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!






I adore the pale blue in your fabric ranges, it is gorgeous.

My favourite colours are chocolate and blue. But I love all your fabrics.
Greetings from Germany

My bucklet list also includes a trip to France! I love the buttery blues that come in your lines...well, all the colors look so soft and buttery, just so lovely it was very hard to pick just the one.

Fun and colorful!

Uh oh....it looks like I have yet another fabric line of yours to buy! So beautiful.

I wish I could find more plum-y purples. Right now, the ones I can find are all very saturated, but it isn't really what I am looking for.

Thank you so much for offering up this gorgeous line!!

I love your colors. It's not any one color that is my favorite. It is the combination of colors that makes them so yummy. I'm sure I could see those same colors somewhere else and they wouldn't phase me. When I see your combinations of colors I just melt.

I Joanna! I love your fabrics, I'm a big fan of yours. My favorite colors is yellow though I use a lot of cream and burgundy on my quilts.I'd love to be one of the lucky winners.
Thanks for the chance and for the lovely chicken pattern.

Seriously how would one choose just ONE color you use.... they all blend so well together and make me smile all the time. I can't wait to see what is NEXT.... keep up the FABULOUS WORK!

You've already used my favorite -- red. Your upcoming collection is wonderful. Thanks for a great post.

Just seeing those fabrics folded so nicely make me want to reach out and grab it. I think periwinkle is a nice color that I don't see a lot.

Hi Joanna, I can't believe that so many of your bucket list items are also on my own list.Except the trip back to Polland, Australia is my motherland. How about you come downunder for a visit? I love your fabric ranges, I have whimsy, which I sleep under most nights. Fresh Cotton features in my current BOM I am completing. I really love your greens they are so alive and remind me of my garden.Well enough chit chat thanks for offering one of your beautiful fabric to win.

I love your reds - it's my favorite color, and you have a way of making it not so "in your face" - hope to see lots more of them!

I absolutely love this line and would feel so blessed to be picked a winner!!!

Color, color, I love color! All colors! Seems like I'm always drawn to oranges!

Fried cheese sounds delicious. Who doesn't love a cheese stick?

Hmmm, tricky quetion...I already love your gentle 'pond' and 'grass' colours... maybe you could go a few shades deeper and more intense: a teal blue andmallard green (trying to keep with the bird theme here!) x

I love your shades of blue and your new collection looks gorgeous!

I love the soft pink/peach colours you use!

Aqua has always been a favorite color of mine...but as Fall approaches I have been drawn to all of those gorgeous arrays autumn brings. I echo the love for your fabric and your choice of colors. Thanks for the give away.

Love your new line and would be tickled pink to win the scraps.

Who doesn't love cheese sticks?

I adore Green, even before I married and ended up with Green as part of my surname. Love the soft shades in your range.

Thanks for the chance to win

I absolutely love vintage greens and clear grays.... would look great with your reds!!!!

Hi Joanna,
I love all of your fabric and colors!! My favorites right now include aqua and red but I also love the corally pink color that you use a lot. I sure do hope I win one of these giveaways! I LOVE the Butterscotch and Rose collection!

I love Blues, lilac and purple colours the best, although creams are lovely too.

I saw Ireland on your bucket list, you wouldnt be disappointed...

Love the corals and greens...oh and the chocolate color. Just beautiful.
Orange and Chocolate are wonderful together get them all the time.
I am so with you on the remake of Footloose!! I do not undstand why they want to do that. What a waste of money and time. The original will still be the best!!

OOooooooh, the chickens, I like those chickens! Thank you for posting the pdf pattern.
I love a muted turquoise, a pale sort of bluey-green with gray undertones, it goes so well with pink or red or orange. That hue just makes me feel calm and happy.

many thanks for your pretty Chicken Scratch project and also for the chance to win the prize! My favorite color is blue (from very light to dark) Nut i always love your color choices. Your fabrics look always so warm and charming. I love them as your projects. Super!!
Kind regards form Italy.

I love the spring greens...I am making a throw from the strawberry fields collection..and I know in January, when it's freezing outside, I can curl up with my gardening magazines... wrapped in sprintime..

I love your past and present collections. I love your signature strawberry fabric in the shade of red from your strawberry field. It reminds me of strawberry farms in Watsonville. I too love old films. People got dressed to go out for dinner, movie, etc. OK, back to red strawberry fabric hunting.

I really enjoyed your blog - and I, too, have a dream of having a bed and breakfast some day! GOOD LUCK!

I love butterscotch, navy blue, and cranberry colors.

sao in Midlothian, VA

Anytime you need a chicken fix, feel free to stop by my coop. I love my chickens. I think the egg color range would make a great fabric line. Soft creams, subtle shades of browns and I have chickens which lay a soft blueish green egg. I love the soft tones you use in all of your fabrics.

I love the butterscotch. I think everyone should have more of it in there line. Your new line is a must have for me. Thanks for the chance to win on the moda blog hop

Love Love Love all your fabric, but I have always been a yellow person as long as I can remember, so the wonderful soft yellow gets me every time. Thanks for the chance to win some of your beautiful fabric.

i love working with greens and browns. the green in strawberry fields is one of my favorites.

Thank you for the darling towel project and chance to win! I really enjoyed reading a bit more about you today. I can't seem to pick a favorite color since I love the way your colors all work together. The create such happy, cozy combinations.

I love the light pink colors. I've been collecting the pinks, pond greens and creams from all your different lines to make a pink and green Petite Fleurs quilt.

The colors I love change like the seasons. Right now, I would love to see more gray. Your new fabric line is beautiful. I don't know how you keep coming up with them.

I'd say Saffron as a new color, but you no doubt already use that. I love caramels so much that that color has to be my fave.

Thx so much for the pattern. I can see it as an embroidery piece too.

I love all colors but my favorite color is pink and green! Any shade of either! I also love the aqua and red that you use! They really do pop!

I've enjoyed using many of your ranges in projects but my favorite colorway at the moment is your Butterscotch in the Butterscotch & Rose which I'm really looking forward to buying.

I love the soft hues of your fabrics and also your patterns.I have purchased some to make things for my granddaughter. My favorite colors used to be all the cool tones, blues and purples but I am starting to enjoy a softer palette. So your give-away bundle would be a great chance to experiment with.
If you try knitting again see if you can find someone who can teach you the european way. It is much easier, I think.
Enjoyed reading your blog. Thank you.

Your fabrics are Gorgeous! I love what I like to call a vintage dusty purple, very soft and feminine. Thank you for your blog and giveaway!

I love beiges, browns and oranges. Thanks for the chance to win the beautiful fabrics.

I love how all your fabrics work together.

I enjoyed visiting your blog. I love your new Butterscotch and Rose line. I also enjoyed watching you on The Quilt Show. I hope you get to see the New England foliage. Our foliage can be amazing.
Periwinkle blue has always been a favorite of mine.

Such a cute project! I love orange.

Your colors are perfect! I love celery green and I really love using grey to make everything else come to life.
This is a most awesome giveaway! Thanks so much.

All colors here are so beautiful. But my favorite is green, like leaves in spring :)

Ho Joanna. I really thought that the mauve that you have used before was one of the prettiest colors that i have seen, especially the damask. And i would love to see you design a pattern that reminds you of the colors of Poland. Thank you!

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