Wednesday, August 09, 2017

All the News....

August 2017
F O U N D   I N   F R A N C E
Join us as we unpack the boxes from France!
Friday, August 18th and Saturday, August 19th

French General will be open from 11-4pm and celebrating all things French!  Stop by to see the beautiful linen sheets we brought back, or pick up a Bakelite needle case for your stitching basket!  Croissants and Lillet served all day!
Feel free to call the shop on Friday or Saturday to place an order!
Early Bird Sign-ups for 2018!
If you have been thinking of joining us for our France Getaway  - now is the time to let us know!  Our weeks sell out very quickly - so the best way to ensure your spot in France is to sign up on our early bird list.
Join us for a week in France. Spend a week in the rural part of the south of France and visit the flea markets, the farmer's markets and local artisans.  Our weeks are filled with creative women from all over the world who come to relax, learn and create. Our wonderful friend and chef, Charlotte, will join us and share her passion for local food and wine.

French General Visits McKinney

October 23rd and 24th, 2017
Join Kaari for two days of creativity in McKinney, Texas!  Hosted by Magda Dia of Jump into Art and Robin Cook of Soho McKinney

Read More Here
Join us in Houston at the International Quilt Market where we will be introducing our new collection, Jardin de Versaille, as well as teaching two workshops.

Boro Patchwork Linen Tote Workshop
Monday October 30th 9am - noon
Using French General's collection of antique fabric scraps from the 19th and 20th centuries, hand piece a patchwork square and learn the art of Sashiko - a Japanese hand stitching/quilting technique. Once the patchwork is completed, students will stitch their patchwork to a linen tote, perfect for a traveling sewing bag. All materials are provided for this workshop.

Artistic Weaving Workshop
Monday October 30th 2-5pm
Using a modern tapestry loom, learn to warp the loom and then weave the weft. Instruction will include simple weaving techniques as well as rya, soumak and shape weaving. The yarns can be used to "paint" a picture across the supporting warp threads. Kaari will bring a selection of fibers to experiment with, as well as the traditional yarns.  All materials, including looms, are provided for this workshop.

To sign up visit or call 713-781-6864
M O D A   F A B R I C S
Coming in Fall 2017 - French General's 20th Anniversary Collection - Atelier de France Florals
Coming in Fall 2017 - French General's 20th Anniversary Collection - Atelier de France Wovens
The French Embroidery Hoop Project has finally come full circle! 
Now available in 3 sizes:
4" is a very sweet little French Hoop which doesn't cover a lot of ground but makes a beautiful frame for finished work.
6" is the classic size and the best French Hoop to start with.  Once you have mastered this hoop you will be ready for the next size up.
8" is a challenging French Hoop to get on to your fabric because of the size - but hey - some like them big!
U P C O M I N G   W O R K S H O P S
Creative Cyanotype
Sunday, September 10th 
Join Tyn Atol as she teaches you to explore, learn and play with the process of cyanotype.  Developed in 1840 to mostly make copies, and used to create beautiful art pieces.  Students will learn the process, and have ample opportunity to print and try various techniques to create different color tones.
Los Angeles Downtown Dig
Tuesday, September 5th or Monday, November 6th  
Join French General for a day of digging for treasures in downtown Los Angeles!  We will go hunting for beads, baubles, buttons, fabric and inspiration!  Meet at French General for a petit dejeuner and then drive downtown (less than 10 minutes away) where we will spend the morning at some of our favorite fabric, bead, and old millinery shops. Lunch at the Ace Hotel, one of our favorite downtown restaurants, and then more digging for gold! 
The Fine Art of Paper Flowers by Tiffanie Turner
Saturday, September 16th  1:30-3pm
Tiffanie Turner will be teaching two workshops at French General on Saturday and in between workshops will be signing copies of her new book, The Fine Art of Paper Flowers. Please join us!
Spend a Fall weekend with artist and teacher Molly Meng
Saturday & Sunday, October 7th & 8th
Spend two days at French General with Molly and learn all about her paper art and book making
Petite Theatre with Molly Meng
Saturday, October 7th

Join us in the construction of your very own petite theatre.  Learn the art of creating a small scene, framed within a vintage wood backdrop and your own special story to tell. Beginning with hand-crafted recycled-wood boxes, we will create our individual stories using vintage ephemera, photos and fabric.

Sign-Up Here
Concertina Book with Molly Meng
Sunday, October 8th

A fantastic way to display your keepsakes:  have it standing up to show off your artwork, hanging on a wall, or lay it down and let the pages tell a story in themselves.

In this class you'll be creating a hard-backed, accordion-style book.  You'll learn how to construct the book and it's pages, as well as advanced elements of collage for an ongoing themed-book.  You'll have all the juicy ephemera, vintage photos, and stamping materials you can fit and, as always, I suggest for your own personal touch bring something that is uniquely yours to incorporate!

Sign-Up Here
Embroidered US Wall Map with Robert Mahar
Saturday, November 11th
Celebrate your home state, commemorate a recent road trip or stitch connections between you and your loved ones.  We’ll explore all of the ways you can embroider your adventures in the “Lower 48” as we embellish a beautiful 1906 map of the contiguous United States custom printed on a half yard (27” x 36”) of cotton linen canvas.  

We are happy to announce that

French General is now open Fridays and Saturdays from 11-4pm.

