Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Designer Tidbits: French General + Giveaway!


The Fat Quarter Shop is excited to welcome Kaari Meng of French General to the Jolly Jabber. Kaari’s latest fabric collection is Panier de Fleurs by Moda Fabrics.





Q: What was the first seed that grew into the Panier de Fleurs collection?
A: My inspiration for Panier de Fleurs was the basket of fresh flowers I always see at the farmer's markets in the South of France. Every summer we take a group of women to France to learn how to live like rural French women - and heading out to the farmer's market's is always one of the highlights of the week. The piles of fresh lavender, sunflowers and roses always inspires me and makes me think about new design ideas.




Q: If your collection had a soundtrack what would be on the list?
A: Panier de Fleurs soundtrack would have to be all about the accordion that is played in the little French cafés. The cafés fill up with farmers and merchants after the market - everyone sits around and has a café creme or a glass of cognac.
Here is what it sounds like

Q: What single print/SKU in the collection is your favorite (can only pick one!)?
A: As always, I love the red and grey prints the best. My favorite print from Panier de Fleurs is 13590 - inspired from an 19th century French textile. It's a rural, elegant print that fits perfectly into my idea of a French country house.




Q: What is your favorite project you have made using this collection?
A: I have three favorite projects from Panier de Fleurs: a basket applique quilt designed by Penny Tucker - pattern available at www.frenchgeneral.com;




a pair of patchwork pillows with a bit of embroidery;





and our prize ribbons which was featuring on my blog, September 29th, during Moda's Country Fair Blog Hop.




Q: What is your favorite part of working in the fabric industry?
A: I have many favorites about the fabric industry - but I think my absolute favorite part are the people who work in this industry. I have really enjoyed getting to know so many inspiring designers and merchants - and everyone truly enjoys what they do. I think it is a real tribute to the quilting industry to have so many passionate people involved.

My second favorite part of the fabric industry is receiving my collection from Moda (early!) - when UPS pulls up and drops off a box of fabric - my stomach gets all nervous and my heart starts beating a bit faster. I can finally sit back and enjoy the whole collection.

Q: Can you give us a sneak-peek of your next fabric collection?
A: My next fabric collection is a return to the past! We are reprinting our very first collection, Rouenneries with some of the best prints - as well as a few new, fresh prints, to make up Rouenneries Deux. I am really excited about this collection coming out again - the juicy reds, pale reds, soft greys and faded hemp colors make this one of our best selling collections - and it fits into my house perfectly!




Q: What is your absolute favorite thing in your house?
A: My favorite item in my house would have to be my daughter - does that count? Sofia brightens my day and inspires me to continue creating something new everyday. My second favorite items would have to be paintings I found in New York City fifteen years ago. The landscape is painted by Joseph Fiore, a listed artist from Black Mountain College.

Q: Which project stands out in your memory as your all-time favorite?
A: One of my all time favorite projects has to be the scrap boards I make using all of the scraps I find on the floor - tiny little pieces that I just don't have the heart to throw away - so I sew them onto a piece of burlap and save them to remind me of all of the little beauties that I have used in projects - or for inspiration while designing fabric.




Q: Where do you do your best thinking? Can we see a photo of your studio?
A: I have many different places I like to work - and each gives me different inspiration. French General is filled with all of the old beads, trims and paper that I use for creating kits. Our garage at home has been converted into a studio and sewing place for me - the shelves are stacked high with all of the antique fabric I use to design our collection for Moda. And finally, my desk in the house is always piled high with a new project or two. I suppose each space allows me to create in a different way - so I probably do my best thinking whenever I am in one of these creative spaces.




Q: What is your one guilty pleasure in life?
A: I am sure that I have more than one - but one guilty pleasure that I know I am guilty of is going to the shop and NOT working - just letting myself be in a creative space - hoping that I can soak in the energy and then maybe the creativity will flow! I also love a glass of Lillet any time of the day - and sometimes, that too, helps my creativity!




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And now, Kaari has generously donated a Panier De Fleurs Jelly Roll to one lucky winner! 
Leave a comment on this blog post telling me what you love most about France or that is French for the chance to win.
You have one week to enter from the post date.  
Good luck!


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Quilt Hollow said...

France...Hmmmm....been there a few times due to husband's military career allowing us to live in neighboring Germany. The best to me....pastries!

Mimi said...

