I always tell people that I am not much of a gadget girl… I’m really not. Usually I find something that works and I just stick with it. I have had the same beloved Bernina machine since I became serious about quilting and I still use it every single day and still love it like I did the first day I bought it. I am completely committed to my rulers, cutters and mats and I don’t feel the need to go looking for new ones very often.
However, the same cannot be said of thread. When I first started sewing, I used the cheap chain store brand that many of you probably did. I then switched to the standard ones I found at my quilt store and I thought everything was fine. Until the day I met Aurifil thread. Hello!
I decided to give it a try since several of my friends seemed so adamant about how great it was. Oh my goodness, I fell in love with it in the first stitch. I loved how it felt, how it looked, how nicely it behaved in the machine and most importantly how little lint it produced in my machine. I have never used another brand since that day, not for piecing or quilting or sewing. I love it. Really love it.
So when the opportunity presented itself to work with Aurifil, it was a total no brainer. The hardest part was choosing – or more accurately eliminating- colors to choose the final 12 that would go into my FIG TREE COLLECTION. As many of you might know, I am crazy about color and I have so many favorite “Fig Tree” colors that it was really, really hard eliminating some of my favorites in order to have the final 12 that would go into the box! Of course I am in love with the grouping that I ended up with. It just makes me want to sew every time I open the box and look at all that color yumminess in one place!!
And then there was more! As an extra project, I got to do something even more fun. Or at least equally fun !! The idea was born to make a little Fig Tree/MODA/Aurifil kit. What could possibly be better?
It would include 7 threads, 1 mini charm and a free pattern. I went to work! This was a bit easier than choosing the main color collection since the colors had to coordinate with my upcoming SOMERSET collection. Once I had the thread colors and the Somerset Mini Charm, the free pattern came to me almost automatically… of course they had to be spools! So I settled on two different spool shapes and went to cutting! I added several of the colors of thread for the quilting itself too! Not sure if you can see that on the monitor but its there, I promise!
So here is our little piece of fabric and thread heaven… “MY AURIFIL SPOOLS” made with Aurifil thread and SOMERSET fabric by Fig Tree for MODA! All in one sweet little box, it is the perfect little kit for you to enjoy or as a surprise for your favorite sewing friend! Although once you have one, I am not sure how you would ever give it away LOL!
Kit boxes will be available in September as will the entire Somerset line!
As soon as we finished putting this little project together, I decided that we wanted to do a special contest and promotion with it! We want all of you to join in the fun! It is a great chance to play around with a little design of your own and win some amazing prizes at the same time!
WHAT: A contest using the new Somerset Thread Box by Fig Tree & Co. for AURIFIL. Using the fabric and thread goodies in the box, design your own original mini charm pattern and submit it to us to win fabulous prizes!
Winners will receive a fat eighth bundle of our upcoming SOMERSET line, a packet of our brand new patterns, Fig Tree nail polish and Fig Tree Fabric Spray by Soak! If possible, we may even publish your pattern!
WHEN: Submit a photo of your quilt with a story of your inspiration and how you used the mini charm and the Somerset threads by November 30, 2014.
You can reserve a kit HERE or click HERE for more info on the contest itself!
And just in case you need some more inspiration, we recently debuted a line of our own FIG TREE MINIS and joined in all the MINI pattern fun! I know that so many of you have joined too and I have seen so many wonderful minis out there each day on the web and from people’s photos. Keep going with all that creativity ladies [and gentlemen]! But just in case you haven’t joined in yet, here are a few shots of our mini patterns to get you started…
MINI CANNED PEARS
… our full size version of CANNED PEARS is also available as a pattern.
… the original size of this pattern is from our WITH FABRIC & THREAD book and comes in both scrappy and 2-color version so we used both in our MINI too!
MINI CHERRY PIE
… the full size CHERRY PIE is also a stand alone Fig Tree pattern.
… there is no full size pattern of STITCH yet, coming soon!
As we speak, we are working on yet more new MINIS as well… because, well we are just a little bit addicted. Because they are a little bit addictive! If you want to follow along and see what other folks are doing with our MINIS, the best place to do that is to follow us on INSTAGRAM. We are figtreeandco. Or come see me on my blog, Fresh Figs anytime.
Whether simple, ornate, modern or traditional–fun house patterns are always in style. House designs appeared in early quilts and continue to inspire modern and traditional quilters today. Here is a sampling of some ” Moda Wonderful” house designs trending today along with some fun ideas for incorporating these timeless designs into all areas of your home or shop.
