Monday, May 04, 2009

Moda Moda Moda!

Finally - it happened! I received the box I had waited so many months for - the Moda box! Filled with our new collection, Rouenneries, the box was brimming with five yards of each floral print we designed. Old reds, dusty pinks, natural grey and tea stained grounds - all very French General and very simple. I really love it - now if I could just cut into it and start making something special! The collection will be making it's debut at the Philadelphia Quilt Show next week - and then shipping to stores in this fall. We'll be carrying my favorite designs on-line and in the shop also. Just to get the ball rolling - and because I am dying to see what people design with our new collection - I am going to cut up some scraps of fabric and send out a couple boxes of samples. Please leave a comment about your ideas and we'll pick out a couple of names at the end of the week. Bonne Chance!

95 comments:

Jackie said...

Wow - those fabrics are so inspiring! I was just thinking about making a quilt and what I'd like to make...I think those fabrics in a simple 9 patch on point with beautiful alternate blocks (maybe in the gray) would be amazing! Some beautiful applique in the border - all very simple and beautiful! Can't wait for Fall and your fabric to hit the shops!!

Kelly Kilmer said...

Those look so scrumptious!!! Looking forward to your new line.

Austin said...

Beautiful - and how wonderful it will be available to everyone. I would take your fabric and create a turban hat. I have been so interested in this look lately as it reminds me of ladies in art salons - whatever those are. I think a turban draped with your fabric would be so cute for lounging in the garden or with a casual jeans outfit.

Penny said...

I love these fabrics and cannot wait to see these fabrics up close and in person.
I envision a medallion quilt with an appliqued center (perhaps a large fleur-de-lis) surrounded by big, random blocks of fabric to show off the prints and stripes. I would want to make it look like it had been around for many years.

Floss said...

Wonderful fabrics! I think that if I ever had the privelege of having any scraps I would combine them with some of my vintage French linen and lace to make a real memento of my time in France.

cupcake studio said...

Oh my word...they're incredibly beautiful! WOW! It may be too simple of an idea, but I think some patchwork sachets filled with lavender would be a treat piled high in a bowl. Congratulations!

Charity said...

Gorgous I love your new fabrics. I am always on the look out for new print fabrics. I can just see amazing pillows on a linen sofa, shower curtain, or amazing linen bags with your farbics as handles, pockets and interiors.

Niki said...

Beautiful! I think I would make some small pillows out of them and fill an old wooden bowl with them. I might even silk screen some designs on canvas and then add a ruffle out of the new fabric & put lavender in the pillows.

Jeanneoli said...

These are lovely...can't wait to see more of the line. I would make a clutch or purse with the fabrics. I am always looking for vintage or vintage inspired fabrics to use in my collections. You must be so excited!

becky up the hill said...

Since I love the French Reds and want to have them part of my everyday life. I would enjoy seeing these patterns in a tote or two. I would combine them with some vintage towels that are monogrammed. Also pillows and bolsters. The marriage of antique and new textiles working harmoniously together makes my heart happy.

Diane Gill said...

Gorgeous fabrics. I am so happy for you! I would love to make a few pillows and I also have several cross stitch pieces that would look beautiful framed in that beautiful fabric.

Rose Brier Studio said...

Beautiful fabric patterns! How satisfying to see your designs made tactile. I would make a tea cozy or two with different patterns on the outside and inside. My tea cozies tie (so they stay on while pouring tea), so I would use vintage ribbons and maybe add some old lace, if it didn't take away from the pattern.

Northern Quilts; Wenche said...

I will make a blouse or a short-sleeved summer top! Send me some samples and I'll show you! :-)

The Joy of Nesting said...

Hi Kaari,

I'm so glad to hear that your new fabrics will be available by fall. I have been slowly planning what is tongue in cheek called my "girly girl" room. Just a little room to sneak away to and be surrounded in my vintage fabrics and laces. I have in my mind's eye to use your fabrics to make pillows for the day bed. I am dying to make a pillow with unbleached "manta" (it's the Mexican equivelent to the unbleach linen, flax, cotton, everyday work fabrics every culture has) combined with the FG's new fabrics!! :) I also think that combining your traditional French fabrics with the traditional embroidered floral fabrics of the women in the state of Oaxaca would be nothing short of incredible!!!

Have a wonderful Spring and may fall come soon, just not to soon for you in the Northern Lands :)

Pattie ;)
Mazatlan Mexico

Teresa said...

I've been anxiously awaiting your new line...can't wait to see the fabrics!

