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LAST CALL FOR ELLA & OLLIE PRE ORDER KITS

IF YOU HAVEN'T ALREADY SIGNED UP... TODAY IS YOUR DAY! 
 
OUR ELLA AND OLLIE PRE-ORDERS WILL BE AVAILABLE ONLY THROUGH TODAY
 
WE HAVE TO PLACE OUR FABRIC ORDER SOON SO THIS IS YOUR CHANCE TO GET IN ON THE GOODIES FOR NEXT SPRING!
 
THESE ARE KITS CREATED WITH OUR UPCOMING ELLA & OLLIE COLLECTION THAT WILL SHIP IN MARCH 2018 AND YOU HAVE THE AMAZING OPPORTUNITY TO BE A PART OF OUR LAYAWAY PROGRAM BETWEEN NOW AND THEN. 
 
CLICK HERE TO SHOP & FOR MORE INFO!
 
CLICK ON THE INDIVIDUAL LINKS IN THE SHOP  FOR ALL OF THE INFO AND THE FINE PRINT!
 
 
 
 
 
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OFFICIALLY INTRODUCING...
our new ELLA & OLLIE PATTERNS
 
Our four brand new patterns are ready to go in both PDF and paper patterns. Take a look at them on the shop homepage. If you are a store, please contact us for wholesale ordering. We would love to sell directly to you! 
 
NINE-PATCH WALTZ
Three different versions in this one, all starting with a jelly roll. Depending on where you place the colors or what accent you use, you end up with a completely different quilt! There is no curved piecing here or templates, just fabric illusion which is my favorite thing in a pattern. However I would not call this one a beginner quilt! At the same time, the possibilities on this one are pretty much endless and I think I might have a few more versions in me!
Size: 67" x 67"


HOPSCOTCH
A layer cake pattern that I really do think will become one of your go to favorites. You literally cut the layer cake into 8 pieces and sew up the block! Its fantastic! Add in a little charcoal pop from your stash to bling it up a bit and you have yourself a wonderful weekend project!
Size: 69" x 69"

 
MINI HOPSCOTCH
The moment we came up with the larger layer cake version, we knew we had to do a charm pack version too! There is just something so fun and simple about this block and its perfect for a table size! So grab your favorite charm packs, or wait for the lovelies from Ella & Ollie to be available next spring, and get yourself started on this fun table runner. I do believe some of my friends are starting to work on a Christmas version of this soon!
Size:  27" x 70" [pattern also includes instructions for a small 27" table topper ]
 
 
 
ROSEHIPS
Possibly my favorite pattern in a long time, this block just sings to me in so many different ways. Use a Layer Cake to make the smaller version or collect your favorite (16) fat quarters for the larger blocks, this block feels like roses, tulips and wreaths all at once! It is so much fun to put together!
Sizes:  65" x 65" [10" blocks] or 80" x 80" [16" blocks]
 
 
HOPE YOU JOIN US IN 2018!
 
SHOP HERE.

LITTLE BOX OF FIGS: BOX 2

So hopefully by now most of you have received and are already enjoying our LITTLE BOX OF FIGS: The Fall Edition. Thank you to all of you how have let us know how much you are loving the "ingredients" of this second box! We are so very glad!

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I know that many of you missed out on this annual subscription and are wondering if you have any chance of jumping in on the fun.

ORDERING UPDATES

So here is the scoop…. we do not have any more official spots for this year [although every once in a while we do have an opening due to illness or emergency and we then contact the next person on the wait list from March]. Since there is a fabric based project in each of our boxes, we are limited by the amount of fabric that we have pre-ordered for each box. We already doubled the original amount of subscriptions we were planning on doing when on the first day of ordering [back in March] it became clear how popular this program was going to be. Unfortunately we just can't add any more spots due to space, time, employee limitations! But we are so very grateful for your support and enthusiasm!!

Toward the end of summer, we will be offering sign ups for the 2017 subscription. Although we originally said that this year's participants would get first priority for next year's sign ups, due to the popularity of the box we have decided to open up the sign ups to everyone. We will let everyone know via our blog, IG and our newsletter, what day the 2017 subscription will go "live" so that everyone has an equal chance.

