Thursday, March 31, 2011

Pom Pom de Paris by French General + Giveaway

So graceful and elegant, Kaari from French General always seems to hit that mark right on par with her fabric lines.  Pom Pom de Paris is no different and this time she even brought in some new colors to make the line a bit more bright and cheerful. Let's welcome Karri to the 'stage' so we can find out what her new line is all about!




Pom Pom de Paris was a flower that won first place at the first rose exhibition held in Paris in the early 19th century. Our collection of fabric is filled with inspiration from early French gardens filled with roses, leaves, birds and even thorns. Each of the fabric designs were based on early 19th century French rural florals. I love this collection of fabric - it's warm and cheery while still being very typically French rural.



The inspiration behind the colors of Pom Pom de Paris were taken directly from an old French garden behind a 14th century home we often stay at in St. Antonin Noble Val - in the South of France. The bedroom windows all look down onto a beautiful wild garden filled with overgrown rose bushes, lavender, rosemary, dahlias and agapanthus. Soft pinks, yellows, old reds and grassy greens are all a part of the Pom Pom line - welcoming in the Spring garden.

We have designed a wonderful quilt to go along with the Pom Pom line, filled with borders and birds. We are new to the patterns business, but have found some talented artists and sewers to help us design new patterns and exciting projects. I working on some smaller patchwork pillows for our sun room using the linen/cotton fabric as well.




Besides designing fabric for Moda, we are also planning a Woad Workshop featuring master dyer, Denise Lambert, who will be visiting Los Angeles in April to teach a class about the medieval art of dying with the French flower, woad, which rhymes with road. Every summer at our Chateau Getaway, Denise teaches this workshop and everyone leaves with a suitcase filled with the old French blue - or Napoleon Blue - it is a magical day. For more information or to sign up for the workshop, visit us at Frenchgeneral.com. To view images click here.

-Kaari

And what do you know-- we have another giveaway! Kaari was kind enough to donate a Pom Pom de Paris pattern and fat quarter bundle! To enter leave a comment on this post telling me the most interesting fact you learned from Kaari about Pom Pom de Paris.  You have until Apil 7th to enter. 


Good luck!

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Molly said...

I loved learning about the garden in France where the color inspirations came from! Thanks for the giveaway!

Robyn *Ü* said...

I didn't know that the name came from a French flower. I've also never heard of woad so this was really educational. Thanks!

Quiltjane said...

The Pom Pom de Paris was a flower that won first place at the first rose exhibition held in Paris in the early 19th century - Wow, the small things that give us such inspiration. I am a big fan of French General and would love the fabric. Thank you for the giveaway.

CaraQuilts said...

I think the fact that she researches her history so well and is willing to go outside of her normal time period, which few historians like to do.
I just adore the way she melds the different feels, looks and periods together in a way that really feeds the fabric such life.

WoolenSails said...

Love the colors in this line, it is like stepping into a french garden. I love the fact that she designed the line around an actual garden where they stay in the South of France. I can just imagine designing a bedroom around the colors and theme.

Debbie

krisgray said...

As a gardener, my ears perked up at it being the name of a 1st place rose at the first rose exhibition. Then, the woad workshop sounds wonderful!

JCnNC said...

I loved hearing about the inspiration behind the fabric line. Very generous giveaway and opportunity. Please include me. Judy C

Cathi said...

I had no idea there was a flower named Pom Pom de Paris that had won first place at an exhibition. Love the fact the colours are based on that garden Kaari overlooks when staying in France. It must be a magical place!

Rachel said...

I did not previously know that Pom Pom de Paris was the name of a flower. How cute!

Love this fabric...and anything French!

Cyndi loves to stitch said...

I also had no idea that Pom Pom De Paris was the name of an award winning rose. It is a beautiful line of fabrics and great quilt pattern. Would love to see it in the Napoleon blues and soft yellows too!! Thank You for the chance to win. Cyndi

Donna said...

I especially enjoyed reading about the real garden that inspired the fabric collection. The colors are beautiful.

Monica said...

I love how she describes her inspiration for Pom Pom de Pariscan almost see out the window to the wild garden.

Janet said...

The colours were taken from an old french garden behind a 14 th century home. That is very cool inspiration!

Six impossible things before breakfast said...