My mother was raised in France and one summer my brother and I went for a holiday to France with her. I was 10 years old and can clearly remember getting off the ferry at Callais to have my first 'baguette with pate' from a street vendor...mmmmmmmm delish!!

Sharon Tries to Quilt said...

Ooo la la. Things I love about France and french things. Love of nature and the outdoors. And butter and sauces. It took eating at a real french restaurant to understand why people put sauces on their food.

Robin C said...

Well, what I love about France is that old world charm, the outdoor markets, baskets of flowers by the doors and the colors!

Also, French General is one of my all time favorite designers. They pick this the perfect colors.

Donna said...

I am really looking forward to getting my hands on some Rouenneries Deux. It's lovely. One of my favorite things from France is the beautiful song "La Vie en Rose" - whenever I hear it, I think of a romantic Paris cafe with little tables along the sidewalk, a platter of great cheese and a baguette, and of course someone special to share it with.

Jen@thecraftingfiend said...

I love le louvre! and one day I WILL get to go there!

aimee said...

What i love most about france is that my dad lives there. i love the markets to xxx

Pepe said...

Macarons and shabby chic. ANd the language and the litterature, of course!

Karen said...

The food!!!! The food, the food, the food!!!!

DianeY said...

I've never been to France (well a few hours in Evian maybe) but I love hearing French spoken & wish I had at least studied it in school. I'd love to go to France someday.

gill said...

I'm with Karen - it has to be the food, especially the cheeses!

Melanie said...

My favorite thing about France has to be the food. When my husband and I went to Paris many, many years ago we walked everywhere, and I was so glad. That way I could eat an enormous dinner/dessert and not feel guilty!
Thanks for the awesome giveaway!

Jeanne said...

What I love most about France is that someday I will get to go there. I hope it is as I dream it will be all romance and beauty. Ahhhhhhhhhh, dreaming and wishing.

Mary said...

I've never been to France so I can't really comment about the country. It looks beautiful and maybe I'll get there someday. There are some French wines that I like a lot. On the other hand, French General fabric is one of the happiest things that happened to me in my quilting life. I have loved every line and drool everytime a new line comes out. Keep up the good work!
Mary

Shelley said...

I was in Paris for a few days many years ago - the Eiffel Tower on a summer night was so beautiful. Walking around the city and absorbing the atmosphere is one of my favorite memories.

Heather D. said...

French fries....french toast....probably neither of which are actually French!! hehe But seriously, I pretty much only know of France what I know from my friend who visited there with her family last summer, and if there was one European country I would love to visit someday it would be France!!

Thanks for the giveaway.

Mommarock said...

I've never been there, however I picture it in my head as swirly and colorful and arcitecturally detailed. I'd really love to go, but I don't think it is in the picture. I'll just eat some french food.

Teresa said...

I love France's World War II history and would love to visit the Normandy area some day!

robin said...

I've never been, but would love to some day. What I love... the sound of the language. Would love to learn it. :)

Red Gate Farm said...

Old, metal french garden chairs! With a cushion made of old french fabrics, of course!

~Chris

L&M Creations said...

I've never been to France, but I love the sound of their language. I would also love to visit Normandy beach and see where the invasion occurred. To feel the history that is in the soil.
Thanks for the chance to win some yummy fabric.

Beezus said...

I would have to say my favorite is the French language. I could be biased, since I study Ottoman-Franco relations in the 16th century, but I always get excited to find a diary written in French from that era! :)

Julie said...

I love France! I love Provence and it's beautiful scenery best. I want to live there one day. :)

Vroomans' Quilts said...

I agree with some others - not having been to France - but oh, the food - sauces are so mouth watering and flavorful - pastries that scream at you - YES have another!

Jennifer said...

When I think of France, I think of love.....and sidewalk cafes.

Marjorie's Busy Corner said...

I've never been to France...but I love the French cuisine..and the atmosphere of Romance with anything French....

tracy_a said...

I was fortunate enough to travel to France on a short exchange as a high-schooler. I had a wonderful time and it was very eye-opening - but learning to like fresh tomatoes was probably the most day-to-day life-changing part of the trip :) Silly, but true. And so - I think about that summer every time I eat a quality tomato.

Laura said...

I love the language. It's so beautiful!

DebrafromMD said...

I spent the summer in France after graduation and the thing I loved best was the food. The French can make anything taste wonderful.

Labbiegirl said...