THE FALL EDITION

For those of you who are dieing to get your hands on this quarter's FALL BOX, we have made up a few kits of the MINI HUGS quilt featured in the box and here in this blog post. HERE is the link for that. If we sell out crazy fast, we will see if we can make up more with the fabric leftovers that we have left after all the boxes were completed.

WHAT'S IN THE BOX

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Fabrics [blocks, backgrounds, borders] for our not yet released, MINI HUGS project.

Pattern for the MINI HUGS.

Fabrics for an autumn version of our A PEAR IN A TREE pincushion.

Pattern for the A PEAR IN A TREE.

Extra felt and floss for the PEAR.

FOX SEWING KIT in one of three colors.

SEWING MACHINE CHARM to use as a zipper pull or other accessory.

 

THE PROJECTS

Mini Hugs [Small Throw size]

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A PEAR IN A TREE [small pincushion or ornament]

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We hope you enjoy!

Joanna


Welcome Chestnut Street

I know we have been "sneak peeking" our brand new patterns for a while now and showing you snippets of fabric here and there. Hope you have enjoyed all the new goodies [hint… we are actually not quite done showing you some new yummies!

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Today our bags are getting packed and we are off to Salt Lake for the biannual Quilt Market Extravaganza known as Quilt Market.

So it felt like a good day to officially introduce you to our newest fabric collection, Chestnut Street.

Fabric is due out in stores in September, 2016.  

The fabric collection ships worldwide in September, so be sure to ask… and yes, pester… your local quilt shop to see if they are planning on carrying it! 

We love the retro feel of this group and fee like it is a great "sister" group to our wildly popular Farmhouse collection from last year. If you hoarded some of that group, you can most certainly mix the two to your hearts content. They will play very, very well together. This group has a wonderful, golden yellow mixed into it along with all of the favorites from Farmhouse as well.

We are a bit in love at the moment!

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… a little tuffet pincushion made for me by my sweet friend Cynthia!

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… for an upcoming MODA promotion. A little bit dorky but still a fun photo shoot :-)!

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See you at Market or next week.

 

xoxox  Joanna

 


Introducing… Granny Style

 I have always wanted to work on a granny square quilt but some never got up the umph needed to make all those little strip set. So when I saw this vintage quilt with a block that such great unique feel and movement and yet felt to me in the style of all of those great granny square quilts, I jumped on the chance.

Chestnut Street seemed like the perfect retro feeling collection for it!

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… the quilt is almost entirely out of Chestnut street with a few other fabrics thrown in when I ran out of good combinations that I liked!

  

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… the pattern cover

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PATTERN INFO

NAME:  Granny Style. Sample pieced by Sherri McConnell

FABRIC: Made from our upcoming Chestnut Street Fabric [fabric available September 2016] and 2 older fabrics thrown in for a bit of added variety. Fat 1/8 yds. or standard 1/8 yds. are perfect for this pattern as our sets of larger scraps from your stash or fat quarters 

SIZE: 64 1/2" x 76"

 

 

 


Introducing…. MIDNIGHT

Its that time everyone… every market season we introduce all of our new patterns to you here, one at a time throughout the week or weeks leading up to Market.  This is our first official reveal.  

A quilt I have wanted to make forever and something that I am so happy is now in my personal collection. As most of you already know, I am a little bit obsessed with the MODA Black Crossweave fabric and have been adding it to things for a while now. I might or might not be hoarding full bolts for personal use. Just maybe!

For those of you who are doing our RETRO WOOL BOM, this is the same fabric. Its just a little bit perfect for this quilt. I think. Next up on my list of must do… the cream version. But that will most definitely have to wait until after Market.

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PATTERN NAME: Midnight

SIZE:  62" square or 62" x 75"

FABRIC USED: For the flat images, it is all Chestnut Street and either Chestnut Street cream or Bella Solid, Washed Black as the background. For the styled quilt you see above, we used the MODA Black Crossweave, 1 Honeybun of our upcoming Chestnut Street and then a bunch of scraps strips from previous lines for a truly scrappy grouping of YUM!   Fabric will be available September, 2016.

DATE AVAILABLE: PDF pattern will be available soon, printed patterns will be available right after Quilt Market. 

SPECIAL SURPRISE: MODA is releasing Honeybuns™ with this collection especially for this quilt.. so be sure to get yours as they are perfect for making this project so much easier!

xoxo  Joanna

 

 


Recaps and Answers and New Stuff Oh My...