I liked hearing about the colourway and it's inspiration.

Kathy@mishmashmom said...

I thought it was interesting that so much research went into designing the fabric. Each detail of the flowers and garden {even the thorns!} are carefully considered.

Anonymous said...

I had no idea that Pom pom de Paris was a rose ! What a fitting name for the fabric line .
Dora Dis

Sandie ~call me crazy said...

Wow to stay in the south of France and look down on an old garden to get color inspiration is fantastic! And I didn't know a woad was a flower used in dying. Very interesting! Thanks for the fun!

miss tiffany renee said...

I love it that she says "each of the fabric designs were based on early 19th century French rural florals." How great of a garden would that make...hmmm, might be an idea!

Perry said...

Kaari seems to find inspiration in everything from reading about her. This collection was inspired by 19th century French rural florals. They are just beautiful. Also wish I could attend her Woad Workshop in Los Angels. Thanks for the chance to win this collection. It is stunning!

Brenda said...

I love how she knows the history of the florals she uses in her line!

Melissa @ Happy Quilting said...

I didn't even know that there was a rose expedition. That is cool!!

Sarah Gough said...

How cool to learn about the inspiration behind the design - it's amazing where inspiration can flow from, I never thought before about how a collection was named!

Jessica said...

How the designs are based on southern France, and how she was inspired by staying there! Thanks for the great giveaway, love the fabric!

jennifer said...

Well all of it was news to me. Beautiful line.

Beth said...

I learned that she's lucky enough to go stay in the south of France!

Thanks for the giveaway!

Bailey said...

It's always fun to hear about the inspiration behind different lines and how wonderful that it has a personal meaning reminiscent of her stay in St. Antonin Noble Val.

Quiltin' Sandy said...

Well, Here I am, looking directly at my favourite framed print- Monet's "Le Jardin De L'Artiste". :) I lOVE gardens and was so interested to read about Kaari's inspiration for this new design. I did not know that Pom Pom De Paris was an actual flower. I love this gorgeous range. Thanks for the chance to win, not only the fabric but the lovely pattern as well!! :) Sandy.

Patty D from NC said...

I like the idea that the colors came from a garden will all that history. Very cool. Beautiful fabric.

Cassie said...

Talking about woad briefly here tweaked my interests, especially the leaving to go home with suitcases full of blue fabric... I love love love blue. Haven't ever heard of Woad before, will have to look it up and read more on it!

momma said...

I really enjoy reading the inspiration stories from all the designers. It's great to be able to put an accurate time and location on the colours used, France is such a great and stylish place to visit.

Sonia B said...

Love that pom pom de paris is the name of a rose. Love the colors of this line. Thanks for the chance!

stephanie said...

the most interesting fact that i learned was that the inspiration for the line came directly from that lovely home in the south of france! Very exciting!

Joy said...

I enjoyed learning about the Woad Workshop. I wish I could go!

Jill said...

Hi, I love all French Generals fabrics and it was lovely to learn that all story lines come from inspirations in nature. How lovely to be so inspired.

Fran Kingston Dill said...

Can I just say, Love, Love anything French General xoxox

Sherryl said...

I love that the inspiration for these prints came from an actual garden that Karri is personally familiar with. Gorgeous colors!
sunshdws@yahoo.com

Strlady said...

What a treat to learn where this gorgeous line came from. I knew very little of the gardens in France but I felt I was there basking in all that color. I loved that there is a flower called Pom Pom. Thanks for sharing the interesting tidbits!

Becky said...

I love the name Pom Pom de Paris. It's fun to say. It just rolls off my tongue. I was surprised to learn that it was an actual name of a flower that won the first Parisian Rose show. Also, it was interesting to learn that the actual colors were inspired from a garden in the south of France. Love French General fabrics!

Miz H. said...

I love that the gardens featured the thorns as well as the roses. What a beautiful line of fabric!

Q said...

the most interesting thing for me (even though most of it was!) is that the colour palette is based on an actual garden, as well as being a good tidbit I think it also adds to the appeal of the entire range now!

Thanks for the opportunity to win the bundle.

Tanya said...

I loved how factual it the line is. The color inspiration coming from a garden? That is awesome!

Quilt Hollow said...