The "bubbly"... need I say more...

Jenny said...

i love Le Tour de France! my bicycling husband and i want to tour with Le Tour someday!

Kylie said...

Pastries- from tortes to croissants I love them all. kcarlson1152[at]hotmail.com

Janet said...

I grew up in Quebec - I love the French language - even though I don't speak it that well.

Jan said...

I've never been there, but I want to see Paris and Provence.

Redkelpie12 said...

I have never been to France but what I love most about France is my friend and former colleague Lydie. She is petite, charming and stylish, she actually says: "ooh la la" from time to time but underneath her pretty exterior is a spine of stainless steel. Lydie is almost completely deaf and has learned to lip read in English almost as well as she does in French. She is a remarkable person and I feel privileged to know her.

Editfolt said...

I've never been in France. But I read many books which I have described wonderful french food recipes. Hmmmm ... they were very tasty .. Thanks for playing!

Chris said...

The last time I took my girls to France we became addicted to the waffles they have. They are wonderful with little sugar crystals in them. YUM.

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

I've never been to France, but I love the French language. I think it is so beautiful. I tried to learn when I was in the 8th grade, but it did not stick ;-) And I am SO excited to hear that Rounneries is making a come back. It is my very favorite French General line. I sure hope I can find some as I have a little stash waiting for the perfect pattern :-)

Sherryl said...

What do I love about France? - I've never been, but that doesn't stop me from loving the food! the accent! the art (Louvre anyone?)! the WINE!
Thanks for the opportunity to bring a little "France" home. :-)
sunshdws@yahoo.com

Theresa said...

I've never been to France so it's hard for me to pin point a thing, but I guess what I love about France is the idea of romance~~ I just feel like it is such a romantic place,and that is one place I wanted to visit one day.

kutiequilter said...

The Eiffel tower, the oldness of its history, and the pastries!

Jayne said...

I've never been to France, but a trip there is on my bucket list. I like listening to my son speak French.

Sunnybec said...

How long have you got?? France is just beautiful, the people are lovely, the food is lovely and the best thing about France for me.... I LIVE THERE!!!!!!!!!!!!!! WOO HOO Linda

Ana's World said...

I love all things French. I was French Club president two years running in high school. I feel as if I'm campaigning for an office of some type. LOL! Thank for your work Kaari and the chance to win!

ritainalaska said...

my father, in 1917, sailed for france , down the west coast, through the new panama canal and over to leharve, to fight for french freedom. he would tell us stories about a french family he got to know and like, and of finding a violin, that he played for us and sang us, in french, several songs and ditties that he had learned there.
i have a few pieces of french general that i really like; i'd like to win some new french general! thanx for the opportunity to do so.

Denise in PA said...

What fabrics! I'd have to say I love French food!

Chookyblue...... said...

croissants would be a highlight but I would love to go to a patisserie shop........
I am so excited to hear you are bring back the favourites from the earlier range...........fabrics come and go just way to quick.........PLEASE slow it down.........

Brenda said...

I do not know anything about France but I do know I love the French General Fabrics!

Megan said...

I love the stinky cheese and the way they embrace butter!

Lara Petch said...

I love the casual, easy chic-ness about France. The romance, the carefree je nais se quoi.
Love this fabric line too :)
larapetch(at)hotmail(dot)com

Christine M said...

I went to France in 1989. I just loved Lyon. It was so beautiful there.

Kathinca said...

I like the easy going attitude of the French country side. And you can wake me up for some lovely wine, baguette, cheese and fresh fruit. Yumm. That is France for me.

Jo Anne said...

From France?--my friend Jean.

wendy111 said...

The food, the wine, and the French sense of style

Tracey Holzer said...

I have never been to France, but I am drawn to French furniture. I have a set picked out for our bedroom...someday! I love the reds in French General Fabric.

Jodi said...

I have not been to France myself but my Mom grew up in Switzerland and can speak French. (with a Swiss accent hehe) When I took French in high school my Mom would help me practice. We'd also have fondue and fresh baguettes. Yum- Yum.

Thank you for the giveaway and a chance to win. Great interview as well.

usairdoll(at)gmail(dot)com

Pam said...

I love the French inspired homes-love the fabrics they use and the colors.

lisacraft said...

My favourite thing about France? Fashion! Especially in the early 20th century.

Judy said...

