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In their much-anticipated first book, the design duo
behind Fig Tree Quilts unveils a collection of house-themed designs
in their signature style. From city dwellings to country cottages,
you're sure to find a quilted house that makes you feel right at
- Create 14 house-warming projects featuring pieced and applied
- Discover designs that depict romantic villas, hearty homesteads,
- Find an array of colorful quilts to coordinate with your home
Come home to creativity!
About the Authors
When I bought my first small, antique quilt at a garage salea
bubblegum pink "wishbone"-pattern baby quiltI fell
in love with the art of quilting. But when I made my first simple
quilt, I fell in love with the process of quilting itself. After
that I knew there was something about the creation and history of
quilting that spoke to the deepest part of me. It was as if something
inside of me had "clicked.'
For me, quilting is a perfect combination of art and practicality.
As I work, I can be totally creative, engrossed in the aspects of
design, color, and proportion. At the same time, I am aware that
I am being totally utilitarian, knowing that what I create can be
used not only as a piece of art but also as something to keep someone
Vintage quilts and unusual vintage color combinations seem to inspire
most of my designs. I can't seem to go anywhere without seeing patterns
or color combinations for potential quiltsin nature, greeting
cards, wrapping paper, or dishware and pottery.
My favorite quilts utilize a patchwork design that shows off the
fabric and color. I am not drawn to complex designs unless they
truly showcase a fabric combination in a way that another patter
would now. Whether vintage, soft, bold, contemporary, warm and cuddly,
masculine, or romantic, I believe that any feeling can be communicated
through a well-chosen palette of color, pattern, and texture.
In addition to quilting, I enjoy searching for vintage textiles,
antique toys, painted furniture, and ceramicsanything that
seems loved and well used... anything with personality, you might
say. My husband says I have an unnatural love of bowls and painted
chairs! Can you relate?
My husband, Eric, and my three kids (ages two and eight at this
writing) are my inspiration and the core of the Fig Tree team. In
addition to being in charge of production, Eric is truly my right-hand
man when it comes to marketing, bookkeeping, and trade shows.
As a young girl, I grew up with a mom who sewed almost all of my
clothes. My sister grew up sewing and later became a wedding-gown
designer. I focused on the needle arts with my grandmothers. They
both loved crocheting. I loved crocheting, but I also was intrigued
with knitting, tatting, and embroidery. I worked on all of them,
loving them equally and always wanting to learn more. It wasn't
until high school when I took my first hand-quilting class that
I knew I had found my true love!
I quilted off and on through nursing school and into my early years
of motherhood. I was very interested, but could never find the time
to do everything I wanted. One day I went to my local quilt shop,
Thimblecreek, in Walnut Creek, California, and asked if they needed
any help. To my amazement, I got the job. It was a job that has
truly changed my life.
I am often asked how I come up with my ideas. There are so many
responses to that question. Nature, family parties, and personal
events give me a lot of inspiration. Sometimes an idea is generated
by an antique block I've seen or common quilt block that can be
arranged a different way. Id o love traditional quilting and blocks,
and I'm always looking for ways to see "antique" in a
new way. Truly anything is a possibility.
Apart from quilting, I continue to work at a hospital as a diabetic
educator. I also work for another company training people how to
use insulin pumps. I have two daughters, ages 17 and 19, two dogs,
two tortoises, and my boy (that's my husband!), I enjoy traveling,
spending time with family and friends, and knitting and crocheting.
People often ask me if I thought 10 years ago I would be doing what
I am doing now, and I always tell them I am so fortunate to be doing
things I love.
Table of Contents
|The Fig Tree Quilts Story
|Stone House in Summer
|Fig Tree Manor
|Family Villa Sampler
|Faded Homesteads on the Prairie
|Starlit Faded Homesteads
|Main Street in Season
|My Cotswold Cottages
|Maison du Paris Purse
|Lollipops at the Fun House
|Under the Tuscan Sun
|About the Authors