The folks who get to attend the Chateau Getaway are so lucky! Sounds devine! I had no idea why this fabric line was named as it was and now know about the flower! Creative thought all the way around!

Judy said...

It was the first winner in the first rose festival. That is remarkable. The rose us my favorite flower. I would be so thankful to win this. I would like a quilt for my bed. Thank you Fat Quarter Shop.

Goosegirl said...

The colors came from the garden that Kaari overlooks in the bedroom where she stays in France. OH MY!! I am green with envy but so grateful that she is sharing the inspiration. Beautiful fabrics. Thank you so much.

Deb G. in VA said...

I think it is interesting to learn where the name of the fabric comes from. Who would have guessed Pom Pom de Paris was the name of a rose! Beautiful colors!

Jen said...

I never knew that Pom Pom de Paris was actually a flower. I have some wonderful memories of a study abroad program in Arcachon and Bordeaux, France. It's wonderful to hear that the color inspirations came from a garden in the south of France. This fabric is so beautiful and really does remind me of the that summer.

Dee said...

It's interesting to hear why a designer picks the colors they do and that this one is for the garden you see behind a fourteenth century house. Wow! I've never been in anything that old and with that much history.

Shiree said...

oh Kaari has such a fascinating life and history, so cosmopolitian in lifestyle!! She is a great lover of colour, and a very passionate and inspiring designer,recently I learned that she is also an avid vintage glass bead collector!!

Stacey said...

I have never heard of the name, or the history behind it. history was not my best subject, very pretty fabric, love the colors.
thanks
stacey

Greenville Coupon Clippers said...

Pom Pom seems like such a modern word, had no idea it was such an old one! Love the colors!

Jenny said...

"was a flower that won first place at the first rose exhibition held in Paris in the early 19th century". who knew?? i love history...so hearing more of the inspiration and history of this fabric makes me love it even more!

Doodlebug Gail said...

That "Pom Pom De Paris" was the name of an older rose - how interesting and unusual because Pom Pom doesn't really sound like an old name. Of course I had to google it (Pompom De Paris Rose)- what a pretty rose it is.

Christine M said...

That she gets to stay at and 14th Century home in the South of France. I can't imagine staying in a house that old. We're only just over 200 years old here in Australia!

Dianne said...

cool to know about the flower contest. but Kaari is such an amazing teacher...teaching us without even us realizing it half the time!

DebrafromMD said...

How neat that a medieval dying technique is still being taught today! The fabrics in this collection are beautiful and appropriately named for the lovely prize winning rose.

Shelley said...

it was very interesting hearing about Kaari's inspiration for the new Pom Pom de Paris line. i can just picture the old French garden!I've always loved old gardens!

Megan said...

I always love to hear how designers name their collections - that's probably my favorite part of this story.

Stitched With Prayer said...

I was completely surprised that the name of the new collection Pom Pom de Paris was actually the name of an award winning flower. I also loved the fact that she took her color inspiration from a garden behind a 14th century home in the South of France. How would it be to waken every morning and look out your bedroom window to the view of a beautiful garden like that. OH...Heavenly!!! Thanks so much for sharing the details of this design. It is really beautiful and I adore the butterflies in the prints too. Thanks also for a chance to have some of this beautiful fabric.

Jo in TAS said...

Wow, who'd have thought it was the name of a rose! Gorgeous!!

Quilter in the Gap said...

Like many others, I had no idea it was the actual name of a flower.

robin said...

I learned this line is named after a rose that won first place at exhibition in Paris in the early 1800's. Cool! :) And thanks for the giveaway chance!

Carol said...

I like where they got the inspiration for the colors. I would love to see such a beautiful garden. The name of the flower which gave inspiration for the fabric line name is interesting too.

deborah said...

That the rose was the first to win in the first rose show! Beautiful fabrics!

Deb said...

I had no idea that they had rose exhibitions that long ago. The colors are beautiful.

Barb said...

I often wonder where the names for collections come from, so learning that Pom Pom de Paris is the name of a real flower was a treat.

Nicole said...

The garden where they got their color inspiration sounds beautiful. I'd love to see pictures of it.

Ned's Place said...

I learnt that the colors of Pom Pom de Paris were taken directly from an old French garden behind a 14th century home that she stays at in South of France and I love every range that Kaari's designed for moda and that they can all be mixed with each other.

