Its a slow roll into the New Year

….this little girl totally cracks me up! My husband says she looks like me, do you see a resemblance? he says its something about the wild look in her eye :-).

My philosophy on New Year's is like birthdays. We do birthday weeks in our family, the day itself might or might not be the center of the celebration! It just makes for more occasion to celebrate and there is not so much expectation to have one perfect day. The same can be said for New Year's. Although we do celebrate the eve of the coming year with some of our closest friends every year, its just too much pressure to do everything new year related on the 1st. Don't you think? So around here we definitely do a "slow roll" to the new year.

And so in that vein, Happy New Year to all of you, my lovely peeps!


It was just yesterday that I had the heart to start "deChristmasing" our house and even then I can only manage to put away the overtly Christmas decorations and give the more winter flavored ones a few more days or perhaps weeks of life. Hey, let's be honest, its just too much work to get all those boxes out for 3 weeks hanging time a year. They need to be out and to be enjoyed at least a month or even a little bit more. Are you with me? So here is what has made the cut so far at casa Fig….



… my favorite new quilt. Be looking a reproduction of this one at the next pattern release in May.



… can't resist ice skates of any kind. Or words. Or both.



…. I know it says Merry Christmas, but I was just not ready to give this one up since it was a new addition this year.


… while most of the red and green does get put away, all the white and silver and a little bit of glitter gets to stay a bit longer.

We have SO MUCH coming this year, we don't even know where to begin. So many exciting things coming our way that we have already been working on and a couple of things that are just "in the works" still.  Can't wait to start sharing them all with you later this week.


But to finish off last year, thought I would share a few pics of our last PATTERN DEBUT from Market that we still haven't managed to show off to you. I was of course saving the best for last because this is easily my favorite quilt in a long time.





… this yummy was made with a mix of Fresh Cottons, Breakfast at Tiffany's and a little Buttercup mixed in for good measure.


… the Dollies are sewn template free because if you know me, you know I don't do templates unless they are absolutely unavoidable.


… the dollies, or angels as many of our customers are calling them, encircle the simple patchwork blocks on the inside.


… yummy quilting by the lovely Diana Johnson. 

.. a flat shot of a version made entirely out of our upcoming BUTTERCUP collection.

… and finally a flat shot of the version made with a mix of collections.

Name: Dancing Dollies Sampler

Size: 63 1/2" x 73 1/2"

Fabrics: you can use a 1/8 yd. bundle to get you started or work from your stash or 1/4 yards. Its a wonderful quilt to collect your favorite palette for. Like we mentioned above, we used a combination of at least 3 different lines for the pictures shown- Breakfast at Tiffany's, Fresh Cottons and Buttercup. Heck I think we used a little Whimsy and Mill House Inn for the heads even.

Click here if you would like to add one to your pattern stash.

Note: For those of you who were quick enough to pre order one of the kits for this quilt, the kits will start shipping at the end of the month. We have started a wait list but we can't make any promises about whether or not we will be able to make any more due to fabric shortages. Email us at

Talk to you soon.

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  1. SuzK | 11th Jan 11

    I love this quilt and I’m glad I’ve got a FigTree fabric stash! I also totally agree with keeping some glittery stuff out after Christmas. My snowmen and snowflakes stay out until Spring and then get quickly put away before they melt!

  2. sherri | 11th Jan 11

    Love the photos of your beautiful decor! I also love the idea of making New Year’s last longer than just a day! And of course, I love every quilt in this post!

  3. Jane | 11th Jan 11

    This pattern is SOOOO cute. But is there an arm missing from one of the dollies in the bottom left corner on the Buttercup flat view photo?!!! I look forward to all that is coming up in 2011 from your fabric and pattern lines.

  4. Lisa | 11th Jan 11

    I love this one too. In my own head I call it “The Quilting Bee.” I see spools, and bobbins and quilt blocks and ladies which all equal a good time! 🙂

  5. Dawn | 11th Jan 11

    Oh I Love Love Love the dancing dollies quilt. I live in Adelaide with the real one… from Ayers House… such a sweet place… the quilt is so amazing… I love your version and have to make one Joanna…….thnka sofr making it with my favorite fabrics…
    many Hugs Dawn x x

  6. Dawn | 11th Jan 11

    oops thanks for making it…..

  7. amber | 11th Jan 11

    Great new pattern JoAnna! Very unique and I think a new pattern based off of the antique one above will be beautiful ~ can’t wait to see what you come up with for that one!

  8. Sandra Davidson | 11th Jan 11

    Happy New Year Joanna to you and your family and also Happy Birthday. Love your new pattern just wish I had more hours in the day or more energy to make all the quilts I love.

  9. Joanna | 11th Jan 11

    Re: TypePad: [Fresh Figs] Jane submitted a comment on Its a slow roll into the New Year


    Indeed there is an arm missing! That particular quilt is an electronic version and it looks like we forgot to add in an arm! Thanks for noticing it,

    Happy New Year,

  10. Vicki Fallon | 12th Jan 11

    Oh my! I love the quilt sitting on the ‘Merry Chrsitmas’ chair. Will you be done a pattern for that quilt?
    Keep the wonderful patterns coming!

  11. Mary Ann | 12th Jan 11

    Happy New Year, I resisted the pull of a kit fo the quilt because I have lots of stacks and jelly rolls of all the last lines and now of course I am mad at myself, I’ll be getting on that waiting list!

  12. Annessa | 12th Jan 11

    That pattern is definately one I must have! I can already see it on my bed…I usually give my quilts away, but this one may need to stay…..

  13. Joanna | 13th Jan 11

    Re: TypePad: [Fresh Figs] Mary Ann submitted a comment on Its a slow roll into the New Year

    We can always add you to the list just in case! I know what you mean by passing on something and then kicking yourself. I do it at flea markets all the time!


  14. Joanna | 13th Jan 11

    Re: TypePad: [Fresh Figs] Annessa submitted a comment on Its a slow roll into the New Year

    This would be one of those quilts that would be hard to give away, I think. It is jus one of those. I think its one of my all time favorites.

    Thanks for following along,


  15. Joanna | 13th Jan 11

    Re: TypePad: [Fresh Figs] Lisa submitted a comment on Its a slow roll into the New Year


    How funny… We actually considered that name too but finally settled on this one. Glad to know we are on the same wave length!

    Happy Sewing,


  16. Joanna | 13th Jan 11

    Re: TypePad: [Fresh Figs] Dawn submitted a comment on Its a slow roll into the New Year


    I was so inspired when I saw your Australian version that I just new I had to do a Fig version. I am so glad that you like it!

    Happy Sewing,


  17. ozjane | 14th Jan 11

    My sense of guilt drove me to catalog my charm squares and jelly rolls, honey buns and turnovers last night.
    I am too ashamed to admit how many but Fig tree featured well.
    Now to sew.

  18. Sandy Murphy | 17th Jan 11

    Just finished drooling over Strawberry Fields at Fat Quarter Shop. It is absolutely lovely and I don’t know that I can wait till May to see it in “real life”.

  19. Joanna | 18th Jan 11

    Re: TypePad: [Fresh Figs] Sandy Murphy submitted a comment on Its a slow roll into the New Year


    I am so glad that you like the upcoming line! We have one other one coming in between, Buttercup, so hopefully some of those pieces can tide you over until May!

    Happy Sewing,


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