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Winner, Winner Chicken Dinner!

That winner, winner, chicken dinner thing... never get tired of saying it. You, however, might be tired of hearing it from me because I am pretty sure that is the title of any post I have ever done with a giveaway winner in it. LOL!! Well, at least I am consistent.

Anyhow.... thanks for your patience. At our house, it is still Tuesday at the moment. So technically I am still okay to post even though I know that for many of you, it will be Wednesday before you get a chance to check back, so sorry for the delay. A couple of deadlines hit the studio today and the post had to take a back seat.

WINNER

Thanks for playing everyone and remember that we still have more winners in the days to come so check back tomorrow and the next day and the next!!

On 9/16 at 7:50 pm Jacque said, "Enjoyed reading the bucket list and the little known facts! Thanks for sharing the pattern with us! My fav color is the blue in your line...I love how you mix it up with the colors in the blue print! Thanks for the chance to win!"

Jacque, give us a "ring" and we'll get your goodie bag out to you!


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... Chips & Whetstones

VINTAGE QUILT

For the many of you who have emailed or commented on the vintage quilt I showed, I am with you on the space feeling theme of the pattern! It is apparently not a rocket related pattern at all nor a nuclear bomb shelter symbol either! Instead it is a variation on a pattern called CHIPS & WHETSTONES but I haven't been able to discover the origin of the name.

The quilt that I found was most likely made in the late 1800's due to the fabrics but I can't swear to it since I haven't had it officially looked at by anyone with enough credentials to tell me for sure!  

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Here is another vintage lovely from the same flea market day. It was obviously an amazing day for quilts!

Starquilt

... look at all those wonderful colors!


Starquiltdetail
... it sure is a lot of half square triangles but still a beauty I think I might recreate sometime soon!


ON THE WORK FRONT

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 We have a new cream bundle [Cream Bundle #6] available. These have been super popular around here so check it out while they're still here.

 

Talk to you tomorrow. Although it might be late at night again. That's just the way we roll around here in September.

 

xoxo

Joanna



So Much Color Advice!

Hello friends and fabric lovers! I know we said we wouldn't close the giveaway for a week but after just 3 days we feel like we are swimming a bit in your lovely comments so we thought we'd give this particular giveaway a rest!

Over #2000 of you have left us your fabulous color advice and commented on so many different things from the BLOG TOUR! Its been a pleasure reading all of your suggestions, dreams and color stories. But we're not done yet, so we will continue reading the comments until Tuesday when we will start the first day of giveaways and, as promised, will continue for 4 days after that. In fact, given all of you lovely commenters, we might give away a few extra items. So stay tuned....

 

Until then, a new favorite quilt from a recent flea market trip!

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Anyone know the official name of this quilt pattern? Let me know if you do

BTW, are you still following along on the MODA Country FAir? Lots of fun places still to come, click here for all the links.

 

xoxo

Joanna

 

 


Fig Day at the MODA Country Fair

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... the giveaway bundle. See bottom of post.

 

Well hello MODA Blog Hoppers, I guess today must be my day to wow you with favorite fair food answers and random trivia about my life. Hope you are ready! We always like to give our guru Lissa a hard time but truth be told, we usually have quite a bit of fun playing along. So here goes...

 

MY FAVORITE FAIR FOOD:

CHEESE ON A STICK It’s not nearly as bad as it sounds, I promise.

Hotdogstick

In fact I guess its not really a fair food at all but since its on a stick, I’m making an executive decision and listing it as mine. Its actually a shopping mall food!! Do you have a Hotdog on a Stick stand in your mall food fair? If you do, then you know exactly what I am talking about. If you don’t, you really ought to search one out the next time you are feeling like fried cheese. What is my excuse for eating this thing? I grew up with one in my local mall and as a teenager just couldn't resist it!

 


Chocolateorange
... chocolate covered orange peel. OMG.

MY GUILTY PLEASURE:

CHOCOLATE & ORANGE in any combination. The easiest to get are the chocolate covered orange sticks from Trader Joe’s although if my hub wants to bring me a special treat, he will go and acquire chocolate covered orange peel from a "real" chocolate store which is my favorite indulgence in the world!