Ginger said...

Beautiful fabric! I did not know that this flower won first place. Interesting.

ginger c at gmail dot com

Barbara C said...

It was interesting to learn that Pom Pom de Paris was a rose and that woad is a blue dye.

Lee Ann said...

I found it interesting that this fabric line was based on history. I never knew Pom Pom de Paris was a flower that won in an exhibition!

Loris said...

I love learning about the inspiration of fabric...particularly this beautiful line of fabric. A french garden would be lovely to see in person. Thanks for the chance to win some of this beautiful line.

Anita said...

What a nice story about the inspiration for the fabric and naming the collection after the first rose competition winner. Makes me want to visit France!

Carol in E TN said...

I love the research and history about the Pom Pom Roses. Beautiful fabric. Thanks for the giveaway.

Needled Mom said...

The most interesting thing is that I want to SEE those gardens if the fabric is any indication of the beauty of them.

Kate R said...

Not so much a fact, but I love picturing the garden in the south of France which inspired the colors :) My husband is French and I love visiting his family there and looking at the beauty of the colors and history there!

Karen said...

I had wondered about the name and now I know! I love that she takes the time to tie in the name of the line with the motifs. The fabric colours are beautiful!

Cameron H said...

I'm always amazed to hear about places that date back so early -- a 14th century home, wow!

Marianne said...

I absolutely love this fabric line! I had no idea the name comes from a flower that won first place at a rose exhibition. Just beautiful.

Carol Jordan said...

I love working with jelly rolls and have just finished a great quilt. I am ready to start a quilt using chisel templates. These fabrics would make me very happy.

Mouster1 said...

Thanks for this terrific giveaway! I enjoyed hearing where the inspiration for the color came from.

Louisa said...

There's history in that fabric motif! - Thanks -

A Plain Path said...

Beautiful fabric and I loved learning the origin of their name. Charming!!

What a wonderful giveaway...many thanks for a chance to win!

Densews said...

Loved her description of the lovely french garden. Also that it was named after a real rose. Fabric is really beautiful

Harriet said...

Love the fabric. She did an amazing job of learning about her design first love it. Roses are beautiful.

Gretchen said...

I love the name of the French General fabric lines since the first one (Rouenneries--which was hard to learn to say correctly!). Pom Pom de Paris is also taken from early 19th century France; this time a first place winning rose. Not only does Kaari design the most beautiful fabrics but teaches a little French history too.

SheilaS said...

I loved the colors of the fabric taken from the French gardens. How beautiful!

Janet said...

Pom Pom de Paris is an actual flower name. I thought it was just a bright clever name for the fabric. Thanks for a chance to win.

Megan said...

I also was surprised to learn that Pom Pom de Paris was a name of an actual flower. I too thought it was just a cute french phrase for a fabric line. This is a beautiful collection and lucky is the person who wins it. Thanks for a wonderful giveaway.

All8 said...

I love the fact that the flowers themselves lent their colors to the color way. As a gardener, that inspires me.

Thanks for the opportunity.

Tiffaney said...

It was very interesting to learn the origin of the name. I would have never guessed it was an award winning rose.

nngirl said...

I love learning new french words from her! This line is beautiful and I've already made one quilt featuring the toile print! Now I'm working on a larger quilt with the same basic design. Thanks for the lovely fabric!

Beth said...

I love that she was inspired by a real French garden! Beautiful fabric!

Anonymous said...

I love that the collection was inspired by a French garden, I would love to go there. How very poetic, just perfect for a collection named after a rose.
Katie
knygh[at]hotmail[dot]com

Debra said...

I did not know that Pom Pom de Paris was an actual flower name. It is such beautiful fabric!

Joanna said...

I like where the colors came from. it must be a beautiful garden.

The Vegetarian Hunter said...

The most interesting thing I learned is that the South of France is warm enough to have wild Dahlias! We have to dig them up and store inside to keep them going here. I also learned of a plant called agapanthus which I must now google to see what that is!
Thanks for the chance to win such beautiful fabric!
Cheers,
Carolyn

Beth said...

I love the concept of the woad workshop...what a fun idea. I never knew there was something like that. Love the pinks and yellows...so very happy!!

