There’s still time…

Or is there?

There are less than six weeks until Christmas and Kwanzaa, and less than three weeks until Hanukkah.  So how much sewing time is left?

Enough to make any of these projects?

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(All images found on Pinterest.  Clockwise from the upper left –  Flurry Fabric and pattern by Kate Spain/image from Hollyhill Quilt Shoppe.  Feathered Star by Anita Peluso/Pattern by Marsha McCloskey.  Original pillow design by Amy Sinibaldi – NanaCompany.  Trim the Tree – pattern by Meg Hawkey of Crabapple Hill, made by Rita of Pink Polka Dot Creations.  Christmas Dresden Plates by Amber Johnson of Gigi’s Thimble.  Winter Wonderland by Sherri Falls & It’s Sew Emma.)

If you’ve still got some holiday sewing to do – what are you going to make?  Is it for decorating – or are you still making “handmade” gifts?

Or is your list done… right up until you see some of the wonderful projects posted during the 12 Days of Christmas events done by Sweetwater Designs and Fig Tree & Co.?  (The Sweetwater girls started last week and are on Day 3 while Joanna won’t be starting until Saturday, November 28th.)

My “made for Christmas 2015” sewing is done – I think.  I could still get the crazy idea that I can start-and-finish something.  I did get a Christmas quilt made using Kate Spain’s Jingle collection and the Lollies pattern by Thimble BlossomsCamille Roskelley.

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While I love the aqua blue mixed in with the red and green, I know that not everybody does.

What are your favorite colors to use for decorating during the holidays?

Blue and silver for Hanukkah?  Red and green for Christmas?  What do you think of adding a little bit of aqua or hot pink – a “Shiny Brite” kind of Mod holiday?  Or do you fancy the Scandinavian palette of red, white, gray and mocha?

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Winterrose by Wenche Wolff Hatling using JOL.

What about just “red and white” – or cream?

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Okay, Joanna Figueroa of Fig Tree & Co. does slip in a little bit of green on occasion.

Have you started decorating?  Or are you like Nordstrom’s – preferring to “deck your halls” with Christmas the day after Thanksgiving?

I think you know that when I have questions, there is a possibility of a little bit of quid pro quo.

It is the season for giving, right?  Or it will be soon.

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JOY STOCKING GIVEAWAY!

 Tomorrow is the last day of our Share the Joy series. 
And we definitely saved the BEST for last! 🙂
Can anyone guess who will be sharing their tale of JOY with us tomorrow?
Anyway, back to today! How could we possibly ask all of you to Share the Joy this season without sharing a little of what we love so dearly with YOU?! 

We decided to make the BIGGEST stocking yet and FILL it to the brim with all kinds of FABRIC & NOTIONS that would make even Santa blush. 
This stocking is the ultimate in Quilty Christmas Stockings. 
It has over $750 worth of treats in it including everything from a Fat Quarter Bundle, Layer Cake, Jelly Rolls, Nail Polish, Sewline Gift Set, Scissors, Rulers, Threads… you get the idea! It is AWESOME! 

How does one win you ask? 
Well you see, it is very easy… 
Just follow this magical link that will take you over to our FACEBOOK page to enter. 
Simply FOLLOW our FACEBOOK page and like & SHARE the photo on Facebook 
as your entry to WIN! The details will be listed on our Facebook page as well. 
Your last chance to win is Thursday, December 19th at midnight. One WINNER will be randomly selected and announced this FRIDAY from those who shared and liked the above photo ON FACEBOOK
GOOD LUCK QUILTERS!  
And don’t worry, the winner will receive this stocking in time to open it on Christmas morning. 
*Sorry, limited to U.S. residents only. 
When you win will you keep all the goodies for yourself or 
Share the Joy with quilting friends? 🙂 
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Word for the year "JOY"

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Hi everyone and Merry Christmas.
I’m Tammy V from marketing here at Moda.

When I hear the word Joy I think of my two grand babies 
and what joy they bring me daily.

Also I’m reminded of a dear quilting friend from years ago.   
She would pick a word each year to live by and that year patience was her word 
She said she had to work on it all year long. 

