Red & White Quilt Show: Part 2
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Spell it With Fabric: Fig Tree Style


Welcome to the SPELL IT WITH FABRIC Blog Hop! If you didn't start following along yesterday [the first day of the hop] then you really should go back to yesterday's posts of A, B & C and learn some great things about Aneela, Anne, Sandy and Bonnie!

Today's posts will be D, E & F [that's us :-). If you follow along for the entire hop not only will you learn some fun things about all of us designers but you will also be able to collect all the letters of the alphabet as you go and enter to win some amazing giveaways in the process. Sounds like a party to me... Hope you join us!

Click HERE to go to the MODA CUTTING TABLE blog and get the list of everyone who will be posting on each day.

TODAY, here is the lineup.

Piecing Directions -
Deb Strain -
Kathy Schmitz -
Fig Tree and Co. -


I am pretty sure I don’t nee to explain that one to you. I have been categorized under F from the day I married the Fig. My maiden name is Polish and started with a W and has no vowels and no one could ever pronounce it. I am happy to be the Fig. Although in order to have it continue, I did saddle all three of my children with it as one of two middle names. Oh well, I guess they will have to be spelling it for people for the rest of their lives too.

Sometimes we call the kids Figlets. They love that..... especially the teenagers! That was also the name of my very first business, Figlets, before it became Fig Tree. Its a good thing we love the fruit!


Click HERE to download our letter, F. We went a bit scrappy with ours using a mini charm pack of Mirabelle to have a little fun but you can go either plain with yours or scrappy like our version.


We thought most of these letters were a perfect opportunity to use up your scraps or mini charm packs! Ours will end up in a quilt with other scrappy letters.... some day later this year.

If fact not only have we done the F, but we have done many patterns over the years with letters in them. Most recently, we did the LOVE YOU MORE pattern.






... the teenagers favorite quilt, a 2 color LOVE YOU MORE quilt with a cream SNUGGLE backing. He won't share this one.




Before that we did many series with words and numbers in them. One of my favorites would have to be BUNNY DUET or SINGING IN THE RAIN... a little bit perfect for this time of the year.



A little disclaimer: we were all asked to give all our answers with our letter. In my case, that would be F. When I first started writing this post, I couldn't think of anything that I wanted to write about that started with the letter F. I mean NOTHING. Other than FIGS... and that seemed a bit too obvous to write about.

So then I thought about writing a little disclaimer, about thanking Lissa for her creativity as always but that I was drawing a total blank and would have to use whatever I could come up with....

And then as soon as I decided that I just couldn't do it, the F's started coming...

I thought that I might tell you that I love lots of odd things like FRESH RADISHES with salt and butter, FETA CHEESE on almost anything and FIGURE 8's. I would be sharing that I love FAIRTYTALES, that I will never get a FACELIFT, that I really value FAITH and FAIRNESS, that I have a total thing for FALAFELS [I have in the process converted the whole family to love them in the process] and that I have always wanted to be a FARM GIRL in the worst possible way. I am always working on the husband to build me a chicken coop.

I would tell you that I am at least a little bit of a FEMINIST and that I would give anything to gather FIREFLIES in a jar again. I would share with you that I have always wanted to be a FLORIST [my dad and I even went as far as researching it several times earlier in my life] and that I collect FOLK ART of many different varieties. I would share that I think FOXGLOVES are quite beautiful even if they are poisonous and that my dad's favorite flower was always a FREESIA. I will be planting some of those soon to remember him.There is something about that scent.

I think FRECKLES are cute, especially on your nose. I would admit that I tried to play FRISBEE golf in college because the boy I liked did it and that I sucked. I would have to add that I have a soft spot for FRENCH FRIES, even though I know they are so bad for you! I would tell you that I do indeed love FIGS and that my blog is called FRESH FIGS.


I would have to add that one of my favorite things in the whole world is FABRIC. Fabric is like no other medium. It already has a palette in each and every piece. It speaks to me, in clear and precise ways. It really talks. Like a person and tells me what it wants to go with and who it wants to play with. We have a real relationship, FABRIC and me.

I would end by telling you that I love being a FIG. And that I can't think of anything I would rather be doing for work than FIG TREE & CO.

