Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Simply Enjoying the Sunshine in the Backyard!

Tac73 you won!  Send me your address at notions@frenchgeneral.com today and we will send you a Frivols Box!  Thanks for playing along everyone!

Friday, April 08, 2016

Moda Frivolous Friday!

 Moda came up with a brilliant idea and made up these sweet collectible Frivols Tins - complete with everything you need to make a simple quilt top - you just need to add binding, batting and backing!  In celebration of our Frivols Tin No. 5 we are doing a giveaway - and we haven't done one of those in a long time! 
 All you have to do is leave a comment about something frivolous you like to do...so it could be sitting in a cafe stitching, or reorganizing your fabric, or just sitting quietly with a cup of tea and staring out the window!  Actually those are all necessary things to do - maybe not so frivolous after all!
We will choose a lucky winner and send out one of our Frivols Tins on Monday, April 11th.  You can also collect the other Frivols Tins - there are 12 altogether!  Here is a list of the Frivols Tins - each one featuring a Moda designer:

No. 1  Hello Darling by Bonnie & Camille
No. 2  Polka Dots & Paisleys by Minick & Simpson
No. 3  Eliza's Indigo by Betsy Chutchian
No. 4  Windermere by Brenda Riddle
No. 5  Petite Prints Deux by French General
No. 6  Strawberry Fields Revisited by Fig Tree
No. 7  Songbird Gatherings by Primitive Gatherings
No. 8  Bread 'n Butter by American Jane
No. 9  Little Miss Sunshine by Lella Boutique
No. 10  The Cookie Exchange by Sweetwater
No. 11  Sew & Sew by Chloe's Closet
No. 12  Blue Barn by Laundry Basket Quilts

Thanks for playing along!  If you can't wait to win a Frivols Tin, visit our website frenchgeneral.com and pick one up today - they are on sale and don't forget to use our free shipping code: bonjour


Monday, March 14, 2016

Vermont on My Mind...

Last Fall, Mogull and I hit the road and traveled to Arlington, Vermont for Charlotte and Meleen's Vermont Getaway.  Just north of Bennington, Arlington is filled with beautiful rolling hills, maple syrup and was the home of Norman Rockwell for many years.  I taught our antique patchwork boro class to women who participated from all over the country.  It was a special weekend - only made more special by Meleen's amazing hospitality.  Meleen owns two country homes - right next door to each other - where everyone sleeps and eats the delicious food she makes with her amazing assistant, Kana.  After spending time in Vermont with these special women, I knew just once wasn't enough!  

This coming Fall, I was lucky enough to be invited back by Meleen and her neighbor, Tammy of Wing and a Prayer Farm.  Tammy and her family live on a 20 acre farm where they raise and care for a variety of poultry, Registered Shetland, Cormo, Cotswold & Merino sheep, Registered Angora Goats, Alpacas, an American Guinea Hog named Princess Peppermint, bunnies, horses and a Shetland pony, and honeybees.  Tammy keeps herself busy!  When she is not tending to her animals, she is found in her kitchen baking pies, preserving fruit, and canning foods from the farm.

Tammy, Meleen and I have planned three days of natural plant dyeing, weaving, jewelry making, block printing and more!  This will be a special weekend which happens to run right after The Southern Adirondack Fiber Festival on September 24th & 25th in nearby Greenwich, NY.  

We have just a couple of spots left for our Vermont Colored Wool Retreat and would love you to join us!  For more information or to sign up, please visit Tammy's site, Wing and a Prayer Farm.

Saturday, February 06, 2016

And We Have A Winner...or two, or three, or four, or FIVE!

Thanks for playing along on the Moda All in a Row Blog Hop!  I loved reading all of your comments and hearing what you are up to and plan on sewing this Spring!  While I was out and about in the Navajo Nation, the lovely Janet Hill from Moda sent me pictures of her interpretation of the French General row using Kansas Trouble's fabric...

It's fun to see how different the row looks simply by switching out the fabric palette!  Thanks Janet!
Now...onto the winners!  
Alison CB
Vicki K
Please send me your address to notions@frenchgeneral.com and we will send out 
a signed copy of the new All-Stars book as well as a bag of French General scraps to add to your collection of fabric!