Susan said...

I love the idea of all the bedrooms looking down on the garden - how relaxing! Love those pinks and yellows!

ladybug said...

I didn't know that the name came from a French flower.... and a rose, no less! Thanks for the info! Hope I have a chance to play with these beautiful fabrics!

Chef Mama Lori said...

I love that these were inspired by an actual garden in the South of France. I'd LOVE to see the real flowers. The fabric is gorgeous! I'd LOVE to have the collection!

Sel's Quilting Blog said...

I didn't know they had woad workshops! Now I'm intrigued by the idea of woad-dyed fabrics.

But the Pom Pom de Paris line looks beautiful - traditional and elegant!

Cassandra {Sleeping or Sewing} said...

I love where the inspiration took place, at a garden where they stayed. It's wonderful how some trips just linger with you.

Lisa said...

Kaari's attention to detail is wonderful. I love that Pom Pom de Paris is the name of the flower that won first place in the rose exhibition, that the colors were inspired by the garden and the designs based on French rural florals from the early 19th century. It's fascinating to me to learn about the fabric design process and what inspires her to create the resulting line of fabric. Thanks!

Wilma said...

Learning about French culture is always interesting, even if it is about a flower! Very interesting history & nature lesson! I just LOVE southern France, so these floral tidbits have just added to my love of France.

Thanks for the giveaway!

Deb said...

I already have a quilt in mind for this fabric! It is beautiful!!!

Ellen said...

I love to read and learn about the history and where Kaari gets her inspiration.
Thanks for the giveaway!

Andee said...

Enjoyed learning about where the inspiration came from!

passingdowncrazy said...

I now know the history of the Pom Pom de Paris rose. Maybe I can finally tell my dad something he doesn't know about roses. I doubt it though!

Deb said...

I love hearing where designers get their inspiration from. So interesting to hear it was after a French garden

quiltmom said...

I enjoyed reading about the inspiration for the design and about the early French rose. The fabric is really pretty- such great colors. Thanks for the chance to enter such a nice giveaway.
Regards from Western Canada,
Anna

Ineke Platvoet said...

What a wonderful line of fabrics.
I did not know that Pom Pom was a rose and I love roses. Would be a great idea to fid out whether this rose is still on the market, so I could buy one to plant in my garden.
Have a great day
Ineke

Eileen said...

I learned many interesting facts! My favorite is the inspiration behind the colors of Pom Pom de Paris! Just reading that makes me feel as though I'm right there looking at the garden! The other thing I learned is that I've been living under a rock...French General has a shop *this close* to me and I didn't know this... and I'm in love with French blue and had no idea it was 'woad'! That was fun to learn!

liberal sprinkles said...

the fact that it's the name of an award-wining flower! Also loved reading about the inspiration behind the collection. Thanks for the chance!

Uzi said...

It's interesting to know the origin of the name given to this collection - the fact the name was for the winning rose. Thanks for sharing this!

Sunnybec said...

I have a layer cake in Pom pom du Paris so a fat quarter bundle would go with it very nicely! I was surprised to learn there was an actual flower called Pom Pom due Paris. Thanks for the giveaway.

wendy111 said...

I can almost see that wild garden that gave the inspiration for the colours for this collection. I love a slightly wild garden (or is that just my gardening style). So pretty

Wendy

knottykitty said...

SO love this fabric line! I enjoyed hearing about where the inspiration comes from, and especially the name. Who would know that Pom Pom de Paris was a prize-winning flower in the early 19th century? Love learning little tidbits of history. :)

Kat said...

I now know that the name 'Pom Pom de Paris' belongs to a winning flower.

The fabric collection is so beautiful and very tasteful. I would love to win this bundle!! Thanks for this chance ! :)

greetings
Kat

Jennifer Joshua said...

I never knew that even thorns could be inspirations...I really loved that!!!! Love to win the giveaway....

Peach Rainbow said...

It was interesting to learn that Pom Pom de Paris was a flower that won first place at the first rose exhibition held in Paris in the early 19th century :D

Susanne said...

It's great that it was inspired by a real place. This gives the fabric a personality :)
Bye
Susanne

Thelma said...

