Every day I feel like I have a few more things that I would like to share with all of you that just can't manage to get to the top of the ever growing "to do list". I don't know if you are at all like me, but I live by "to do lists". In fact, I have been known to add something to a "to do list" here and there just so that I can cross it off and feel better about the possibility that the rest of the list might actually get accomplished. Anyone with me? No? Really?
But I digress. Kind of.
As most of you who follow along on this crazy fabric adventure already know, September and October are part of what we all like to refer to as the "the crazy months". I might be keeping sane during those months. I might have showered sometime in the last couple of days. I might have fed my children some kind of nutritious meal at least once each day. Its just as likely that I have not done any of those things.
Working in this industry has made me like this. I used to be a lot more normal and lived by a much more normal calendar. Really. My best friend Jen and husband Eric might disagree, but if they disagree too vehemently, there will be consequences later :-).
But then one day I heard the siren call to quilt. And the rest... well, the rest is peppered with things like "the crazy months". Deciding to quilt was not something that I set out to do. It was kind of something that compelled me. Those of you who remember why you started to quilt might remember the same kind of pull but regardless of how you started, there is definitely something about that need to quilt that is really, really hard to resist.
That day, or that decision, was definitely a CROSSROADS kind of day for me. I'm not sure what exactly I would be doing now or what my life would look like if I had not listened to that "call" but it would most certainly be very, very different.
CROSSROADS CHARITY QUILT ALONG
Well that was a really long way of introducing the theme of this upcoming project. I am very excited to be a part of the next Charity Quilt Along with Kimberly and the Fat Quarter Shop gals [... and Kevin too. I don't ever want to forget about Kevin. But don't you think its about time that we taught Kevin how to quilt something... anything! It could be golf cover or a beer cozy... it doesn't really matter].
Each year the Fat Quarter Shop team chooses a special fabric collection, creates a one-of-a-kind quilt project and selects a cause near and dear to their hearts to support. This year that collection is STRAWBERRY FIELDS REVISITED. The quilt is our CROSSROADS quilt sampler. And the charity is the MARCH OF DIMES.
I had a wonderful time designing the CROSSROADS project and was so happy to see the vintage sampler that Kimberly had unearthed somewhere on her travels as the inspiration to our design. It was a perfect mix of vintage and soft and homey. The kind of quilt that you would treasure as a part of your collection for years to come. It was a perfect place from which to start designing. The resulting quilt is something that I hope you will want to make along with us!
So I hope that you might consider joining us. Here is some more info you might want to know about:
- Its an 8-month long adventure starting in February. At the end you will have a wonderful heirloom quilt and a lot of reflections about the Crossroads in your own life! I promise!
- Kimberly is offering the Strawberry Fields Revisited kit for the quilt along. More info HERE. You just might want to grab a reservation now so that you are ready to start as soon as we are!
- Mark your calendar and join us next year in February as we work on these blocks month by month and as Kimberly and I both share stories of Crossroads in our lives. Let's just say that you will know both of us a lot better when we are all done... oh yeah, and you will have a wonderful quilt with one of my all time favorite collections ever. I know, very biased I am!
- Did you know the the MARCH OF DIMES works tirelessly to help families with premature babies in the hospital? And that they spend a lot of their time on educating pregnant mothers and helping to prevent premature births as well as helping the families if their babies are born prematurely? "A fighting chance for every baby" is their tag line and I for one can totally get behind a cause like that!
- Would you donate at least $5.00 for every pattern you download throughout the months of the quilt along to the March of Dimes and join us in supporting them? I think you will agree that it is definitely a cause worth giving to. I can't wait to share some of my baby stores with you... some of them spent in the NICU [Neonatal Intensive Care Unit]!
Over the last year, I have had the privilege of working on a great feature for American Patchwork & Quilting magazine. It has been called MAKE IT MINI! In each issue we chose one of the full size quilts featured and "made it mini" on the back page of that issue. I have gotten to work with bright fabrics and reproduction ones and a few other styles in between! I have even worked from my scraps. I have had the great fortune to work with one of my collections twice, at the beginning of the series and then again now. It has been a lot of fun.
Today I wanted to show this month's MAKE IT MINI, available in the official December issue of American Patchwork & Quilting. I hear it has started to ship out to subscribers now and will be on newsstands anyway now if its not already there!
We love this little quilt! And we have offered kits for it. You will need to get the magazine on your own.
Click HERE for more info.
And do you guys remember some of these other ones...
This sure has been a fun series to work on! Thanks American Patchwork & Quilting for being such a great partner!
Oh and on a little side note... we got so many requests from all of you lovely people about wanting more Halloween bundles, that we have one more for you. Hopefully this time everyone who wants one will be able to nab one!
Love you guys!
Just wanted to make sure that everyone gets a chance to get their STRAWBERRY FIELDS PRE-ORDER KITS with FREE SHIPPING.
Today is the last day for that offer!
Click HERE to the link to the post… or just scroll down to the previous post for all the info you will need!
Happy quilt planning!