  Pitcherofleaves

... my favorite vintage wooden spools with some autumn leaves.

 

SOME THINGS FROM MY BUCKET LIST:

Visit the South of France.

  Learn to knit. I have tried before... many times... but I just can't seem to get the hang of it!

• Go to Ireland.

• Have time to drag out my pottery wheel and make stuff. Lots of stuff.

See the leaves turn in the autumn in New England.

Build a cute chicken coop and have chickens in our backyard.

Plant an entire English country garden.

Take my best friend to Poland to see my “homeland”

Road trip across the entire US with all of my kids and not have anyone kill each other during the time.

Own a bed and breakfast or an inn.

Teapot
... my autumn decorating is starting slowly. More tea drinking than anything else.

 

WHAT INSPIRES MY WORK:

COLOR. For me, it is always about the color palette. It comes in many forms and from many places such as flea markets, travel, giftwrap, vintage textiles, gardens, etc. Regardless of where I am or what I am looking at, it seems that color is always the first thing that I notice and that draws me in. After that comes design, proportion, combinations and all the rest.

Summerbracelets
... some of us here are still holding on to a little bit of summer with our vacation bracelets.

 

RANDOM JOANNA FACTS...

Factoid #1: I sing when no one is listening ALL THE TIME. I sing when my kid’s friends are around in order to embarrass them. I sing when people are around and they shouldn’t have to put up with my singing.


Fabricstack
... our newest collection, Butterscotch & Rose, coming to stores in October. Precuts are shipping now!

 

Factoid #2: We only watch what we TIVO. It is so bad that last year, we turned on live TV for something and our youngest daughter couldn’t understand why on earth we couldn’t fast forward through the commercials. She had never watched live tv as far as she could remember!!!


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... a tiny sneak peek of something coming up

 

Factoid #3: In our house, my hub is the one who enjoys watching his favorite movies over and over again ad nauseum. Me, I watch the James Bond movies when my dad is visiting. I can relive my high school days by watching Dirty Dancing and Footloose any time they are on tv [and I AM NOT HAPPY that they are remaking either] but other than that, I'm not much of a movie repeater.


Chickenscratch1
... my favorite bucket list item right now & the subject of my project below


Chickenscratch2
.. I've grown attached to these two. Kind of feel like I should name them.

 

COUNTRY FAIR PROJECT:

For my COUNTRY FAIR PROJECT, I thought I would share a little Chicken Scratch. Click on link below for the pdf file of the pattern. This project is now a pattern. Please visit our website to see all the patterns!

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After we made this project we liked it so much that we thought we might make it into a regular Fig Tree Threads patterns after the Blog Hop is done. So it will be here available for free download for the next week or so and then it will become a regular pattern.

We have also made up a few KITS for Chicken Scratch. Kit includes the flour sack towel, all the fabric and floss you will need and a printed out version of the pattern. Click here for more info.

 

And if you haven't had enough yet, here is my video from the MODA Blog Hop at Spring Market. Why is it always so painful to watch yourself on film? Anyone, anyone?

  

 

THE GIVEAWAY

And if you have made it all the way through this post, then you really deserve to win the giveaway! Comment and tell me your favorite color that you would like seen added to an upcoming Fig Tree collection or if you can't think of one, your favorite color that we already use.

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Here are some GIVEAWAY rules:

We will draw for 4 different winners on 4 different days starting next Tuesday Sep.20th [1 fabric bundle, 1 bag of MODA goodies and 2 boxes filled to the brim with Butterscotch & Rose scraps from some MODA market projects]

You need to leave a comment here on the blog to win.

You have to come back and check to see if you have won. If I don't hear from you with your mailing info in 48 hrs. I will go ahead and choose another winner.

You have to go visit Lynne tomorrow for her day on the MODA blog tour [well, you don't HAVE to but it would be nice LOL]. Links to everybody are here.

Its been fun chatting with you and best of luck!

Joanna

 

 

 


MODA Country Fair!

