Fresh Bundles

Given that our shopping cart has been down, we haven't had the opportunity to show you guys any of our latest bundles. Well, we have a limited cart back up now so thought we would share a few of the latest.

Oh, I think you might love these! We sure do!


Springblog bundle
The Spring Bundle


Meadowblog bundle
The Meadow Bundle


Beachblog bundle
The Beach Bundle

Click here for more info on any of the above yummies!

Day #10: The 12 Days of Christmas

Welcome to Day #10 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 #10



Thank you to all of you who shared your own Nutcracker memories with me. It is always such a treat for me to read about your lives and things that you remember. So many wonderful memories and traditions! I love it.

Our nutcracker adventure was wonderful... made that much more lovely by three beautiful girls, in their beautiful dresses with their brand new little scarves. I think it was a magical time. It went something like this.

First we made scarves.





Then we twirled around a lot and waited for our friend to arrive, in our scarf.





Then we got bored of waiting...



Then our friend finally arrived and we were on our way!



Then we joined up with another friend at the nutcracker and we sparkled.



Then we got "snowed" on in the outdoor downtown festivities.


We got home tuckered out but very happy.

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So now for the goodies.

  First up today...

 One of our all time favorite things to make, FIG TREE SCRAP BAGS. Full of pieces leftover from our studio cutting along with fabric bolt leftovers, with a smattering of strikeoffs that never made it into fabric. They are just the most yummy thing ever. Every year at Pacific International we make up a new set of these especially for our loyal customers from that show. And every year, on Thursday morning, we have a stampede of women who come straight to the booth to see what new scrap bags we have. Some get one, some get 5 and hold them to their chests as if they have found gold as they walk around the rest of the booth to check out the kits and other goodies. I have to say that it is one of my all time favorite moments of any show. It has become so much fun to watch that the vendors around us [the same vendors who who have become our friends over the years as we are always in the same spot] just stand around, waiting with cameras to document this fun frenzy! Sometimes they have come to help us ring so that we could clear away the crowd a little. 


For this sale, we made up some scrap bags especially for you. For those of you who love to sew with small bits and challenge  yourself to make your own fun creations, these will be a lovely acquisition. Have fun and good luck!

Click here for more info.


Second up today...

You ofcourse bought every possible red and green bundle we could manage to make around here so we thought we would offer up a few Christmas Bundles that we managed to pull together from all of the leftover bolts!



I'm sure these won't be enough for you either, but its all I've got!

Enjoy and click here for more info.


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12 Days of Christmas Special Day #10: 

Scrap Bags are 15% off! 

Special Christmas Bundles are available.



Day #9: The 12 Days of Christmas

Welcome to Day #9 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 #9



Today is CHALK FULL of good things so read carefully so you don't miss out on any of them.

Not only is today Day #9 of our fabulous 12 Days of Christmas Sale [click here, or here for some of the other days to see the festivities if you have not been following along], today is also our day on the

*** MODA Designer Holiday Blog Hop ***

Each day you can visit a few of the MODA designers to see what block and recipe goodies they have to share. Each designer you visit will have a new sampler block card and a recipe card for you. Print them out on cream colored cardstock [or any other color really, but you know we do everything in cream around here], package them up with some lovely twine or ribbon and you have a fabulous little memento for yourself or for a stocking stuffer for a friend. You will find a PDF link for both cards here below.

Click here for the actual pdf of the below block and recipe card.


You’ll need just (3) 9″ x 22″ pieces of fabric to make this block-  one dark, one medium and one light! 

Make up a quilt using 12 of these blocks and put sashing in-between each block.  You’ll have a quilt that looks great in any fabric combination or use just a few of your favorite blocks and repeat them several times. Collect all the blocks and use them however they suit your fancy!

Here’s the designer list for the week:

December 5th

Minick & Simpson
Bunny Hill
Me & My Sister
Deb Strain

December 6th

Kansas Troubles
Fig Tree
Cosmo Cricket
Lucie Summers
Liz Scott

December 7th:

Cotton Way
French General
Oliver + S
Ellen Luckett Baker

December 8th

Kathy Schmitz Studios
Laundry Basket Quilts

Kate Spain
Primitive Gatherings

December 9th

Basic Grey
Jan Patek
American Jane
Sandy Gervais

Hope you have a chance to visit them all and collect all the goodies along the way!

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So now for the rest of the goodies.