My grandfather was from France but I have never been there. My maiden name is OUIMETTE. It's O not Q as so many wanted it to be when I was growning up. It's pronounced We-Met. And many would say when did we meet. My grandaughter's name is Paris because her Mother wants to go to France also. I will go someday I hope. This line is beautiful. Thank you for the interview and the giveaway. I loved it.

Татьяна said...

I have never been to France
France is a good perfume, Charles Aznavour, Edith Piaf, Coco Chanel. I love France!
Thank you for the giveaway and a chance to win.

Serenap95 said...

I adore French fashion and the scenery. Both are beautiful. I have never been to France but I would love to go sometime.

serenap95(at)hotmail(dot)com

Diane H said...

What I love most about France is my BFF lives there. I dream of one day visiting with her there.
Thanks for a chance.

Sandie ~call me crazy said...

Although I haven't been to France, I love the idea of Lillet and fresh oranges! :-) Absolutely love the fabric. Thanks for the fun!!

Lynette R said...

i've never been to france, but something that i love and have enjoyed is the "feel" of all things french. fabrics, flowers and foods that all exude a certain sophistication and joy in the moment.

James-Linda said...

I LOVE ALL THINGS FRENCH!
I DO WATERCOLOR+ONE OF MY FAVORITE ARTIST'S IS MONET.
I LOVE TO QUILT TOO+FRENCH GENERAL IS A FAVORITE. THINK I'LL REALLY LIKE THEIR NEW:"PANIER DE FLEURS"!
THANKS FOR THE INTERVIEW+SWEET GIVEAWAY ♥

jldouglas@wispwest.net

Sallie said...

The art! Thanks for the giveaway!

Michelle said...

Never been but I love to hear people speaking French. Thanks for the chance!

AnnieK said...

I love the casual elegance of country French decor and fabrics.

C. said...

When we went, I loved just walking around the small towns and seeing the old architecture and eating at the outdoor cafes.

Emilie said...

Oh man! If I lived there, I am pretty sure I would get quite plump! It has to be the pastries!

sandyandcosmo said...

French women are so stylish and the food is to die for!

Patricia said...

The rich cultural and social history. And wine!

Denise :) said...

Oddly enough, I love that Julia Child had such a love affair with all things french. She was my intro to french cuisine and I loved her stories about France. :)

Rachelle said...

I love the sound of the language when spoken by someone who's fluent in it; beautiful!

Agneta quilts said...

I visited France in my teens, and what I mostly remember is the love the french people showed me, a young swedish girl stuttering her question in French. The police officer was delighted that I even tried to speak French, so he smiled widely and answered me - in French - at the speed of light. My question was about how to get to Bois de Bologne, but I was totally lost after the first words: A droîte ... (to the right) but I didn't want to let him know, so I decided to just listen and throw in a oui, oui (yes, yes) here and there. OMG how much we laught afterwards!

Penny from S.C. said...

Love the food but of course I've never had real french food since I've never had the chance to go. Thanks

JBlanton said...

I love french words and writing- so pretty

Robyn of Robyns Nest said...

Champagne, The Eiffle Tower & the food !
And by the way did you know French General is addictive ????

Gabriella said...

I love France .... and French language.
My fave things ... uh ... croissants and baguette ... and PARIS pf course

Unknown said...

I can only comment on Paris because it's the only place in France I've ever been, but my chief memory is that it was just so pretty: everything from the flowers to the sidewalk cafes to the cathedrals to the Metro signs, c'est tres jolie!

A. said...

I dont know what I love most about France, but I know (well, based on blogs at least...) that I love the reds/white and vintagey feel of all French crafty types.

CathyG said...

I love French food and I remember going to Paris when I was 12; still remember all the wonderful dishes we ate!

Myra said...

I have never been to France but I love seeing the pictures of the markets. Such colors and so many beautiful fruits and vegetables. Thanks for the chance to win some of your lovely fabric.

Kathryn said...

I love Paris' museums. What inspiration! Kathie L in Allentown

Maggie said...

I love Normandy. The countryside and the ocean. The crepes, the warm, generous people. And, of course, the amazing beaches and the military outposts that are still there to remind us of the war.

Jamie Lee said...

The Eiffel Tower--cliche but true!

Mindy said...

I have no clue what I love best about France because I've never been, but I would love to go and I'm sure once there I'd find many, many things to love about it.

PameliaJane said...