Thanks for going with the whole F thing with me!


As for what we're working on now.... we have MIRABELLE coming out next month and we can't wait to see what you all will make with it. The precuts are here now and will be on the stie soon... as soon as we can determine all of the ones that need to be set aside for our upcoming kits...

We have a few wonderful nostalgic tins available now after all our orders have gone out. If you like that kind of stuff, you might want to SEE the few that we have in new...


My favorite MIRABELLE pattern today is probably HUGS and CAROUSEL... just can't pick one I guess. I am definitely FICKLE that way :-).




Leave us a comment with WHAT KIND OF QUILT PATTERN YOU WANT TO SEE FROM FIG TREE IN THIS NEXT MARKET RELEASE [it can be a block or a style or anything you can dream up] and we will enter you into the drawings that will be held on the last day of the HOP on February 28.... who knows what you might win!

In fact, if we use your idea, we will send you some extra goodies for the inspiration. Thanks for playing along!





I would love some kind of FigTree Sampler I think it'll would be gorgous:-)

I am majorly into creating quilts using large sized blocks! 24" blocks are so fun to make because it's like you have made a few mini quilts into a large quilt.
I love everything quilting. And this blog hop is so much fun!
Thanks for showing us your new gorgeous line!! Squeal!!

Your fabrics are so beautiful. When I look at them they remind me of a beautiful watercolor painting. I would love a pattern with different flowers like you would see In a watercolor painting. Your Cherry Pie and Pear quilt patterns are my favorite. Thank you for a chance to win.

Your new collection looks beautiful. It's still winter time but I'm already thinking about spring and daffodils in baskets. So my pattern suggestion is spring flower basket.

I have precuts of your new line on the way and can't wait until they arrive! I would love to see a pattern for Grandma's garden or Hexie log cabin. Can't get enough of your fabrics.

I would love to see pieced leaves or pumpkins similar to your cherries and pears, but with an autumn feel.

Log Cabin with some appliqué is my favourite idea...

Tree, leaves, fruits? I think this would work so well with these yummy colours.

Would love to see a sunflower block. Thanks

Would love to see a double wedding ring! I am actually working on a double wedding ring quilt with Butterscotch Roses and it's looking great. Mirabelle is beautiful! Thanks for hosting.

I love 8s too, so how about a Figure Eight quilt, without tricky curves, like your gorgeous Carousel? x

Just saw a new line while in Berlin, Oh. Yummy. Would love a paper pieced pattern of any design.

How about a pattern based around a large central appliquéd medallion of a basket of fruits and flowers. If not, I'm loving the current trend for mini quilts and would love to see some of yours translated into "minis"

Some sort of sampler with a theme.... Like all stars or all half square triangles or all circular cuts orrrr all appliqué!

I have discovered the fabulousness of the jelly roll! I would like to have a quilt pattern that uses a jelly roll to make something with small pieces. Also a cute bag made from a jelly roll would be wonderful!

I have been wanting to make a double wedding ring and your beautiful fabric would look divine!

I would love to see something done with hexies. I love every line you design and Mirabelle is just gorgeous!

I would love to see a quilt with stars with in stars in it.
Thanks for the giveaway!

I am intrigued with the Mushroom and Gnome tin pictured. I was thinking this could become a lovely inspiration for applique. Just thinking!

Love the new Mirabelle fabric and it would be most beautiful in any pattern, but would love to see something with spring in mind since it has been such a long winter.

I like the look of tessellating blocks and would enjoy a pattern like that.

I truly love all things Fig Tree! When I started quilting, all my projects were dark and primitive... and most of the quilt shops in my area were "tropical bright" which I do not like at all... then I found Fig Tree color pallet and it all reminds me of fresh fruit and flower markets! Ahhhh... I could use some Spring about now! I do have a kit I purchased from you during your 12 days (and was tempted by the nail polish but chickened out)... lol! And, I hope to make the one piece bag soon... As for a suggestion about a pattern from Fig Tree? Maybe a wall quilt with a scrappy border, with a center medallion of some applique borders..... maybe some dresdens too... the spray of flowers for the Millhouse Inn ad is perfect! Anyways, thank you for bringing us some flowers that are low maintenance (no watering, weeding or fertilizing)!!! lol!

