Welcome to Week #14 of the MODA BLOCKHEADS SEW ALONG!
This week is brought to you by… me! I am also the last one in the designer line up of 14 for this years BLOCKHEADS which means that next week we begin again at the beginning so I am the last designer for you to meet and the last new blog to explore. I know that many of you are just here to get your block but I sure hope that you might stay a bit and get to know us a little… and ENTER THE AWESOME GIVEAWAY we have put together for you [end of post]!! I promise that the block won’t go anywhere while you browse and say hi :-).
Many of you might be new here today so I wanted to take a minute to introduce myself.
Hello Friends! My name is Joanna Figueroa and I am the owner and designer behind Fig Tree and Company. We are a small family business with my husband Eric as my right hand man and my 3 kids who have all done their fare share of Fig Tree work over the years- including pattern stuffing, box folding, order shipping and any other task that needs to be done around here.
We also have a fabulous group of Fig Tree ladies without whose help I would never be able to get all of these goodies out to you every week and every month (especially all of those block of the months)! They help me to sew and edit and cut & fold fabric and everything else it takes to keep us moving along! XOXOXOXO
I have been designing fabric for MODA for over 17 years and am currently working on fabric collection #42. I have kind of lost track of how many patterns I have published so will go conservatively with 300+. Over the years working in our industry I have written 7 books and contributed to dozens more as well as many many magazines. I guess it never seems like quite that much until I start to add it all up… and then I start to feel like an old timer :-).
Our business has changed and grown and evolved over the years but we have never stopped working hard to bring you the kinds of fabrics, patterns and programs that keep you inspired and loving this crazy craft of ours! Currently my favorite things, beside designing fabric, are our annual Block of the Month programs [this year that included Halloween Figs, Sea Glass, Summertime Picnic, LITTLE BOX OF FIGS and the newest, Figs & Friends Collaboration]. They are currently mostly all filled up & closed for 2020 but if you are at all interested, please sign up for our EMAIL NEWSLETTER HERE so that you will know when sign ups start later this year for the following year. We have some fun things up our sleeve as always!
My first contribution to this awesome BLOCKHEADS quilt along is the SUMMER BREEZE block. I couldn’t resist adding this twirling block into the BLOCKHEADS line up after our family trip last summer to Amsterdam. There is just something so charming and nostalgic and beautiful about all of those windmills… it is hard to describe the effect they have on you!
For our personal sampler, we chose to do the 12″ size of this block and chose to feature a few of our favorite prints from 2 different Fig Tree fabric collections: Farmhouse II and Hazel & Plum. Another fun variation would be to make the center pinwheel a different color than the rest!
When I designed this block, I knew I for sure wanted to make slightly larger sizes for the ½ square triangles and trim them down so that they would fit perfectly together. So the sizes you have in the PDF are already sized slightly up and then you are given the trim # for each size square.
At the same time, the larger squares/triangles are not sized up and just need to be trimmed up if they get awkward or wonky. Here is the reason…
Over the years of teaching quilt classes and seminars, I have found that it is really hard for most of us to cut a larger bias triangle, add it to a pieced section and not somehow stretch or distort that larger triangle when adding it to our block . So even though I LOVE trimming up and sizing small triangle squares in order to ensure accuracy and an easy piecing process, for the same exact reason, I don’t like to size up & trim up larger triangles… I find that we almost always stretch the piece or lose points in the process of trimming up because each block will not stretch in the exact same way.
In my experience, it is a much better practice to cut your larger triangle exactly what you need it to be, fit it exactly to the component you are adding to, PIN IN PLACE TO AVOID STRETCHING OR DISTORTION, and then press carefully. At the end of piecing your block, only trim up something if it is wonky/outside the size you want it to be once you are done adding all 4 quarters of the block together. Each “quarter” of your block should measure 3 1/2″ square/ 4 1/2″ square/ 6 1/2″ square, depending on which size you are making.
CLICK HERE FOR THE ARCHIVE OF ALL OF THE MODA BLOCKHEADS 3 BLOCKS WE HAVE HAD SO FAR!
This Archive will be updated each week by MODA, in descending chronological order, with the newest block at the top. This is such a fabulous resource! We will keep this link in each week’s post here ON OUR BLOG as a resource.
If you have any questions at all, ask me in the comments below. Happy sewing friends!
In case this is your first time visiting us here on our blog or social media, I wanted to do a fun package of Fig Tree goodies as a GIVEAWAY. The package will include a variety of Catalina FABRICS, PATTERNS, THREAD & some PRECUTS too! You definitely want to try for this one!
1- GO TO INSTAGRAM and FOLLOW US THERE… Click HERE.
2- COMMENT ON THE INSTAGRAM GIVEAWAY POST THERE.
3- TAG A FRIEND ON INSTAGRAM IN THE COMMENT YOU LEAVE.
That’s it. On Friday morning, I will choose the winners!
Please note that this particular giveaway will ONLY BE ON INSTAGRAM. If you have not joined Instagram, it is really so much fun and such a great way to follow along on our adventures on your phone. All you need to do is download the Instagram APP and start to follow a few of your favorite designers, fabric stores and inspirational accounts! You might want to give it a try!?
LINK TO INSTAGRAM HERE. Instagram is the main social media that we use. I post photos every day, talk about my latest projects, show inspiration photos and generally post about my fabric and farm love with all of you!
LINK TO OUR FIG TREE FACEBOOK GROUP HERE. Our Fig Tree Friends Facebook group is a new addition in the last year and it is a great place to see what others are working on with Fig Tree fabrics, see people’s progress on our programs and follow along on general Fig Tree Facebook updates all in one place.
LINK TO SIGN UP FOR OUR EMAIL NEWSLETTER HERE. Newsletter comes out each week on Friday with latest goodies, upcoming releases, any sales or new kits and our $6 pattern of the week.
LINK TO OUR SHOP IN CASE YOU WOULD LIKE TO BROWSE HERE. Come check out our patterns, bundles and kits!
Here is a list of all the designers participating this year in the order that they have posted their weekly blocks in case you would like to go backwards…
This week it’s me!
1.15 – Corey Yoder – https://corianderquilts.com/
1.22 – Sherri McConnell – https://www.aquiltinglife.com/
1.29 – Betsy Chutchian – http://betsysbestquiltsandmore.blogspot.com/
2.5 – Jan Patek – http://janpatek.blogspot.com/
2.12 – Brigitte Heitland – https://www.brigitteheitland.de/blog
2.19 – Lisa Bongean – https://lisabongean.com/
2.26 – Lissa Alexander – http://modalissa.com/
3.4 – Laurie Simpson – http://minickandsimpson.blogspot.com/
3.11 – Vanessa Goertzen – https://lellaboutique.blogspot.com/
3.18 – Stacy Iest Hsu – https://www.stacyiesthsu.com/blog/
3.25 – Robin Pickens – https://www.robinpickens.com/
4.1 – Janet Clare – http://janetclare.co.uk/blog/
4.8 – Jen Kingwell – www.jenkingwelldesigns.com/blog
4.15 – Joanna Figueroa – https://blog.figtreeandcompany.com/
Somehow I missed this lovely interview/article that MODA FABRICS posted on their blog last…August 4, 2021