I found it interesting that the colors came from an old French Garden, I just figured Kaari was tired of all the red tones in her previous lines and thought she would change it up by adding yellow......I like Kaari's version so much better than mine!

Thanks for the opportunity!

Annaleena said...

It was nice to read all this background information about Pom Pom de Paris fabric collection. I'm wondering if there is still somewhere in France a garden where this Pom Pom de Paris rose grows? How would it look and smell? Hmm...

Diane H said...

Wonderful to learn that Pom Pom de Paris is an actual flower name - you can't get any romantic sounding than that! Thanks so much.

SewSuzie said...

I love that I have learnt that Pom Pom de Paris is a flower - such a frivolous name.

Vicki said...

I loved learning that your inspiration is a real garden in the South of France! And also about the origin of the name, Pom Pom de Paris, for this line. Thanks so much for the generous giveaway!

Bronwyn said...

What a beautiful way to design fabric, be inspired by a french garden. Thankyou for telling us the story behind this very pretty fabric. I was interrested in the fabric dying and the Woad flower sounds facinating.

D y a said...

oh, sigh, such a lovely fablic, I already 'fondled' some in my LQS.
I love learning about the story 'behind' the fabric, esp. when it involves history. I didn't even know there was a real flower/rose called PomPom.
Thank you so much for a chance to winn. For now I'l play with my Rouenneries LOL.

piece peace said...

I had no idea that pom Pom de Paris was the name of a rose. So interesting!

Judi said...

Love France. I was in Monet's garden last spring and saw the most incredible flowers, trees and designs. I'd love to make this quilt from Pom Pom de Paris as a remembrance of that trip.

Kasey said...

It's a prize-winning rose name??? AWESOME! I adore roses, and get to start a rose garden this year! I'm going to have to see if I can find it, or anything similar. Thanks for the giveaway chance!

Nano Mo and Steph said...

Love it! I love how she was inspired by the French garden. It certainly is beautiful!

supermom said...

For me the most interesting fact I learned was that the inspiration for the fabric line came from a garden behind a place they often stay at. I could just picture that garden in my mind.

Liz said...

It's just beautiful. Very cool that it's named after a prize winning rose! liz.taylor24@yahoo.com

CARMEN said...

Funny that the designer explain to us what his original inspiration.

Mama Spark said...

I loved learning about the actual flower and then her description of the garden made me want to get on a plane and go there and see it for myself!!

Deb said...

Beautiful fabric and love the fact that it's named after a rose. Thanks!

Kwilt Noob said...

I just thought Pom Pom de Paris was a cute name for fabric. I had no idea that it was actually a rose. I just love this fun, sophisticated fabric. The hits keep coming from French General!

Abbybeth said...

I love that Kaari said the designs included not only the florals, but the occaisional thorn. Poignant, but beautiful reminder that life isn't always perfect and there will be the rough point from time to time, but it all comes together to be part of a bigger picture!

Suzanne said...

I love this fabric -- it reminds me of when I was in France a few years ago.

KatieQ said...

I have to admit when I first saw pictures of the new fabric line, I thought Pom Pom de Paris was just a cute name. I had no clue that it was named after an actual flower at the first rose show. That is really cool.

When I was in high school, I was taught by an order of nuns that was founded in France. I remember one of the sisters telling us that their original habit was made of the same fabric as the French peasants wore and it was dyed with woad. I would love to take a class and learn how to do it.

Dee said...

such a beautiful line, as always. I find it interesting that you are getting into the patter side of the business. Of course, French General is always beautiful sitting prettily on display to be petted.:)Dee

Suzanne said...

I forgot to say that I was interested to find out that so many of the flowers were from the 19th century and that they are still around in St. Antonin Noble Val!

Jill said...

I thought it was interesting that the flower won first place in a rose exhibition, early 19th century. What a great inspiration for a fabric line!

Grandmasewnsew said...

Beautiful fabric. I loved learning that the fabric designs were based on early 19th century French rural florals.

Catherine Z. said...

Greetings from Northern Saskatchewan CANADA! Wow - another beautiful line from French General! How do they do it? I would love to go on one of their retreats! The Woad Workshop sounds fantastic! Thanks for sharing such a great story about this line!
Catheirne

Kristen said...

I never would have guessed that a flower called Pom Pom de Paris would be a rose rather than a chrysanthemum or even dahlia. Thanks for sharing and the opportunity to win!

