed, but which will be arriving in 2 weeks. I’ll keep you posted as they get closer!

 

I’ve been asked a few times recently where I get inspiration for my designs and collections. I usually say “everywhere” or “nature”, both of which are true, but this time I found inspiration in a bottle of beer. I thought I’d share a specific example and tell you the story behind the development of our upcoming collection for fall, Westwood. As you will see, the design process is long and winding, and it rarely ends up where I think it will, but I guess that’s all part of the fun.

 

Inspiration struck last summer when Dave and I were visiting family in Minneapolis. We were picking up some white wine for dinner, when what should my eyes behold but the most beautiful bottle of beer I had ever seen. Yes, a bottle of beer. It was from Odell Brewing Company, and it was adorned with a gorgeous wood-cut style owl. Plus, it came in a cute little mini-pack of four. Cute little packages get me every time.

 

 

Of course I had to buy it. Even though Dave hates Pilsner. Most of the beer was consumed during our trip, but I made it home with one bottle intact. When we got home and were unpacking, Anabelle managed to get ahold of the bottle and lovingly shred off the label, but luckily I had saved the little carrier. It went into my inspiration file, but the image stayed in my head and took root. I don’t know who the artist is (I did look on the website for some credit, but didn’t see any), but I love the intricate but imperfect, rustic quality of the design. Love it. And I love the subtle palette, and, well, it’s a really cool owl.

 

When I started pulling together my inspiration for fall, I remembered this little guy, and pulled him out of the file. Up on the inspiration board he went, and was soon surrounded by examples of wood-cut and block printing, and sketches of unicorns and foxes and folkloric animals. I was trying to capture the hand-carved feel of the artwork, and the folkloric, mythic feel of the character. I wasn’t successful. But, as often happens, failing at that left me with a bunch of interesting stuff, which then became step two of the process. I’ll tell you more about that next week!