Never been, probably never will get to etiher, but I love the charm and the old-worldliness I have seen of it on tv lol...

Love the new fabric, it's yummy.

Ana said...

France. . .wine, romance,charm! Have never been but that is what I imagine about it.

TheLazyQuilter said...

Champagne and crepes :)

Elizabeth said...

I love sidewalk cafes and croissants! Thanks for the giveaway.

Barbara McD said...

Never been, unlikely to go . . . most favorite thing about France . . . do French Fries count? .. . . Probably the Eiffel Tower . . . .

Thanks for the giveaway!

Kay said...

I really liked sitting in the little outside cafes in France & watching the people. Also, loved the bread. I just saw your new fabric at my local quilt store this weekend & added it to my must have list.

Monica Moura said...

Food, wine and Eiffel Tower... Thanks for the giveaway!

Annette said...

I love a nice glass of Lillet too!
Love your collection of fabric. Thank you for a chance to win.

Jane S. said...

I've never been to France, but I very much enjoy photos of the architecture. Doesn't matter if it's castles or simple shops, it's all good.

Thank you for the giveaway!

Jill@northstarquilting said...

I love Pineau. It's a gorgeous aperitif from the region of France around Congac and it's very yummy.

Becky said...

I would love to visit France. It's on my bucket list. I adore French bread and pastries:)

Celine said...

Can I play really? I am French so I might be biased in my judgement, even though I don't live in France at the moment (and haven't been for 11 years). It will have to be food and wine of course. Dare I say rugby as we won on Saturday in the quarter final of the World Cup? But there are also plenty of things I don't like in France like how French people in general can forget to be welcoming and complain so much, I was glad to leave strike-land behind when I moved out.

Lexi said...

My favourite thing about France are my memories of traveling there as a twenty year old. It was dreamily romantic but now I'm nearly forty....it would be nice to go back one day. I also LOVE le Tour. It's the best thing on tv all year. lexilucas@gmail.com

Allison C said...

I got "stuck" in Paris because of a train strike a few years back...which is not the worst place to be stuck in! My favorite thing about France in general is the wine and the cheese. I could live off it and did when I was backpacking through Europe. My favorite thing about Paris is the view of the city from Sacre-Coeur at night....AMAZING!

Patty from Ohio said...

What I love about France? The men of course! They are so sexy with their French Accents!

Barb said...

Patisseries, sidewalk cafes and the Louvre all say France to me.

Shannon said...

I lived in France for a few years, and I miss so much. One of my favorite things is how sweet and generous the French can be. I've had people walk blocks out of their way with me to make sure I found my metro stop, and I had two friends who always went to the doctor with me to make sure that I was okay and to make sure that the doctor and I understood each other.

Melinda said...

Never been, like a lot of those leaving comments, but I have a dear friend who went over the spring. I got a lovely box of French things. Everything is so beautiful and smells wonderful! I'll be keeping all of the packaging long after the items are gone for inspiration!

Carrie Mc W said...

Les fromage! The cheese! Sheep's milk cheese, cows milk cheese...made into such delectable lusciousness! And served with a beautiful conserve. Oh and a glass or Bordeaux... I'm making myself hungry just thinking about it.

Faye said...

I studied French years ago in high school and fell in love instantly. Although speaking and reading French is only a memory now, these gorgeous fabrics make me reflect back to simpler days and make me smile. I would love love love to benefit from some of this beautiful fabric...Thanks, Faye
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Rebecca said...

I went on our grade 12 french trip ~ it was so much fun, and such a great experience to really immerse in the language and culture.
ourbusylittlebunch(at)hotmail(dot)com

Patty said...

I've never been to France, but I love listening to their language. I studied French in high school, but that has been many many years ago so I don't know what they are saying!!

Jagels said...

Do french fries count? I love french fries! I would love to go to France someday. thanks for the giveaway

eatmoresmores said...

Pictures of the French countryside look lovely. I also love their pastries!
stephensons4 at embarqmail dot com

Grace said...

I love French recipes! They have some of the best food in the world! :)

homespunhandmaiden(at)yahoo(dot)com

Carla said...

I heart all things French General. I heart Kaari so much for all she does for my addiction.

Mom2RyandSis said...

I've never been, but would love to take my daughter one day!!

Anonymous said...

The feast for the senses! The sights, the sounds, the tastes, the smells of the patisseries, and the light that is just a bit more golden than in other places. VermontPines@aol.com

Mom on the Move! said...