Thanks for playing along!

Thursday, January 28, 2016

All in a Row Blog Hop

I am writing to you from the middle of the Navajo Nation...where I am on my yearly adventure to find old Navajo rugs!  I woke up as early as I could to send in my post all about an exciting new book and hop.  
As many of you know, I am a NOVICE quilter...so when Jenifer Keltner, of Martingale Books, rang up and asked if I would like to be involved with their new book, All in a Row, I immediately called on quilt master Penny Tucker.  Some of you may know Penny, as she has been working with the French General design team since we started designing quilts and writing patterns.  There is no one better to have by your side than someone who has been in the quilt world for the past twenty-five years.  Penny rang up Cheryl who has been one of our piecer's for many years and together they came up with our row - using my favorite pattern of all time, the drunkard's path block.

So here is our row - all made out of French General scraps!  It ended up looking a bit like a piece of cream rick-rack running through red blocks.  I love how it turned out and think it would look great in multiple colors on a quilt!
For more information on this new book, please visit the Martingale site.
Be sure to check out the "It's a Beauty of a Contest" event and GREAT PRIZES, from February 1 through March 15, sponsored by Moda Fabrics and Martingale. For more on the contest and prizes, click here.  And if you want to be entered to win a free copy of the book, comment below and be sure to mention two rows shown on the Martingale site (link above) that you'd like to make once you get the book. And please, be sure to include your e-mail address in your comment.  We will choose a handful of winners - for books and French General scraps!
And...if you are interested in seeing my travels through the Navajo Nation...please follow us on instagram over the next week...I am posting daily about the trading posts, the weavers and all of the beauty to be found on a vast stretch of land between Arizona and New Mexico.

Here's a list of all the previous Blog Hoppers so you won't miss a thing:

January 18: Brenda Riddle & moi.
January 19: Corey Yoder & Janet Clare
January 20: Me & My Sister (aka Barb & Mary) & Barbara Brackman
January 21: Pat Sloan & Edyta Sitar
January 23: Sweetwater (Karla, Lisa) & Blackbird Designs (Alma & Barb)
January 24:  Anne Sutton & Laurie Simpson
January 27: Kate Spain & Sandy Gervais
January 28: Kaari Meng & Lynne Hagemeir

Saturday, October 10, 2015

Celebrate our New Website with Free Shipping!

We're so excited that our new site is finally up and running well that we decided to celebrate by offering free shipping!  Simply use the discount code: bonjour when checking out.  Why not pick up a couple of our stitching samplers and embroidery floss for the upcoming winter months?  Thank you for all of your support, inspiration and friendship over the years!  French General is 18 years old this year and we are so happy to be here!  Merci!

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Craftcation 2016 is Coming!

Craftcation Conference 2016 
It's that time of the year again, time for one of my very favorite events, Craftcation! 
 Craftcation is an annual four-day business + makers conference featuring industry professionals leading attendees in hands-on food & craft workshops and lectures and panels on creative business. Craftcation ignites the entrepreneurial spirit, strengthens craft and business skills and builds relationships in the creative community. If you’re a maker, blogger, creative entrepreneur, food artisan or a creative then join us for four inspiring days that you’ll never forget. 
The next Craftcation will be April 7-10, 2016 at the Ventura Beach Marriott in Ventura, California. I will be teaching three classes:  Indigo, Sashiko and Jewelry Making - take one or take all three - it's your choice when you sign up for Craftcation!
Early bird registration begins this Wednesday, September 30th at 9am.  The first 50 people to register get $50 off of their registration! 

Friday, August 28, 2015

Cooking with Charlotte!