Given that this time around we are an "early release" collection, and the fabric is due to arrive in January, 2015, that means that it needs to go to print earlier, which means... you guessed it, we need to do PRE-ORDER KITS early too! So hopefully you are ready for these even though it seems so early to be doing this!
PRE-ORDER KIT INFO
If you are new to this little party... welcome to the biannual fun that is our PRE-ORDER KIT PROCESS. I think this is the 3rd or 4th year we have done this and I know that so many of you depend on these pre-orders to get your Fig Tree Kit fix for the year! We are so glad to be here for you.
We are so grateful for your loyalty and business. We are here to serve you! This is how it works....
In order to ensure that everyone who wants to receive one of these kits when they arrive in January, does indeed get one, we take pre-orders now while we have a chance to guarantee that we can order all the fabric we need to cut enough kits for everyone.
The fine print of the PRE-ORDER process is below so if you are here for the first time, be sure to read all of it before you pre-order. Don't worry, they won't sell out while you are ordering because right now during the PRE-ORDER process, everyone who wants one, will get one!
If you order in the next few days.... THE DOMESTIC SHIPPING ON YOUR KIT will be free in January!
Here are the kits that we are offering with the STRAWBERRY FIELDS REVISITED collection. All of them will ship in January:
STAR CROSSED [the 12" block version]
CROSS CHECK [16" block version]
CROSS CHECK [green sashing 8" block version]
MINI TRIO KIT
For more info on the individual kits go to our SHOP homepage HERE.
If you order this weekend, your DOMESTIC SHIPPING IS FREE!***
KIT PRE-ORDER FINE PRINT: PLEASE READ
PLEASE DO NOT ORDER OTHER ITEMS ALONG WITH YOUR PRE-ORDER KITS. If you do this, that product will need to be charged extra shipping and shipped to you separately this week. You can of course order multiple kits in one order or in separate orders. Since they are all pre-orders, they will all get put together and shipped together in January. If you do place multiple pre-order kit orders, please note this in the comments section so we can combine them for you.
*** if you order several or all of the kits and due to insurance issues we need to ship your kit order via UPS, there will possibly be some additional shipping charges***
• Pre-ordering a kit is like signing up for a special lay away program here at Fig Tree. We charge you up front for a portion of the kit upon ordering today. The rest of the price of the kit is split into 4 payments that will be charged to your card in October, November, December and January. The payment will happen around the 10th of each month. Please make a note somewhere for yourself so that when the monthly payment comes through each month, you will remember what it is for. it will be called "STRAWBERRY FIELDS PRE-ORDER KITS" payment. PAYPAL IS NOT AN OPTION FOR RECURRING PAYMENTS SUCH AS THIS ONE.
• The STRAWBERRY FIELDS REVISITED collection of fabric is scheduled to ship from the MODA warehouse in January. As soon as we receive it at Fig Tree, we will cut all the kits and get them out to you as fast as we can. Barring any unforeseen delivery problems, the kits should be on their way to you by the middle of January.
• All INTERNATIONAL SHIPPING will be calculated at the time of shipment [and attached to your last payment in January]. We only ship via the USPS and use their GLOBAL PRIORITY shipping exclusively.
• If during the next few months your card changes, needs a new expiration date or you need to change the # all together, please just log into your account and make the necessary changes so we can keep the charging schedule. Please stay current. We cannot make changes for you, only you can do that in your own account. If we don't have your current info, we can't charge your monthly payment and we can't guarantee the timely receipt of your kit.
• If you move during the months of the pre-order kits, you need to notify us by email and/or phone of your address change. If you we do not respond, that means we did not receive it and we ask that you try again. The system will not change your address automatically even if you update your account because it sees this as an order that had already been shipped in September. We need to manually change your shipping address in our PRE-ORDER binder.
• This program is not refundable, cancelable or transferable. The first month's payment is a part of the total price of the kit. You are NOT charged anything extra for this monthly "layaway" program. It is the only way we can secure and guarantee that we will have enough fabric for everyone who wants one of these Fig Tree kits! It is a wonderful deal that we hope you will take advantage of! We offer this only two times a year, along with each new collection of fabric and patterns that we release. Thanks so much for your support and business!
Introducing... Strawberry Fields Revisited.
Out of all of our lines, the one that is requested the most by far is Strawberry Fields. For years I have been receiving pleas and requests to reprint those lovely Strawberry Fields prints but it was just not in the cards...
We are finally happy to announce that we have redone- not reprinted- but added to and created a whole new Strawberry Fields collection and named it Revisited. With some of the favorite prints from the original collection including the original large floral, dots and the gingham, this collection is a wonderful return to the favorites and a whole new group at the same time. We have added some wonderful new fresh vintage prints including my new favorite... a tiny little daisy in almost every color way in the collection... as well as a new taupe color that grounds all the rest and makes them sparkle!
Strawberry Fields Revisited ships to stores in January, 2015.
We still have so many summer memories to share with you but there just aren't enough hours in the day to get them all in this space in some kind of timely way. But trust me… they're still coming :-)!
For today, I at least wanted to share with you three fun things...