So this is how it goes around here...

We prep for Market.

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We make ourselves a bit nuts in the process [read all about that from my darling husband Eric in a previous post :-)]. We don't sleep. We eat nonsense. We wonder if there is any way that it is all going to get done. But it does get done. Usually. More or less. Well… the lawn might be brown and the and my hair most definitely needs a bit of color, but more or less is about right. I guess it all depends on what the less is...

We go to Market and always enjoy being with our industry friends and colleagues, talking to customers and presenting our newest products. Always. We usually have much more fun than we expect.  

Thank goodness that most of live by the rule of what happens at Market, stays at Market  LOL.

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If you have more questions about this photo, I will have to refer you to the previously mentioned Market Rule...

How could we not have fun when we have some very important people at MODA channelling Kevin Bacon in both dress and dance from Footloose? Oh yeah….if nothing else, MODA knows how to throw a party and have fun. Serious fun. Unfortunately no photos on that one… but trust me! He's a keeper that Josh Dunn.

So we get home from Market. We make grand plans. Always. Without fail. And then the post-Market coma hits. Seriously. It should be categorized as an actual condition, so many of us experience the exact same thing. We should call it PMC.

For some, it just lasts a few days or maybe a week. For others, we find ourselves losing several weeks before we can drag ourselves back to regularly scheduled programming…. like blogging and cleaning up the studio and showering :-).

I'm afraid that I fall in the later category. Its like one of those therapy moments when they tell you that you need the same amount of time to recover that you experienced the original trauma. Well if that was the case, I would still be deep in PMC. Hey… maybe I should cut myself a bit of a break?

Now don't get me wrong, I have to start back to work the moment I get back from Market. There is no escaping that. There are orders to process, Market commitments to work out, quilt shows to organize, etc. There is usually a flurry of activity but only the things that absolutely HAVE TO GET DONE, DO GET DONE. You don't even really want any more info about that.

And now we skip to the present. Its a few weeks after Market. I really should have already done a Market Re-Cap. I should have finished that bag pattern I promised you guys. I should have started working on a few new projects that I promised I would have done soon. I should have shaved my legs…. too much information??

So here is the question… do I just start fresh today and pretend that I have already done all of those things? Or do I try to go back and do things that I really should have done about 2 weeks ago….

Given that I would really like to share a few things with you, I am deciding to go back in time and pretend that this is just a few days after Market! Just go with me on this one...

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Hello everyone! We are back from Market and so excited to share some photos with you! We just had a MODA Designer space this time around so our space is small but as usual, we somehow managed to squeeze all of our nonsense into said space….

… first off I apologize if the color is a bit weird. the convention center lighting gods were not working in my favor this time around.

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As for the INSTAGRAM contest to name the new bag trio we finished up at the very last minute [literally at Market in the hotel room on Lisa Bongean's JUKI]… we have chosen to use the name Feedsacks which was first suggested by @cathyquiltingonmainstreet from Instragram. So if you are Cathy… thank you so much and email me for some goodies...

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I am actively trying to get that pattern to print before we go on a legendary family vacation coming up and I will keep you posted on my progress… now that I have officially and out loud said that I had woken up from my PMC, I guess I don't have any excuse to not finish it!

And then there are so many questions that I never ever get to answer on Instagram so I am hoping to answer a few here:

1. The design wall in my studio that I show is made from two mounted vertical wooden bars [designed in a scallop] with 2 horizontal rods across [the kind for hanging clothes in a closet]. Then I measured across and attached cotton batting [3 layers I believe] across the top bar, pinned it into place around the rod and stretched it to fit under the bottom rod and pinned that into place. I will show more photos of it soon but thought I would at least answer the basic construction.

2. Most of the goodies that you guys see and ask where I have gotten it… pretty much you can bet that I got it at HomeGoods [which is the home-store version of TJMaxx]. We have several in our area and I stock them semi-regularly.

3. I am all good on editors and sewers right now. But thank you so very much for your willingness and interest in helping me out. 

4. Most of bowls are from Anthropologie. I am completely addicted and I am so very glad to know that so many of you share my sickness!

5. Yes, we are releasing a line of Fig Tree colors of wool with Weeks Dye Works. We are crazy excited to share more with you as soon as we finalize everything later on this summer. 

