To those of you in the program… OUR SIXTH AND FINAL FIGS & FRIENDS BUNDLE FOR THE 2020-21 PROGRAM 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 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 I might not normally even consider pairing with mine? What would that look like? What color combos are different but still “go”? And after a few more brainstorms, this program was quickly born.
So the first month was this indigo, cream and orange bundle… a collaboration with Lisa Bongean and Minick & Simpson.
Second Bundle… collaboration with Jen Kingwell and her FINE & SUNNY collection.
Third Bundle… collaboration with Bunny Hill Designs and Squirrelly Girl.
Fourth bundle… collaboration between two Fig Tree collections and a little Jen Kingwell Fine & Sunny too!
Fifth bundle… collaborations between Back Porch by Me and My Sister and some of our blue and yellow favorites from Figs & Shirtings.
This grouping was truly a labor of love and we collected fabrics for it all year long. We started with several of our favorite reds from our CHRISTMAS FIGS collection, paired with a couple of classics from the ESSENTIALLY YOURS basics line from MODA. The great stripe, the ginghams and the little dots are all from that grouping. We then added in a couple of fabulous retro feeling aqua prints from my friend Linzee McCray’s FLOUR GARDEN collection and rounded out the aquas with our favorite solid as well as our favorite retro daisy print from Farmhouse II. But we still needed some more reds so we went searching in the FARM FRESH collection by Gingiber and some of Stacy Iest Hsu’s groups as well. The result is such a perfect grouping of reds and aquas that we couldn’t be happier! Its always so nice when fabric play so well together.
PATTERN: When it came time to pick a pattern that would showcase the bundle this time around, we thought that my CAROUSEL pattern redone in this palette would be the perfect compliment!
This makes such a classic retro feeling summertime project we think.
For those of you in the program, if you are interested in a “finishing kit” for the pattern, we have put together the creamy ivory background, the aqua for the border, red solid for the binding. Find it HERE.
This fabulous summery stripe is the backing kit this time around. Find it HERE as well.
* * * * * * * * INFO ON THE PROGRAM ITSELF * * * * * * * *
The 2021 program will start in May with a whole new assortment of special collaborations! Unfortunately we are completely sold out for next year at this time. However we have managed to secure extra fabric for many of the bundles and will work to have a few bundles extra each time to offer to those of you who missed out or who might just be interested in that one bundle.
WHAT: Every 2 months we will offer a fabulous little combination bundle of Fig Tree fabrics and another favorite MODA designer [or sometimes even 2] to make up a wonderful new and unique fabric palette. Each palette will be 2-3 colors, some of ours and some of theirs to create something new and different… something that we would not have thought of before. We cannot wait to see some of the beauties that we will come up with when we put 2 of us together!
WHEN: Starting in May, 2021 and continuing every two months for a year [6 total bundles for the annual program. Starting in May and then July, September, November, January and March].
INCLUDES: (16) 1/4 yds. fabric prints for a total of 4 yards of fabric plus a pattern that would be a good suggestion for these fabrics. The pattern is just there as a complimentary option… you can of course do anything you like with the fabric bundle as it will be a great palette to start so many different projects!
It is a perfect way to add some new combinations into your stash, a great way to be introduced to some new designs and maybe even colors for you. We promise that each bundle will absolutely coordinate with Fig Tree as half of the bundle will be Fig Tree but will perhaps push out a little bit outside of our regular favorites into some new and fun combinations.
OTHER INFO: The bundle is just a fabric bundle, not a kit. Borders and background will be suggested if you want to make the pattern included look exactly like ours but they will not be included in the bundle. These bundles will not be offered outside of the program at this time.
PARTNERSHIPS FOR 2020 INCLUDED THE FOLLOWING:
MAY PARTNERSHIP: Lisa Bongean of Primitive Gatherings plus a few extra fabrics from Minick & Simpson as well to round out this group.
JULY PARTNERSHIP: Jen Kingwell with her Fine & Sunny collection.
SEPTEMBER PARTNERSHIP: … Bunny Hill Designs, Squirrelly Girl collection.
NOVEMBER PARTNERSHIP: Fig Tree mix of 2 different collections Figs & Shirtings with greys from All Hallows Eve, with a little bit of Jen Kingwell’s Fine & Sunny collection mixed in.
JANUARY PARTNERSHIP: Back Porch from Me & My Sister Designs mixed with our favorite Fig Tree yellows from Chantilly, Catalina & Figs & Shirtings
MARCH PARTNERSHIP: Flour Garden by Linzee McCray, Essentially Yours by MODA mixed with our favorite reds from Christmas Figs along with a few other friends. This was is truly a scrappy partnership!
Welcome to the fourth installment of our 2023-24 FIGS & FRIENDS program! I am…November 9, 2023