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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!






always love your fabrics and your patterns - pick me!
oh, and our state fair is starting at the end of the month,, gotta have a TURKEY LEG!

I am checking your site for giveaway winners, but not seeing it! Is it Me!!!

I'm kind of distracted by your picture up there. It's always hard for me to pick favorite colors--I like so many. I really love dark purple and a deep pumpkin gold color.

I like your cream color and would like to see a darker blue and maybe a touch of purple. Thanks for the chance.

Love the bundle of fabric, very nice. I love Teal, light to dark and anything in between..pair it with a mocha and you've got a winner!!!

I'll try this again. I love teal and mocha..and I love your new bundle too!!

Love the reds and pinks of Strawberry Fields!

My favorite color is blue. I love the combination of light blue, buttery yellow, and coral that I've seen in your collections. As soon as I'm gainfully employed again, I'm going to treat myself with some Fig Tree jelly rolls!

I love the colors of your fabrics. The roosters are so cute, thanks for the pattern. I would love the sew towels for Christmas gifts.

I love your fabrics. The rooster towel are a great idea for Christmas presents. Thanks

Your fabric is so lovely! My favorite color is turquoise!

Thanks for your give-a-way. I love blues, pinks and the sage greens.

Purple is one color I love and don't have much of. I am going to change that. I love all the colors in Straberry Fields....busy using it in a quilt. Neat Chicken Scratting!

I like greens, blues and purples.

I really love the creams. They go with any color. I am so waiting for Butterscotch and Rose. I've had my eye on it for some time

I love the sea foam colos--the blue green
And, of coarse, the corals. Adding a pumpkin would be great also

I love pumpkin--it is cozy to look at and good memories of pie

You create beautiful fabric. I love the yellows especially. Yellow and purple and green is my favorite. Thank you for the chance to win!

Love the pattern for the rooster and hen. I have to make them. Adorable. Your color palette is beautiful.

I love your colors just as they are, my favs are your greens and butterscotches but then I really liked the reds of Strawberry Fields ! Thanks for the pattern and the giveaway !!

Love your warm yellows and greens, can't think of a thing to change ! Thanks for the giveaway. Love the rooster pattern too

orange orange all the way.. never fails to brighten up my life.. thanks for the chance.. hugs.Px

To play and to create with colour is a sign of wisdom. And not only does it make the person playing happy, but the final outcome may very well delight the senses of the recipient. To play and sew with all these rainbow colours would be totally delightful. And my favorite colour? Currently the fig-tree lines all seem to share this incredibly warm peach flavour, so I am working on a basket quilt with many fig-tree peaches, and warm browns for contrast. So soothing to applique with tonal thread--I am halfway there. I would LOVE to have more fig-tree fabrics to create with! Such inspiration I received from your PIQF booth in 2010 when I purchased a small bag of fig-tree remnants; I am still using snippets from that lot . . . . Thank you!

Thanks for the chicken scratch pattern! Love it!

Oh, I am so late - was on a trip and just did not have time to keep up with this. I would love to entered for any of your fabric. I love it.

just love all your fabrics and thanks for the inspiration to all of us quilters. i love aqua blue, taupe, brown, and white. red is a nice addition to quilts too. adds a little something. take care!

Hi Joanna ... I love all your colours and like to sew with soft pastels, in particular 'cornflower blue', like a mauve blue.

chocolate. it's such a great color that makes other ones pop.

Love your color choices in your lines, it would be way too hard to pick just one-and orange and chocolate, what a wonderful idea.

I love all the colours you use.
My favorite colour is red and all it's variations - it just speaks to me.

I love a bright aqua blue. What a great giveaway! Thanks!

ohh would love that fabric and those colors are yummy! My favorite colors right now to work with are deep reds and medium greens--with a a touch of soft gold and warm browns--must be the season that is about to arrive!

The colour I love the most is a tomato-red.
Really like your chicken design.

AQUA! My newish fav color is aqua. My son's fav word right now is aqua- he runs around saying it over and over! :)

I love any of your blues, particularly the Breakfast at Tiffany's Blue. I have a stack of charm packs waiting to be made into a Fig Tree only quilt.

I would love to win!

I love every one of your fabric lines and am currently making a quilt with some of your Fig & Plum pre-cuts. Would love to see a soft lavender in your next line. Keep up the good work though. I will buy anything you design!

favorite color... soft turquoise!

I love sewing with brown and love that you always have a caramel or brown! Soft yellow is also my favorite. Thank you for the drawing; love your chichens.

Now I can't wait for our State Fair in October AND I'm craving for a butterscotch Sunday! I would like to see some cornflower blues. Thanks for the opportunity!

I love bright colors, right now lime is what I look for ine fabrics.

So lovely! Thanks for the fabulous post!

Cranberry red and cranberry red and cranberry red! Can you tell I love cranberry red? :)

Ok feeling a little kinship with you on a few things: 1. color, I notice well done color combos too. I notice it when it looks beautiful together and it really strikes a key with me.
2. I would love to go to France, Southern France would be lovely, I'm not picky since I haven't been overseas but definitely somewhere in France.
3. I would also love to visit Poland and see my homeland as well!

That is a great line - I love the colors, they are so vibrant and fun. Thank you for doing such a great post and giveaway!

I love your fabrics and use them often in my projects. Would love to add this bundle to my collection. I love the soft orange colors.
Joanne Smisko@consolidated.net

I go through a different favorite color every week. Current one is a grey blue. Before that was a grey green. Can you tell I like faded colors? Anything old is me!

I love the coral color and would really love to win!

Hope I'm doing this right. I love the coral color and would really love to win!

Smooth, buttery yellow!

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