Designer Tidbits: French General

The Fat Quarter Shop is excited to welcome Kaari Meng of French General to the Jolly Jabber. Kaari’s latest fabric collection is Rouenneries Deux for Moda Fabrics.

Q: What was the first seed that grew into the Rouenneries Deux collection?
A: My inspiration for Rouenneries Deux, besides the original Rouenneries collection, is an old abandoned chateau in the South of France.

Every summer, while visiting one of my favorite towns near Toulouse, I drive by this old mansion and wonder who lived there and what stories the house has to tell. Even though no one has lived there for years, I imagine it was once filled with beautiful textiles that covered the beds and hung from the windows.

Q: If your collection had a soundtrack what would be on the list?
A: Something French, probably sung by Edith Piaf, like La Vie en Rose.

Q: What single print/SKU in the collection is your favorite?
A: That's not fair - because I love so many of the prints in this collection and I especially love them all together! But, if I had to choose one, it might be Tournesal Rouge, which was my favorite print from the original collection and continues to be a classic for me.

Q: What is your favorite project you have made using this collection?
A: I love our new quilt, Parisian Courtyard, designed by Penny Tucker. It is simple and French without being overly fussy. I think the fabrics all complement each other perfectly.

Q: If this collection had a scent to it, what would it be?
A: Lavender, lavender and more lavender!

Q: Can you give us a sneak-peek of your next fabric collection?
A: My next fabric collection is called Petite Odile and it is inspired by the prints found in a little French girl's armoire - sweet, yet sophisticated - perfect for today's little girl's room.

Q: If you had a mascot, what animal would it be?
A: I've never thought of that before - but if I had to have a mascot, it would have to be one of my two cats - Johnny or Boots. They are both big lovers, yet very elusive - very French!

Q: Who is your favorite celebrity?
A: My favorite celebrity is Sophia Loren - who we named our daughter after.

Q: If we were making a movie about your life, who would you want to play you?
A: I have no idea - hopefully if you ever make a movie about my life you will call me!!

Q: Who is your favorite fabric designer not including yourself?
A: I have so many favorite designers - how to choose just one?! In the quilting industry, I enjoy Amy Butler's style and freshness. We have grown up in this business together and I think we share a certain curiosity - while continually trying to stay true to our own unique style.


And now, it's time for a giveaway! We will be giving away 5 Rouenneries Deux Charm Packs to one winner!

To enter comment on this post answering this question: What is the most "French" thing in your life?
You have one week till contest closes.
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