Cabana Squares
In Madrid with no connection

Croissants, Tapas and Jelly Roll Giveaways!

I think one of my friends said it best recently when she described my life as "going from one frying pan into another"! Usually the few weeks after Market are all about recooperation and shipping out orders. Well, somehow this year that just hasn't happened so much. In addition to the thousands of patterns we have shipped out in the last few weeks, I have finished up the designs & colors for the next fabric line [to show at Spring Market in Portland] and sent them on to my Design Director, organized the sewing of 2 quilts for American Patchwork & Quiting [more to come on that topic soon], finished several other online projects and have now finally started preparing for my upcoming trip to Madrid, Spain and Paris, France.

As it draws closer, I'm actually starting to get a little bit excited about the trip. First MODA is sending me along with another designer to Madrid to do some workshops for one of their European distributors. I am really honored to have been asked and I will be focusing my teaching on how to use Jelly Rolls & Charm Packs in the European Market. Hopefully I will have something useful to offer them. The most interesting thing about that trip is that I opened my big mouth somewhere in the process and volunteered the fact that I am mostly fluent in Spanish... so now I will be teaching my workshops in Spanish LOL! Since then I have been frantically trying to memorize quilting & sewing terms since those are not really a part of my regular day to day Spanish vocabulary!

After Madrid, I am gong to Paris for 3 whole days... by myself... to do what I want to do... with no agenda... to walk andEiffel_tower_at_night_2
look and play... and eat, oohh how I can't wait to eat... while I look some more.... I can't even think of the last time I have had an opportunity like this one. I know once I am there I will miss my munchkins and Eric deeply but right now it all sounds a bit heavenly...
I have been scouring Paris guidebooks and getting tidbits of information here and there about what shop to visit here and what flea market notBistrosofpaisjpg_2
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to miss and what little cafe has the best cafe ole. Most importantly I am gathering tidbits of information about fabric- beautiful,vintage,French fabric... entire shops of it... Markets... little nooks and crannies. My friend has even given me the name of a few shops that carry some of my lines so I will have to at least stop in there just to say that I saw my fabric in Paris... I can't even imagine such a treat! So if any of you have any tips or little hidden away gems to share... I would love and cherish your tips... And I have to warn you now, I am taking 3 huge photo cards with me and my snazzy brand new SLR camera and plan on taking enough pictures to blog with for a year. You all are going to be so sick of my Paris stories....

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In honor of my unpcoming trip and the box that arrived on my doorstep today, I thought I would have a wonderful little Jelly Roll Giveaway today. The last one I did was so much fun that I thought I would spread some of this happy anticipation with some Jelly Roll love!! I am giving away a Shangri La Jelly Roll by 3 Sisters, an Allspice Tapestry Jelly Roll by yours truly and the newest Urban Indigo Jelly Roll by yours truly as well. So start those Allspicetapestryjelly300_2
comments coming and let me know which of our lines has been your favorite--I think there are 9 to choose from-- we'll call it an informal survery LOL! I will draw threee names on Friday night after we are all full of Thanksgiving Turkey!

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talk to you soon.

Comments

Wow. What a fantastic trip you'll have. I am in the middle of making a quilt using an allspice tapestry jellyroll and charm pack. I should send you a photo when I am finished!!

WOW what a great contest!!! I love the Shangri La Jelly Roll by 3 Sisters most !!
Letty

I like the Folklorique best. Have a super trip!

My favorite would have to be shangrila, its devine. Looking forward to some great pics from your trip.

I like the alspice tapestry. I made a table runner from the charm pack, and the fabrics are just so soft and pretty.
I want to try the Urban Indigo line next.
Have a great time in Paris.

Gosh, that's a hard one. I really like them all! :)

If I had to pick I'd say Allspice Tapestry. Although I recently made a little tabletopper quilt with Yuletide Blessing and I adore it. So that's a close second. All the rest are a close third.

I love the folklorique line best. I am currently making a scrap quilt using a Shangri la charm pack among others

Oh, this is too hard! I think Allspice Tapestry is just gorgeous, but then I love the soft blues of Urban Indigo. And Buttercream & Figs was a particular favourite, in fact so was A Day in the Country!! Are you picking up on the fact I'm a bit of a fan? Please put me in the draw if postage to Australia isn't too prohibitive. Have a fantastic time in Paris. Bon voyage!

Allspice Tapestry, without a doubt, is my favorite because it reminds me of my grandmother... she would have love these fabrics. She had such an appreciation for quilt fabrics. The colors are just "her"....I think that one of the 'perks' of quilts is the memories that we can attach to every piece.

I am so totally jealous of your trip! Two amazing places in such a short period of time-have a great time! I made an awesome apron with the charm pack I won last time you had a giveaway so I absolutely have to enter again. Your fabrics are just gorgeous! Good luck hun!

I've made some doll quilts using Allspice Jelly Roll and a wall hanging using Shangri la. Soooo beautiful. I love these lines. Everyone who sees the fabric just loves it as well.
Hope your trip is as superfantastic as it sounds.
Happy Thanksgiving.

