Stitchery Sampler Sew Along: Block #3

Welcome back to Block #3 info for our STITCHERY SAMPLER SEW ALONG. If you need background information, please click HERE or HERE. BLOCK #3 INFO & VIDEO This block is our “STAIRWAY” block, something that looks like a lot more complicated than it really is. The key to this block: laying it out piece by piece and then assembling row by row, makes this is a super simple block. Watch the video to see our block come together. CLICK HERE for the VIDEO. Happy Sewing! Follow us on Instagram HERE: For some special INSTAGRAM ONLY SEW ALONG GIVEAWAYS throughout the project for the upcoming weeks. Come join us in our Facebook Group: Fig Tree Quilts Friends HERE to see us work on this sampler together, be encouraged and inspired, ask questions and have a chance to win some goodies while you are at it. See you guys next…

FIGS & FRIENDS: Collaboration #5

To those of you in the program… OUR FIFTH 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… Last 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 Peanut…

MODA Blockheads: Block #54

Welcome to Week #54 of the MODA BLOCKHEADS 3 SEW ALONG. Oh my goodness… we are SO CLOSE. This week it the lovely Janet’s turn once again and she is bringing us her Windmill block this time around. And even though we loved here block, we needed more little ones so we decided to make parts of her block instead! THIS MONTH’S BLOCK #54: WINDMILLS So since we needed more 6″ blocks, we decided that Janet’s 12″ block taken apart into sections was the perfect solution. So we made two! We chose two tones of red… make sure that one is significantly lighter than the other so it stands out against it, a small cream print and ivory solid on the outer corners. Here is the PDF DOWNLOAD, CLICK HERE on Janet’s blog to get the block and…

Embroidery Sampler: Block #2

Welcome back to our weekly Embroidery block to accompany our Stitchery Sampler Sew Along. If you would like info on Block #1, our supplies or general start and embroidery info, scroll back to the last embroidery post. CLICK HERE to download our free embroidery sheet that you can transfer to the fabric of your choice [or use one of our starter kits while supplies last]. THE CLOVER BLOCK We are working on Block #2 this week, our Clover block, it is appliqué in the quilting sampler so we wanted to find something good to fill in the leaves and have a good result for a beginning embroider-er! We researched embroidery stitches that are commonly used for filling in areas, or for making petals and leaves.  On our practice sample, we tried out a fill satin stitch, a leaf stitch, as well as a granitos.  Who knew there were so…

Stitchery Sampler Sew Along: Block #2

Welcome back to Block #2 info for our STITCHERY SAMPLER SEW ALONG. If you need background information, please click HERE or HERE. BLOCK #2 INFO & VIDEO This block is our introduction to appliqué in this sampler, with simple shapes that are a great place to start. I know that appliqué is not everyone’s “thing” but we felt like for a sampler, we needed to include even just a little bit. Click on the video HERE on our YouTube channel to see our method of the Starch Method of Appliqué and my tips and hints for this block. Please don’t let it scare you… give it a try and you might actually end up loving it! Happy Sewing! Follow us on Instagram HERE: For some special INSTAGRAM ONLY SEW ALONG GIVEAWAYS throughout the project for the upcoming weeks. Come join us in our…

From the Vault: Paper Roses for Valentine’s Day

Happy Thursday and welcome to another edition of From the Vault! In this new blog series, I’m digging deep into my vault of patterns to find oldies but goodies to update with more recent fabric collections of mine. This month, I’m bringing out Paper Roses. This charm pack-friendly pattern was originally released with my Fresh Cottons collection, way back in 2010! Wow, time goes so quick sometimes. But I think you’ll agree that this fun pattern stands the test of time. My Fresh Cottons collection was inspired by my childhood memories of hanging laundry to dry on clotheslines in the backyard, and the colors I used were taken straight from those memories: crisp apple green, warm milk chocolate brown, soft seafoam blue, sweet strawberry red, sunny butter yellow, and creamy ivory. Those colors used together in the original Paper Roses pattern yielded a quilt with an…

MODA Blockheads: Blocks #52 & #53

Welcome to Week #53 of the MODA BLOCKHEADS 3 SEW ALONG. It feels like I go in groups of 2 these days with everything else we have going on around here [Winter Solstice Sew Along, Stitchery Sampler Sew Along, Embroidery Sew Along, etc. etc]. I hope you are outpacing me or at least ready to work on these next two blocks along with me. We are SO VERY CLOSE to the end of this project… only 3 more after this one! THIS MONTH’S BLOCK #53: BEAR CUBS AROUND THE CAMP FIRE It’s Robin’s day today and this block has such a great feel and such a great name! I love it Robin! For our block, it was a perfect chance to do a little fussy-cut floral in the middle, sashed by a lighter red and a few stronger reds in the bearpaws…

Embroidery Sampler

For those of you who are working on the STITCHERY SAMPLER SEW ALONG or even for those of you who are not and want to do this instead, we wanted to embroider along with the quilt along! CLICK HERE to download our free embroidery sheet that you can transfer to the fabric of your choice [or use one of our starter kits while supplies last]. As you might have heard us mention before… WE ARE NOT EXPERTS BY ANY MEANS. But both Susan and I wanted to try our hand at a bit of embroidery so we are sharing our journey with you! Here are a few tips and pieces of info we have to share with you. Each week we will talk about the stitches we used for that week and any tips we might have for you for that week. And Sophie, Susan’s daughter is…