The last big trip we took before we moved home from Germany to the states was to Paris. I love that my daughter loved it as much as we did.

Cotton Blossom said...

I love French General of course!

Heather A said...

I've never been to France. I've never been to Europe. In fact, I've never been off this continent.

France has always been a destination foremost in my mind. I've always joked to my kids as they're growing up that I'm putting my everything into them and their interests knowing that one day they will take their mother to Paris. My daughter, now 24, has been feeling a little anxious about it so for the past couple of years I've been assuring her that I was only kidding (and I was). I certainly don't expect either of my kids to take me to Paris. My son, now 21, is still quite sure he'll take our whole family there one day after he finishes University and starts raking in megabucks. LOL I always tell him not to worry about it ... that I'll be happy just to live in his carriage house wherever that ends up being.

Paris, though. The stuff of dreams for a farm girl from the Canadian prairies. I imagine that tower. And fields of lavender in the countryside. And macarons in a fancy bakery. Cheeses. Baguettes. The louvre. Cafes and bistros. Architecture. The haunts of famous artists, writers and thinkers. Ahhh ... the France of my imagination.

Maybe this is why I so love the French General fabrics.

Margaret said...

Paris, all the great art and architecture, the food, the wine.

the girlfriend gap said...

I think I would love the bread and the outdoor cafes. wish I had paid more attention when I took french in highschool. love to hear someone speak in french. Rosetta stone I NEED YOU. Thanks for a chance to win some beautiful french general fabric. Janita

Nancy said...

Does French Toast count? ;o) Love the fabric, but then again, anything from the French General is always yummy!

WoolenSails said...

The closest I have gotten to France is when I was a kid and had a view master with France slides, lol. I do love french country design.

Debbie

charlotte said...

I've never been there, but I do love some French pastries. And wine...and cheese.

Jo in TAS said...

I love the accent!

Dragonfly Primitives said...

I have a love of all things French. The pastries, cheese and oh too rich sauces. French county is my favorite sytle. Casual and elegant.

Stray Stitches said...

I have always liked the French speaking accent. So much so that I took four years of French in high school. Never used my knowledge and now have forgotten most everything - lol!

Sherry said...

I have not yet had the opportunity to travel to France but hope to some day. I love the language, I took 6 years of french in school. A friend just returned from a trip to France and she has beautiful pictures of the country.

Mary on Lake Pulaski said...

I'm thinking that French desserts are the best thing about France, like pots de creme for instance.

mblittle5 said...

Champagne an strawberies, creme brulee, French fries, need I go on????

karenfae said...

chocolate and pastry's!
Karen
http://karensquilting.com/blog/

Tracey Rampling (The Peony Teacup) said...

Everything?! I've been wanting to learn French ever since I was in school (but sadly for me, Dad insisted on Japanese) and I am a huge fan of cheese, pastries and perfume to say the least!

Tracey
thepeonyteacup.blogspot.com

Donna said...

I love the French language. I haven't a club what is really being said however the words sound so romantic.

Sarah said...

I looove the Tour de France! Living in Australia, we sit up late nights in July to watch the tour and were very proud supporters of Cadel Evans win this year. Of course, I love French decorating too. It's my dream to one day travel there and experience everything French.

Mary Deckert said...

Oh, the food! The bread, the cheese, the pastries....ahhhh!
Thanks for the chance ~ I would love to win!

Ruth B said...

Oh how I love French General! A new jelly roll would be a delicious treat!!

Ginger said...

The best thing about France is the desserts.

ginger c at gmail dot com

kamerrigan said...

The memory of my last vacation with my husband before our first child was born. We spent Valentine's Day in Paris. Doesn't get much better than that!

Nancy said...

petit fours?

Janet said...

I've never been to France, but I would love to go just to see the architecture!

Jeanne said...

I love the French accent! Thanks for the chance to win.

Laurie said...

I've never been to France but I'm sure my favorite would be the countryside...the flowers and markets and bread and cafes. Love French General fabric too! thanks for a chance to win - laurie

llsbaskets@comcast.net

Kasey said...

I love the family that hosted me for 7 weeks in St. Brieuc over ten years ago. Salut, famille Lardy! I regret to say I've lost most of my French vocabulary. After them, I'd have to say what I love most about France is the CHEESE! That would be why I gained 27 pounds in 7 weeks! J'adore les fromage...
Merci beaucoup!!!

manybooks said...

