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Pineapple Papers: Info, Hints and even a Giveaway!

So recently I have come across a fun new goodie that we have been playing with over here in Fig Tree-land… our good friends over at It’s Sew Emma have come up with another quilting accessory that I think you might like! They are called PINEAPPLE PAPERS [there are LOG CABIN PAPERS too and different sizes but more about that later] and they work perfectly with a MODA HONEYBUN [a roll of 1 1/2″ strips]. Normally, I am not much for new gadgets but one of our Fig Tree gals, Cynthia, absolutely loves paper piecing and wanted to give these a try. So we jumped in when we saw them and are so glad that we did! She had a blast making them and we can’t wait to see the end result of this little quilt. I think she is putting them…

MODA Blockheads:Block #8

Welcome to Week #8 of the MODA BLOCKHEADS SEW ALONG! This week is brought to you by the quiet but hysterical Laurie Simpson of Minick & Simpson. She is the Simpson and her sister Polly is the Minick. But Polly doesn’t quilt. LOL. Long story. Check out her blog HERE. She is a master appliquer and hand quilter. Yes, a lot of those amazing quilts she shows on her blog and Instagram… yes, hand quilted my friends. She also does fantastic large stitch hand quilting… which is one of the main things that inspired me to buy my Sashiko machine. True story. I will never find the time or, let’s be honest, the patience to do that kind of stitching but I absolutely love love love how it looks. So my Sashiko machine is the closest I am going to come. Just saying. Laurie…

MODA Blockheads:Block #7

Welcome to Week #7 of the MODA BLOCKHEADS SEW ALONG. This week is brought to you by the lovely Lissa Alexander of MODA and of @modalissa. check out her blog HERE. She is the queen of scrappy and the queen of getting all of us designers to be where we are supposed to be, doing what we are supposed to be doing! She is also the amazing editor of all of those fabulous MODA ALL STARS books that you might be familiar with. She is pretty much awesome. And all of us designers think so :-). Go over to her blog to check out her pattern and get all of the directions, etc. CLICK HERE . This is such a fun and simple little block and I am so glad that we are adding it into our Blockheads sampler this year. I think we might do more than one for our final…

MODA BLOCKHEADS: BLOCK 6

Welcome to Week #6 of the MODA BLOCKHEADS SEW ALONG. This week is brought to you by the lovely Lisa Bongean of Primitive Gatherings. She is the queen of the 4″ blocks for BLOCKHEADS so this block is definitely not for the faint of heart. Put “your big girl panties on” as they say and get started on all of those half square triangles! It is a beauty of a block once you are all done! Go over to her blog to check out her version and get all of the directions and see how she does ½ square triangles, CLICK HERE . There are so many different color variations you could do on this block that would create a completely different block. If I get a minute this week, I will color these in a few different ways to show you. Since we are working in all reds…

The LOVE block a la Fig Tree

For those of you who wanted to try a bit more traditional version of Brigitte’s fabulous LOVE block for this weeks MODA BLOCKHEADS SEW ALONG, we promised we would post our version today. If you want the whole backstory, then just scroll through our last couple of blog posts! If you read my post on Wednesday, you will know that I talked about this LOVE stamp as a childhood memory. And my friend Greg from told me a little bit more about the history. I had no idea! Did you guys know that it was created in honor of a “…famous sculpture sculpture by artist Robert Indiana in 1970, based on his greeting card design for the Museum of Modern Art in 1965. Robert Indiana was from… Indiana! And the sculpture lives at a museum in Indianapolis. There is also a copy in NYC” said…

MODA BLOCKHEADS: THE LOVE BLOCK REVISITED

Welcome to Week #5 of the MODA BLOCKHEADS SEW ALONG. So this week, Brigitte has brought us a unique modern version of “THE LOVE BLOCK”… as I like to call it. Go over to her blog to check out her version and perhaps even join her giveaway, CLICK HERE . Isn’t it fun? Even though we are doing our own version, we decided not to change it up too much this time around, just making it a bit more traditional… something that would fit a bit more into the classic red & cream sampler that we are doing. So here is our version… I loved making this block so much! I didn’t think I would like it nearly as much as I did! It absolutely makes me think of that classic stamp that we used to have in the 70’s…

Fig & Friends Collaboration

WELCOME TO OUR NEWEST FABRIC ADVENTURE! Recently 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 Butter Cup commercials… did you guys ever see those??]. In that moment, an idea was born for me… what if I figured out other joint groupings with designers whose fabric…

MODA BLOCKHEADS #4 ALTERNATE BLOCKS

I promised a fun alternate block to Jan’s lovely applique birdhouse block this week and I am here this morning to share the info! HERE you will find the original post with our info on the applique version. For the alternate version, we decided to go simple and pieced. Since Jan did a birdhouse, we figured we would stay with the house theme! We first made the 8″ size and then decided that we wanted to go a little bit smaller so made a 6″ size- I think that is my favorite one. It seems to fit a little bit better with the more intricate piecing of many of the other blocks in this sampler. CUTTING INSTRUCTIONS: 8” HOUSE BLOCK From house print:  (3) 1 ½” x 2 ½” [a], (1) 2” x 3 ½” [b], (1) 1 ½” x 5 ½” [c], (1) 1 ½” x 8 ½” [d]. From roof print…