 I’m sure we all would agree patience is hard in this fast paced, want it now world. 
That Christmas she gave me a sweet angel with the word “Joy” on it.   
She said that I had brought her joy that year and it would be a good word for me to 
concentrate on the next year.  What a sweet, sweet woman.   
Thanks to Facebook, we found each other again just the other day.
I’m sorry to say that I didn’t keep Joy in my heart the whole next year, 
life happens.
But I do try to be joyful in my life every day.     

I think I will focus on JOY in my life for this season and 2014.  
I’ll make a pillow or wall hanging with Joy on it to remind me of 
all the joys that are in my life and to make others feel joy when they are around me.   
Besides my faith, family and friends, sewing has always brought me joy.   
 I started sewing doll clothes when I was still playing with dolls.   

My grandmothers and great grandmothers were all very crafty with sewing and crocheting.    
They blessed me with some of their talents and taught me 
wonderful lessons about sewing and life.   

The Joy of sewing took me through years of craft shows, owning a quilt shop, 
designing patterns & teaching to my current job here at Moda.   

Another friend asked me what my favorite part of working at Moda was and I said 
walking in the front door everyday to a job that brings me great joy.

I hope you have a joyful Christmas and a New Year.

What will your word be for 2014?
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JOY… Fig Tree style

Merry Christmas Everybody!

This is Joanna Figueroa today. I am one half of the Fig Tree team and along with my better half Eric and the Figlets [above in the Christmas card], we make up the core of how and why I do this wonderful and crazy job. Then of course I have all of my fabulous piecers, quilters and office staff to make it all work. I am what Eric sometimes refers to as the “bottleneck” of the business. If I don’t create it, everyone else can’t print it, package it, box it, sell it, buy it and create something beautiful with it! I really can’t imagine having any other job. Really. I feel lucky every day to be where I am.

When I heard about the JOY posts over here at the mothership [what we lovingly like to call MODA whenever we get the chance] I thought to myself… now why didn’t I think of that. To take a break from all the crazy, stressful days, all the shopping, all the everything and write and read stories of JOY. It’s perfect.

For me joy is something that is most often found in the most unexpected places in the most unexpected times. Sometimes, though, I feel like joy is something that I have had to choose in order to find it.

FABRIC JOY
I have to tell you that cutting fabric is one of those unexpected joys for me. What seems like in another lifetime, I used to work in a fabric store and that is where I learned to cut fabric and where I fell in love with it. To this day if I am overwhelmed or just feel like I have been working on the computer for too long, I go and cut bundles. It is almost therapeutic for me. Sewing of course does this too but cutting fabric is one of those tiny unexpected joys in my life.

KID JOY
One of the things that has been bringing me a lot of joy lately is watching the friendship between my youngest who is 9 and my middle who is 13. They are both still so innocent and total goofballs and they play so well together that it makes me stop and watch. Especially in a time when most of their friends are “too cool” for stuff like this, the two of them are concocting silly games to entertain themselves. They clearly enjoy each other and watching them or their goofy expressions brings me a deep joy.

HUBBY JOY
For those of you who know me personally, you will know that I literally could not do any of what I do without my husband Eric. You would also know that despite the fact that we work so closely together, we are quite different from one another and many think it is quite a wonder that we are such good partners. He makes me laugh every day. He makes me crazy too. He makes me breakfast :-). He is my best friend and although there are many days when the fact that we are so different makes us both crazy, he still brings me joy.

CHRISTMAS JOY
Christmas time is one of my absolute favorite times of the year as I am sure it is for so many of you. There is something so wonderful about creating that Christmas feel in my home, it makes it all so much more than decorating. I think my favorite moments are when the kids open up a box of decorations [that they have first complained about having to take out] that they remember from years past and the “do you remember whens….” begin. That brings me joy.
Watching the house lights get turned on each evening and the smell of my favorite apple cider candle, that brings me joy.
Laying by the Christmas tree and reading Christmas stories… even to the teenagers… makes me happy. It brings me joy that they humor me!