Gretchen said...

I cannot wait for your fabrics to show up at stores this fall!! I am so excited about using those fabulous vintage colors. My idea is to make a quilted throw in just the perfect size for cool autumn mornings sitting on the sofa drinking coffee and reading the paper.

Denise said...

Your fabrics are beautiful! I would definitely make a quilt with a combination of applique and piecing. Congratulations!

edina said...

Your fabrics are gorgeous - I would love to make a patchwork tote or apron with them!

Cat Allman said...

Lovely colors- so subtle, as best as I can tell on screen. Congratulations!

I would make a pieced cozy for my Mom's little flat screen TV. I made one for my own, and it both keeps the screen clean (screens seem to attract dust and random gunk from the air), and artfully hide what is otherwise a big black shiny lump in my living room. The pattern would depend on the fabric.

Christina said...

How exciting Kaari! It looks beautiful!! Congratulations.

Trina said...

Felicitations! The colours are so lovely and soft and summery. I see patchwork pillows and bags, large and small, to hold jewelry while travelling, or delicate lingerie. Will they be available outside the U.S. in the fall? I love reading your blog and visiting your site. Keep up the good work!

kargas said...

Oh Kaari...these are wonderful! Can't wait! Congrats on a beautiful collection.
kargas

Stina said...

I live in the Philadelphia area and would love to attend the quilt show mentioned. Trouble is, I can't find any information on it. Can anyone help? Thank you!!!

Sara Moriarty-delaFuente said...

Lovely! So much that I could do with those glorious fabrics. An apron, pillow, capri lounge pants (so cute with a white, lace trimmed cami) I could go on and on. And I love Trina's idea of a lingerie bag. Beautiful!

~Sara

Heidi Ann said...

Hi Kaari, I wish I could count the number of nights I go to bed, reading your books!!! I guess I imagine that if I look at all your charming ideas ideas, somehow they will magically appear finished in the morning!!!...Your books are great inspiration for me & my friends!...Have given your books as gifts many times!!!....Am so looking forward to your fabrics!!!!....Enjoy your evening!.....Your friend, Heidi XO

Cottage Way of Life said...

I think it would be fun to play with those fabrics and apply them to an old lampshade frame, maybe patch them together, maybe not, but definitely experiemnt with ruching strips of the fabric, manipulating it to see what happens and apply it at the edge of the lampshade as a "fringe."

Pam said...

So much beauty in one place! I think I would use the fabrics to make re-usable grocery bags-all of the different prints blend so wonderfully together, and would make marketing not so much of a dreary chore :))

Mary Newton Designs said...

Ooh, I have a new purse pattern that uses 5 or 6 prints, these would be soooo pretty!

Cheryl said...

They are fabulous! I would use the scraps to make some yummy dishtowels!!

ParisMaddy said...

Love France, Love your fabrics. They look good enough to lick. I adore the soft, romantic colours. Add bits of toile de jouy, a monogram, and sprinkle with love and I'll make a present for a special friend whose husband is heading to Afghanistan. I can't wait to see them in the store!

Sheri Howard said...

Congrats on your fabric, I can hardly wait to see it in person!!!!!

Angela said...

I am dying to see this new fabric in person. All I can think of is a small patchwork throw or pillow for the couch. So gorgeous!

Anonymous said...

I am most excited about your new line of fabric..those are wonderful colors to work with and I do look forward for their grand appearance. I think perhaps a small lap quilt is in order..hmm
Louise

Anonymous said...

Gorgeous fabrics, love the colors, I can definitely see them in a show quilt, applique with some simple pieced blocks... Very inviting designs and colors, hope to see them in person soon. Ronda K Beyer

Judy said...

I am so excited for you! I cannot wait to see them. I wanat to thank you so much for doing my show. It was so nice getting to know you and all the girls loved you during the class you gave. Hope to see you in October! Do you think you will be able to do a booth?

Julie Loeschke said...

Oh! I can't wait! My best friend owns a quilt shop, and I will tell her about your line!

Cathy W. said...

They look yummy! Can't wait to see them and create something.

Carol said...

Your designs are so beautiful!!!
I think I would either frame them (I'm sure they would look fabulous hanging on my studio wall in those round wooden stitching frames instead of the usual rectangle frame shapes) or make a fabric bunting garland, it depends the size of the scraps.

Warmest wishes from Boxwood Cottage in Germany sends you

Carola

cindy novick said...

