MODA Fig Tree & Fabricmatcher Contest

I don't know how many of you have already heard about the "fabricmatcher" program that MODA has on their website. It is open to everyone and is a fantastic way to play with many of their newest collections. This month they are having a contest using our Fig Tree fabrics.  If you use any of our collections that they have loaded into the program and create a quilt using any of the patterns that they have available, you are eligible to win the contest!  I will be helping with the judging… and you all know what I like so it should be a snap!  So for all of you out there who love to play with fabric…. this is a great opportunity to do just that and win fabric and patterns to boot!  Just go to fabricmatcher here and it…

Fig & Plum Winners

I have to tell you that reading each and every one of your comments makes me want to stop making patterns, get rid of all my computers, snuggle down with some applique in front of a roaring fire, make apple cider and go to pumpkin patches every day! I want to do nothing  but play in leaf piles with my kids, make hearty soups and take long walks in woods of turning leaves….   Okay…. fantasy over, back to reality. But seriously, your comments have really reminded me of what is important and has lasting value and that whether or not I finish one more pattern before Market just doesn't really matter. Thank you for that reality check…. I needed it! You're all awesome readers and I so appreciate you. The names of the winners are: Terry—-posted on 9/24…

Fig & Plum News & A Giveaway

So I hear that Fig & Plum has officially hit the streets or the shops rather. Why do I feel that every time a new collection finally reaches your hands that it has been the longest wait ever? None of the waits are probably any longer than the rest but somehow the one you are waiting for currently feels longer than all those others that came before… don’t you think? I am not known to be a patient person and this fabric designer thing certainly pushes that button on a regular basis, thank you very much! Anyway, I am thinking that Fig & Plum is a perfect autumn collection… the Fig Tree way.  Based on a faded vintage cream the line works in everything from a deep, saturated plum color to faded taupey-greys [a color by the way that if you’ve never worked with before… ooh…

Studio Updates

We are knee deep in that wonderful time of the year known as "pre-Market"…. need I say anything else! My advance yardage is finally here, my patterns are all about half done, my printer sees me pretty much every day and there are swatches and half used bolts of fabric all over the studio, the offices and even the living room. In fact since I was sick last week, my design computer has taken up house on our living room coffee table and my butt is seldom seen leaving the couch…. I could command armies from this post… wait a minute, I am commanding armies from this post! In the midst of the chaos that we all expect this time of the year, we have a few tidbits to share with you…. Our soon to be released Fig & Plum collection was featured…

Various & Sundry…

For the longest time, I had no idea what the words in that phrase above in the title actually were. Variousandasundry….. I just kind of said it all as one work, never stopping to think about what I was actually saying. Then one day I found the cutest little store in San Rafael CA… called, you guessed it, Various & Sundry [I don't even think it's there anymore].  How's that for your vocabulary tidbit for the day… most of you probably already knew it 🙂 So here is a few various & sundry items that i have been wanting to share with you… So here is a few various & sundry items that i have been wanting to share with you… 1. I once again have had the wonderful invitation to go to Paris… well to work &amp…

Something new…

Today is the first day that all three munchkins are in school at the same time… There is a glorious stillness in the house. I am even afraid to play my MammaMia music so as to not disturb the quiet. Don't get me wrong, I LOVE spending time with all 3 of my creatures [that is an affectionate name even if it doesn't sound like it. A story for another time]. But don't get me wrong, I LOVE the hours of stillness when they are otherwise occupied :-)! Definitely a day to finish up a few projects, a lot of paperwork & a little bit of sewing…   On a random side note, I finally figured out how to change my header… what do you think? It was way overdue and I am embarrassed to point out that it took we this…

Summer’s End…

I've been M.I.A.  for almost two weeks now. Is something major going on over here, you might wonder? Could it possibly be that we have already begun the countdown to Fall Market? Could there possibly have been a major photo shoot happening at our house lately? Well, maybe…  but more importantly all three of my wonderful little munchkins have been home with no camp for the past 2 weeks, we have gone on vacation to Catalina Island and my dad has visited for several days!  I can handle all those work deadlines without breaking a sweat [well, maybe with a small sweat] but its the entertaining and keeping of a 10 year old, 7 1/2 year old and an almost 4 year old that has put me seriously behind in my blogging responsibilities… its a very different kind of energy…

French General

During my jaunt to Long Beach I had the great opportunity to take one little side jaunt to a little place that I had wanted to visit for such a very long time. So after we walked the show, I put my vintage fabric goodies in the trunk of the car [I’ll have to show you those another time], my MODA colleagues in the front [they wouldn’t fit in the trunk :-)] and then… picture this…. I rolled down the top of my RED CONVERTIBLE rental car and headed out toward Hollywood!  Okay, if that doesn’t give you a visual…. I don’t know what will! So here we are, navigating the infamous LA freeway system, that’s right, let me just say it again, in a RED CONVERTIBLE…. could we have been any more Southern California?  I don…