We’re nearly done with our Moda + Aurifil series and feeling a little sad! We’ve had so much fun featuring some of our favorite Moda designers and team members here over the last 2 weeks. We hope that you’re feeling inspired and ready to dive into some fabulous new projects! Today, we present two new collections from Aurifil & Moda designer Joanna Figueroa of Fig Tree & Co. Enjoy!
Joanna Figueroa of Fig Tree & Co. is one of our very favorite designers! She’s got great style, mad design skills, and she’s both super sweet and super professional. Pretty much a dream designer! She has been with Moda since 2000 and has nearly 40 collections under her belt. Her style has been referred to as Fresh Vintage, a term that couldn’t be more perfect. The prints have that classic timelessness that screams of vintage style, but the colors are perfectly modern, fresh, and delightful.
Hazel & Plum is Joanna’s latest line with Moda. It features 40 prints in creams, browns, reds, yelllows, and greens. The prints and the color combos are stunning and Joanna has put together a handful of beautiful new patterns that perfectly highlight it all. She has also partnered with Weeks Dye Works to create a bundle of Wools that coordinate perfectly with the colors in Hazel & Plum. Partner the two and the creative possibilities are endless!
With the release of her two latest thread collections, Joanna now has 5 active collections with Aurifil. We love that she mixes things up… from floss to wool to 50wt, there are so many options with endless project possibilities. We’re thrilled to release these new collections out into the world!
THREAD COLLECTION DETAILS
Hazel & Plum
100% Aurifil Cotton, 10 Small Spools, 50wt (220yds/spool)
2000 – 2130 – 2214 – 2220 – 2277
2460 – 1231 – 2880 – 2930 – 2326
Aurifil Wool, 10 Small Spools, 12wt (54yds/spool)
8326 – 8130 – 8205 – 8212 – 8220
8535 – 8265 – 8142 – 8965 – 8898
To view this info on our website, click on the images above. For purchasing, please contact your local Aurifil Dealer.
Can you tell us a bit about yourself and your background?
I came to fabric design in a very circular route but have always worked with some kind of art form. I was a graphic design minor in college because my parents didn’t think that art was worthy of a major. I like to periodically remind them of that now that it is my career! Instead I took as many art classes as I could get away with, anything from printmaking, to paper-making, to sculpture to ceramics, to photography. You name it and I have probably done it. More recently I have studied fabric and surface design just to better my craft. I am working a lot lately on bettering my computer skills in this arena since I feel like that is where I am weaker. I love some of the tools that the computer offers fabric designers today.
What first drew you to the world of sewing & quilting?
My grandmother was an avid knitter, clothes sewer and did all kinds of handwork when I was growing up. I was the first grandchild in our family and loved to spend time with her more than with anyone else in our family, even my own parents on many occasions! The two of us had a special connection growing up that I can’t quite explain. She was never a quilter as quilting is not a know craft in Poland. But I credit her with the initial inspiration for my desire to sew. I often think of her when I am sewing.
Tell us about Hazel & Plum. What inspired the designs?
Anyone that has followed along on my adventure for very long knows that autumn is hands down my favorite season. So whenever it comes times in my design schedule to work on a true autumn flavored collection, my creative juices flow and I usually over design by a lot. I could probably design 3 autumn flavored collections at once when I’m in that mode. Hazel & Plum is my interpretation of early fall in California. I wish that we had stronger seasons here but I can’t really complain about the weather. When I get an overwhelming need to experience more autumn color, I take a quick drive to Sonoma and I get instant golden hues, beautiful vineyards, crisp air, apple orchards, pumpkin patches and everything that means fall to me! This was my “official description” of the collection… Capturing the essence and colors of autumn in our classic Fig Tree style, this collection uses a few of our all-time favorite fall flavored prints along with new updated colors and fresh prints. Inspired y harvest time in the wine country, pumpkin patches, pomegranates and apple picking at dusk! I can just smell the scents of autumn when I play with these fabrics!”
Do you have a favorite project made with the collection?
I know it’s not nice to have favorites but each time I create a new release, I end up having a favorite. For the quilts we made with Hazel & Plum, I think the Nutmeg Stars 2 quilt [the one on the cover of my Aurifil cotton threads assortment] is hands down my favorite. It’s just such a timeless pattern and showcases the fabric so well… and it has every single one of my favorite colors in it… what’s not to love :-)??
When did you first discover Aurifil threads and what do you love most about them?
I first discovered Aurifil for piecing. I can’t live without my cream #2000 that I use for every single quilt I have pieced in the last 10 years. Once I discovered Aurifil, there was no going back for me! Since then I have fallen in love with the colors, the floss and now the wool threads that I am using to experiment with more stitching. It doesn’t hurt that it works perfectly with my new wool collection!
