A Day of In Between
So Much Color Advice!

Fig Day at the MODA Country Fair

... the giveaway bundle. See bottom of post.


Well hello MODA Blog Hoppers, I guess today must be my day to wow you with favorite fair food answers and random trivia about my life. Hope you are ready! We always like to give our guru Lissa a hard time but truth be told, we usually have quite a bit of fun playing along. So here goes...



CHEESE ON A STICK It’s not nearly as bad as it sounds, I promise.


In fact I guess its not really a fair food at all but since its on a stick, I’m making an executive decision and listing it as mine. Its actually a shopping mall food!! Do you have a Hotdog on a Stick stand in your mall food fair? If you do, then you know exactly what I am talking about. If you don’t, you really ought to search one out the next time you are feeling like fried cheese. What is my excuse for eating this thing? I grew up with one in my local mall and as a teenager just couldn't resist it!


... chocolate covered orange peel. OMG.


CHOCOLATE & ORANGE in any combination. The easiest to get are the chocolate covered orange sticks from Trader Joe’s although if my hub wants to bring me a special treat, he will go and acquire chocolate covered orange peel from a "real" chocolate store which is my favorite indulgence in the world!



... my favorite vintage wooden spools with some autumn leaves.



Visit the South of France.

  Learn to knit. I have tried before... many times... but I just can't seem to get the hang of it!

• Go to Ireland.

• Have time to drag out my pottery wheel and make stuff. Lots of stuff.

See the leaves turn in the autumn in New England.

Build a cute chicken coop and have chickens in our backyard.

Plant an entire English country garden.

Take my best friend to Poland to see my “homeland”

Road trip across the entire US with all of my kids and not have anyone kill each other during the time.

Own a bed and breakfast or an inn.

... my autumn decorating is starting slowly. More tea drinking than anything else.



COLOR. For me, it is always about the color palette. It comes in many forms and from many places such as flea markets, travel, giftwrap, vintage textiles, gardens, etc. Regardless of where I am or what I am looking at, it seems that color is always the first thing that I notice and that draws me in. After that comes design, proportion, combinations and all the rest.

... some of us here are still holding on to a little bit of summer with our vacation bracelets.



Factoid #1: I sing when no one is listening ALL THE TIME. I sing when my kid’s friends are around in order to embarrass them. I sing when people are around and they shouldn’t have to put up with my singing.


... our newest collection, Butterscotch & Rose, coming to stores in October. Precuts are shipping now!


Factoid #2: We only watch what we TIVO. It is so bad that last year, we turned on live TV for something and our youngest daughter couldn’t understand why on earth we couldn’t fast forward through the commercials. She had never watched live tv as far as she could remember!!!



... a tiny sneak peek of something coming up


Factoid #3: In our house, my hub is the one who enjoys watching his favorite movies over and over again ad nauseum. Me, I watch the James Bond movies when my dad is visiting. I can relive my high school days by watching Dirty Dancing and Footloose any time they are on tv [and I AM NOT HAPPY that they are remaking either] but other than that, I'm not much of a movie repeater.

... my favorite bucket list item right now & the subject of my project below


.. I've grown attached to these two. Kind of feel like I should name them.



For my COUNTRY FAIR PROJECT, I thought I would share a little Chicken Scratch. Click on link below for the pdf file of the pattern. This project is now a pattern. Please visit our website to see all the patterns!



After we made this project we liked it so much that we thought we might make it into a regular Fig Tree Threads patterns after the Blog Hop is done. So it will be here available for free download for the next week or so and then it will become a regular pattern.

We have also made up a few KITS for Chicken Scratch. Kit includes the flour sack towel, all the fabric and floss you will need and a printed out version of the pattern. Click here for more info.


And if you haven't had enough yet, here is my video from the MODA Blog Hop at Spring Market. Why is it always so painful to watch yourself on film? Anyone, anyone?




And if you have made it all the way through this post, then you really deserve to win the giveaway! Comment and tell me your favorite color that you would like seen added to an upcoming Fig Tree collection or if you can't think of one, your favorite color that we already use.



Here are some GIVEAWAY rules:

We will draw for 4 different winners on 4 different days starting next Tuesday Sep.20th [1 fabric bundle, 1 bag of MODA goodies and 2 boxes filled to the brim with Butterscotch & Rose scraps from some MODA market projects]

You need to leave a comment here on the blog to win.

You have to come back and check to see if you have won. If I don't hear from you with your mailing info in 48 hrs. I will go ahead and choose another winner.

You have to go visit Lynne tomorrow for her day on the MODA blog tour [well, you don't HAVE to but it would be nice LOL]. Links to everybody are here.

Its been fun chatting with you and best of luck!






Enjoyed reading your bucket list. My favorite color is a soft sage green. I love seeing it in your fabrics. The name Butterscotch and Rose reminds me of a warm summer day and that's exactly what I think about as I look as these luscious colors and fabrics.

I love all the colours that you use in your fabric - my favourite colour is pink!

Orange & chocolate are my favorite too!! Maybe a gray?

My favourite colour is the red as it justs seems to bring all the other colours together.

Reds, pinks and whites are my favourites. Love the new range ... I have a layer cake on order as I couldn't resist.

