A Day of In Between
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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!






How about some more sunny, funny yellow!

Love your fabrics! I really like your chickens, too. I'd love to win your fabrics! drool, drool......

Love the fabrics! I'd love to win some! I love the aqua you use in the fabric.

I would love to see some lavender colors. Everyone deserves a bit of the royal purple don't you think? After reading over the bucket list, it made me realize that I haven't made one in a while - time to put it down in writing.

Favorite color? hard to pick- love the sage greens, the buttery yellows. Of course, pink is always a favorite and you can't have the best palette without some soft blue.
i love the fabric- thanks for the chance to win!

I love the reds...but anything you do is lovely!!

Just back from sunny France where I've been on a FAB quilting trip, using my favourite colour of shades of BLUE

I love the chicken dish towels. I also love the greens in the Breakfast at Tiffany's. Thanks for the giveaways, and sharing your many talents with us.

I just realized that I didn't tell you what color I would like to see in your fabric line in my previous comment!
I love red.
and turquoise.
and apple green.
and sunny yellow.

And I just fell in love with orange again. Can a person actually not be happy with orange? (: I love the autumn colors!
Thank you!

The 'peachy' colors! Lov'em! I've thought for days on 'what color to add....', what do you think about adding a grey-tint to a few design outlines? Like a shadow. I'd love to win, I have two of your older patterns awaiting fabrics.

Lovely colours!Especially the chocolate...mmmm!
greetings from the netherlands,
Marianne (IkorniQuilt@hccnet.nl)

I love your collections! I guess green is my favorite, but when you put them all together it is hard to choose! Have never had chocolate covered orange peel--guess I am going to have to try it. Thanks for the Chicken Scratch and for the opportunity to win.

My favorite color that you use is peach, but I would also like to see some lilac used. Thanks for the cute chicken scratch pattern.

New colour? I'd love to see another Fig take ona darker grey, or a return to Urban Indigo's denim...or maybe an Aubergine... Hmm...everytime I think of one, a fabric from one of your collections pop's up in my head!
And FYI I don't even have TIvo! dd was something like 4 or 5 before she realized not everything was a movie!

I'm not a big blogger, but your blog might change my habits. Fun information and it is great to see what is going on in other parts of the country.
My favorite colors to sew with are peach and green.

I love the peaches and cream colors together. We love to watch of our shows on hulu so you don't have the commercials.

I love everything Fig Tree, and thank you for the chickens, they are so cute, I have been in hosp, for 10 days so missed part of the Country Fair blog hop, glad to see your projest here, thanks Lorraine Isaac

Love the chickens, thanks for the project

I love your browns

I love your colour ranges. I am using a buttercup jelly roll in a project at the moment. I really love the plum colours

My favorite color is peach...so it looks like you already got that one covered. ;)

I absolutely love your butterscotch and rose collection. I like all the colors - my favorite though is peach.

Love all your fabrics, the colors are the shades/tints that appeal to my eye, especially the butterscotch tones. Would love to win, thanks!

How can you choose only one colour, Each time a new fabric range is released they are my new favourite colours. The soft blue, the delicate pink, the taste of apricot. A delicate sage. All sigh worthy.

Beautiful!!! Thanks for the giveaway

Love your fabrics!! My favorite color is just about any shade of soft green.

I love all the colors in your fabrics, but especially the butterscotch. Would love to win, thanks so much!

I would love to see salmon added to a new line of fabrics. I love the muted colors you have used.

I love all your colors....they are so deliciously creamy...but pink, red and green must be a love for they are very prevalent in my stash waiting to be sewn!

My favorite is deep red (with the blue undertone)........it has been my favorite color for my entire 62 years!

Love the Butterscotch and Roses collection! Thanks for the chickens pattern!!I'm all for the south of France!! Bonjour!

Love deep reds...........my moms favorite color too!

Definately mustard yellow!

My fave is aqua , love the new fabrics !

I really like all the shades you use as are a nice muted outback colour for Australia, but I have to say my favourite colour is the shades of blue you use. Wendy

You always provide us with such beautiful colors and prints. What else could a quilting girl want? Thanks!

I love peacock blue. SO gorgeous!

Would love to see lavender

I enjoy blues and teal. thanks for the contest.

Love the colors in your Butterscotch and Rose collection. Also adore soft yellow and orange, as well as lavendar and green.

Enjoyed reading your bucket list. Need to make one for myself...and set to work on checking each item off my list!

Love your colors, but my favorite color is turquoise or aqua... mixed with red or yellow. thanks for the chance to win. Penny

I love teal and dark brown. Makes me happy.

A really dark chocolate, almost but definately not black. Perhaps because it reminds me of my favorite food but also because it makes other colors sparkle.

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