I hope you all had a wonderful Labor Day weekend filled with the outdoors, BBQ, popsicles and friends!
We did a little bit of all of the above and managed to get in some fabulous flea market shopping while we were at it, an overnight teaching trip to Las Vegas for me, some Cafe Rio with one of my favorite designer friends, some football and whiffle ball in the street and an impromptu play with original song lyrics and guitar playing, performed by three 6 years olds sitting up in our tree :-)!                                                                 
But I guess all of that will have to be a post for another day.                                                                             
Mostly I am just checking in with you all here to make sure you know what is starting today.....                                                                                                                                                                                                         
It's the

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Starting today and continuing for the entire month, all of the MODA designers are banding together to bring you a fantastic Blog Hop of grand proportions! Every designer will have some great questions to answer, some fun projects to share and some yummy giveways to hand out. You won't want to miss a single day, I promise.                                                                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
Now I am sure that when you think of us MODA designers, you think of professional, design artists, working hard to bring you the best work they can all the time.                                                                                                                  
Well... sometimes we are that surely. And sometimes we are, well... I have ABSOLUTELY NO IDEA AND NO RECOLLECTION of what we are doing and what we are talking about here below.
But this picture just makes me laugh every single time I look at it. Thought I would share it with you. It feels a bit like one of those sitcom outtakes, doesn't it?                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  
Presenting the "real" MODA designers.... LOL!

 Confused designers

 
Okay, okay... this is the picture that we were trying to take.                                                                                 

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So to see these lovely ladies, come back here or to any other MODA designer blog each day, to click on the blog for the next day. And be sure to come join me here on September 15th!                                                 
                                                                                                                                                                                                
You can also read more about it all here, at the Moda Cutting Table.                
                                                                                                                                                                                               
HERE IS THE OFFICIAL LIST:

September 11th Basic Grey 
September 14th Liesl from Oliver + S
September 20th Bonnie from Cotton Way
September 22nd Deb Strain
September 26th Julie from Cosmo Cricket
September 27th Kate Spain

See you soon!

 

xoxo Joanna


Swatch Guesses & a Thank you or 2

Thank you to everyone for playing! For those of you who have not been following along on this crazy giveaway whirlwind of the Pillow Talk, I know you are tired of listening to me talk about it!

This is the end I promise!!

I have now read through every single comment and, as is always true with these things, I am so touched and humbled by all of you! You rock!

I love that so many of you remember your first Fig Tree project! Not sure I do LOL.

I love that so many of you have taken swatches of our fabrics to the paint store with you to match for one home project or another. I wish I could visit each of your homes!

I love that several of you are Polish, have best friends that are, or have been to Poland or a nearby Slavic country. Dzien Dobry and Dziekuje to all of you.

I love that many of you have such special stories about how you have used your Fig Tree fabric for a wedding present or a grandchild's quilt or to commemorate a lost loved one. I want you to know that I am honored by that in ways I can't even share.

I love that you are all flung far and wide and that I get to talk to people as far away as Norway, Russia, Japan, South Africa and Argentina. Every single continent! Anyone from Antarctica???


Pillow

I love that so many of you tried to guess all the swatches on the pillow! Having to do that right now myself.... that was hard and I found myself worrying that I was going to get one wrong on my own pillow!! All those of you who guessed more than 5 correct collections have already been contacted and each one of you is being sent a sweet little mini 2" x 2" charm pack as we speak. Courtesy of the very generous MODA once again!  [And for those of you who have asked, yes, we will send them to you loyal international readers!]

I know many of you have been wondering how close you came, so here are the answers below...

PILLOW SWATCHES

Top Button Row: Fig & Plum, Fresh Cottons, Breakfast at Tiffany's, Urban Indigo, Patisserie, Buttercup, Patisserie, Gypsy Rose, Whimsy, Mill House Inn, Breakfast at Tiffany's, Fig & Plum

Middle Row of Creams: Whimsy, Fig & Plum, Patisserie, Patisserie, Folklorique, Breakfast at Tiffany's, Fresh Cottons, Folklorique, Allspice Tapestry, Folklorique, Buttercream & Figs, Urban Indigo, Cornucopia.

Bottom Button Row: Mill House Inn, Cinnamon Stars, Allspice Tapestry, Allspice Tapestry, Fig & Plum, Allspice Tapestry, Fig & Plum, Cinnamon Stars, Fresh Cottons, Fig & Plum, Mill House Inn, Mill House Inn.