GIVING
As others have already said before me, there is unbelievable joy in the giving. We have had some hard family times around the Fig home in the last couple of years and sometimes the only joy that there was to have was the joy of watching others receive. Something that Fig Tree is sponsoring in the year to come, in February to be exact, is a RED & WHITE CHARITY QUILT SHOW for our local children’s hospice home. More on that on my blog later, but i just wanted to throw it out there. MODA and several of the other designers have joined in and are donating goodies and quilts to the auction. Thank you! If you are reading this and have a red and white quilt or would be happy to make one by February, please email me at joanna@figtreequilts.com  We would be so happy to have you join us!

Whether it is this time of the year or any other, what is true for me is that joy happens in the little moments. Some of them are unmistakeable and some of them you have to choose to see.

I hope this season is filled with moments of joy for you. Any kind of joy!

Merry Christmas,  Joanna

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Joyful joyful…

I’m two for two. 

I’m asked if I would do something and my answer is “Sure!  I can do that!” 
Then the panic sets in… uh oh, what have I just agreed to do?  The first time turned out pretty well because it was just a matter of figuring out some buttons on a website, and okay, I had some help with that.  This time… I’m a little worried.  Write about joy…
I looked for inspiration in some of my favorite quotes…
That’s nice but it didn’t apply.  Then I worried that I might be confusing “happiness” with “joy”… are you seeing why this was such a challenge for me?
In the end, it came down to this – what gives me joy are “life” moments, especially those I’ve experienced in the past year or so.  Some are quiet, some are big and noisy – those frequently seem to involve Rosie – and some are unexpected.  Many of those came from you.
When I started Miss Rosie’s Quilt Co., I had a simple goal – to subsidize my quilting hobby.  I never imagined the grand adventure it would take me on – or the opportunities it would bring me.  While I will always treasure the friendships I’ve been fortunate to make along the way, two joys came along that I couldn’t have foreseen, and for which I will be profoundly grateful.
First, it’s you.  Whether in person or via the amazing online community of quilters, I have loved being able to meet so many sweet, kind, funny, caring, generous, wonderful people.  I love the cards, notes, e-mails and pictures you send, and I am honored and deeply touched that you have let me be a part of your life.  That you sometimes choose a Rosie-pattern to make a wedding, graduation or baby gift is humbling… and yes, that brings me joy.    
The second “joy” was my Mom.  Many of you know that I lost my mother a few months ago and while I still get a little sad and miss her, I was truly blessed to be able to take care of her the past few years.  This “job” allowed me to do that, and you helped make that possible.  Being a caregiver was a choice, one I made freely and without regret.  And despite the occasional challenge, there were so many more joyful moments.   We talked, we reminisced and we laughed, especially about some of the indignities of growing old.  Like… why do I have a black hair growing on my ear?!  That’s just wrong.
As it was with my Dad several years ago, it was a gift to be there for my parents at the end of their lives just as they had been there for the beginning of mine.  It reminded me – and my amazing brother – that life goes on… that we all have sadness and sorrow in our lives but it is how we choose to accept it that creates who we are.  Everything in our life is a choice.  While we might not have any choice in what happens to us, how we choose to deal with it, and how we choose to live is.   

You also know about my sweet Rosie.  (That’s her “Carrie is evil for making me wear this thing” expression.)  She too is getting old and her limitations have given her a heartbreakingly sweet vulnerability.  As it was with my Mom, there is so much joy in being able to take care of her and just be there for her. 
   
I am reminded that for all of us – two-legged and four-legged creatures – our spirit is our gift.  To ourselves and to others – and there is joy in knowing that some things don’t change.  Rosie will always be a goof.
As for the rest, let it suffice to say that I have always been well and truly blessed.  I have a brother I adore – he is without a doubt the very best person I know – and dear friends that I know would bail me out of any jail in the middle of the night.  I have “work” that I love… though it always seems odd to call it that.  And I find extraordinary joy in the notion that “life” still holds infinite possibilities.     
What more do I need? 

Nope.  I don’t even need George.

There’s really only one more thing I can think of…

This is Figgy Pudding.  It’s a Schnibble made with a wonderful Christmas collection by Polly and Laurie, Minick and Simpson.

That silly elf pictured above said to tell you that we’ll be giving this away later over on La Vie En Rosie.  It could be at your house by December 24th.  

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