Nancy said...

I learned several things-you have an annual Chateau Getaway, which sounds wonderful! Also learned about the Woad Workshop on fabric dying with the woad flower-that would be fascinating!! Love French General fabrics, thanks for the giveaway!

BillieBee (billiemick) said...

I have this fabric on my dream list. It's interesting to know the inspiration came from a French garden.

Kristin S said...

I love the description of the garden with roses and lavender! Sounds beautiful!

Bree's place. said...

I love French General and this line! I learned that the name of the line was from an award winning flower, I love the description of the garden which was inspiration, sounds so beautiful!

Mary said...

This is a beautiful line of fabric. Yet another from French General. I love the idea of old French gardens. How inspiring for them! Thank you for the opportunity to win.
Mary

free indeed said...

We'd never know the research that goes into a fabric line unless we are told. Basing this line on a cottage garden in the south of France adds to the romantic useability of the fabric.

Lizzie said...

Learning the words Pom Pom de Paris and Woad made my day! I love words and I love Pink (the rose, yellow and cream are awesome too) -- beautiful fabric again Kaari!

aztel2000 said...

I love that the inspiration was from a French garden and the name from a winning rose--love it!!!
Karen in Breezy Point

JayTee said...

The colors were from a French garden at a 14th century home. I love her colors

Marcia said...

What a beautiful story, I also didn't know that the Pom Pom de Paris was famous!
Thank you for the chance at the giveaway!

Michelle said...

Love the colors and that the inspiration was from a French Garden. Would love to win!

nancyb said...

I am like most everyone else. I had no idea that Pom Pom de Paris was the name of a prize winning rose. And I also did not know that woad was also a flower.
This is a lovely fabric line and I would love to have a chance at winning

Cecilia said...

I didn't know that the Pom Pom de Paris was the name of a flower. Beautiful colors. Thanks for the giveaway.

Leila said...

I didn't know that they got to do hands on dyeing at the retreat. How fun would that be?!?

Also good to know the line wasn't named after the Paris Cheerleaders. :)

rita in alaska said...

i didn't know flowers were used for dying back then; roots, leaves, yes, but blossoms?

Melanie said...

I have been hearing alot about Pom Pom de PAris on the various blogs that I read. I simply believed that the title had been choosen because it was fun. That Pom Pom de Paris is the name of an actual rose & that the fabrics were inspired by an actual garden makes the fabric line even MORE appealing to me than it was originally. Hats off to Kaari!

cakegirl said...

I was surprised to learn that Pom Pom de Paris is the actual name of a real flower. I thought it was a name that Kaari made up for this line.

Anonymous said...

I was fascinated to learn that Pom Pom de Paris was the name of a rose in 19th century France which inspired Kaari to name this collection.

Cindy

cbnovick@hotmail.com

bountiful quilter said...

I have been anxiously awaiting this line, and I love the inspiration for it. Thanks for the chance to win.

Keep Stitchin' said...

That your inspiration came from an actual French garden.
I love the colors, and the 'softness' of the design!

Kristy said...

Love that the prints and colors are inspired by a real place that is personal to her! :)
Thanks for the fun!

Heather said...

I did not know that the Pom Pom de Paris was a flower. I find that fascinating. I will have to do some searching to find out what it looks like.

Stray Stitches said...

I thought is was interesting that the inspiration behind the colors of Pom Pom de Paris were taken directly from an old French garden behind a 14th century home. Thanks for the opportunity to enter this wonderful giveaway.

Anonymous said...

I learned that pom pom de paris was a flower that won first place at the first rose exhibition held in Paris in the early 19th century.

Shawn in Michigan

Heidi said...

I didn't know this line was inspired by a rose exhibition. Makes perfect sense! Everything French General does is exquisite!

sally said...

I'm new to the quilting world. Last year I was too late to aquir the generals fabrics for their chosen pattern. I am delighted to learn that the fabrics and colors are derived from the actual French
country side.

Sally
sallyschocolates@aol.com

Kigwit said...

Gosh I wish I could go to the workshop! I clicked over to look at the pictures-look at those blues.

"Oh, woad is me! I'm so blue I could dye!"

Anonymous said...

