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We have had lots of fun things going on lately and I keep forgetting to share them. I don't know, sometimes it just feels a little too much about me, me , me. Oh yeah, this is a blog about me :-).... so here goes with a warning: there's a lot about me coming up, read at your own risk!


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Where Women Create: Book of Inspiration


Several of you have already mentioned the early release of this latest wonder by the great Jo Packham [of Where Women Create magazine and book fame] and Jenny Doh [former editor of the Stampington family of magazines and bookazines]. This is a wonderful addition to any creative woman's book library [I just did a book review on it in my latest issue of Fresh Vintage #15 which will be up on our site any day now].




I would be gushing about this book whether or not I was involved in it. It just feels like icing on the cake that I got to be one of the features. Artists featured are of every type and variety from jewelry, to textile to paper to collage to photography, each offering a bit of insight about their own journey, what inspires them and various tips along the way. Available now all over I think, but for sure at Amazon.


Joanna Figueroa-1


Joanna Figueroa-2



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Did a really fun interview with the folks at EQ. I love that program and the more I learn about it, the more I enjoy using it. Many times the deadlines come so fast that being able to electronically create a quilt ahead of time is the only way to go around here. EQ makes that possible. But beware... it can get a little addicting.



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The Quiltmakers



Now there is a title for you, huh? I was happy to be asked to be a part of this compilation book by the wonderful British publishing house, David & Charles. When I saw that I was profiled alongside Lynette Jensen of Thimbleberries and Marsha McCloskey, I was even more honored. This is definitely more of a traditional quilting book with 8 chapters based around the work and style of 8 different worldwide quilting personalities. Joining the US designers are several from England, Australia and Europe. There is a little something in it for everyone I think since the styles of artists shown are so very different.


Just a few shots of our project for the book. My favorite thing about this pattern.... the secondary brown stars that are created around the outer borders of the quilt. A great way to make a standard hexagon pattern, something a bit more interesting.







Okay, enough about me. Seriously.

Talk to you soon.



Super duper congratulations on so much goodness! I can't wait get my mitts on Book of Inspiration and The Quiltmakers!

Wow~!!! Congratulations!

Thank you so much for the nice comment about Book of Inspiration. It is because of the inspiring women like yourself that are featured that make it so wonderful!!

We so very much appreciate your being such an important part of "us"!

Much love

I too can't wait to sit with my cuppa and have a read... I will need to order those real soon... so I can read about the 'Me' your talking about... cos I enjoy reading about her... he he..she's inspiring and fun and I love the music...
hugs Dawn x x x

You are so deserving of a studio feature. I have the WWC with your studio in it, and I bring it out sometimes just to dream and drool.

Re: TypePad: [Fresh Figs] Dawn submitted a comment on Fun Stuff

Thanks Dawn. Thats so sweet!


So much great stuff for such a great gal. Congratulations on everything, Joanna! I wanna be like you when i grow up :)

Thanks for the heads up on the new publications. I'll run out and get them or order them from Amazon. Congratulations on all of your exposure. I know you are humble and don't think you are "all that". But I hate to break it to you, but in the quilting world, you are a big deal! You're just going to have to live with it! He He! I don't know if you realize what an inspiring story you have in regards to how you started and where you are now. Something aspiring artists can look to.

Have a Blessed Easter!

So exciting Joanna! I can't wait to read up more about you and add more Fig Tree to my Fig Tree world!Congrats and can't wait to order them! Keep it up, you amazing girl, you!!:~)

Re: TypePad: [Fresh Figs] kate spain submitted a comment on Fun Stuff

You know I wanna be you when I grow up!!

Re: TypePad: [Fresh Figs] Jean submitted a comment on Fun Stuff


You are just too funny. Thank you for all the compliments. I so appreciate having met wonderful people like you through this crazy world of textile design. I think inspiring other women is the easily the best part of my job. Thank you again. You make me blush.


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