We hope to see you soon!



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Monday, February 20, 2017

Celebration Sampler Winners!

French General's 20th Anniversary 
Celebration Sampler

Thank you to everyone who participated in our sampler block contest!  We we're overwhelmed by all the beautiful blocks that were submitted and it took us a bit longer than we thought to choose our favorites and design the quilt.  Here is an early picture of what quilt designer Candee Ferris has been working on - as you can see it will be an heirloom quilt filled with all the classic French General fabrics

Following is a list of our 32 block winners - please email your name and full address to and we will send out a pattern and some French General fabric once we have completed the writing of the pattern.

Row 1
Block 1 – richyjr16, Richy Jr
Block 2 – happy_appliquer, Heather Kosbab
Block 3 – penelope_tucker, Penelope Tucker
Block 4 – jean_brad, Jean Lynton
Block 5 – dennielebohannon, Denniele Bohannon
Block 6 – email, Lindy Mundy
Block 7 – ginderellas, Paula
Block 8 – email, Cathy Cook

Row 2
Block 1 – x695, Sarah and email, Julie Kato (blocks were identical)
Block 2 – breezypointquilter, Karen Martin
Block 3 – nancyshamy, Nancy Shamy
Block 4 – nicolajdodd, Nicola
Block 5 – richyjr16, Richy Jr
Block 6 – a_swede_life, Kathy
Block 7 – email, Marilyn Ward
Block 8 – penelope_tucker, Penelope Tucker

Row 3
Block 1 – email, Kate Dorsey
Block 2 – cupacake42, Kimberly Lainson
Block 3 – hildyebertzeder, Hildy Ebertzeder
Block 4 – debigermann, Debi Germann
Block 5 – cupacake42, Kimberly Lainson
Block 6 – email, Barbara Murphy
Block 7 – Tammy Vonderschmitt
Block 8 – dreamon412, Janette Bibby

Row 4
Block 1 – email, Barbara Murphy
Block 2 – jen.barnard, Jen Barnard
Block 3 – yardgrl60, Susan Ache
Block 4 – cifquilter, Candee Ferris
Block 5 – laprn85, Leigh Ann Prange
Block 6 – richyjr16, Richy Jr
Block 7 – casands1, Carolyn Sands
Block 8 – celgrowr

Thursday, January 05, 2017

New Year Contest!

Celebrating 20 Years with a Quilt!

To enter the contest:

Design an 8" block using up to four French General or solid fabrics - you can piece, applique or embroider - it's up to you!

Post a picture of your block on instagram using the hashtags #12contestsfrenchgeneral #celebrationsampler #frenchgeneral

Or, you can send a picture of your block to:

Enter as many times as you would like!

We will choose 30 blocks to be featured in our Celebration Sampler.

All block winners will receive a French General Charm Pack, a pattern of the Celebration Sampler, and credit in the pattern.

Blocks will be re-made using our upcoming Atelier de France collection from Moda to design the Celebration Sampler.

Contest runs from January 5th through February 1st, 2017 and winners will be announced February 5th, 2017.

Bonne Chance!

Well, if you have been following us on Instagram or Facebook, you know we have a NEW EMBROIDERY HOOP which we are so excited about!  Based on an old French Hoop, we designed an embroidery hoop with a brass ring and a steel coil wire which holds your fabric tightly in place.  It's light-weight so it doesn't put any stress on your hands and works best with a cotton or lighter linen fabric.  We are totally crazy about the new hoop and think you will be too!
To celebrate the New Year  - use discount code newhoopnewyear and receive $10 off the hoop!

Order your French Embroidery Hoop here

If you would like to order the French Hoop wholesale for your shop, please write to us at for wholesale information.

We are cleaning out our archives and selling off our pre-cuts!  Have you been looking for a French General Fat Quarter from Rue Indienne or Rural Jardin or Chateau Rouge?  If so, we've got you covered! For a limited time, we are offering our VINTAGE Fat Quarter collections.  These bundles are going fast so don't wait!

Order your Pre-Cut Specials Here

We're taking our show on the road and will be exhibiting at QuiltCon February 23rd-26th in Savannah, Georgia!
We will have lots of new pre-cuts, samplers, and fun French General kits to show off.  Be sure to visit our booth daily for our $5 special kits! Hope to see you there!

More information and details about QuiltCon can be found here

It just wouldn't be summer without our yearly trip to the South of France!  We are sold out of our 2017 France Getaway but would love to have you join us in 2018.  If interested, please send us a note to and we will put your name on the early-bird list!

To see our week in France, flip through our France Getaway Book here

Coming Soon!  Our latest quilting collection with Moda, Pondicherry, is due in any day now.  Filled with old block prints in French blues, antique reds and seaside greys - Pondicherry is the perfect Indienne inspired collection for a new quilt project!

See a sneak preview of Pondicherry and the quilt patterns here

Our love of fabric has been lovingly translated into our second collection of home interior fabric and trim for Fabricut.  Due out in February, this collection of linens, cottons, embroideries and wovens features the soft subtle colors of old France, as well as the deep charcoals and stark whites of contemporary France.

Available at soon
Please note, we are now only open on Saturdays from 11-4pm

More fun workshops coming soon -
including Mimi Kirchner in April!
Happy New Year and thank you for following along on our adventures!


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