Félicitations!... on your new & yummy fabric line from Moda!!!! I am an avid quilter/sewer and fabric collector...modern, antique, and vintage. I have enough to keep me busy for a lifetime. However, that does not keep me from acquiring even more to fondle and use...lol! I have a wonderful book on antique quilts of Provence..mainly in the wholecloth and boutis method which is done with only 1 or 2 fabrics in large yardage amounts...and it looks like there's more than a few prints of yours that would be stunning sewn in this manner. As for the scraps you are offering in your giveaway, I would do a nice sized quilt block (used as 1 of many maison themed blocks quilt or as a pillow front)and applique a 'Maison Rouge'...one with a distinctively high & steep french roof top-chateau style!!

Angela said...

Congrats on your new line! Absolutely LOVE IT!!! Actually... made a skirt to wear the first day of market out of two of your new prints. See you in a week!!!

Babsarella said...

Your fabrics sound DIVINE!! I think it would be awesome to incorporate them into a collage along with other vintage elements.

Elissa said...

What a lovely collection of fabrics. It reminds me of a quilt my grandmother gave to my mother many years ago. The quilt was designed and made up of several dresses my grandmother had made for my mother when she was a little girl. In honor of Mother's Day, the box filled with beautiful fabric samples would make a sweet tablecloth, or apron, don't you think?
Happy Mother's Day!

Tricie said...

I LOVE your new fabrics! I would make one of my Louise Brooks paper dolls with hand sewn clothes!
Everything you do is so beautiful!
Congratulations!

Stacey said...

I'd love to try your new fabric... they look wonderful!

Trudy said...

These are just lovely...can't wait to use them ....will make a perfect quilt.

Anonymous said...

I love your new fabrics! I'm seeing a new purse/totebag with some of my vintage crochet lace my grandmother made. I'd love to win and be able to incorporate 2 of my favorite things! Thanks, Terry

Kel said...

Beautiful!!!
I have an old church we're turning into a cabin/cottage. I've decorated (in my mind)one bedroom in red and white floral quilts. In a wood bowl will be handmade lavendar sachet. I've started to collect the fabric and this is perfect to use. Simple and beautiful, I love it!!!
Kel

Clever Karen said...

Too yummy! Like cherries and cream! They'd be perfect for an apron that I am planning!

Jamie said...

I think the fabrics are wonderful! I am so inspired. I am looking through my idea notebook and think I'd like to make a 'market bag', and use several of them patchwork-style for the background of a new 'inspiration board' and since I have just moved into a new home I can think of many more things! Jamie V in MT
amzanioli@yahoo.com

Jehannarc said...

I have been wanting to make a small blanket that my husband and I could use for picnics. I want it to be something I could really go to town with quilting, and embroidery, adding some of my vintage buttons because of the smaller size. It would also be an heirloom that reminded us of lazy days spent outdoors together. It sounds like these scraps would be perfect for this!

Anonymous said...

They all look beautiful! First thoughts - summer throw blanket for a summer picnic in our backyard...tablecloth for dining room table with large red border...sachet pillows for our daughter's (and my!) beds...canopy over an outdoor day bed for an afternoon nap outside in summer...sewn into triangles for a banner for our daughter's room...as scalloped edging for kitchen shelves...large pieces (duvet cover, flat sheets) pegged to a line billowing huge in a summer breeze...ahhhh...can't wait to get some of the material later this year!

Jennifer S.
Eagle Rock, CA

Pat / Silver Thimble Quilt Co. said...

Well lucky me. I will be in Pittsburgh exhibiting. I hope to meet you and your lovely fabrics!

Pat
Silver Thimble Quilt Co,

Anonymous said...

Sorry - couldn't resist adding a couple more ideas I just had - the red florals would work great as a wide bottom trim to spice up some existing natural linen curtains in our deep red dining room...as a smaller trim for a summer linen jumper dress for our daughter...

Jennifer S. (again)
Eagle Rock, CA

Anonymous said...

Please don't kill me - one final idea I will use the fabric for - to line my new French market basket that I fill up on Sundays at the Hollywood Farmers Market while our daughter tries every sample available to her!

Jennifer S.
Eagle Rock, CA

Saar said...

Can't wait to see these in the flesh or should that be fabric. Could be a while before we see them here in New Zealand, but we can be patient!!!! not.

Anonymous said...

The fabric scraps would be wonderful for a "Noodle Day". One of my quilt guilds gets together and everyone brings a bag of "noodles" (fabric scraps), we share all the noodles and spend the day creating scrappy quilts.
Such fun...

merumo said...