First up- Our much anticipated FEED SACK BAGS pattern is done, up on the site and ready to ship! We are totally addicted to these bags! I know that so many of you have been waiting anxiously for this since I showed them to you on my way to Quilt Market in the spring and I am so happy that they are finally ready to ship!
… middle size on Gabrielle, serious model pose!
Btw, Miss Gabrielle who has worked for us forever, just got engaged a few days ago. We are so excited for her! If you talk to her on the phone, feel free to congratulate her… really!
This also means that we have to start working on a quilt right away since we have been promising one for this event ever since they were first dating… Or at least it means that we have to start planning one since they are having a long engagement. Phew!! Any ideas?
…. middle size on Gabrielle, off to work.
… all 3 sizes in the studio
I'm not sure if I can have a favorite, since I love all 3 sizes… but maybe, just maybe, these minis are my favorite.
… Oh and definitely my daughter's favorite [this one is hers]!
… medium size [with the cute little pocket both inside and outside].
… the large one, Market Tote. Perfect for so many things!
Oh.. and THE BEST THING… is that all 3 sizes can be made out of 1 Jelly Roll. That's right, just 1 Jelly Roll! Gotta love that!
Available in the SHOP anytime you like! Oh… and if you make one, I would really love to see it so send it to me via IG or Facebook or Email!
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Second up- New MODA Toweling! I don't know if you remember the last couple versions we have offered of these wonderful towelings but we just think they are the best! They are 100% cotton, woven in India, with wonderful colors and quality. They come by the yard on the roll and are the perfect way to dress up any surface!
Both of these stripes are perfect for summer projects and really couldn't be any easier. Hemmed on both long sides, these are literally as easy as cut, hem and decorate! Great for table runners, pillows, placemats and napkins!
GROSS GRAIN TOWELING YARDAGE...
AWNING STRIPE TOWELING YARDAGE...
Check out the SHOP if you are interested in a little summer redecorating!
We have several more really good things to share on Monday so check back with us then!
I know that this one was a really long time in coming!
First it took us a while to get the finished blocks put together into 2 lap size quilts [that was what we decided to do instead of the one really large quilt that was a little bit too much for us]. We decided to redo a few of the pink blocks once I decided that the quilts were going to be for my boys. One can "hang with" a bit of pink. The other one… not so much :-)!
Then it took a while to get it on Diana's long list of quilts to quilt. Then it took a while to decide what to quilt on it. Baptist Fan seemed like the perfect choice as soon as we thought of it!
Then it took quite a while for me to get it to the top of the list of TO DO'S and bind them both. The week I got back from THE EPIC ADVENTURE when I was waking up at 3:00 am with jet lag… that seemed like a perfect time to finally get binding!
But now they are both done, quilted and bound. The back is yummy SNUGGLE and each one is for one of my boys. The oldest will take tone with him to college next year and the next one, well we still have a few more years for him to wear it in!
So happy with these!! Hope you are all done with yours or at least I hope it is on the top of your TO DO list. It really is a wonderful grouping of blocks… even if some of them are a bit large!
We are well under way on our latest Block-of-the-Month program and have just sent out Month 4 last week so hopefully all of you have received it by now. We are really enjoying the various combinations of red, green and cream that we are getting to play with and hope that you are too!
We are tracking many of you via your emails and photos and your Instagram posts and it looks like many of you are keeping on track and current! I am so proud of you! This program is only two 16" blocks each month so it is totally "keepupable". I think that should be word, don't you?
Here are some photos of the each month's blocks so far...
… this photo shamelessly borrowed from Greg at greydogwoodstudio on Instagram because our second block for that first month seems to be MIA at the time of these photos. I guess it is time to clean up the studio again!
Many of you have asked for some of the official block names for some of these and I don't know much about them. If you have info or the traditional name for any of these, please feel free to share with all of us.
Month #1: Carolina Lily variation and unknown
Month #2: Feathered Star variation and unknown
Month #3: Nine-Patch patchwork [a variation of a "Double Nine-Patch"] and Goose-in-the-Pond
Month #4: Carolina Lily variation [closest I could find were "Mariposa" or "Snow Drop" and unknown
Since its a great time for Christmas in July, I thought we would add in a Christmas bundle to the shop in case any of you want to get a start on a Christmas project of your own.
Click HERE for bundle info.
Talk soon. More vacation photos coming next.
One of the things I notice most when I am in Paris are the details...
I love the cobblestones, the lanterns, the ironwork, the designs on the buildings. Maybe its because I am actually slowing down enough to see them or because this city just has a magical amount of details and character… or a combination of both.
Either way, it always seems like my life slows down a bit when I am here. Whether or not there is the lovely craziness of family around me and I am negotiating a million things at once or I am completely alone and doing nothing but absorbing what is in front of me.
Aside from the buildings, there is of course the food. And the color. And did I mention the food? And whether or not we were eating it, we were certainly taking it in with all of our senses.
In the rare case that we weren't gazing around us, eating or window shopping, we were sitting and relaxing.
See you tomorrow.