6. We are also doing some fun things with thread so stay tuned for more info on that.

7. We unfortunately do not have any more spots in any of the BOMs and we do not plan on running the same program more than once. We purchase a limited amount of fabric, create as many spots as we can and then usually the fabric becomes unavailable so even if we wanted to do it again, we couldn't. We are so sorry that we can't accommodate more of you guys. It already takes us a few days to package and send out each of the programs because there are SO MANY of you who have signed up! We love doing them and will continue so no worries. Hopefully you can get in on the next one.

8. My newest CRAFTSY class is all about angles and I really, really do think that anyone can learn to work with angles by taking that class. Really. I don't usually feel so confident to claim that something I am doing will end in a particular result for my students…but I really do feel that confident about this. Really.

9. I think that Farmhouse might be most favorite collection in a long time. I think I went a little crazy when I placed my order with MODA. Just in case :-)

10. I going to try really hard to blog more. I know that Instagram is kind of addictive and crazy easy, but I am going to try to regularly blog with more content here. Keep me accountable and feel free to bug me if you don't see me here! Really!!

 

That's it for now… and we have a few fun oldies but goodies that we have found on the shelves as we have prepped for upcoming fabrics. They are on the shop homepage.

Click HERE if you would like to take a look.

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Updates and pictures coming next week on both the YULETIDE BOM and the MYSTERY SAMPLER BOM.

And a bit more about Market on Monday… something about someone else besides me this time LOL!

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Oh… and we still have MARKET SWAG to give out!! Geesh… I guess I will have to blog a couple times next week!

 


A Bit More Info on FARMHOUSE PRE-ORDERS

A couple quick things...

It looks like some folks were having trouble with the link provided to our shop so here it is again. All the kits will be AVAILABLE FOR PRE-ORDER UNTIL TOMORROW, FRIDAY.

FREE SHIPPING IS STILL AVAILABLE UNTIL TOMORROW.

CLICK HERE FOR OUR SHOP HOMEPAGE.

There are a few other items on the page along with the PRE-ORDERS. Those are current Aloha Girl offerings that you are more than welcome to order but please order them on a separate order from your PRE-ORDERS to avoid any shipping issues.

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Due to the popular request of so many of you, we decided to add one more PRE-ORDER KIT. We now have the JUNIPER PRE-ORDER KIT available in the shop along with the others. It has two options so be sure to choose which one you would like to get in the ORDER COMMENTS section of your order. 

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PRE-ORDER KIT: JUNIPER

Kit: includes all the fabric, binding and pattern for the JUNIPER quilt. Fabrics will be primarily Farmhouse with a few MODA Bella Solids added in for variety. Both versions are made with a Farmhouse Jelly Roll so a lot of the cutting is already done for you! Pattern will include lots of hints and tricks on working with strip sets that are cut into angles. Its easier than it looks… I promise!

Size: 55" x 70" or 57" x 72"

Please email me if you have any kind of question at all. 

Happy FARMHOUSE everyone!


Leaving on a Jet Plane...

By the time you read this, I will most likely be deep in the throws of booth setup! I am on my way to Houston Quilt Market and I just wanted to pop in really quick and give you a quick sneak peek....

 

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Introducing ALOHA GIRL.....

 

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We will be posting on INSTAGRAM throughout the show so if you want to see all the happenings, follow us! We are figtreeandco on INSTAGRAM. We will also try to post some facebook or blog updates while we are there but sometimes that doesn't always happen until we get back!

 

Also ALL THE BRAND NEW PATTERNS THAT ARE READY SO FAR ARE UP IN THE SHOP TODAY! Click HERE to see them!!

 

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Also if you haven't already heard about our fabulous new Fig Tree Sampler BOM, you might want to click HERE. We are almost completely out of spots!

 

Talk to you soon!

Joanna


Summer Fun & More

Hello Friends!

We have been doing a couple fun things lately that I wanted to share with you...

JUMPING  JACKS QUILT ALONG

A few weeks ago, some of my Instagram friends kind of talked me into starting a Jumping Jack Quilt Along with this pattern...

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[the original Jumping Jacks patterns was one I created for myself last summer and one of the only patterns that I had the time to work on "just for me". We quickly made it a pattern after it was finished.]