Can you tell us a bit more about your Wool collection and your coordinating Farmhouse Wools thread collection?
We have partnered with Weeks Dye Works to create our second bundle of yummy Fig Tree flavored wool! We are completely in love with this bundle and couldn’t be more proud of how the colors turned out and how wonderful it all looks together. We just introduced our newest Wool Block of the Month for 2018 featuring this wool bundle and our newest collect for Aurifil, our Farmhouse Wool Thread collection. We are SO looking forward to working with these two products!
FIG TREE & CO WOOL BOM
Fig Tree & Co has just released their new Wool BOM for 2018. These BOMs are wildly popular and such a great way to do some fun sewing throughout the year. If you signup, you get the entire stack of wools throughout the year & the brand new Farmhouse Wools thread collection! Joanna tells us that wool is super easy and forgiving to work with especially if you are new to appliqué. Click here to learn more and check out the announcement — click here to shop.
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To answer some of the wool BOM questions: YES, you get the entire stack throughout the year! YES, you get our brand new wool thread set from Aurifil to use with your wool YES- wool is super easy and forgiving to work with especially if you are new to appliqué YES- this is a completely new design and setting YES- you will fall in love with this project… we promise 😊. #farmhousewools2 #figtreeandco #figtreequilts #aurifil #weeksdyeworks
To enter-to-win either Joanna’s Hazel & Plum thread collection + a bundle of Hazel & Plum by Fig Tree for Moda OR the Farmhouse Wool thread collection + a Wool pattern bundle (patterns release at Fall Quitl Market and will ship in November), click HERE to head to the Rafflecopter entry page, or simply click on the image above. We will select TWO random winners! You do not have to complete all the options to be entered but the more options you choose, the more entries you have! Entries will be accepted from now through 11:59pm Eastern Time on Thursday, October 5! Winner will be randomly selected and announced here on Friday, October 6. Good luck!
RAFFLECOPTER GIVEAWAY ENTRY
In Joanna’s words: I clearly remember creating my little colorful painting “masterpieces” in the backyard when I was 9 years old and then walking around the neighborhood convincing all of our neighbors to buy them. I guess in thinking back, you could say that both art and marketing has been in my blood since I was very young!
When we emigrated to the U.S. from Poland in 1975, my dad had a few thousand dollars in his pocket, a desire to make a better home for his family and a passion for creating a small business. My sister and I grew up working for the family business in one way or another until we moved away from home. Some of the most treasured times I can remember with my dad were spent talking “business talk” whenever we saw him. In the earlier years it was about his business, but as I grew older the conversations always centered around his advice for Fig Tree. Those conversations frame so much of what I do today!
My desire to create something almost always starts with the color. I get kind of weird excited about color! I believe that beautiful color combinations are everywhere if we can just train our eyes to see them. And colors that we see everyday, suddenly look fresh and new when put together into an unexpected grouping. I love that!
My designs, both for fabric & for quilting, always start with the color palette first and the design second. I work with vintage fabric swatches, my flower garden, wrapping paper, children’s illustrations from the early part of the last century, flea market finds, antique quilts, all to start finding colors that speak to me. The palette dictates the designs themselves and slowly a collection or a quilt grows. I call myself a hybrid fabric designer. I like to use many different mediums and techniques to create my designs including vintage fabric inspiration, painting with gouache, computer illustration, line drawings, sketches just to name a few.
To read more of Joanna’s beautiful story, please visit her website here.
[Bio lives on Moda’s blog — thanks Moda!]
MODA + AURIFIL SCHEDULE
Monday, 9/18 — Moda + Aurifil
Tuesday, 9/19 — Moda + Aurifil: The Interviews
Wednesday, 9/20 — Moda + Aurifil: Stacy Iest Hsu
Thursday, 9/21 — Moda + Aurifil: BasicGrey
Friday, 9/22 — Moda + Aurifil: Kate Spain + Brigitte Heitland
Monday, 9/25 — Moda + Aurifil: Interview & Pro Tips
Tuesday, 9/26 — Moda + Aurifil: Pat Sloan + Me & My Sister Designs
Wednesday, 9/27 — Moda + Aurifil: Lynne Hagmeier + Minnick & Simpson
Thursday, 9/28 — Moda + Aurifil: Joanna Figueroa (YOU ARE HERE)
Friday, 9/29 — Moda + Aurifil: Fall Sneak Peeks + Contest/Giveaway!
Thanks for following along & Happy Stitching!