Last Pillow Talk news, have you seen Lissa's blog? You really might wanna go check it out..... I think I might try to answer too!

Talk to you soon.




Just dinner

I hope you get my title humor this afternoon, it is Friday after all!

It feels like I have been giving things away all week. Come to think of it, I think I have LOL!

Buttercupgoodies

Today's winner will receive a mini bundle of our BUTTERCUP collection. These are the best little bundles of goodies. Half the size of a traditional bundle or "tower" of fabric, these comprise of (40) fat 1/8ths... which is a fat quarter cut in half [9 x 22]... enough to make a lot of good stuff I promise! We really need to come up with a good name for these things, Lissa?

On February 9th at 12:09 pm, Stina said:

Am a follower via rss feed via Net News Wire.. so I aint missing something...:o))

Congratulations Stina!  Email us at joanna@figtreequilts.com with your mailing info and we will get that bundle out to you!

 

FABRIC GUESSES

Now for those of you who attempted to guess the fabrics in the pillow and buttons.... wow, you guys are good! Its taking me a bit longer to sort through all of those so give me through the long weekend and I will post the list of winners of the mini charm packs here on tuesday. Thanks for your patience....

 

ON THE HOME FRONT

I have fallen in love with Aneela's little scooter girls lately and can't wait to get my hands on some of that fabric. Here's why.... 


Ellascooter Ellabackscooter

.... I'm spending my afternoons chasing after this little munchkin. And can I just add that I'm not nearly as fast as I used to be.


BTW, hope you're still following along PILLOW TALK. Today's link is Deb. One of the sweetest women you will ever meet. And check out all that sweetness she is giving away!

Talk to you soon.

 



Chicken Dinner... & then some

Just chicken dinner so I wouldn't be saying Winner, Winner, Chicken, Dinner" again.... although I do get a kick out of that saying! What is it with me?

Sorry for the delay on the winner of the i-TOP tool. It was supposed to go up yesterday. Yesterday came and went with many adventures but this was not one of them...

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On February 8 at 10:02 am, SarahB said:

"What a handy little tool! I hadn't heard of it before but I think if I had one I've be making covered buttons all the time!"

If you are Sarah, give us a jingle at joanna@figtreequilts.com with your mailing info and we will get your fun i-TOP out to you!

Its a good thing you won one too because we are completely sold out on our site!

Tomorrow we will post the last winner of the PILLOW TALK hop. Hope you are still having fun following along. There sure are a lot of us designers!

A NEW PRODUCT

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Back by popular demand, we have created another set of these wonderful little flannel bundles for you. We were only able to make a couple dozen, but we sure do love them right now! They are a bundle of (6) 1/2 yd. cuts of our now out of print yummy woven flannels. So soft and lovely to work with. [If you need more than one, we will refund the shipping on subsequent bundles].

 

I saved a couple for myself. Now I have to figure out what I'm going to do with them.... suggestions?


Talk to you soon.


Winner, winner chicken dinner.... again

I just love saying that chicken dinner thing. I know, just go with it!

Today's winner of the PillowTalk blog hop will be getting the Buttercup Jelly Roll.

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On Feb 10 at 5:47 am, Connie Gage said:

I have to agree with a lot of your fans - all your colors together make it Fig Tree - hard to choose just one favorite color.  Love them all!  This is my first time "blogging" (I think that's what you call this) and it was the pillow that made me look further.  Would love to have that in every room in different color combos!! Beautiful, Joanna.beachbum

 

Connie- contact us at joanna@figtreequilts.com to receive your prize.

Thanks for playing along. More prizes tomorrow.

 

Talk to you soon.


Just a few updates....

 
Good morning Monday. Perhaps if I say it several more times, I will make it happen. Good morning Monday. Having a hard time getting it all into gear this morning... so here are a few updates that I can send your way without being completely awake.

Good morning Monday. Still not working.


FABULOUS BLOCK OF THE MONTH OVER AT THE FAT QUARTER SHOP

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... one of the designer blocks from the center of the quilt.


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 ... a little peak of the one of the blocks and a bit of the outer border.