What a beautiful collection!!
I can't wait to see them in LQS in fall... How about making a simple throw sized quilt? As your fabrics are just gorgeous as the way they look now, don't cut up to tiny pieces, use them almost the way they are with some big pieces sewn together should make a nice French General style quilt!

Monica C. said...

So cool. I would make a banner or maybe some sachets for gifts!

Anonymous said...

Ah..so, so lovely! I see in my near future, a beautiful Regency Dress with your yummy ribbons to match. Thank you for inspiring such beautiful fabrics!!! Lisa

Anne Sutton said...

I've been begging Lissa for these since last market! I just want to hold them in my hands and let the inspiration flow. It would be such an honor to work with your fabrics!

galloping pony said...

I would sew a simple miniature quilt, 4 patches I think, with half inch squares, hand quilt and antique it. Then frame it in a gilded frame on a linen mat. To finish it off I'd add the poem "Infant Joy", the first lines read "I have no name; I am but two days old. What shall I call thee? I happy am; Joy is my name. Sweet joy befall thee!"

textile lover said...

I am going to retire after 30 years of teaching in a wonderful public school. I have taught many of my kindergarten classes about quilting and for many years each student has made an individual quilt and gave it away to a baby or toddler in the hospital. Children can learn so much through textile projects. I would use this fabric to make a small drawstring bag for each child in my class. We all need a place to keep our special treasures!

Kathie said...

absolutely love the colors and designs of the fabric. Congrats!!!! that red print on the top is to die for and the beige/tan stripe 2 down from it I can see being the background for applique blocks!
If I won the fabric I would love to make a log cabin with that red being the dark and then all the other fabrics being the light side
can you tell I JUST LOVE that red??? would want it highlighted in my quilt.
thanks!
Kathie

It' an Evolution said...

YEAH....I CAN'T WAIT TO SEE THEM IN REAL LIFE!!!! Congratulations, you must be so proud.
Janet

Samantha said...

Hi, stopped in on you last Friday. I have put together my bracelet and I love it. With the fabric scraps (that match my home perfectly) I would love to make fabric flowers and some yoyos. I would add anttigue buttons to the middle. The flowers would be added to my paper art decor projects. Added to a throw pillow and if there were any left over I would make a corsage for my denim jacket.

Tomoe Book Arts said...

Stunning! I can't wait to work with them!

I have a question: I'll be traveling to France this December and spending a month there. I'll be in Dinan, specifically. Can you recommend any textile-related places/workshops that I can visit while I'm there? Thanks!

Jen

chickie said...

Dear Kaari, I was in Paris in Feb, with Lisa Quan and we would have loved to have found the gorgeous fabrics that you have created! You have done a brillant job and I cannot wait to see them use them and sell them at Thimblecreek, thank you so much, chickie.

prairiegirl said...

Doll Clothes, beautiful dresses for the French girls from my imagination!!!

Anonymous said...

I'd like to use the pattern from your FG Home Sewn book and reduce the cosmetic bag pattern a bit to try out those fabrics!

--Vicki K.

Anonymous said...

I hope we are able to get your fabrics in Australia via Moda
we don't always receive what people on the blog produce, but still it is good eye candy.
Best wishes Lesley

themagickbox said...

lovely looking fabrics! I can't sew to save my life, but I've got friends who do my sewing for me. I would definitely make those into pillow covers and maybe a dress or two of my own design from the simpler patterns. :)

Cynthia said...

I just can't wait to see your fabrics. I've been watching for them ever since I heard you were going to design a line for Moda - and they look so pretty! I would love to see those prints pieced together on a pillow.

Sally Anne said...

Hi Kaari...I can't wait to get my hands on these fabrics...they're sure to be spectacular! I'm not going to enter...as I already received a wonderful prize from you. Just want to let you know that French General and the ribbon give-away are featured on my blog! Happy Mother's Day!

Pieceful Jane said...

The new fabrics are gorgeous! I can see them in a lovely picnic quilt- one with basket blocks, I think. Very romantic.

Cruz-Elena said...

I am looking for some specail fabric with which to make my daughter a quilt. My first born, Cathleen, is going off to college in the fall (to New York) and I want to make her something special for her keep warm and remember how much we love her. Her favorite color is RED, so I was browsing your site when I saw your gorgeous new fabrics!

Lisa @celebrate CREATIVITY said...

The fabrics look delicious. Great projects can be made from samples too-lol.

Enjoy your day.

Debra said...

Your new fabrics are lovely, I would love to play around with some samples, some of my little basket blocks come to mind!