  First up today...

 Red and green bundles on sale just in time for the holidays [and beyond too of course because who doesn't love red and green]?! We just made up a whole new grouping of them to make sure there was enough for anyone who wanted one and their cousin LOL! So if you have been waiting to snatch one of these lovelies, this is it!




More choices available so click here for more info and to see the current red and green bundles available.


Second up today....

 A giveaway in honor of the MODA Blog Hop.

 Leave a comment and tell us what your favorite Christmas song or carol is

and you will be entered to win... 

your choice of 10 of your favorite Fig Tree patterns, along with a giant box of fabric scraps, along with a few other special goodies for a truly wonderful Christmas present for any Fig Tree fan! 

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12 Days of Christmas Special Day #9: 

Red & Green Bundles are 12% off! 

Comment to enter Giveaway!

Day #7: The 12 Days of Christmas

Welcome to Day #7 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 #7



You guys are a lovely and crazy group of shoppers, my friends, and we are trying hard to keep up with you but please bear with us as we have gotten a day or so backed up with the sale purchases!


Tonite, my munchkin and I are going to see the Nutcracker and I promised I would make her and her 2 BFF's, matching cream Snuggle scarves! I think I might put a bit of red fabric on the bottom if I have time. I guess I should go get on that. I will post some pictures on Monday. They all plan on wearing their red dresses with their cream scarves so that they "match". I wish I was 7 again and thinking about nothing except matching with my friends. Love it.


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Today we thought we would have a bit of a Butterscotch & Rose day. We have just a few precuts left in the studio and thought that today was as good a day as any to share them with you.


We have a few bundles...

BundleblogClick here for more info.

A few Layer Cakes....

 Click here for more info.


And even a few Charm packs....

 Click here for more info.


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Today's Special:

So that you can do some holiday sewing with all of those classic, rich colors we are clearing out our stock and all Butterscotch & Rose precuts are 20% off!! Best deal we've got!

For more info, click here.


12 Days of Christmas Special Day #7: 

All Butterscotch & Rose precuts are 20% off! 


I have had a full week. A really full week. And I've struggled with its fullness. A lot.

My friend Jana mentioned the other day on twitter that she was having a perfect amount of "whelmedness" that day,not too overwhelmed and not too underwhelmed. What a fabulous idea! It sounded like an absolutely perfect day to me since I seem to have had my fair share of the former kind lately and have been dreaming of the latter.

But really when it comes down to it, what I have been wanting is that perfect balance of "whelmedness" each day. Don't we all? As I descended into one of my internal "balance of life" struggles, I realized however that even though this perfection is a good thing to strive for, achieving a perfect balance of whelmedness each day is a high and lofty goal. Perhaps I should stop thinking that I can do that every day and cut myself at least a little bit of slack. Just maybe.

One of the questions I get asked the most often, which might also be why I think about it so much, is how do I balance a full time, often more than full time design job, and business along with being a "stay at home" mom of my three munchkins. To be fair, I don't really think I am such a good example of either. I have business and production offices next door and a wonderful staff of gals who help me make it all happen on a variety of fronts. They sew, they edit, they process orders and answer emails. They stuff patterns and ship boxes. They do most of the paperwork.


... Gabrielle made new cream bundles up on the website now.....

I have a hub who runs most of the fulfillment side of the business and all 3 of my kids are in school now so the balance is definitely more doable these days than it was when I started all of this craziness. Mr. Fig and I share all child responsibilities since both of our jobs have the luxury of flexing around the kids and I know that I couldn't do it at all without all of these folks and without all of this help.

And yet I still struggle with what I am not doing on any given day. 

In the end, there isn't any good answer to the balance question, other than I take each day as it comes and often feel like I have let one of the two halves down. As I thought about it al again this morning, what I realized was that what I want to strive for is balance in my week and balance in my month. Balance in  my day would be the icing on my cupcake but can't happen most days!

Their will be days like this Wednesday, the first day of school, when one side is clearly more important than the other.


... first day of school photos of the two youngest Figs!

There will be days like this Monday, the final deadline for my newest manuscript, when the other side of my pendulum will win.



... prop shots from the photo shoot, since I can't actually show any of the products just yet....

There will be days like this Tuesday, back to school shopping in the morning/photo shoot in the afternoon, when I will try to do both and feel completely overwhelmed by the end of the day, not sure that I gave either halves of my life all that they needed.

