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!





Maybe something swoon inspired. A big star! mrscwatson81 at Hotmail dot com

It seems you like modern and easy patterns, I would like an intermediate pattern to use, love your fabric.

I would love to see applique flowers needle turn or fusible.

I love sampler quilts, so would love to see one of these.

Modern Log Cabin!!

I would love to see a wonderful embroidered block quilt using a spring theme along with Mirabelle pieced blocks..I'm waiting for the line to be released.. so excited!

Id love to see your version of a rainbow fabric line!! I know it would be amazing!

I just fell in love with your fabrics! I love all kinds of star blocks. Maybe you could design a fresh idea with stars.

I love Christmas and Santas so I'd love to see a pattern for a Christmas wall quilt and a stuffed Santa doll.

I love this fabric... I think a pattern with a tree/leaf motif would be so pretty, especially with those fabrics. Hexagons are fabulous too. :) Thanks for the post, I enjoyed it.

I love blocks with strings or scraps.

I love the nine patch. Maybe use a split nine patch or disappearing nine patch.

I would like to see an asymmetrical quilt pattern with distinctive blocks, they could be any shape: square, diamond, rectangles, stars, leaves, but big and bold and not an all over pattern. I like to see scattered blocks on a solid or low volume background.

Anything with flowers!

Staying with the "F" theme.. how about some fabric fairies. thanks for the chance to fin- I mean win.

lovely fabric line.

Stars or flowers.

While not a quilt pattern, I love your Notions to Go pattern, and would love it if you would design another sewing organiser.

I'd love fabric with words in French using your colors. Have a fabulous weekend!

I think fans or dresden plates would be beautiful in yor fabrics. Thanks, Jackie

Cats and their friends!

Love any pattern that uses pre-cuts . . . you do great work!

I'd like to see a modern setting which utilizes a lot of fabrics or scraps.

I also love your postcard series. I'm making the Singing in the Rain and skate wall hangings for my home this year. I would love to see a larger wall hanging with applique, piecing and embroidery.

I love big block quilts,,that look more intricate than they really are (makes it appear we did more work than we really did!) Thanks for the chance to win.

I would love a 'quilt as you go' pattern for those of us who don't want to send our quilts out to a longarm quilter.

I'd like to see something with airplanes in it!

I'd love to see Hugs and Carousel combined for a Hugs and Kisses quilt. Can you tell I have grandchildren? LOL

Your fabric is so sweet and pretty I think it would look great in a tea themed quilt with teacups and teapots.

I would love to see something that uses the fabric to create a scene as looking out of a window. Your fabrics lend themselves to beautiful shading and gorgeous outdoor creatures whether it be birds, bunnies, or other creatures. Use blocks as window panes for those that want to do block parties.

Would love to see Fig Tree & Co. design a happy, fun and delightful applique sampler. This is really out of your normal quilt patterns - good luck!

Some vintage patterns would be good, I'd love to make an antique quilt.

I would love a sampler quilt with flowers and leaves, maybe a series of season quilts.

I would like to see a quilt pattern with pinwheels

what if you could make a four block from the fig shape (point to the middle)

I'd love to see something with a nine patch or an Irish chain. They're such classic patterns. I'd also love to see a modern take on the classic two color quilt. Obviously I love the retro look!

I loved your pear and cherry patterns. How about a quilt with all pieced figs?!?! I'm guessing you could add some beautiful appliqued pieces to it as well!

Can't wait to get my first sampler BOM!

I am totally torn these days between quilts with large 24in or more blocks and the minis which are so cute and satisfying way for quick finish. but in the end I think I would love a medallion quilt with a number of borders in the Figtree style and fabrics! Thanks for such a fun post.

I'd love to see some kind of a celtic knot or pattern - something paper piece-y.

Anything made with you utterly beautiful fabrics will be amazing! I credit Fig Tree with changing my fabric palette from dark country to your stunning, fresh designs. I would love to see a fig tree quilt, with a centre medallion of a tree, or a basket quilt. Thanks for the constant inspiration and the chance to win!

As a lot of your patterns use the lighter fabrics in the background, with the darker prints in the foreground, I would love to see a pattern that is the opposite. Something that sparkles. Maybe a variety of small stars of lighter prints that make up a larger star on a dark background. As well, a small project on the side to use up the leftovers. 2 projects for 1 or a 2fer! I love your fabrics and patterns. I'm sure whatever you come up with next will be a winner in my books! Thanks for the chance to win.

I have a particular love of the four patch block and have quite the collection of tops made with them so one I have thought about doing is Village Green by Nancy Page in June of 1939 she created the block. I think I will make this out of your new collection.

your new line is just yummy, (first word that came to mind when I saw it) I'm a push over for old fashion patterns so I'd love to see this fabric in a traditional pattern maybe a 9 patch of some sort. (oh and I didn't know anything about figs until I moved to Texas, now they are a big part of our cooking)

Oh the idea of seasonal quilts sounds like a lot of fun! Thanks for the chance.

Call me old fashioned but I love the Dresden Plate pattern. Your fabrics are always so beautiful. Love, love, love the Avalon line. Thanks for the giveaway.

Using your beautiful fabrics, I love anything with stars. I could just see something all scrappy tied together with something soft and beautiful.

I would love to see a pattern with applique and quilting mixed together. Flowers, umbrellas or something with appliqued flowers and leaves. Thanks!

I love hot air balloons! I would love to see a pattern using hot air balloons and maybe some houses below, maybe some applique!

I saw a Pickle dish antique quilt made with a striped fabric in the melon part of the block. I know you like to take a complicated block and create an easier way to make it. Go for the pickle!

My idea is a quilt with 16" or 18" blocks that could be made with or without sashing. Single blocks could then be made into coordinating pillows. I prefer pieced blocks, but a combination of pieced and applique probably would be more interesting -- perhaps with butterflies.

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