I just wanted to let you know about a great new project brought to you by the talented Miss Kimberly Jolly! A few months ago, I had the opportunity to design the finishing kit for the newest DESIGNER MYSTERY BLOCK OF THE MONTH for the Fat Quarter Shop. Kimberly creates one of these great block of the month projects every year and this time around she is using my upcoming collection, Strawberry Fields as the fabric for the quilt.

The theme... blooms & flowers, a whole garden of them! Lots of different blooms, each one designed by one of your favorite designers and the finishing kit designed by yours truly.

I wish I could show you more of the quilt... it was so much fun to design. I can tell you that its got... flowers [clearly], stems, leaves, sashings, borders and more flowers, big ones and little ones. Even though I can't show you more because it is after all a mystery, I can tell you that it's a good one. So much so, that I might be tempted to sign up for it myself even though I have never done a block of the month in my life!  

Here is a quick pic of the quilt, with all of the designer blocks done, sewn up and ready for the quilter to do her magic.

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You just might want to add you name to the growing list over there at the FQS and join in all that strawberry fun.

  

GIVEAWAY UPDATES

Prizes

I have had so much fun reading all of your color comments! Thanks for sharing all of your favorites and your stories! However, I have to admit that I am having a bit of a hard time keeping up with all of you!

So we are going to draw one winner a day for the next several days just to give me a little extra time to keep reading all those wonderful comments!

 

Winner #1: Sandy G. who on February 6, 2011 at 6:28 pm said....

Sandy G said...

Okay, I'll try not to be so long. I signed up to receive your Blog updates through email, now I won't be checking your blog several times a day to see if you posted! You are in my favorites right there with both my daughter in-laws Blogs. I check all three several times a day to see if there are new pictures of the grandkids,themselves or Fig Tree fabric! In that order. I think that will cut down on your hits!

Love your comment, Sandy! You were drawn to be the winner of our Buttercup bundle! Please contact us at joanna@figtreequilts.com to claim your prize!

Tomorrow we will pick another. 

 

By the way, just in case you forgot in all the hub-bub....

I-TOP GIVEAWAY

 ... we will be giving away the i-TOP on wednesday of this week so enter to win if you see any button covering in your future. Have fun!

Joanna



Fig Day on the Pillow Talk Blog Hop

 

Welcome to Day 6 of our MODA Pillow Talk Party! Have you been to all the stops before today? If you haven't, you should pop on over and meet some great folks. I am finding out new things about some of my old friends and meeting some new designers for the first time!

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THE PILLOW

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As I'm sure you've already figured out from the previous "hops" this week, we all designed a pillow for Houston Market 2010 that was meant to depict our journey as a designer. Now, I have to admit that I usually don't like these kinds of projects because I can't come up with a good answer on the spot. But I was so pleasantly surprised when I finally had to hunker down and make this pillow... I loved it! I enjoyed thinking about it, making it and sharing about it. Go figure!


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I started with a plain hemstitched linen napkin that I bought on one of my wonderful little adventures in Paris in the last couple of years. Those trips have been such a sanctuary of inspiration for me, I thought it appropriate to use as the base of the pillow. Next, I found a a bunch of cream based prints from a variety of my collections. This formed the center line. All of our groups have some kind of a cream or ivory colorway so I thought putting them front and center would be the way to go.


Buttons

Next I started making buttons. Dozens and dozens of buttons. Many of them didn't make it onto the pillow because there wasn't any more room. To be honest, we went a bit crazy with the buttons. To do this without having our hand fall off, you should use this amazing little tool that we were given at Market. Oh, what we would have done to have it BEFORE Market! I have to tell you that I LOVE THIS TOOL. It doesn't hurt that I love to make buttons, but I digress.

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If you come back tomorrow we are going to do a tutorial and give one away in a GIVEAWAY! Also by tomorrow, we will have a limited amount of them in stock for sale.


Selvedge

Last but not least, I added a bit of my favorite butterscotchy colors for a scrappy binding and sewed on a tiny piece of my selvedge as a little decoration. Because as I shared with folks at Market, even after 20+ collections, it never gets old to see my name on that little selvedge. There is just something so satisfying about seeing your name rolled out on thousands and thousands of yards of fabric. I know, it sounds a bit silly to say. But its true.


