Farmhouse quilts, French-country style 😍 (+ giveaway!)

Bonjour, Stitch This! readers! We’ve been waiting-waiting-waiting to share this book with you, and the time has come! Meet French author Marie-Claude Picon and her beautiful new book, French Farmhouse.

French Farmhouse

Marie-Claude has a sparkling talent for blending two beloved quiltmaking styles. The foundation of each quilt is inspired by the beauty of vintage quilts, while the textured details she dreams up for her designs are rooted in primitive stitchery. The result is so warm, so welcoming . . . so French, so farmhouse!

Inside French Farmhouse, Marie-Claude shares her techniques for combining prints, colors, and textures so that you, too, can capture an old-fashioned, comfy quality in your quilts—quilts that look just like they came straight from a charming farm in France.

From French Farmhouse

Play with simple patchwork, quick wool appliqué, and easy embroidery stitches to make your own renditions of Marie-Claude’s quilts. There are so many drool-worthy details pictured throughout the book! The photos capture the little things that make French Farmhouse quilts so special.

From French Farmhouse

Choose from classic Nine Patch, Sixteen Patch, and medallion designs in cotton fabrics, along with quilts featuring tiny houses, stunning stars, and even adorable sheep (!) in wool and flannel. As you sew along, you’ll learn how to get that perfectly aged feel in your quilts, and you’ll also discover gorgeous display ideas that will inspire you to add a little French flair to your home, s’il vous plait. Merci, Marie-Claude!

Little Sunshine
Little Sunshine

All the way from the South of France on the French Riviera, here’s Marie-Claude to tell you a little more about her new book.

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(Are you as enchanted by her sweet French accent as we are?)

Marie-Claude also talks about her quiltmaking journey in the book, including why embroidery is such an important part of her work. We love hearing how the French inspire a life of sewing!

Marie-Claude Picon“What gives a quilt that special French-country look? It’s a certain combination of prints, such as ticking, florals, and dots. It’s a particular selection of colors, including the grays, taupes, and tans that call to mind French linens. And it’s a rich mixture of wool and flannel appliqués that add texture and warmth.

I love incorporating appliqué as well as embroidery into my quilts. Embroidery is popular in France and all over Europe—all the famous fashion houses use it in their designs. My connection to embroidery is more personal than that, however, because my mother was a professional embroiderer who inspired me from a young age, and that inspiration was reinforced at school, where my classmates and I embroidered as well. Learning to combine stitches was a way to remember the work of our grandmothers.

Marie's Alphabet
Marie’s Alphabet

There’s something very satisfying about connecting to previous generations by creating a quilt with an old-fashioned feel. Let these designs inspire you to play with fabric as you would a painting palette, slow your pace with needle and thread, and bring your own French-farmhouse quilts to life!”

Laura's Quilt
Laura’s Quilt

French FarmhouseWe’ve got a copy of French Farmhouse to give away to one lucky winner today! To be automatically entered into the drawing, tell us:

I have: 

  • Been to France
  • Never been to France
  • Not been to France, but I’m considering purchasing a French farmhouse right now

We’ll choose a winner one week from today and let you know by email if you win. Bonne chance! (Translation: Good luck!) And if you’d like to turn your French quilting dreams into a reality starting today, you can order French Farmhouse at our website and instantly download the eBook for free.

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Thanks to all who entered the drawing! The winner is Karen, who says:

“I have never been to France but my family way back in the 1600’s were French and I would love to see France one day and have a farmhouse!”

We’ll email you about your prize, Karen—congratulations!


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