Blog Posts Tagged ‘quilt market’

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!

 

Euclid Avenue in Haven Organic Fabric

 

I’ve been loving the Euclid Avenue quilt that Kristy and Shayla from Sassafras Lane Designs made for our Quilt Market booth in May, so I thought I’d give it it’s own post today. It was a huge hit at the show, and I think it really works well with the subtle, fresh palette of Haven. These two are such sweet and talented designers, and I love the style and spirit of their company. You can buy the quilt pattern here, and the fabric is available here.

Euclid Avenue in haven

 

I love the irregular linear quilting they used – it’s subtle, but gives the quilt a really nice texture and structure.

Euclid Avenue in Haven closeup

 

Here’s the quilt, paired with some pillows that also made an appearance at Quilt Market, sewn by Jeanne Verrinder, a local sewist.:

Euclid Avenue and Pillows in Haven

 

And on display in our Quilt Market booth in May. Thanks, Shayla and Kristy, for your beautiful work!

Haven at Quilt Market

Hello friends! We just got back from the spring International Quilt Market in Pittsburgh, PA, and we had such a great time! It always feels like an insurmountable task the month before the show, but somehow samples get sewn (thanks to Karen at One Girl Circus and all you other helpers), materials get designed, props get ordered and delivered, and it all comes together. This show was a breeze, thanks to our dear family in PA (and the road-trippers from TX) who pitched in and helped. These days I get precious few minutes out of our booth, so I didn’t get any photos of the rest of the show, but I have a bunch of shots from our booth to share. We had a lot to show off this time, with two new woven collections (Haven and Under the Sea), two knit collections (Marrakech and Meadow knits, both due this August/September), and new sewing patterns (out next month).

 

First of all, the David L. Lawrence convention center is gorgeous! I truly never thought I’d use that adjective to describe a convention center, but as they go, this one really is nice. Lots of natural light from skylights and big windows overlooking the river, and that makes spending 3 solid days indoors much, much more enjoyable. In fact, the whole city really was lovely, and the fact that it was raining much of the trip made it even better, since I’ve almost forgotten what rain feels like.

 

pittsburgh convention center

 

This is what our booth looked like upon arrival…

 

monaluna booth

 

… and once we’d finished with it:

 

 

We created little vignettes of each of our new collections, along with some of the inspiration photos and early sketches of the collection. Here’s the Haven group:

 

haven collection

 

This photo shows off the gorgeous Euclid Avenue quilt by Sassafras Lane Designs:

 

haven by monaluna

 

Here’s our vignette for Under the Sea (though i just noticed our little boy is missing his shirt… that came last minute before the show):

 

Under the Sea by Monaluna

 

And this photo shows the Tatami Mat quilt by Lunden Designs. I LOVE how well this quilt pattern shows off the fabrics! Also, notice the adorable Shelby Satchel by Sassafras Lane Designs.

 

under the sea by monaluna

 

We had some darling samples using our Fox Hollow collection, and our Woodland Knits (special thanks to Fishsticks Designs and Olive Ann Designs)!

 

fox hollow and woodland knits by monaluna

 

AND we have three brand new sewing patterns coming out next month! The adorable Ella Dress, the skater shirt and the Solstice dress and tank/short set (for knits) will all be available by the end of June. (Check out the stunning turquoise sewing machine that Karen at One Girl Circus lent me to use in the booth!)

 

sewing patterns by monaluna

 

I can’t believe the show has already come and gone, but the next one will be here before we know it!

 

monaluna quilt market booth

Whew, what a flurry the last couple of months have been! We exhibited at our 5th Quilt Market two weeks ago, and the dust is just now settling. Every time we start the ramp-up to market it seems like such a huge project – samples to sew, quilts to make, a booth to design and build, props to buy, catalogs to compile order forms to order – but once we get there it’s always so fun, and so worth the work. It’s a great feeling to be among so many like-minded fabric lovers, and get to meet many of my on-line customers in person and see industry friends. Plus, there’s so much creativity and inspiration there! This show was busy, and the down-side of that is that I only had about 25 minutes at the end of the day on Sunday to walk the show (not nearly enough, btw), so this time I don’t have photos of the overall show, but I will share some images of what we introduced there.

 

Here are some photos of our booth from the show…

monaluna quilt market booth

the Monaluna booth at the Spring 2013 Quilt Market

 

monaluna booth detail

The Raaga collection showcase

 

monaluna booth

the Monaluna booth

 

We introduced two new GOTS-certified organic collections at this market, Raaga and Free Range.

The Raaga Collection

The Raaga Collection

 

Free Range Collection

Free Range Collection

 

We also introduced our brand new sewing patterns and more creativity kits!

The On the Go Dress

The On the Go Dress

 

The Tea Blossom Tunic

The Tea Blossom Tunic

 

Lila Lounge Pants

Lila Lounge Pants

 

Raaga Super Simple Skirt Kit

Raaga Super Simple Skirt Kit

 

Free Range Super Simple Skirt Kit

Free Range Super Simple Skirt Kit

 

Free Range Really Super Simple Skirt Kit

Free Range Really Super Simple Skirt Kit

 

Havana Super Simple Skirt Kit

Havana Super Simple Skirt Kit

 

And finally, a little sneak peek of what’s coming for fall: Woodland and Raaga knits!

raaga knits

raaga knits

 

woodland knit series

woodland knit series