Just a Few Updates

Hello Everyone!

Wishing you the most merry of Christmas holidays!

I really hope that as the holiday stress rises and you feel more and more like you are not ready, or the presents are not ready, or your house is not ready, that you are just able to take a minute and breathe….


And then breathe again… and then make yourself a cup of tea and sit down next to the Christmas tree or the mantel or any other place that makes you feel "in the spirit" and take a moment to take it all in. Whatever "it" might be.

Even for those of us who might be experiencing difficult situations, mourning, loss… there is still usually something that we can "take in". Something that can make us smile regardless of what is happening around us. I just wish and pray peace for all of us during this season especially. It makes me sad that this seems too often be the season that makes everyone more nuts and more stressed out than usual instead of the oppositie. Myself included….

Wishing you true peace this season. Even if for just a moment here or there.

Around here we are celebrating Christmas in 4 different celebrations in several different locations and are trying to find moments of peace in the midst of it all. I hope to share more soon but wanted to at least send out some updates about Fig Tree stuff in the midst of everything else. Celebrating with fabric and thread are one of the ways that I personally find peace in my days and figure that you do too!



The MODERN BLOCK OF THE MONTH shipments went out early last week and should be to everyone by now. Sorry for the slight delay on those. We really tried to get all of the 12 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS boxes out to everyone before we starting processing these. We hope that you are enjoying them now or that you will get a moment to yourself to work on them after the Christmas festivities have subsided.


They range in size from 18" to 6" this time around and introduce our lovely red tone on tone red from Somerset along with the soft grey floral. Two lovely additions to all those solids and other prints! We love the combos on these! We are absolutely loving seeing all of your blocks all over so please keep those block pics coming!



We are working diligently to get this one finished before we take a little holiday break. It will be going out after Christmas in order to avoid the Postal Service insanity that goes on last week and this week. In an effort to maintain some sanity around here and in the hopes that we would lessen the chances of your packages getting lost or misrouted in the holiday rush, look for your goodies right after Christmas. 

Some of the fabrics we are working with this month…


Oh my gosh… we are loving the blocks for this quilt so far!



The current issue of APQ has a wonderful new little feature that we will be doing monthly. It is called MAKE IT MINI. Each issue, we will choose one of the quilts already in the magazine and work up a miniature version of that quilt. So far we have worked on a couple of these and they are really fun! The first one is up here in this issue…


We do have a few kits for them available. You will need to purchase the magazine seperately and… THE KITS WILL NOT SHIP UNTIL THE END OF MARCH WHEN THE ALOHA GIRL FABRIC ARRIVES FROM MODA.

We will show more photos on this one soon after Christmas too!



Many of you who have emailed and contacted us about the blog directions for how to create the single star version of our popular Navajo Stars pattern. The instructions were up on the sidebar of the blog for quite a while and then thanks to the wonders of the internet, they dissapeared! So we are in the process of getting them back up but meanwhile here is the info for those of you who are anxiously awaiting!


The star block is made exactly as the one in the pattern. Trim it up reguarly just like you would for the quilt [so we are assuming a 23 1/2" trimmed up star]. Then add the following borders:

1st inner border [Somerset red]: (1) 1 1/2" x 23 1/2" and (2) 1 1/2"  25 1/2" strips.

2nd middle border [ivory solid]: (2) 1 1/2" x 25 1/2" and (2) 1 1/2" x 27 1/2" strips.

3rd outer border [green floral]: (2) 2 1//2" x 27 1/2" and (2) 2 1/2" x 31 1/2" strips.

Bind with (3) 2 1/4" binding strips [aqua solid].


Here is a a little Christmas version of the same star. Perfect for any bundle of red, green and cream fabrics!


Talk soon,







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  1. Jeanne | 23rd Dec 14

    Merry Christmas!! (Very timely kind words)

  2. Laura Taylor | 23rd Dec 14

    Thank you for all your hard work for the 12 Days!! I can only imagine how it contributed to your Holiday craziness. Receiving my box was a wonderful break in my Holiday stress and craziness. I know that I am not alone in thanking all of you for the pleasure you give us, your customers/admiring quilters/friends at this time of year! I hope you are able to take pleasure in this special time of year and find the moments of peace and relaxation that you describe.

    Thank you for a wonderful Fig Tree year and we look forward to enjoying your wonderful creativity in 2015! All the best also to your entire family – I know that they also participate in making your customers happy at this time of year. All the joys of the season and happiness in the New Year to all members of your Fig Tree family!

  3. Susan | 23rd Dec 14

    Thank you for your kind post – very appropriate and have a wonderful Holiday Season! Looking forward to Fig Tree in the coming year!

  4. Michele in IL. | 23rd Dec 14

    I feel for store workers who are made to work extra hours. Wish I could give them all a cup of coffee or tea and a 15 min. rest in a room all to themselves.

  5. Joan | 23rd Dec 14

    Lovely kind words for Christmas for many of us. Wishing you peace & joy.

  6. Jennifer Gwyn | 23rd Dec 14

    Merry Christmas to the Fig Tree family!

  7. Nicola | 23rd Dec 14

    Safe journey(s!) Joanna, hope you have a wonderful Christmas! Looking forward to all you will share with us in 2015 xx

  8. Joanna | 26th Dec 14

    Merry Christmas Jennifer! Wishing you a wonderful holiday season!!

    Joanna and Eric

  9. Joanna | 26th Dec 14

    Im with you! Merry Christmas!

  10. Joanna | 26th Dec 14

    Thank you Susan!

  11. Joanna | 26th Dec 14

    Laura- Thank you so very much for your kind, thoughtful and sincere words. We love what we do because of customers like you!! Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to you and your family!
    Joanna, Eric and all the rest of us

  12. Houx | 28th Dec 14

    Why would you like to see the same blocks over and over.
    Fabric is boring.
    Very disappointed……………………

  13. lisa | 28th Dec 14

    On the contrary… I love these blocks and am totally in love with the fabric. Thanks again for a great project and fabulous fabrics Fig Tree!


  14. Houx | 31st Dec 14

    Modern Building Blocks Quilt Kit by Moda Fabrics
    Quilter’s Cash You earn 389 points

  15. Houx | 31st Dec 14

    or here and a nice box with nicely printed professional pattern.


  16. تور ترکیه | 1st Jan 15

    Hi, i really enjoyed reading your article.
    Thank you and Happy New Year!

  17. lisa | 1st Jan 15

    But I don’t like the colors on that one. I love this one! Which is why I got it. Love the color combos here. Plus, I love the monthly shipments so I don’t have to pay all at once. That’s why I love BOM’s so much- otherwise why do it??! And this one is just perfect! But thanks for your suggestions….. not sure why you are suggesting them since I am already in this one and love it!

  18. nellie | 1st Jan 15

    Thanks so much for all the lovely goodies and the updates. We appreciate all your work on these programs so much. Happy New Year to you and your family!!

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