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On the 11th Day of Christmas

2NDANNUAL12daysofxmas

 

On the  11th Day of Christmas my true love gave to me, eleven Pipers Piping.

Again, I have to admit that the image of an entourage comes to mind but I don't want to repeat myself. Can you imagine the entrance one would make with eleven Pipers Piping? I am slowly running out of ways to reject this poor man's gifts. Perhaps eleven Pipers Piping isn't so bad....

But perhaps a little bit better, or at least a little bit cuter would be this super sweet flour sack tea towel with our latest critter on it. Please meet Hazel, the Hedgehog and the HAZEL FLOUR SACK TOWEL KIT.

Not sure you all want a hedgehog story but here's one anyway. When my husband and I were first married, we collected hedgehogs of every kind and size imaginable- cards, stuffed animals, ceramic ones and really wanted a real one. Cheesy I know but true confesssions usually are. Having come from Poland, where hedgehogs were plentiful, I missed the little creatures and the husband, well he humored me. Since then, the hedgehog collection has been put or given away but once in a while the hedgehog obsession comes out and I have to do something with it.

 

Hazelmain

... here she is in her natural habitat with mushrooms and grass and leaves. 

 

Hazelfull

... I know she might be too cute to use, but she could certainly decorate.

 

Hazeldetail

 

 

Hazeldetail2

... the needlework details include grass, eyes and nose as well as flower accent.

 

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And for those of you who might like to give applique a try, here is the perfect item for you. An APPLIQUE KIT with all of my favorite goodies in it!

Applique kit info
 

Over the years, one of the questions we get alot is about our way of doing applique. I know that for many of you applique is something that you just refer to as the "A" word and not something that you want to pursue. But trust me when I tell you, that applique is not nearly as hard as its cracked up to be. For years, I tried and worked with methods that just didn't help me until I found the Starch Method of Applique. I love it and it helps me to create the perfect shapes that I need for my designs every time. Today I thought I would share a little kit of goodies so that you can try out a little bit of starch applique on your own. Hazel might just be the perfect project to try it on! 

 

And the goodie with today's purchase is the CHICKEN SCRATCH pattern, just in case you want to create some chicken friends for Hazel!

 

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                          Chickenlarge

 

For ordering info on the project aboveCLICK HERE.

See you tomorrow!


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12 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS FINE PRINT

 

*** Please note that if the 12 Days of Christmas website space is blank, that means that the item for the day has sold out. Nothing is wrong with the site, the item has just been sold out.

• The Fig Tree 12 Days of Christmas sale starts on Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving, and lasts for 12 days.

• Each day a different kit, stocking stuffer or home dec goodie will be advertised. Each day a special offer will be made as well.

• Each special offer will only be available on that day. Each goodie will only be available while stock lasts. Many of the items offered will sell out on that day.

• For those of you who want to continue to purchase items throughout the 12 days of the sale but want us to hold your purchases for one shipment, you need to note that in the comments section of your order. If there is no note, we will ship the items as they are ordered.

• For those of you who have your items held for one shipment at the end, your orders will continue to accrue shipping charges for each order throughout the sale. We will calculate the actual shipping at the end and then refund any necessary shipping charges then. 

 


Warning: Picture Heavy!

You know how there are certain patterns that you remember sewing long after you are done with them? Those ones that become favorites no matter how many other quilts you have made in the meantime?

In my case, that often means those are the patterns that are mysteriously “unavailable” to travel or go to shows because they are… well, they are being used on our couch! The original SUNWASHED pattern is one of those patterns.

We have made it up in various different color combinations and are still in love with most of them, several of them are “regulars” in our quilt basket and get used on a daily basis.

 

THE ORIGINAL SUNWASHED PATTERN

[MADE UP FROM OUR WHIMSY COLLECTION]

....on the cover of the pattern it is also made up out of our Mill House Inn collection

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Oldsunwasheddetail

 

Something about the simplicity and yet complicated look of this quilt is fabulous to me. Not that I can take any credit for the design as I discovered it on a vintage quilt many years ago and just reinterpreted it with a much easier piecing and assembly technique. I love that it is a simple 1 block quilt that is created primarily through the pieced sashing!


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CALIFORNIA GIRL VERSION OF THE ORIGINAL SUNWASHED.

Pieced by the lovely Sherri. Quilted by the amazing Diana [QuiltedGrammy@aol.com]

Bluesunwash

 

So when it came time to start thinking of patterns for this Spring release, the favorites popped quickly to mind, including this one.

Before we started re-designing, the first thing we thought would be fun is to make the SUNWASHED pattern our of our new, CALIFORNIA GIRL, collection.

Choosing to focus on the blues, Sherri pieced this one for her own collection. We are ga-ga for this version! Beautiful job as always!


Bluesunwashdetail2

... doesn't it just make you think of the beach? 

Bluesunwashmed

 

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OUR BRAND NEW PATTERN, MARIGOLDS [DEBUTING AT MARKET NEXT WEEK]

Pieced by the lovely Sherri. Quilted by the amazing Diana.

