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I found a minute this morning in the midst of insane Market prep [ can't imagine that you all don't get tired of us all complaining about market prep!- so sorry about that :-)], to start going through all my fun photos from my time in Norway and England at the end of last month. Although it was barely over 2 weeks ago, it feels like its been forever since I was there. Another world I guess.
I had the honor of travelling to Oslo and Sarpsborg, Norway to lecture and teach classes at the annual Norwegian Quilt Association Meeting. The ladies were delightful and well versed in English [thank goodness] and received me with such graciousness that I am finding myself wanting to go back again soon!
I lectured and presented quilts and also taught several classes, including Jelly Girl, Papillion, Jelly & Jam and Jelly Stars. Do you notice a theme? Yes, the focus of the entire meeting was, you guessed it, Jelly Rolls. We sure did have a wonderful time with those little rolls!
Below are just a couple simple shots from my classes and several other projects that I spotted from the vendors at the show that were made from our patterns or fabrics.
More scenery photos to come in a few....
Can you see the stitching around the blocks? All done on a Bernina Embroidery machine!!
Well, its almost here! We have just heard that AVALON is shipping to stores as we speak. We are so excited for you to get your hands on some! Check your local quilt shop or favorite online store by the end of the week!!
Check out OUR SHOP for what we have available and check back again tomorrow for some new specials and pattern deals over on our FACEBOOK page!
I am still deep, deep in designing the next collection so I don't have much to share. Other than the fact that I should probably take a shower and I could use some daylight. That's probably too much information, huh?
On a more appropriate note, here is a little sneak peek of what is to come Fall 2013...
If you are following along, MODA has a possible setting for you today with instructions! Go here to see it. It looks like it could be fun!
We are a few days late on these guys since I've been out of town but here are the GIVEAWAY WINNERS! Congratulations Ladies! If you see your name and comment be sure to send us an email with your mailing information so we can get your goodies out to you!
On 2/25 at 4:12 PM Jennie T. said, "Love the Nantucket polka dot. I could make a whole dress out of that fabric!"
On 2/22 at 3:42 Mary Jane said, "The Robin Egg blue is to die for I can not wait to make a quilt from this collection, it will look just perfect in our home! Thank youfor another beautiful collection, Joanna"
On 2/22 at 7:55 M Dawn said, " I always love all your fabrics! Your greens are always my most favorite! But to go outside my box I think I would hae to pick the Candy Apple Red little flowers to be the one I"m looking forward to the most. That red is amazing (and I'm not a red girl normally) and those little flowers are just too cute!"
AND FOR EVERYONE WHO DIDN'T GET A CHANCE TO WIN, BE SURE TO COME BACK ON MONDAY MORNING FOR A LITTLE SPECIAL TREAT... OR TWO! YOU CAN COME BACK TO OUR BLOG OR TO FACEBOOK TO CHECK IT OUT!! YOU DON'T WANT TO MISS OUT!
Part of our delay is because in the last couple of days we have had a broken finger and minor surgery, a roadtrip to teach and the editing of one too many high school English essays. Its been a full couple of days.
Not to mention the fact that I am furiously working on new patterns and a new fabric collection along with a couple other projects. But I'd like to leave you with some photos of my roadtrip to Yuba City and Marysville. The ladies showed me a backroad for my journey and the views were just beautiful! I think I might have stopped one too many times.
And as I pulled in to downtown Marysville to teach, this is what I found. Breathtaking.
Now back to work and maybe a little weekend relaxing. Just maybe.
The MODA FRIENDSHIP QUILT ALONG continues and we have been printing out and making many of the blocks. CLICK HERE for more info on the quilt along itself.
Hope you have been following too... the blocks are really, really fun to make!
Here are my new 4 blocks that we finished up this afternoon.....
Lauren & Jessi's block...
As for the GIVEAWAY, we've closed it now and will announce the winners tomorrow so come on back to check it all out then! Thank you for every one who entered and good luck to all of you! I plan on having a late night reading all of your comments!!
A few weeks back, my friend Sherri asked me if she could interview me about some of my favorite MODA BELLA SOLIDS and how I use them. As I talked to her about a few of my favorite colors, the ones that I have in the studio by the bolt, I remembered how much I really loved these fabrics and colors!
She posted some wonderful info about it HERE and explored more than just my own favorites but those of some of my friends so you should really check it out.
As for me, after talking to Sherri I felt the need to make up a yummy little bundle of our Spring feeling favorites around here. I mean these colors are just the inspiration you would need to create some beautiful Springtime goodies. They make me think of creamsicles in every flavor- strawberries & cream, pistachio & cream, mint julip & cream, bananas & cream [I do know that creamsicles don't come in some of those flavors but I think they should!]. As for the blues, they make me dream of sea glass in every tone. Just think of it!
I think it would be just the perfect addition to your solids stash and at this amazing price... I don't think you can go wrong. If you make something fabulous with it, be sure to send us a picture and we'll post it on FACEBOOK if we can!
Today is my day on the Friendship Quilt Along! Welcome!
... our upcoming collection, AVALON. A fresh, summer feeling collection with beautiful reds, soft greys, buttery yellows, spring greens, all on an ivory background with a wonderful pop of navy blue! Due out in stores next month! We are so excited for this one we can hardly stand it!
A FEW INTRODUCTIONS
For those of you who are new over here, my name is Joanna and this is the home of Fig Tree & Company. We are so glad that you are here to see what we are up to. If you want to follow along our regular "goings on", then subscribe to our newsletter or follow us on our new FACEBOOK page! Click HERE to go to our page or LIKE us from the left sidebar.
