Moda Blockheads: Block 29

Welcome to Week #29 of the MODA BLOCKHEADS SEW ALONG! Hello friends! Its another lovely Wednesday morning and you know what that means… its that time again. And what is even better is that we are back at the beginning of another round, Round III, back with Corey. Check out the directions for her block, Ring Around, HERE this week. And here is our version… For our version, we went with the 12″ and decided to showcase 3 different favorite reds as well as 2 different cream prints… if you look really close at the photo you can see all the fabrics! So let’s do a bit of recap… These are all of our blocks for ROUND II… OUR TOTALS: (1) 12″, (3) 8″ (7) 6″ and a few tiny houses that we are keeping separate for now&#8230…

Halloween Harlequin

PATTERN SHOWCASE One of my favorite new Halloween patterns this year is our Halloween Harlequin pattern. A fabulous way to use a Layer Cake and work on a quilt that looks like it has templates… without actually having any! Over the years I have been drawn to many quilts that were all made from small and complicated templates and so I just admired them from afar. Templates are just not for me. I think I am too impatient and like to see immediate progress.. strip piecing is much more my style :-). But once in awhile I have decided to figure out how to get that special shape without a template and this is one of those projects. To see all of our HALLOWEEN projects, come on over HERE. First we did it with a Halloween palette… And then loved it so much that we decided to feature it…

MODA BLOCKHEAD: BLOCK #28… ITS OUR TURN AGAIN

Welcome to Week #28 of the MODA BLOCKHEADS SEW ALONG! EDIT: WINNER ANNOUNCED. IF YOU ARE Leelee.macadam54@gmail.com Congrats and please email us your address for your bundle! Hello friends! Its another lovely Wednesday morning and you know what that means… its that time again. What’s even better is that its OUR DAY on the Blockheads adventure… I have to tell you that I have enjoyed this ride much more than I ever thought I would. I have loved seeing our red & cream version of the quilt emerge each week, block by block, but more than anything I have loved seeing your versions emerge over the months. So let’s keep going my friends! For my block this week, I decided to go for one of my personal favorites, the BROKEN DISHES BLOCK, a block that I have used over the years…

Figs & Friends Collaboration: Bundle #2

To those of you in the program… OUR SECOND FIGS & FRIENDS BUNDLE HAS JUST GONE OUT so be on the lookout! Here is a little backstory to this series in case you missed it… Earlier this year I went to a quilt show called ROAD TO CALIFORNIA and got to visit with my fellow MODA designer and friend, Lisa Bongean of Primitive Gatherings. We sat in her booth while she stitched and talked about the show and our fabric. As I looked around me at the sea of blues and indigos [her newest collection called INDIGO GATHERINGS has just released], I thought about how I could use it even though it is so much darker than any fabrics I design for Fig Tree. And we started talking about how fabulous my orange would look with her blue [it was like one of those old Reese’s…

From the Vault: A Christmas Jelly Girl!

Hi everyone, and happy Friday to you all! Today I’m launching a new series on my blog called “From the Vault.” I’ve been designing sewing & quilting patterns for over 20 years, and I’ve honestly lost count of how many patterns I’ve written over those years—but it must be in the hundreds. These days, it feels like we’re always looking ahead with excitement to the next fabric collection that’s coming out, so I thought it would be a fun change of pace to take a look back at some of my earlier patterns that maybe you haven’t seen before (or not in a long time) and at the same time, freshen them up with a few of my current fabrics. Today’s pattern refresh doubles as a “Christmas in July” project! I decided to pull out Jelly Girl, an old favorite that…

Fig Tree Goes Grunge!

Happy Friday, everyone! I’m excited about today’s blog post because I get to show you something new to the Fig Tree shop. Over the years, many of you have reached out to me to ask which Moda Grunges coordinate best with Fig Tree fabrics. I’m happy to announce that I can finally answer that question for you! For those of you who love Grunge, I don’t really need to say any more. But if you’re new to quilting or just haven’t heard of Moda’s Grunge collection, here’s a little background info from our friends at Moda: “If you’re not familiar with Grunge, it’s a unique fabric that is dyed first, then printed on one side to create a unique, textured look.  While the printing is the same for all Grunge fabrics, the final look of them can…

MODA Blockheads Block #25 and #26

Welcome to Week #26 of the MODA BLOCKHEADS SEW ALONG! Hello friends! Its another lovely Wednesday morning and you know what that means! I missed you guys last week… it was just one of those weeks, you know? I am sure we all have them. This week we are back to the lovely Janet Clare and her beautiful subdued design style. Check out her fun ZIGZAG BLOCK HERE and download the pattern directions. The thing I like the most about this particular pattern… you can pretty much make it any size you want! We opted for (1) strong red, (1) soft red/cream dot print and one ivory solid and the 6″ size. But this would also make such a wonderful strip design… just keep going until you reach the length you like! As you can see we used flying geese instead of HST’s…

Patriotic Flag Pillow Tutorial

Happy July! A couple of months ago, I did an Instagram takeover for Moda Fabrics and posted a quick video tutorial of this fun flag pillow that you can whip up in an afternoon. But sometimes it’s nice to have instructions in writing, so I thought I’d put that tutorial here on my blog as well, just in time for some last-minute patriotic sewing on this 4th of July weekend! (If you’re more of a visual person and haven’t seen the video tutorial, you can find it in my Highlights under the bio on my Instagram account, @figtreeandco.) This pattern is scrap-friendly, so dive into your scrap stash—or grab a few fat quarters for a more controlled look. Cutting Instructions Piece the Sawtooth Star…