Julie said...

finally! your designs are just what the market needs. I cant wait to get my hands on them. I'm going to slip cover a love seat, trim my living room draperies and recover my foot stool/ coffee table. I also will be making art bags!!!!!! cant wait. Julie Stout

McMaster and Storm said...

i will stack it in my shelves and do a display!
sew? I can't at the moment i have a darling chubby, wubby 3 mo old!
kara

Kim Caldwell said...

The patterns are gorgeous and I love to use Moda in my craft tote line. Thinking that a French General tote for the Fall would be wonderful. Can't wait until it hits the stores ~ hope it will wholesale too!

Hugs, Kim
www.artisticblissdesigns.com

meleen dupré said...

kaari,

pockets....i've been adding pockets to all sorts of special things....a sweater, an apron,a jacket, totes. pockets can hold secrets!!! yep, pockets are special details!!

meleen

FrenchGardenHouse said...

How exciting Kaari! They are beautiful.:)
Lidy

Anonymous said...

This is so beautiful!

Barbara said...

Oh how BEAUTIFUL, these fabrics would make me another lovely purse to add to my collection. I am creating my new sewing room and they would also look good in a pretty wall-hanging showcased on the wall. Can't wait till I can buy them in yardage.

Barbara

Anonymous said...

I live in Australia and have just come across your blog and web-site.
I cannot believe how gorgeous your fabrics are-have been wanting to make a red quilt for years but cannot find the `perfect red`and thanks to you, i have finally done so.
Am soooooo! excited and cannot wait to be able to purchase the fabrics
You have made my year!
Caroyn Pennington

Carola said...

I have been "hooked" since reading and seeing book,"French Inspired Jewelery". I don't sew, I don't quilt, however I would use the scraps to make lovely beads to mix with vintage beads and buttons. I also do mixed media art, so I would surly use it somehow there; perhaps book covers for dear friends! The line of fabrics, as all of your items, are simply heart warming. Thank you, Carola

Anonymous said...

Everything you can make out of fabrics ! Beautyful fabrics you have designed. I know you will do very very well in the Quilt Market.
Greetings, Dora Dis

Betty said...

Congratulations on your new line. It will be pretty for someone to design and play with. Betty

Nancy said...

Just Beautiful!! I have been waiting to see these! I would love to make some of my lavender filled vanity bags out of these fabrics! Fall can not come soon enough.
Huggs, Nancy
www.coeurdalenegifts.com
www.coeurdalenegifts.com/blog/

Leslie said...

Beautiful!I have been an admirer of the French General look and can hardly wait for your new line with Moda - I can see applique with vines and flourishes!

Helz said...

Just Totally Delicious Fabrics !!! So many ideas but for the 'most' effect partnered with my French Provincial Bedroom Suite... A Queen Sized Quilt would just look beyond stunning !!! Congratulations on creating such Deliciousness...

Judy Whitman said...

Love the new fabrics - and can't wait to design some of my French cross stitch designs to go with them. Have lots of ideas! Just wish I could get them right now in August ! Looks like they won't be available in the shops until Fall, so perhaps will be able to release something at the Feb. needlework market.

Judy

Bella Pink said...

I already have the Bunny Hill pattern...woo hoo....they are gorgeous!

Anonymous said...

What gorgeous fabrics! I bought a quilt pattern that used them - but only because it was a good pattern for someone who can't stand cutting up gorgeous prints. Then I realized the fabric in the pattern was really starting to grow on me and finally tracked it down. Now that I've seen it close up I like it even better . . . but not for lamp shades or sachets or dishtowels or even a quilt. I see a summer wardrobe - skirts and pants and blouses that all mix and match! (I'm sorry - I think everyone else is limited in the scope of their vision) I'm devastated that these fabrics only come in cotton. Some of the turkey reds ought to come in a wool challis and the ivory and taupe fabrics in linen and silk as well as cotton so that the whole ensemble can transition into fall. I'm just lucky that Moda hasn't allowed you to do anything like this - my eyes and imagination are definitely bigger than my sewing budget.

Cindy

Anonymous said...

Being in France, I'm a little bit late compared to my american friends who have the same passion for lovely fabrics. I just haven't enough words to describe my feelings facing those extraordinary fabrics inspired by French rouenneries. Of course I've immediately ordered some pieces in USA and I'm now waiting to have them. The choice was terribly difficult as every piece is wonderful !!! Thanks for the pleasure you give us. Michèle from Bordeaux-France.