My daughter is taking French as a foreign language in school and she loves it! My favorite thing about France is hearing her speak the language :)

trudys_person said...

I love the food and the wine and the art ... and on and on! Thank you for the chance to win ... my guild is having a jelly roll day in January and I will put it to good use!

Garnet said...

The sound of the language and the food.

Bailey said...

I've not been there but I love the image I have of the the small cafes, drinking and dining on the street.

Tamie said...

My youngest has taken french since kindergarten. I'd love to take her to France to practice.

Miki Willa said...

My favorite thing about France is my son who recently moved there to be closer to his wife's family. I also love the countryside in the south of France - fields of lavender are my favorite sights.

~The Bargain Babe said...

What I love most about France? Well I've never been there but their healthcare system and general European style of life seems great!

Rosemary said...

I absolutely love this fabric (Panier de Fleurs)and grabbed a stack of FQ's Saturday from a little quilt shop I happen to be browsing through. Beautiful fabrics ... thank you for sharing. France? Hmm ... haven't been there but my daughter has and have read a great deal about it. Love the countryside, the accent, the sidewalk cafes and, of course, the food ... which I can enjoy here but not as well. Love to go, though ...

Faith Hope Cherrytea said...

j'adore chocolat chaud! merci =)

Lisakb35 said...

I do not know if this counts or not, but I love French toast! and I hope to some day go to France.

Rainy said...

Have never been to France but was raised by a French Canadian mother and the food is the best. Good homemade food.

Kate R said...

That's an easy one for me with a French husband, but there are so many other things I love about it too! Such a beautiful country.

These are really gorgeous fabrics - I have loved all of the FG lines.

Sorcha girl said...

I love the Provance region of France with blue, yellow and paisley in the design. And lavender to help brighten the day. Here at my home in California, the bees are very busy on the last of the year's lavender blooms. Thanks for the opportunity to win some of the French General fabrics!

Jindi's Cottage said...

What is not to love about a french pastry...oh now I'm hungry!...and the inspiration France gives to Kaari for her beautiful fabrics (my favourite fabrics are all French General)...thanks for the opportunity to win...

supersara20 said...

Hmm, do French fries count?! Probably not. I've never been to France but I've always wanted to go to the museums to see all those paintings I learned about in art history classes in college.

Jennyroo said...

I would love to travel to Paris one day, but until then I just dream. Macarons, ahhhhh oui! Baguette, s'il vous plait! Un promenade pres'que la Seine, bien sur!

Thank you for the chance to win this lovely fabric!

Carol said...

I've never been to France, it's on my bucket list. It would be wonderful to go to a French Cafe and to the Farmers Market for flowers.

Sarina said...

I have never been to France, but i do love the French pastry shop @ Epcot (Disney World). All the pastries and the ham and cheese sandwiches. I do love some nice "French" toast too. ;)

LochKnitsMonster said...

The street food. Who doesn't love being able to walk up to a cart and get a thick waffle smothered with Nutella any time you feel like it. Although I should add that the Louvre is pretty good too.

Carol in E TN said...

I have not been to France and I don't see it in my future, but I sure love your fabric!

Tammy said...

Visiting France is on my bucket list but I love the beautiful streets, the pastries and the language...so romantic!

Wendy said...

I have never been to France, but from what I've seen, the women (and men!) dress so amazing :) Would love that style.

Larissa said...

The first time I went to Europe, what passed for "dessert" everywhere was fruit. We were craving something really sweet... and when we got to Paris, we got chocolate mousse!

Darlene said...

Never been to France, but I love to hear the French speak in their language. I could listen for hours.

Ali Hughes said...

My favorite things about france are all things not actually french! My parents had a french exchange student this past summer, and he was a very funny kid. My younger sister loved telling fabien how much he loved french today and french bread...and fabian would huff and say, "that's not french!"

pcflamingo said...

I would SO love to go to France some day....so many things I want to see - museums and gardens and castles and little cafes and the Eiffel Tower and the food and the wine....

MoeWest said...

I love French country decorating, French wine, and French General fabrics! Thanks for the chance to win some.

Debra said...

Definately baguettes! Give me real butter too and call it dinner!

Amy said...

Does French toast count? It is my favorite breakfast. I've never been to France and certainly I would love to try their food and see the sights. I once visited a home with a French kitchen design and fell in love with it. I especially love hens on display. Oooh la la!

grapes and hearts said...