It's really hard to choose a favorite!! But I got to see Dandelion Girl at Market and it's my favorite.The colors are yummy and I love when there are checks in the line. Have a great trip!

I love the Allspice Tapestry and the Yuletide Blessing the best!

Oh, Paris... Someday... Have an incredible trip!

My favorite is Folklorique. I bought a fat quarter collection, then went around the internet tracking down yardage to finish my quilts. Of course, they're not all made just yet, but I've been known to get the fabric out and lay it all over the floor just to look at those colors.

I collect all your fabric line, can't wait for the "Dandelion Girl". Loved them all no favorites, and all your patterns... Have a wonderful trip!

Oh Joanna! Congratulations on your trips! I cant wait to benefit from your french inspirations!! My favorite fig tree line.. no question about it, Buttercream and Figs! I had not been quilting long when it came out and I knew I had to have it! I made a quilt for my grandma with it and still have every scrap!! Since then I have bought every line and every book! I'm quilting my third Circle of Stars quilt right now!Libby

I collect all your fabric line, can't wait for the "Dandelion Girl". Loved them all no favorites, and all your patterns... Have a wonderful trip!

Oh, Allspice tapestry is my fave by far.

Luv the french music, btw......*S* What great trips you will have!

You deserve a few days by yourself.

Congratulations on your exciting upcoming travel plans! Fig Tree - what's not to love? I think I have most every one of your collections and have made some beautiful quilts. I think my all time favorite is Cinnamon Stars and I'm waiting for my sampler quilt of those fabrics to come back from the quilter. Keep up the good work!

First of all, congratulations on becoming the "internationally acclaimed Joanna of Fresh Figs!" What an exciting opportunity for you. I am comforted that the quilting industry is very much alive and well and stronger than ever. As far as picking out a favorite, that would be like deciding which of my grandsons is my favorite. It depends on which one I'm with at the time. One minute it's one, the next it's the other. I love both of the boys the best and all of your fabrics the best!

Oh my what an exciting life you lead! Congrats on the AP thing, can't wait to see what it is. And Spain... Paris... WOW!! We'll be waiting patiently for reports and pictures of what inspires you.
oh and.... I could sure use one of those Jelly rolls, LOL.

Joanna...what excitement in your life. I love Jelly Rolls and I think Allspeice Tapestry is my favorite of those 3.

I love all your lines but Allspice is probably my favorite! I just love those colors, esp the soft aqua.

I'm going to have to vote for Urban Indigo, and I will never tire of reading your stories of Paris! Bon voyage!

Wow Joanna! What an honor, such fun you will have! I'll be thinking about you and wondering why you didn't offer to stuff me in your suitcase. :)

Sandi

I'm just crazy about the Allspice Tapestry line, but am reserving my final decision until after I've had the chance to see Dandelion Girl and Urban Indigo in person. They look awesome on my computer, so I bet they're way better in person! Pick me!!!

Wow sounds like a wonderful trip. Madrid is wonderful and of course Paris... wow.

Love your new Indygo line, its arrived at the shop and is lovely. Congrats on all your successes.

You are one lucky girl! I also love the new Indigo line.

Wow, LUCKY YOU! This trip sounds completely amazing! Can't wait to see pictures, and also what inspiration comes from Paris.

I honestly can't pick a favorite line of yours. I love Allspice, Yuletide Blessing, Day in the Country... and Dandelion girl. Is that too many? I would love to get an Urban Indigo jelly roll, because I have yet to see that one in person, and it looks amazing! Have an amazing trip!

It is difficult to decide which line I like best, but I do love the Urban Indigo line. The colors together are so fresh! I don't use yellows or peaches very much and using the Urban Indigo would force me to move outside of my comfort zone in colors and that is always a fun design challenge.

2007 has been a wonderful year for you! Congratulations on every moment. I've been following the tidbits about Dandelion Girl and I'm really liking that collection plus Urban Indigo is wonderful. I love them all! Wishing you the bestest trip possible . . .
Marlene

Joanna, I was just thinking of you and your adorable creations over here........I am making a pillow for my momma's birthday in a few weeks......it's an inspiration off of your "nest" quilt! I am making one square and bordering it off for a pillow! My mom's name is ROBIN so how perfect it that to give her a birdie/nest pillow for the bed! I simply heart your style.....I would love to win a jelly roll. I've never had one before. I would make a Joanna quilt for sure! ~ oh, and have fun in Par-ee
I am dying for some of your allspice tapestry!

I'm yet to actually see any in person, (I lead a sheltered life)...lol.... but I love the colours of the new range Urban Indigo, so soft and pretty. How exciting for you to be visiting Paris and alone. Look forward to seeing all the photo's.

Oh, what fun! The trip and the jelly rolls. For me, it's a toss up between Shangri La and Urban Indigo. Though, all three are beautiful. Thank you and God bless, Cory

Hi,

As your BFF I think I should win a jelly roll!! LOL
My favorite line was "Cornucopia" followed by "A Day in the Country" and "Allspice Tapestry."