I love your fabrics, but my favourite colour is Pink. Your Bucket List is very revealing as to the kind of person I am sure you are.

it's always aqua of course!

I just love your reds and gorgeous buttery yellows - all your fabrics are just beautiful!

Fav colors---way too hard to just pick one(!) ---- gotta be your beautiful sagey green and, of course, creams!

Thank you so much for giving a chance to win and all your colours are stunningly beautiful..

Enjoyed reading your post, thanks for the chicken schratch !!
My favorite colors, whites ,beige and light pink.

Thank you for the Chicken Scratch project--and for the chance to win the prize! My favorite color combination is blue and yellow. I have yet to make a blue and yellow quilt, but I have been collecting fabric for a good long time, and would love to see something new in...blues and yellows!

Chocolate covered orange peel sounds yummy!
My favourite colour is purple. Any shade from palest lilac to the deepest plum. I tend to favour purples with more blue than pink.
Thanks for the chance to win, fingers crossed :-)

I would love a chance to win. The fabrics are so pretty.

Thank you for the Chicken Scratch project--and for the chance to win the prize!
My favorite colors, grey and yellow

The colours of the rainbow and every shade inbetween, how do I choose - wonderful green of course in every hue it comes in.

I love your fabrics and would love to see something with some lavender/lilac color in it!

I especially love your soft colors and totally love creams, soft peach and a wisp of mint green. Keep creating - I love it all!

All the fabrics are so so soft and beautiful.
Vish you a nice day.

Thanks for this wonderful giveaway and a little chance to win. Love all the colours used in your fabrics !

I'm a red girl all the way!

Hi Joanna :) Love your bucket list and your project is too cute. I would love to see some purples in your lines and maybe more gray? Thanks for the chance my Fig Tree stash is growing, and this would be wonderful to win!

I think it would be nice to add a lavender or lilac color. It might be a little out of the box but I know you could make it work beautifully.
Love your patterns.

All your color are beautiful. I have made a hexagonquilt with the Strawberry Fieldsfabrics and it`s

Your last collection is great. I have a jelly roll and some charmpack. Wait for the yardage in the stores.

Hugs from Norway

Oh I absolutely love chooks, only wish I could have some in my suburban backyard. I love all the colours you use in your fabric ranges and I love the way you can mix and match one range with another.
Enjoy singing to embarrass and stay happy

I love all the colours in your fabric collection, i think the soft green may be the fav though. I am now going to look for recipies for the choc orange - looks so yummy. Can I just agree with you on the remaking of dirty dancing - i don't see how they can make it any better than the original!

Wow...love your bucket list. My favorite color is red.

Lovely post, the chicks are just perfection on the flour sack towel, my favorite color right now is any shade of yellow, butter yellow to be truthful.

Obergein purple (cannt spell sorry) but i love how deep this purple gets, love your blog and the bucket list
Vikki xxx

Beautiful fabric! I am loving aqua colors right now.

My favorite color is pink. I like all the colors you use in your fabrics too.

I would like the coffee colors and chocolatcolors and a litlle bit orange. I think that's a nice combination.
All your fabrics are wonderful.

I love all the reds in that bundle. I am sort of on a red kick right now. But the one thing I love about all your lines that I have seen is the creams and yellows. They look so buttery and rich. I guess that's the baker in me coming out. I also love the blues in the bundle, they look so soft.

I love your fabric lines. I'd like to see gray and orange.

If I win please send me some chocolate covered candied orange peel!

All of your fabrics and colours are beautiful, I can't resist any of them - I would love to see purple appearing again.

Love the bucket list... It has inspired me to do one. I love all your colours but my favourite at the moment is probably aqua, closely followed by yellow.
Thanks for the chance.
love me :-)

I'd love to see you work with turquoise and red sometime.

Very pretty fabrics; you always have beautiful things.

been working on my bucket list for year, but if something come out something else will go in. I would love to do a quilting cruise.

Love your site.

New to the quilt world and love your color story....love your site really very beautiful and makes me feel c a l m...

Now I want to try chocolate covered candied orange peel!

Teresa Ramirez-Higashi

I must confess that I'm a sucker for pinks & greens together.. always makes me think of Spring!

all of your colors are my fave, your lines of fabric are so homey feeling. i know how to knit and would love to help you learn :O} it has always been a dream of mine and I learned when my 9 yo was a baby. so glad i did. i also have the chickens you have on your bucket list, and they are not all that they are cracked up to be. especially when i am the one mucking out their coop, and all. thanks for this pattern super cute!!


I'm another who loves the range of colours that you use and also the way you can use fabrics from your different collections and know that they are going to work so well together- choosing one particular colour is hard but I would probably go for the greens or blues...

butterscotch....a color that makes you think of that sweet taste!

I really love your use of color. My favorite color is almost always blue, in every possible shade.

Hi Joanna!! I love your new butterschotsch rose line! I've already ordered some of it and I really look forward for it to arrive. My favourite colour is pink, but I love your creams and butteschotsch colours very much as well.
Love from the Netherlands!
Christine S.

I love the pink, aqua, and gray in Strawberry fields.

My favourite colour has been yellow since I was a little kid. I would love to enter your draw.

I love your fabric and all your colors. My favorite colors to sew with right now are aqua and red.

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