Meant to say "center medallion of some applique FLOWERS"... of course... you could put some applique in the borders too... ;-)

I'd love to see a mix of stars, I've been trying yo collect different blocks for a sampler quilt.

Oh my goodness. I love Tins, Postage Stamp styled patterns, the colors, the prints, I can't believe I didn't find you sooner! I'd like to make my husband a quilt with either the carpenter's wheel/star or carpenter's square. I'd love to see what you could design with one of these in mind. :) I love your style!

Beautiful fabric! I love the concept of layering Dresden plates. I've seen pictures of some but thing it would be beautiful in a smaller version scattered around a quilt. My other favorite blocks are anything that looks like some sort of star. Thanks for the chance.

I would love to see a larger size block pattern with som sort of star--star inside a star, perhaps? Big, fast-to-finish blocks 20" or so.....I LOVE your applique patterns as well!

I can see others have said this but I love sampler quilts too and would love to see some different blocks.

I would want to see you make a tree quilt. I just think the greens in your lines would be perfect and then it would give people to add fruit to their quilt like in your case a fig tree would be perfect for Market! Can't wait to see what you come up with!

How about a sampler with some of your favorite blocks - ans expression of you with your fabrics - that would be a treasure.

How about somethng for the guys in our lives that put up with our quilting obsessions. It would be quite a challenge with so many florals, but doable!

Mirabelle is so beautiful! I love the colors and am eager for it to hit the shops.

I love the patterns you have done in the past that are mostly pieced but have a dab of applique. For me, block or two of applique feels do-able, while an entire appliquéd quilt feels too intimidating to even start! Another thing I love is how you take something traditional and find simpler, more streamlined ways to make it. I always appreciate that!

Love your new line! I would love to see some vintage patterns that resemble an old loved quilt.

That's a lot of F-words! lol I always enjoy seeing you at the MODA functions! And of course hubby's LEGS! I'd like to see a an intricate pattern- not tedious, just challenging, with a sparky accent.

Fig Tree fabrics are so delicious and remind me of fall, my favorite time of year. How about a lovely fall leaves inspired quilt. Thanks for the chance to win.

I would like to see something with a medallion in the center. Love your fabric and patterns. Thanks!

The monkey wrench pattern always fascinates me. A different color for every block, of course.

I love your patterns. But can't remember to have seen any cats in your patterns. So perhaps some appliqued cats. Or blocks that makes a cat.

I would like to see a wedding ring quilt!

I'd like to see a Grandmother's Fan made up with Fig Tree fabrics. That is such an inviting traditional pattern, and your fabrics are charmingly traditional and not traditional at the same time, and I think the combination of that pattern and Fig Tree fabric would be fabulous.

I love the colors you choose when you design your fabric lines! I think I'd like anything scrappy that mixes and matches your lines.

Fans or Dresden Plates would be great. Thank you for the opportunity.

I would love to see the line in a Rollin Stones quilt or a Single Girl.....those are my!

I love a star quilt! The bigger the block, the faster to finish a bed-sized quilt. :)

I would love to see a seasonal quilt pattern that would depict the 4 seasons or could be swapped out each season.

I love anything with stars.

I would love to see something more complicated - a quilt with lots of detail and small blocks, with applique too. More like Jen Kingwell's designs.

I love the inspiration stories that you write at the beginning of your books and patterns and was particularly intrigued by the story attached to your "first quilt", which you described as a Wishbone pattern. I've never seen a quilt like that and would love to see it interpreted in your beautiful fabric. I managed to get a place on your vintage block of the month program (you see, I really do love antique quilts!!) and I'm so excited to get started. Thank you for the Frankly Fabulous, Fascinating and First class inspiration, Joanna!! x

i would love to see a fabric line with aqua and red. I know you could interpret that into something beautiful.

I am new to the quilting world, just started in November but right now I find the smell and feel of new fabric intoxicatingly wonderful! My sewing room "stach" has grown and I love walking into it and smelling the air. Wonder if there re ny jar candle with that smell....anyway, am loving my new craft and looking at all the beautiful things others have made and hope one day to also be so creative! Thanks and keep on posting all your beautiful fabrics and projects.

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