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 like to see a medallion quilt block center with applique.

I love how the traditional blocks always look fresh and new with today's fabrics. I think your fabrics would look great in a log cabin quilt!

Oh, your quilts are gorgeous and I have made a quilt from your Butterscotch and Roses's with my MIL in Malawi, Africa, where she's working with widows and orphans.

As a busy Mom, I am all about simple quilts...I don't have time to spend creating intricate works of art, but rather enjoy a beautiful work of heart that I can complete quite readily. How about something with heart blocks? I know there are a few ideas floating around out there, but maybe you can put a spin on it? Thank you for a chance to win.

I would love to see you have a New York beauty quilt done in your new line. I think that would be gorgeous.

I love the colors of Mirabelle and I think that a flower basket applique would be gorgeous and with the wide range of colors that you use, maybe even a season sampler applique would be wonderful, of course you need to break it up with some pieced blocks, like maybe dresden's to show off the beautiful fabric, some flying geese for the border and I love the idea of some churn dash blocks to set off the different seasons...Ooooh I would have so much fun with this, there are not enough large quilts out there that depict the seasons, something you can leave up all year long. Anyway, thanks for the chance to express myself how I would use your fabrics, just need the help with the design. I love the soft tones of your fabric.


ohhh!!! . . . the simplicity of the flying geese block with your amazing play on colors and design twists could turn the simple into a work of art!

I would love to see more patterns for mini quilts. Not everyone has places or walls to hang quilts and I find that my wish list outpaces my time and budget for making lap quilts or even full size quilts...

I love flowers, summer, beach and sea shells, also bicycles!!! So how about a riding a bicycle that has a basket full of flowers (fresias) to the beach and collect sea shells in an old tin beach bucket!!!! Oh to dream!!!

I think you should design a geometric pattern that uses an applique of a leaf in each block. Love your fabrics.

I would love to see some type of sampler quilt. Thank you for your generous giveaway!

I would like to see more applique patterns. You've done such lovely ones in the past.

I am into pinwheels at the present! Would love to see your take on a pinwheel type of quilt! Love your colors and fabrics!

I'm always intrigued by patterns that offer a secondary design. Sometimes simple tweaks with color selection or block placement give a quilt a completely different look so if you have something up your sleeve like that I'd love to see it! Thanks for the chance to win.

Your fabric lines are always so beautiful that I think simple traditional patterns would be nice. How about a simple log cabin to show off the fabric line.

I'd love to see a traditional design like Log Cabin with a modern twist in your gorgeous fabric designs.

How about rounds of borders. I think they call it a round robin quilt. start with a center star. then a round of nine patches or half square triangles. then sawtooth or quarter squares. Each row different. Corner stars of different sizes to match the width of each row.I know...the ideas spill faster than they come off my finger tips. the center could be an applique maybe flowers that change sizes or your fruits, an apple in the corner, pears or cherries for the next round. The corner blocks help make it easier because in between the rows and the background can change size too to keep the math easy. So many possibilities and in several of your fabric lines a nice scrappy feel as it grows, great use of my continuing collection of fig tree fabrics. Please!

My favorite recent patterns of yours are Canned Pears and Cherry Pie and Little Lollies. I think it would be fun to see what you could do with flowers. Maybe bring a fresh look at vintage patterns like Carolina Lily.

I like the trend to use large size blocks to make a quilt. It really showcases the beautiful fabric designs.

Thanks for the giveaway!!


How about rounds of borders. I think they call it a round robin quilt. start with a center star. then a round of nine patches or half square triangles. then sawtooth or quarter squares. Each row different. Corner stars of different sizes to match the width of each row.I know...the ideas spill faster than they come off my finger tips. the center could be an applique maybe flowers that change sizes or your fruits, an apple in the corner, pears or cherries for the next round. The corner blocks help make it easier because in between the rows and the background can change size too to keep the math easy. So many possibilities and in several of your fabric lines a nice scrappy feel as it grows, great use of my continuing collection of fig tree fabrics. Please!

I'd like to see a quilt with embroidery as part of it. I'm so into embroidery lately, and I think a lot of others are too.