Mainpillow
 

FYI, we have had so many requests for this little guy since Market that we are working on a pattern of pillows to release with the next fabric collection in Spring 2011. We had grand plans to try to finish it by this blog hop, but it was not meant to be yet.

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THE QUESTIONS

We like to give Lissa a lot of grief for these various contests, tours and projects that she dreams up for us to be involved in but really, we all love her and we love all of her ideas.... well, okay, most of her ideas LOL! But she really is a wonderful marketing director and we all REALLY APPRECIATE everything she does for us and to us :-). Love you Lissa!

So here are the questions that Lissa thought might be interesting for us all to answer for your reading entertainment.... so here goes:

What is a little known fact about yourself?

My family emigrated from Poland when I was 7, leaving in the middle of the night without telling any of our family in case someone might try to stop us. The story gets crazier from there but I probably shouldn't write about it here in such a public place. You know that whole, I could tell you but then I would have to kill you line.... well, Poland was communist at the time we "left". Let's just leave it at that. 

On a less life threatening note :-), I have a masters in theology but no degrees in art!

I know, my life has taken some circuitous paths. I was an art minor in college because my parents didn't really think that you could make a living doing "art". So I took as many art classes as I could without it becoming my "major" which was political science. I then went to seminary and got a master's degree in cross cultural theology and urban studies: basically working on domestic urban issues. My boyfriend at the time, my husband now, and I were living in East Los Angeles working with gangs and troubled youth. It was what I thought I was going to do for the rest of my life. Its a VERY LONG story on how I arrived at fabric designer, but there you go.

p.s.  In case you're totally confused from things I have said in the past, I have more recently gone to school for surface & textile design but its not what I officially studied in college.

 
How do you relax?

I sit in the left corner of my large overstuffed couch... and I really do mean "in" in the corner because I shove myself up against the arm of the couch and pile all my favorite pillows [of which there are a lot] on the right hand side of me. I make myself my favorite cup of tea, either iced or hot depending on what season we're talking about. I take a pile of my favorite magazines or even mail that needs to be sorted or kids stuff that needs to be organized.... it doesn't really matter what it is so much, just that I am organizing something. And lastly, I turn on whatever old crime show marathon we have "tivoed" in the past month and have it on in the background. My favorites? Are you sure you want to know the cheesy shows I watch when sitting on that left side of the couch? Well, NCIS, Bones or Closer for the more up to date ones. Remington Steele, for the oldies but goodies.

I really am a hermit.

 
What do you sleep in - PJ’s or Nightgown?

Well, I usually sleep in my favorite oversized teeshirt and leggings. I used to wear pajamas but I don't like it when the pajama pants creep up at night- that was probably TMI, as my kids say, too much information, but I guess that's the price you pay for the theme Pillow Talk!

Recently I put on an old favorite night gown that apparently I wore a lot when I was pregnant with my youngest. As I walked to the bathroom to brush my teeth, my 9 year old son looked at me from across the hallway and asked, "Mom, are you pregnant? I haven't seen you wear that since you were having a baby last time!." Needless to say, that nightgown has now been bid farewell and I am back to my favorite Giants t-shirt and some old comfortable leggings. 
 

What kind of pillow do you like, Hard or soft, foam or feather? And why?

I have an old feather, squishy pillow that I can "mush" up into a little ball of fluff. I make new pillowcases for it all the time. Better yet, I take it with me everywhere I travel and my husband mocks me mercilessly and calls me an old lady. That's okay though, I know where he sleeps!
 

When you were young did you sleep with a stuffed animal? If so what?

I don't remember having anything. But my husband still has the teddy bear he grew up with and it sits in the corner of our room. I've tried to pack it away many times since it doesn't really "go" with our decor but he won't have any of it. I hope none of his friends are reading this post.
 

Do you sew in bed? Read? Watch TV? eat?

Normally by the time I crawl into bed it is way too late to do much of anything and we have instituted a "no bringing electronics into bed" rule at our house so no twittering in bed for me! I love to read a good mystery if I can keep my eyes open. I do currently have a stack of 17 books by my bedside. Just in case. I love books. Used to read many more of them B.K and B.F. [before kids and before Fig Tree]. I think I will do nothing but read when I retire!
 