Gardens are such inspirations but not everyone will have the opportunity to visit one in the South of France so she is bringing it to us in her fabrics. I think this is a beautiful line and thanks to all who make a great pattern and this fabric available for everyone to have a chance to win some for their use. This is definitely one I will adding to my stash. linda@lynchburg.net

Sacred Threads said...

Let's hear it for and from gardeners. Gardens and history combined make for a winning combination.

Merete said...

Didnt know Pom Pom de Paris was a rose, that even won an exhibition! I love roses and love their histories :o)

Peggy said...

I love the story about the garden being the color inspiration. The fact that it is old and overgrown congurs up a special kind of beauty...maybe something you can only find in France...thank you

Mommarock said...

I think it is wonderful that she took this fabric and its colors from a flower garden from her youth. Her love for that garden shows in it's beauty.

MaruJane said...

There is opposition in all things. I love this beautiful fabric but am intrigued by the fact that you included the rose thorns too!

Helen said...

I wondered how Kaari got the name for the fabric line and now I know. It's a lovely line. I'm always a sucker for pink, cream, and red. The yellow is a nice touch.

becky said...

I Love French Gerneral! Thank you for the History on how they designed the new line. I dabble is gardening and found the info on the pom pom de paris and the woad interesting. I can just picture the beautiful french gardens. I would love to create the quilt pattern by using the fat quarters for the giveaway. I would love to join the workshop to improve my technique on learning to dye. I have played a little but have much to learn. becky

Kay said...

It is interesting that a winning rose was the inspiration for this fabric. I love the colors, especially the soft yellow mixed in with the red & can't wait to get some of this.

James-Linda said...

SO NEAT! I LIKED LEARNING ABOUT THE INSPIRATION FROM A FRENCH GARDEN! SUCH BEAUTIFUL FABRICS!
THANKS FOR SHARING!

jldouglas@wispwest.net

gill said...

I love the idea of the bedroom windows overlooking an old garden

Pepe said...

I like when ispirationd come from the world, not only from a mind! It's so true...

Becky S. said...

I love that the fabric is named after a prize winning flower. Thanks for the chance to win.

Julie said...

The most interesting thing I learned was that Pom Pom de Paris is a real flower!

Anne S. said...

I love learning how about the name of the fabric came to be - after a prize winning flower!

This fabric line is just gorgeous! I already picked up a charm pack of this line at my local shop yesterday - just becuase I had to have it! This may be my favorite line yet.

Thanks for the chance to win. I could really do something spectacular Even though I am new at quilting this fabric would make even the simplest of quilts just stunning!

Mary on Lake Pulaski said...

I was wondering about this and after reading your blog, I learned that this line of fabric was name after a flower that won first place at the first rose exhibition held in Paris in the early 19th century!

Carrie P. said...

I thought it was so neat that she got her inspiration from the garden.
I love the toile bird fabric.

skinny52 said...

Just thinking about a rose exhibition in the 1800's captured my imagination...

Kate said...

How very romantic to take a pattern from a 14th century home's garden. The rose setting is so pretty. Your deadline is on my birthday April 7th!
KathrynSabel loves this blog

tellad said...

I can't think of anything more beautiful than the inspiration of French gardens, and utilizing them for fabric. How beautiful they must have been and the time spent to make them so because this line of fabric is gorgeous!

Marcia W. said...

Learned today that Pom Pom de Paris is the name of an award winning rose from so long ago. Thanks for the giveaway of such beautiful French General fabrics.

Carolyn in Kentucky said...

I loved reading about the natural dying from flowers. I adore all the French General fabrics.

my happy bluebird said...

I love the way "woad blue" sounds -- and now I know a bit of history about it too. I thought it was just a "fancy" word! Thanks for enlightening me. I would love to be able to make this pattern with these beautiful fabrics!

Jansie said...

Gah! This is my absolute favorite line of the season!! I found it extremely interesting to know that the inspiration for the line came from an actual place. Very cool! Would absolute love to win this. Thank you so much for the chance!

Carol said...

The most interesting fact is that the inspiration was a garden from a 14th century home. In North America an old home is 100 years old - not several hundred. Fascinating!

Tiffany Sherman said...

Interesting fact... they stay in a 14th century house in the south of France... Nice!

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