During the design process, the variation we came up with that is completely different but completely the same…. is that there is no appliqué in this one, its all pieced from charm packs!!

Marigolds

 

Super simple, to say the least, with the same straightforward sashing construction this version is just like the original but no appliqué. Now mind you, the appliqué on the original SUNWASHED is the most simple kind of appliqué there is and one that I recommend to beginning appliquers all the time. It is a simple curve, with ends that don’t have to be finished or even tucked under because they are pieced into the next block. You really can’t go wrong with that kind of appliqué. In fact, the appliqué doesn’t have to be done at all. Just prep the pieces using starch or any other method that you are familiar with and then simply topstitch the ¼- circles into their blocks and be done. Either way the circle version, SUNWASHED, quilt is a perfect introduction to doing a bit of simple appliqué or at the very least, appliqué prep.

This new version, MARIGOLDS, is entirely pieced, same construction, just an even simpler setup. Half square triangles with “snowball” corners and a pieced sashing. We love it. Made up here also in CALIFORNIA GIRL, focusing a bit more on the corals and the yellows.


Marigoldsclose

... really can't figure out which one is our favorite!!

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Hope you might be inspired to try one of these summertime yummies, regardless if a bit of applique is your thing or not!

Believe it or not, there is another version made from our TAPESTRY COLLECTION in the works to be debuted at Quilt Market in Kansas City. If all the stars align, we will show some pictures before then!

 

NEW PATTERN INFORMATION

Name: MARIGOLDS

Size:  53" x 68 or 68" x 68"

Collection: Shown here made out of California Girl. Coming soon, made also out of our brand new collection, TAPESTRY.

Available: Patterns will be available at the end of May, 2012.


Postage Stamps

Sometimes I want to work on something big and simple and a bit more modern. On those days I crave clean lines and brighter colors. I want to see a lot of white space and love to play with pattern. I love looking at shapes and positive and negative space to see what kinds of patterns will emerge. I feel expansive on those days :-)!

Other days I retreat to little treats of handwork and sweet vintage images. I have a collection of vintage ephemera that includes fruit crate labels, postcards, stamps, ads, travel posters, school booklets and the list goes on and on. Some days all I need to do is immerse myself in those vintage images for inspiration.

On those days I am very detailed oriented and love to focus in on the minutia of those vintage pieces of paper and the colors and images that they chose to work with so long ago.

I go between the two on a regular basis, never sure which one I will be more drawn to that day. Today seems to be one of my traditionalist days and right before Easter, I just wanted to share with you our little collection of Vintage Postage Stamp quilts. Each one inspired by a combination of vintage postage stamps and postcard images. 

 

Today this is what is making me happy...

Not sure that I have a favorite on these. But if you made me choose... I think I would pick the little birds under the umbrella and the winter skate. Love those a lot.

 

Bunnyduetcovermoda-lg

 

Singinginraincovermoda-lg

 

Bountiful-cover-moda-lg

 

Roman-holiday-cover-lg

 

Vintageskate-cover-lg

 

WinterRobin-cover-lg

Happy Easter to everyone!

 

Click here for more info on these.

Any orders for these will start shipping next wed. due to a few spring break activities around these parts!

And a little insider information... we have 2 more coming soon for Market. Maybe a little something patriotic and a little something "autumny"!


Day #11: The 12 Days of Christmas


Welcome to Day #11 of the 12 Days of Christmas: Fig Tree Style! Each day we will have a different kit, a different sale and even a few giveaways along the way. Join us each day so that you don't miss out on a single thing. We are so excited to share all of our goodies with you!

 

Day #11


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GIVEAWAY...


Thanks to all of you who entered the giveaway! I guess everyone is in the Christmas mood because in less than 48 hrs. we have had 640 of you comment! We've closed the comments tonite and will announce the winner on the last day of the 12 Days sales, on Friday.

I have absolutely loved hearing about each and everyone's favorite carols and songs! And the stories and memories and your kids singing. Thank you so much for sharing all of it with us!

It looks like the clear winners are the two classics, Silent Night and O Holy Night. But others like "Mary Did You Know?" seem to be another favorite this year. I had not even remembered hearing that one until one of you sent me the link.Thanks for that. Its an absolutely beautiful song.

Good luck on the giveaway everyone!

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So now for second to last day of goodies.

Over the years, one of the questions we get over and over again is about our way of doing applique. I know that for many of you applique is something that you just refer to as the "A" word and not something that you want pursue. But trust me when I tell you, that applique is not nearly as hard as its cracked up to be. For years, I tried and worked with methods that just didn't help me until I found the Starch Method of Applique. I love it and it helps me to create the perfect shapes that I need for my designs every time. Today I thought I would share a little kit of goodies so that you can try out a little bit of starch applique on your own. I really don't think you will be sorry that you did!

 

Up today...

  Appliquekitblog

Click here for more info.

[Fyi, if the product doesn't show up on the site when you click on the link, that means that it has sold out. Sorry but quantities are limited.]

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12 Days of Christmas Special Day #11: 

Special Applique Kits are 15% off!