 We are so excited to have our favorite French Chef, Charlotte, coming to our Art of Craft event in January!  Charlotte has been a professional chef for the past twenty years and studied sauces in Paris for four years.  Charlotte is our personal chef at the chateau, and many people return year after year just for her food!  Charlotte is warm, funny, adventurous, and able to present French cooking in the easiest terms - I have learned to make countless dishes, sauces and deserts from Charlotte over the years - classic recipes using food on hand - nothing fancy! 
At the Art of Craft event in Santa Paula this year, Charlotte will be teaching an all day cooking course including lunch and jarred items to take away and enjoy throughout the winter months.  Charlotte will be using regional food for all of her demonstrations and recipes, including: lemons, oranges, and avocados grown in Santa Paula, herbs grown in Ojai, honey made in Fillmore and vegetables from around the county.
We hope you can join us for this special weekend in Santa Paula - and a once in a lifetime opportunity to learn from Chef Charlotte in California!

If you can't make it to Santa Paula this year, but would like a set of  

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Art of Craft 2016

We've just announced our upcoming Art of Craft event for January 2016!  Held every year at French General, this year we decided to move our creative event an hour north of Los Angeles to Santa Paula, California!  We are so excited to share this historic town with you - our workshops will take place within a four block area from the historic host hotel, The Glen Tavern Inn.   Spend the day learning to make a hand-stitched heirloom quilt, cooking with our favorite visiting French Chef, Charlotte, block printing on linen and exploring new jewelry techniques!  Our days will be creative and communal - learning from each other as well as from our teachers.  All of the materials will be supplied, all you have to do is show up and be ready to dig in and learn something new!

Sign ups are happening now!

Hope to see you in Santa Paula!

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Stitching Beauty

We are thrilled to announce our new project with Cosmo Threads!  We've designed four collections of floss palettes - based on the different seasons.  Included with each floss package is a free PDF embroidery sampler that you can copy off, transfer to fabric and stitch.  Or, you can make it easy on yourself and simply order the sampler already printed from our Embroidery Collection.
 Here's a sneak peek at our floss collections, that can be ordered from French General now!
Get Your Stitch On!

Saturday, August 08, 2015

Indigo in New York!

Join me for a fun-filled day at the South Street Seaport Museum on Sunday, September 13th for a full day of Shibori and Indigo Dyeing!  We will take time to explore different types of Japanese resist techniques including nui, kumo, itagime and batik - as well as demonstrate simple sashiko stitching.  A fiber kit is provided for you, but you are free to bring your own small bag of natural textiles to play with.  Sign up here - wear your blues - and prepare for magic!

Monday, August 03, 2015

Our Story...as told to you by Molly and Kaari


I feel as if I have told the story of how we began French General over and over again...the barn, the shop in New York, the move to California, the books, the fabrics...it's all been this very slow organic growth - the epitome of a home grown business.  Along the way I have worked with some amazing, talented people, including most of my family and friends.  It's been a long, creative trip - one that began with an empty barn and the birth of Sofia (no she wasn't born in the barn!) and my desire to stay at home and raise her.  If you haven't heard our story, or, if you just want to hear it all over again, head on over to Abby Glassenberg's podcast, While She Naps, pour yourself a cup of tea (or a glass of wine!) and listen to Molly and me wax poetic about what we do and why we do what we do!  And I promise..one of these days I will have an updated headshot!


Sunday, August 02, 2015

Stitching in Vermont!

Join me for a weekend in Vermont this September 17th- 20th at Meleen and Charlotte's Vermont Getaway!  We will be exploring antique French textiles - looking at old scraps - the small repairs, the natural fibers, the center seams and the printing and weaving  methods.  We will be stitching with 18th and 19th century French textiles, learning how to hand quilt, and making beautiful blocks for a wall hanging or quilt.  For more information on the weekend or to sign up, please visit Charlotte Lyon's blog, or write to Meleen and Charlotte at fallvermontgetaway@gmail.com
This is going to be fun!

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Thank you for all of the nice comments about the new website - 
I am glad you like it as much as we do!  
I couldn't just pick one lucky winner...I never can...
so instead, I randomly chose three names:  
Alice, Pamela Gerard and Tamara.  
Please send us a note to notions@frenchgeneral.com 
and we will pack up a box of goodies for you!  
Also, please include what your vice is...if you are a fabric fanatic, 
a die cut/stamper collector, paper lover, or stitcher...
so I am able to make up a special bag just for you!
Thank you again for all of your nice words!