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In numerology and symbology, twelve is a strong number.  There are 12 months in a year and time is measured in two groups of 12 hours.  There is a twelve-year cycle of time in Asia, 12 Apostles and 12 Days of Christmas.  Twelve is a symbol of cosmic order.  And twelve is the smallest composite number that can be divided by six different numbers.


Twelve months.  Twelve Moda Designers.  Twelve contests?

That's right - starting this month and running through December of this year, the following Moda designers will participate in a monthly contest... twelve prizes?  Probably more.

On the 5th of each month, the designer will announce their contest on social media - blog, Instagram or Facebook - and we'll share it here.  On the 5th of the following month, they will announce their winner and hand the contest baton to the next designer.  Each designer will determine what their contest will be and how the winners will be chosen.

The contests will vary but making something is probably going to be required - be it a pincushion, a pillow, a table-runner or an elaborately hand-appliquéd quilt.  (Not likely but do keep in mind that there are some seriously talented appliquérs in the designer bunch.  Just saying...)

First up is Kaari Meng of French General.  This is extra-special because Kaari is celebrating a very impressive and totally cool number this month and year.  Twenty - as in, 2017 is the 20th Anniversary of the start of French General.

As Kaari wrote... "Twenty years ago, French General began in a barn along the Hudson River in upstate New York.  Open once a month, the barn was filled with all of my favorite things – old French linen sheets, 19th century floral textiles and tickings, French buttons, beads and ribbon.   Eventually the shop moved to New York City, and then to Los Angeles – where it continued to grow into what it is now.  It is a shop, a workshop offering classes on every manner of stitching, block printing and natural dyeing, and a design studio for me and my husband, JZ."


Kaari is known for her exquisite vintage-inspired jewelry - often made with vintage pieces.  She loves - and collects - vintage French tickings, some of which have been reproduced for her Moda collections.  In addition to quilt design, she designs and stitches embroidery samplers and the beautiful darning techniques used for Japanese-style boros.


To celebrate the anniversary, Kaari is going to create an Anniversary Sampler Quilt using blocks designed by you!

Design an 8" finished block using up to four different French General or solid fabrics.  The block can be pieced, appliqued or embroidered - and you can enter as many times as you like!

Post a picture of your block on Instagram using the following hashtags:

  • #12contestsfrenchgeneral
  • celebrationsampler
  • frenchgeneral

Or you can e-mail a photo of your block to - [email protected]

The contest ends on Wednesday, February 1st and the winners will be announced Sunday, February 5, 2017.

There will be thirty (30) winners selected and each will receive a French General Charm Pack, a pattern for the completed Celebration Sampler and credit in the pattern.  The finished quilt will be made in Kaari's upcoming collection and debut at Spring Quilt Market.


For more information on the contest -

Just in case you might need a little more French General fabric, we're going to share a Pondicherry Fat Eighth bundle with someone.  Just leave a comment telling us what your most recent "big anniversary" was by Midnight on Sunday, January 15 and you're entered to win.

Kaari's had another big anniversary last year - she celebrated 24 years of marriage with her sweet husband, Jon.


That's their beautiful daughter, Sophia.

Halloween.  French General-style.

Happy Friday!


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