I had never done or participated in a Quilt Along but thought it would be fun to see everyone's blocks as we worked on them at the same time.I have absolutely no business working on a quilt for fun [am supposed to be dedicating every spare minute to new Market collections, patterns and booth prep] but just like the first time I made this quilt, I couldn't really resist. I think it might be because I get to use every single one of my favorite colors and florals in one place, but there is just something about this quilt that makes it irresistible to me.

 

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JUMPING JACKS MINI

In the process of having a lot of fun creating new blocks for a new Jumping Jacks...

I also started a MINI version of the same quilt and worked on it simulataneously. Oh my goodness, I don't know which one I love more! For both versions this time, I created each block with its own combination of 3 fabrics instead of the same stripe fabric for all the blocks like in the above version.

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Each new block, both large and MINI, that I made, I loved more than the one before.

 

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I am still working on the new large version, but finished up the MINI as fast as I could so we could make it up into a fun summer pattern!

Speaking of MINIS...

SAIL AWAY MINI

We hinted a bit at this one earlier on in the summer but finally finished up this verison of our large SAIL AWAY pattern as well. Perfect for the summer, for the cottage or for a little boy's room. This little mini is our little ode to the nautical theme!

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A FEW NEW BUNDLES

While having fun with these new summer patterns, we also added a few new bundles taht you can use either to get you started on the new MINIS or just as fabulous stash builders!

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SUMMER SALE

And because it has indeed been the "dog days of summer around here" we thought perhaps you might want to get some simple sewing in for the little girls in your life. Both POLKA DOTS & SUMMER and SUMMERTIME are 20% off this weekend as well as any other pattern with the word SUMMER in it!

Click HERE.

 

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That's it for right now. Talk to you soon!


Our brand new "AURIKIT"!

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We are so happy to announce that we have partnered with AURIFIL threads to bring you some amazing Fig Tree goodies!

Today I wanted to share with you a little bit about the "AURIKIT" we have [ tomorrow I will tell you a bit more about the large FIG TREE THREAD COLLECTION too] designed with the amazing folks over at Aurifil and MODA!

Thank you so much Alex, Kim and Lissa!

I think this all started two markets ago and it just took a bit of time to get all the logistics worked out. The little "Aurikit" box contains (7) threads of AURIFIL thread, a 2 1/2" mini charm of Somerset fabric and a free pattern that you see pictured on the cover of the box. The threads all match the main colors in the Somerset collection of course [both the kit and the Somerset fabrics are due out in stores in September, '14].

It really is a box full of lovely goodness all in one place!

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The goodies inside the box...

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Well as soon as we finished working on the box, the threads and the pattern, I dreamt up a little contest for you all!  I thought it would be a fun opportunity to do a special promotion and seemed like a perfect time to do a design contest so that all of you could join in the fun!

 

To reserve your FIG TREE AURIKIT thread box today, click HERE.

 

"MY AURIFIL SPOOLS" DESIGN CONTEST


WHAT: A contest using the new Somerset Thread Box by Fig Tree & Co. for AURIFIL. Using the fabric and thread goodies in the box, design your own original mini charm pattern and submit it to us to win fabulous prizes!

Winners will receive a fat eighth bundle of our upcoming SOMERSET line, a packet of our brand new patterns, Fig Tree nail polish and Fig Tree Fabric Spray! If possible, we may even publish your pattern!

WHEN: Submit a photo of your quilt with a story of your inspiration and how you used the mini charm and the Somerset threads by November 30, 2014.
 
WHO: You! Anyone who purchases a Somerset Thread box by Fig Tree & Co. for Aurifil is eligible to play and to win!

HOW: Simply purchase the new Somerset Thread Box by Fig Tree & Co. for Aurifil. Inside you will find not only our yummy threads, but a mini charm of MODA Somerset fabric [as well as a free mini charm pattern for your use or for inspiration in this contest]. Use the threads and the mini charm along with whatever other background and borders you would like to create a wall hanging quilt of your own.

MORE INFO: Original designs only. Please provide full contact information including your name, email and mailing address along with any photo submissions. Hard copy or email submissions accepted. Send hard copy submissions to: Fig Tree & Co. PO, Box 901 San Leandro CA 94577

 

WHAT WILL YOU MAKE???

Contact us at joanna@figtreequilts.com for more details of if you have any questions.

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