I love your bunny and birdy quilts, so more applique and more bunnies! I bet I could pronounce your maiden name, i lived in Poland for 2 years and had to pronounce some very hard names and words!

I love your fabrics. I would like to see patterns that use a fat quarter bundle - squares/rectangles - something simple but colorful.

Your fabrics are simply figilious! Many of your quilts are on my loooong project wish list. This spring I plan to make the pear quilt as I love pears!!! I am interested in learning how to appliqué the Fig Tree way so a quilt pattern with appliqué flowers or paisleys would be fabulous! Dziekuje!

Not sure if anyone's said this but I would love a wedding ring quilt! Perhaps one that makes it easy to do :) your fabric would make a beautiful one!

I love your new fabric line. As always, the colors are beautiful and distinctive. I would love a pattern that uses a lot of flying geese.

I'm new at this and love pre-cuts. All the color combinations are made for me, plus part of the cutting out process is done. That's a great thing for a newbie. With that in mind a quilt pattern using charm packs or jelly rolls would be fabulous. Thanks for the chance!

I would like to see another design for a snuggly quilt for teenagers/young adults or a baby's cot quilt/ receiving blanket. I discovered your designs through craftsy and I think you are a great teacher too.

I would love to see a medallion with perhaps a not quite so formal tree of life but, maybe a fig? Or
lots of fanciful fruit from the same tree.
Have little bunnies hopping around below and sampler blocks surrounding. Thanks for all of your fresh fabrics.

I would love to see a medallion quilt done in Fig Tree style or a sampler type of quilt- something like your Vintage Farmhouse BOM, but made with a mix of blocks from many of your past Fig Tree patterns. Thanks for the chance to win. I can't wait to make something with the beautiful Mirabelle fabric.

I love your fabric and patterns - I would love to see another word quilt - such as "INSPIRE"

I love your colors. Would love to see another round table mat quilt option. Your Blossom and Jam pattern is beautiful but would like another round option.

Thanks for such a "fabulous" start to the morning. I would love to see some smaller quilts and quilty things made with charm packs and mini charm packs. Although I love your larger quilts sometime I like a "fast" smaller project that I can complete quickly.

I love your fabric so soft and nostalgic, what about card trick I come from a family of card players and I think that is a fun block.

I am a lover of dresdens and hexagons so i would love to see your soft fabrics in some kind of design using either of these. Thank you for a lovely giveaway.

I love the churn dash block and want to make a quilt using it...just haven't found the perfect pattern...maybe churn dash blocks with applique? Your fabrics are some of my favorites!! Thanks for the give-a-way :)

I would love to see something for young children made with your lovely, bright and cheerful fabric. Maybe a height chart or a toy bag?

Just love the LOVE YOU MORE quilt. I would like to see some more simple quilts with large alphabet lettrs on it.

This is a tough decision, as I have two ideas. But I will go with my first and it is a log cabin. I love log cabin blocks and quilts.

A 'quilt as you go'pattern would be great. Thank you for a chance to win your lovely fabrics.

Something new using jelly the 'Race' but makes a great looking quilt!

Would love to see something fresh with the apple core block! Something for harvest/apple picking season!! Thank you!

I would love to see pieced quilts with applique added. Nothing too complicated, just whimsical and fun. Love your fabric and designs so much!

I would love to see a medallion style quilt with lots of different star blocks. It was hard to come up with something, since you have already created many quilts that I love.

Fabulous, funny, fruitful, fanciful, fresh, focused post. I'm fatigued, so I will force myself to quit. PS, no stars maybe something with fans!

I love block based patterns that create interesting secondary designs!

I have 2 color quilt on my bucket list...your "Love Your MOre" has me inspired. But would like to see more....jmh

I am loving Hexies right now and would love to see mini quilt and sewing projects using them. Grandmother's Flower Garden would make a wonderful scrappy quilt using your fabric! Thanks for the opportunity to win your giveaway.

I would like to do a large Tree Of Life quilt block. It would be cute to have a little bird on it. Thanks

Something fresh withbflowers and figs maybe

I would love to see a pattern for blocks with farmyard animals on them. I am pretty new to quilting and I have no idea if this is possible. Thanks for providing lots of quilt inspiration on your blog.

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