How many nights have you or your spouse spent on the couch?

My husband has spent MANY nights on the couch. Me, my fair share. But its not as bad as it sounds. Sleeping on the couch is what happens at our house when: there is a sick toddler, a boy who is having nightmares, a sick spouse whose illness you don't want to catch, a nursing infant who needs to be in a room that is not with his/her mom or otherwise they will wake up said mother every 33 1/2 minutes and want to nurse, a 5 year old girl who still wants to cuddle in the middle of the night and a parent who has to get some sleep before work the next day... and on and on and on. But don't worry about us, our couch is very soft, very comfortable and whoever sleeps out there gets to use the Whimsy Fresh quilts that are all backed in the MODA snuggle fabric. Its all good, I promise.
 
Nighttime toddy?
Wasn't even sure what a toddy was when Camille emailed to ask the same question!! So I had to look it up. Since I didn't even know what it was, I guess I have never had one.

However, my hub and I have recently joined a quarterly wine club in Sonoma Valley near where we live and are learning to appreciate red wine [I've never been much of a fan until now]. It is slowly becoming a tradition at our house to have a glass of red wine with dinner whenever the 5 of us are sitting down to a real meal. Eating a "real meal" with the whole family is easily one of my favorite parts of the day. To this end, I am trying to cook more at home.  You, my dear friends, can keep me accountable to actually doing that this year. It is one of my goals! 

Early to bed or all-nighter?

Most definitely a late-nighter kind of gal. That is my preferred state of being, actually! I was always that way ever since my first all-nighter my freshman year in college. I always studied at the last minute- good under pressure, up to the deadline. Now I design and write up to the last deadline too! As a stay-at-home mom who decided to run a business based largely from home, my late nights became a necessity as they were the only time that the house was quite and I could work. A lot of my emails and uploads happen late at night and often people email me back the next day asking what on earth I was doing up at 2:50 am.! Now that our business is a full time job for several people, the rest of the folks work primarily during "normal hours". I work mostly when everyone else is gone or asleep. That still makes nights my best work time. I wonder what will happen when my kids get to be teenagers and stay up with me? Uh-oh, maybe then I will have to become a morning person!?
 
Who would you most like to have a pillow fight with?

My kids, all 3 of them, are awesome pillow fighters. In fact one of my favorite Saturday morning activities is an impromptu family pillow fight. The result is usually that I get hurt [I bruise really, really easily], my oldest gets in some kind of trouble for getting too rough and the other two hide under the covers and create all kinds of covert operations. My husband, who can usually win hands down, just gives the rest of us a chance to think we are gaining on him. And then, he holds all 4 of us down with one arm. He's kind of a big guy. If you asked him his side, he would say that we don't play fair. I would say that we just use what we have available to us. Its an on going discussion at our house LOL!

 GIVEAWAY.... GIVEAWAY... GIVEAWAY

Are you still here? Wow, you're awesome. That took too long to write and probably too long to read. So as your reward for sticking with it....

Buttercupgoodies

1. Leave a comment telling us what is your favorite Fig Tree color and be entered to win one of these goodies- one bundle, one mini bundle and one jelly roll will be given away! Thank you MODA for the generous donations!!

2. I don't usually pay much attention to these kinds of things but I've been told that I should. So sign up to follow our blog in your reader or by email [buttons on top right sidebar of the blog]. If you do that, come back and tell me and your second comment will give you a second chance to win the above goodies [if you already do, you can come back & tell us that too].

3. This is for you die hard Fig fans out there: there will be an additional 40 winners for those who can identify all the collections used on either row of buttons or the creams in the middle of the pillow. Correct guesses will be entered to win a Layer Cake plus 40 will be chosen to receive a little mini 2" x 2" charm pack of Buttercup or Breakfast at Tiffany's. Go ahead and try for it, if you don't get it right, your guess will count toward the main giveaway anyhow!

4. Lastly, remember the I-TOP giveaway starting tomorrow!

 

Don't forget to continue with tomorrow's pillow talk at Kansas Troubles.

 

We will draw winners for today's giveaways on Friday!

 

Thanks for pillow talking with me.