... one of my favorite brand new patterns, LOLLIPOPS, made up in the AVALON collection with 1 Jelly Roll and some background and border fabric. There are no sewing templates in this pattern. I promise! Its a fantastic method that we have loved for years!
ABOUT THE QUILT ALONG
For those of you who are regulars over here but aren't quite sure what this QUILT ALONG is all about, here are some pointers:
• Each day [starting last Monday and going through March 1st], 3 different MODA designers are blogging about the Quilt Along and are sharing their own block with you. You can see the list of designers blogging each day at the end of this post. Each block can be easily downloaded on each designer's blog as a pdf.
• Each designer is also having a MODA fabric giveaway [courtesy of the wonderfully generous MODA mothership] of one of their collections so if you enter at each blog, you will have a great chance of WINNING something. Free blocks and free fabric, is there anything more perfect?!
• All of the blocks finish at 9" and would all work wonderfully in a sampler quilt. The instructiuons are all simple strip pieced and they all the blocks can be made from Fat 1/8's or large scraps so its perfect for your scrap bucket too.The directions for the blocks are all from Fat 1/8's.
• Warning: This could be a bit too much fun. We have gotten a bit addicted in just 3 days time!
HAVING A LITTLE FUN
Now I have to tell you that I just couldn't get into the Farmer's Wife quilt along [the one that swept the web last year] for a couple of reasons... the blocks were so small and they were all templates. Two things which I really don't love. So personally I enjoyed that one from far away. They were beautiful but I was happy to watch it go by.
This one... however.. is 9" blocks, which are just much more my speed, and no templates.That's right, not a template in site.
When I tell you that you can easily do all 3 of each day's block in that afternoon, I really mean it. Because I have kind of been doing it. Not all of them, but most of them....
This is our block... which I cut and pieced in under an hour, both of them.
It's Block #15 in the Quilt Along. I'm a bit addicted to it and plan on making it in several other color combinations and sprinkling it about my sampler or even making it every other block.... I guess we'll have to see how it goes. The flying geese are quite fun to make when you know yoiu only have to make eight! And it looks good in so many different fabric combos!
Now to visit some of our friends who have shared since Monday, since this is a Friendship Quilt Along after all...
Here is Barb and Alma's block-
Here is Bonnie's block-
Here is Anne's block-
Here is Basic Grey's block-
Here is Camille's block-
Here are all the blocks we've made so far.... just looking at them is making me a bit giddy right now.
A FEW TIPS FROM OUR SEWING:
#1: Many of these blocks use the method of sewing a square onto a
rectangle, on the diagonal and then trimiming out the excess fabrics
underneath. Whenever I use that method [which I love and use often], I
trim out only the extra side of the piece on top and not whatever fabric
was used for the bottom rectangle. This is because if you leave the
bottom piece intact, it acts a foundation of sorts for your block. You
cut that piece and it should be exactly the size you want it to be
whereas the piece on top has been sewn and is often slightly irregular,
coming out a bit shy of the shape or a bit large. The piece on the
bottom will always be accurate and will help you with easier piecing as
you build your block. The bulk of the extra piece has never been a
problem for me or my quilter. The only time you can't use this method is
when the piece that is being added on top is white/light and the piece
underneath is dark. You must them trim out both pieces.i Try it and see
some great results.
#2: On Anne's block we didn't want to fuss with the thin bias tape so
we used a 3/8" bias tape maker, made a small piece of bias from the end
of the fabric strip, ran it through the maker and affixed it to our
triangle with little dots of Roxanne's Glue Baste It. It was quick and
We plan on making many more blocks as more of our friends share them so check back over here throughout the QUILT ALONG to see how they are turning out! We might even make more tomorrow!
... our SAIL AWAY pattern. All of those boats are made from one Layer Cake. Can you believe it? We love, love this quilt.
As we mentioned above, we are of course having an AVALON GIVEWAY. So leave us a comment about which color or specific print of Avalon you are looking forward to most. To see the entire collection, click on the AVALON button on the right sidebar so you can see all of the fabrics [we've fixed all the collection links so you can click on any of them if you like].
... a styled shot of our SAIL AWAY pattern. Can't you just channel the beach when you look at those boats?
Two lucky winners will be chosen, one for a DESIGNER ROLL and one for a LAYER CAKE. We will also add a third winner for a grouping of all our AVALON patterns and a charm pack!. Be sure to comment to be entered.
Thanks for quilting along with us. Can't wait to see some of your blocks!
And last but certainly not least, we look back on December. The month of December was filled with the end of the 12 Days of Christmas sale and the arrival of a lot of family from Poland which meant a whole lot of good Polish food! In December we released the pre-orders for our brand new AVALON kits as well as some favorite bundles. We were filled to the brim with cousin time and we even had a visit from the "real" Polish Santa. It was a Christmas that our family won't ever forget ant it was a great way to end the year.
Thanks for following along on our monthly photo reflections. It has been such a joy for me to make them!
Many of you have emailed about what kind of camera I use: Nikon D90 with several different lenses but my 50mm is my absolute favorite. I have learned alot of what I know through trial and error and also fromCamille. I am the photographer I am today because of her.
Many of you have asked about our upcoming AVALON kits: the pre-orders for all of those are done now but we do have a few of each of them still available. If you are dieing for one, please email us and we will see what we can do. The AVALON fabric arrives in March and the kits will start going out soon after that as soon as we get the fabric and make the kits.
And let's not forget that October/November saw our brand new pattern release. Quilts as well as a few little accessories, the release was very well received with some of our most popular patterns ever!
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