...more props from the other day's shoot.

And there will be days like today when I will sleep in a little, let the hub get the munchkins off to school, let the office gals run the office without me and enjoy a little bit of quiet time with my tea and the homemade zucchini bread that my 13 yr. old boy whipped up this weekend.

There will be evenings like today when our friend will need to take the munchkins out to dinner, while I finish studying the swatches for the next fabric collection I am working on but I will still get to tuck them into bed when the day is done.


Who knows what tomorrow will look like.  But as I look back on the week AS A WHOLE, I think I can be happy about what I accomplished, what I chose to do and what I chose to hold off on. All in all, I think my week has had a perfect balance of whelmedness even if each day felt completely different and perhaps not that perfect in and of itself.

Trying to keep myself focused on the big picture instead of the little one that gets me down and makes me crazy. This balance thing is not that easy. I am sure you all know this already. I am wishing each and every one of you the perfect balance of whelmedness this next week!




Summer's End

I can't even believe that our summer is not so slowly coming to a close. I know its kind of an artificial end and that we could all stay in summer mode for a bit longer but I guess we have to listen to the calendar! And so our SCHEDULED summer is almost over and I don't think I am quite ready.

My tomatoes aren't quite ready yet, either!


In the Kitchen...


This morning our FARM FRESH TO YOU box of goodies arrived as it does every week. Its a wonderful thing and even though we are growing some of our own veggies this summer, the weekly box keeps us stocked with everything we might need. This week the box came at 11:00 and by noon I had sauteed up a few things for a quick staff snack. We all took a break from designing, shipping and cutting to eat some sauteed pattypan squash with onions, garlic and herbs. Yum!




On vacation...

Last weekend we were also able to squeeze in one more long weekend vaca to Monterey. What a beautiful and restful place!

Vacationing with 3 munchkins ages 6 to 13 in one car and one room is not always what its cracked up to be but with some good "divide and conquer parenting" all the interested parties were able to: go to the Monterey Bay Aquarium, go window shopping in Carmel, return to the laser and mirror maze place 4 times, eat ALOT of shrimp at Bubba Gump's, do a little back to school shopping for kids and mommy too, eat some yummy French food which included some amazing Sonoma coast wine and a giant bowl of mussels and clams in a garlic and herb wine sauce, watching a couple of in room movies, having French Crepes with strawberries and Nutella, kicking my son's butt at pool, eating Lasagna for the first time in 10 years because we were trying to be like Garfield the cat [that last one will only make sense to you if you read the Garfield comics like my boys do], stopping at the best roadside veggie stand in Castroville, CA [home of the artichoke] I had seen in ages and buying 20 baby artichokes and 10 baby avocados that we are still eating, walking through the Strawberry Festival in Watsonville, CA.... okay I think I will stop for fear of boring you with more food stories. It does sound like we did nothing but eat all day long, doesn't it?




I guess its time for back to school haircuts too, huh? I'm keeping that lazy summer look going as long as I can on them. Unfortunately Ben's school has a haircut code. Bummer.


In the office...

For those of you who have fallen in love with some of our newest bundles, you might want to go take a look here for some new fun ones.



And just because we thought they were irresistible, we added some of these to the site. Isn't that just the cutest twine you have ever seen? 




More soon.

xoxoxo Joanna

New Yummies!

I am in Kansas. Crazy, I know! Teaching and lecturing about color and design to some fabulous quilters and fabric lovers. I love our customers.They are generous and committed and make this business so much fun!

Oh and by the way, don't even think about the Dorothy and Toto jokes. My hub is emailing them to me on a regular basis throughout the day! At least he is entertaining himself while I am gone!

ButI digress. I promised to let you know as soon as we had some new bundle lovelies up..... well, we might have one or two or three all lined up and ready for new homes..




...Oh my gosh, just makes me want to go to the beach right now!



For more info click here.


And we have made more of the original solid bundles which we have now titled "FRESH" back in stock.

Click here.

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And for all those of you MODA fans who are in the midst of Christmas in July projects.... well we thought we would make it just a bit easier for you.


Apple & grass greens....




And tomato & strawberry reds....




For more info, click here.

And since you guys have eaten up the new cream bundles like they were cheetos... we are currently making more of those for next week.

Okay, gotta get some sleep. Teach all day tomorrow. Will tell you how it goes soon.