Pictured above is the delightful new Fig Tree pattern Homestead pieced in Joanna’s upcoming collection Somerset. These house designs are classic in style and yet full of today’s modern charm. This is a pieced pattern which is suitable for confident beginners and beyond.
Edyta Sitar of Laundry Basket Quilts also released a charming new house block quilt pattern. Edyta’s Homestead design features beautiful applique flowers and is pieced with her upcoming collection Heart’s Content. Ready-made applique templates are also available for the floral applique sections of this quilt.
Delightful house blocks can also be found in samplers and block of the month quilts. House blocks are a popular choice for a design element in row houses–the house blocks can be the same and pieced in a variety of fabric combinations or can be completely different designs. This beautiful house block was designed by Lisa Bongean of Primitive Gatherings and was featured in a recent block of the month program by the Fat Quarter Shop. This house block is pieced using Fig Tree and Company’s Avalon collection.
House blocks are also for the holidays! This charm pack friendly house quilt design comes from the Full House Schnibbles pattern by Carrie Nelson of Miss Rosie’s Quilt Company. These small blocks are perfect for wall hangings and pillows. Piece them in your favorite fabrics or use some of the recently available Moda Christmas lines to get a head start on your Christmas sewing! These little houses would also be perfect in Minick & Simpson fabrics for the upcoming 4th of July holiday and fun in Halloween prints for a whimsical look.
Of course house blocks and quilts aren’t limited to full size and small quilt projects–this delightful Mini Dwell by Camille Roskelley makes it possible to make delightful house blocks in the tiniest size! Here are a few ideas for using your favorite house block patterns in some fun ways.
There are lots of your favorite Moda designers who have also designed amazing House block quilts and patterns. Anne Sutton of Bunny Hill Designs has a delightful new house wall hanging design you can see here. So the possibilities are limitless. Here are a few more ideas to jump start your house block and house quilt “construction.”
Creative Ideas for House Blocks
Be creative with fabric choices–make house blocks in all of your favorite holiday fabrics.
House blocks make delightful decor for your kitchen: these blocks make perfect placemats, table runners, tea towels, and pot holders.
House blocks are especially fun as wall hangings and pillows. Embroider a family name below a single house block and frame for a perfect personalized wedding gift.
Make a bed runner using one house block pattern or a variety of different house block designs.
Make house block pillow covers for each season, and trade them out quarterly–you’ll just need one pillow form for four different looks.
Thanks SO much to all of your for sharing your favorites out of all of our new items we showed from Quilt Market! If you missed them, check them out HERE!
And now for the WINNERS!
HEARTS N MORE TEMPLATE- Ruth Finch‘s COMMENT: “It was HARD to choose, but I’m sure the Sew Red Glasses and the Hearts n More Template would make my quilts more beautiful!”
KAREN KAY BUCKLEY PERFECT PINS- LeAnne L‘s COMMENT: “Great new products. I like the new AccuQuilt dies, Karen Kay Buckley pins, the marking pencils, the Hearts & More template, and the new design on the rotary cutters and scissors.”
SEW RED GLASSES- fweeatwast‘s COMMENT: “I would so love to try the red glasses!”
SCREW B DO- Barb‘s COMMENT: “I need a screw b do, the embroidery scissor covers are adorable, and I LOVE everything PINK!”
A NEW SET OF AURIFIL THREAD- Janan‘s COMMENT: “I love the new Aurifil thread sets, and I would love to try the new HeantNBond sheets.”
We will contact each of the winners but please also email us your shipping address so we can get you your prizes! Email: email@example.com
Thanks again everyone! Make sure to requests these new items at your favorite local quilt shop!
Photo from Quilt Market Fall 2013 in Houston, Texas
Tomorrow will be the first day of International Quilt Market held in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Schoolhouse sessions and classes begin today; however, the full reveal on the showroom floor begins tomorrow. Of course it will be exciting to see what Moda has in store for the quilting world with new fabrics and designs sure to please every quilter.
Of course there will be amazing fabrics galore…
Including the new Horizon collection by Kate Spain…
As well as the Collections for a Cause: Community fabrics. Surely there will be lots of fun quilting goodness in store…I’ll be back in a couple of weeks with a full report! Hello Pittsburgh!