Sewing with the French General

No posts for almost a week?  I can’t help it!  I’ve been sewing with the general.  The French General, Kaari Meng!  No, she wasn’t really here, but her fabric was.

French General Book

Kaari, do you realize how popular you are?  You with this gorgeous Moda fabric line called “Rouenneries”? The name is so French, and this wonderful fabric has been so much fun to design with!

 French General Fabrics

I’ve never designed a block of the month that used one fabric line exclusively.  Now I have!  Kaari’s fabric is the only line in my newest block of the month.  And the pile of fabric that you’ve seen all week…


Studio Mess


…has finally turned into a quilt!  I’ve designed and prepared the entire quilt using the spray starch method of appliqué.  I can see what each block will look like before it’s appliquéd in place.

I’m writing the pattern, refining the drawings, and then block by block it will leave for Bend, Oregon where my friend Anne will do her magic and complete the appliqué and embellishing.

Embellishment closeup

You know how I love to embellish!  Velvet ribbon winding up the stem of this design, and all those little points she gets to turn under.   Anne will love me for sure! If you don’t hear from her for awhile you’ll know why!

I’ll finally get a chance to list the vintage spools this week, and the rick rack is back in stock now!   Think of me in front of this computer, all week long.

Have a great day everyone!  Here at Bunny Hill we’ll be busy, but we always have fun! Another block of the month is almost done!




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  • Richelle - I just checked and cannot find the spools listed. Can you give a hint as to where I might find them. Thanks!ReplyCancel

  • Miss Jean - When and where will the block of the month be available? As just a pattern? A kit? Oh, the wait……ReplyCancel

  • kahuna24 - I love all of your patterns! I have quite a few! I have the fabric for Taffy Treats I was going to make for my daughter, 29 who passed away 3 weeks ago from muscular dystrophy rather unexpectedly! It will be very special and she would have loved it! But she knows. I am also doing your blocks of the months. Too cute! I love the vintage spools and have checked your website. Have I overlooked them? I need a "pick me up" and would love to purchase one!
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  • Tammy in Ontario, Canada - can't wait to see it. I know I will love it for sure. I love everything you do.ReplyCancel

  • Kathie - well now I really can't wait to see this quilt
    i LOVE this fabric line and can't wait to get my hands on some of it!
    Anne is going to have fun appliquéing this one I bet!

  • Hi! My name is erica. Would you be my friend? - Wow! That looks like some applique. I've never seen anything like the winding ribbon!

    I do love the French General colors..ReplyCancel

  • dotti white - Ah, the French General! I always love to see what you are up to, you talented woman!ReplyCancel

  • Danielle - Oh, the pain of waiting! More, show us MORE! Please? Looks wonderful, as usual…. when will the pattern be available?ReplyCancel

  • julia - Anne – what are you doing with me? I'm hopelessly buried in UFOs, and then you're doing your magic and I know I'll can't resist this BOM either…the sneak peek looks gorgeous!
    If I were Anne {the other one ;o)} I'd be giddy with anticipation to appliqué this quilt… And what a fabulous idea to wrap a ribbon around a stem…!
    I already ordered the ric rac (and some more *g*…I had to stopp way ealier than I really wanted) but I'm still waiting for the vintage bobbins (as everyone else do)…
    I know your new BOM will be a huge success,
    hugs, JuliaReplyCancel

  • Georgina - I have just placed my order to buy those spools, can't wait to have them at home!
    Your new BOM using those fabrics will be lovely as everything you design and of course I will make it. I love those red fabrics too. Greetings from Middle East.ReplyCancel

  • Vicky - Anne, yer killing me here! I'll sign up for this one, too! I figure I can some day finish up all of your BOMs at The Home!ReplyCancel

  • Kristyn - Ann,

    I met you at Bill and Diana Young's wedding. My dad and Bill are cousins. I was taking pictures for them and you gave me your card. I read your blog often and just started my very first quilt! I am enjoying it so much, but am using extra scraps to start out with. Thanks for all your inspiring posts!

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  • Melvin - I love all your patterns…
    Always fun to visit here!
    thanks for sharing…

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  • kylie - Hi Anne,what is the spray starch method of applique.Sounds interesting.This line of fabric looks lovely.Looking forward to seeing what you have created with it.KylieReplyCancel

  • Mary - When is this fabric going to be in the stores?? I re-perused my "French Inspired Home" book after reading this post but that only made me hungrier for the fabric.ReplyCancel

  • lambie-pie - I just bought some of the vintage bobbins and I am so excited about it, I can't even tell you! I've wanted to buy some of these for a long time. When I saw all of those in the pictures on your blog I actually gasped out loud!! I'm glad I went back today and saw them listed for sale because it seems like they're going fast!
    Where on earth did you find that many?! Anyway, I'd probably be selfish and keep them for myself, but I'm glad you decided to share the wealth!


  • conniek - Please send me your spool… my dog lucky,a relative of Chelsea would love oneReplyCancel

  • Michell - I really enjoyed looking at all the new blogs and getting that inspiration from all the patterns that were shown.

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