Liz

How in the world could I ever choose just one favorite! I love them all and would love to win any of them.

wow I love them all but I think
allspice tapestry is my favourite
I cant wait to read all about your trip Hugs Beth

First, I didn't know you had another BFF (other than me!).....LOL......
OK, this is just tooooo hard. I have loved and used all your fabrics....Folklorique is dynamite - love the French blues! Allspice Tapestry is currently my favorite because I'm playing with it right now! But, Dandelion Girl looks like it will soon be my new favorite! I can't pick which one is my favorite since I LOVE all of them. Now, are Madrid and Paris ready for YOU?!?!?!? You are so lucky and I can't wait to hear your reflections on Paris and see your pictures. Can you say "Fig Tree" in French? Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family! Have a great trip - glad you can add some fun to the business!

Wow!!! What a nice contest! Thanks!
I love, love, love Dandelion Girl. Sounds like a great trip is in store for you. Have fun!

Oh my it's so hard to choose just one, two, or more. I have all of your lines. I met you at the Santa Clara quilt show right before your first line came out. What beautiful people you both are. Well talk about a fan of your lines - I actually buy AT LEAST 1 yard of each fabric for EACH line. So you can imagine my collection. I guess if I have to pick, I have made several quilts with A Day in the Country and Cinnamon Stars lines. I just made the Cottage Tapestry quilt and used the exact fabrics that you did. I love love love it. AND - I just bought a tower and 1 yard of each of your Urban Indigo fabric. Also, I have reserved the quilt from the "Dandelion Girl" line from The Fat Quarter Shop. I can't wait to get my hands on the fabric as well. Can you tell I'm a huge supporter of Fig Tree Quilts? I'm known as the "Fig Tree" lover at my local quilt shop. I've rambled enough. Thank you so much for updating your blog as frequent as you do. I really enjoy visiting it often. Have a wonderful time abroad. I can't wait to see what you do with the future fabric lines from that trip. Safe travels!!!
Sally

Hello :)
I love how you tell stories, It must felt really nice to see your fabric in Paris :) Congrats
I loove all the lines really that is hard to decide, but my favorites are;
Shangri La,Urban Indigo,Dandelion Girl and Allspice Tapestry
such yummy fabrics!
Enjoy your day!

Enjoy your trip! (can I go...I'll be very very good). As for the jellyroll contest....its too hard... you pick and I'll work with it. Can't wait to see the pics! Dee

Wow, just one? I couldn't possibly pick just one favorite. All of your lines are wonderful. So wonderful in fact my friends and I met at 5:15 a.m. to go to our local quilt shop this past Saturday morning (the shop was opening at 6:00 a.m.)to get our hands on Urban Indigo. Yes, our husbands think that we lost it but I think actually we have all FOUND something wonderful. Have a fantastic trip and I can't wait to hear about all of the wonderful shops and stories that you may share. I spent my honey moon in Paris and my husband and I are planning a 10 year anniversary trip back to Paris next year so I will definitely enjoy hearing your stories, especially any stories that include fabric. The best advice that I can give is to stop and take it all in with a cafe au lait and a pain au chocolat. Have a safe flight. Bon Voyage!
Shirley Le Doux

WOW!! and DOUBLE WOW !!! that trip sounds GREAT!! (especially the "3 days on my own" part!!!) and, gosh, I don't know if I can narrow it down as far as a favorite fabric collection, but, I do love the Cinnamon Stars,
Allspice Tapestry, and Dandelion Girls -- just to name a few!

Have a great trip!

Alone in Paris with a LIST of fabric stores!Wow, every quilters dream!! I would have to say my all time favorite line is "Folklorique", I have a nice stash of this line waiting to be turned into a quilt!Have a great time!!

Lisa

Wow - your trip sounds so fantastic - lucky you
I'm relatively new to quilting and I'm just loving the inspiration gained from all the fabulous fabric. Dandelion Girl looks beautiful but my joint favourites are Allspice Tapestry and Cinnamon Stars. Looking forward to seeing all your pictures from your trip.
ENJOY !!!

Wow - your trip sounds so fantastic - lucky you
I'm relatively new to quilting and I'm just loving the inspiration gained from all the fabulous fabric. Dandelion Girl looks beautiful but my joint favourites are Allspice Tapestry and Cinnamon Stars. Looking forward to seeing all your pictures from your trip.
ENJOY !!!

Wow, Paris is fantastic, we had a lovely trip there - enjoy!!! I love all your lines, they are all too good to choose just one!

What an exciting time ahead Madrid and Paris! OOOh la la! As for fabric lines, you amaze me, just when I think you've design the best fabric ever, you surpirse me with another wonderful line! I have had fun with Cornicopia and loved Tapestry Allspice. But Urban Indigo has won me over as my favorite. I love the creams, peaches and yellows and blues -- they give me sunny thoughts as we go through the gray days of Novemeber.

I love the Allspice Tapestry, but all of them are beautiful. I look forward to hearing about your adventures.
Joan

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