The french food and wine! And the coasts! As a young girl I have spent many holidays in France :o)
Thanks for the chance to win!

Ineke Platvoet said...

What I love the most is the French way of living - a simple, rural life amongst flowers like lavender and roses and being in the garden the whole day enjoying the beautiful warm weather. When I look at this new collection it gives me this same feeling.

Aggiequilter said...

I haven't been to France (YET) but I love the Romance of Paris, the serene beauty of Provence ... C'est la vie! I can pretend I'm there with some good wine, cheese and pastries ! My favorite artist has always been Claude Monet and I love the Impressionist works. Thanks for the chance to win !!

Glenys said...

The Eiffel Tower and Madeline.

Christine said...

One day I hope to visit France. French things I like are the food, accent and fabrics. Rouenneries is still my favourite fabric collection ever and I am so excited about Rouenneries Deux.

Bronwyn said...

I have never been to France, although it is on the bucket list. What I like most about France is that it seems to inspire artists like Kaari and other people to create the most wonderful things, wine, food, paintings and of course FABRIC!!

Bev C said...

I would love to visit the gardens in France.
Happy days.
Bev.xoxo

Beth said...

My cousin lives in France, and what I love most about France is her darling daughter.

Thank you for the giveaway.
wordygirl at earthlink dot net

Martina said...

I love the lavenderfields in bloom and the baguettebread for breakfast. Mmmh!

jonaga said...

France is my country: I live in France! What I love most: landscapes and gastronomy.

baukje said...

I live in the French countryside and life is so great here, so calm and filled with so many colors, green, blue and all the colors of the flowers.
I made a doll quilt with Maison de Garance of French General and it's so beautiful!!!!!

Pia said...

I have only been to France (Paris) once but it was a lovely journey. Hard to say what I love the most...... but ofcourse the food and wine and........

QuiltSue said...

How can I choose just one thing? I love the cheese, the wine, the cafes, the chocolate, the .... well I'm sure you get the picture.

Lisnaweary Quilts said...

The best part about France, is the open air food markets where you can buy all the lovely breads, sausages, cheeses, fruit..

liberal sprinkles said...

I love the Marais in Paris, tartines, Beaujolais parties when the new wine's out every year and sitting at sidewalk cafes.

Krissy said...

I absolutely love french furniture and decor, the curvy lines and muted colors! I also love french architecture, from the old manor houses to the palaces.

AstaD said...

I love their Chamagne reageon. Every restaurant serves wonderful food and of course house champagne. Some of them are so understated which is so opposite to what you would expect from your great French restaurant in London.

Penny said...

I love the look of red embroidery on the natural linen fabric. It has a clean warm look that I associate with things French.

SewSuzie said...

There are far too many things I love about France. A glass or two of Lillet is certainly one. I think i may have a couple of bottles in the drinks cupboard in fact.

catequilter said...

I've never been to France, but I love the accent and it also seems like such a romantic place, like it would be the perfect pplace to fall in love

Vickie said...

I've never been to France but I love to read about the history of the buildings, castles, and villages! My daughter and I share a dream to one day go and see it all in person!

Quilter in the Gap said...

I have never been to France and I don't speak French so what little bit I know is from the movies. I heard (can't remember where) that the French are much more laid back in their daily routines. I sure would love that.

Kd said...

Dreaming about France, I'd so like to go there. I love the Eiffel Tower, the French Open (tennis), and french pastries, but French General fabric is as close as I've gotten so far. That's okay, I love it! Kd - www.KdQuilts.com

krisgray said...

Would love to visit France someday. A few favorite things are cheese (yum!), Monet and his lovely landscapes, and sidewalk cafes.

disneygirl said...

I love the Eiffel Tower when it is all lit up and sparkling...that brings back wonderful memories.

Liz said...

I've loved France since I was little. The language is so beautiful. I went there on my honeymoon and I traveled there as a teenager. I love the Eiffel Tower, the Sacre Coure and Notre Dame. So beautiful!

LeAnn said...

I love Paris, even though I've never been there.

Anonymous said...

I've never been to France but I love French pastries! The rural tour idea is wonderful--I'd love to do that!
Susan
fourseasonsfarm@windstream.net

yorkie mom said...

French toast!! just kidding.... I love the linens, fabric and fashions!!!

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