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Love That Fabric: April

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This month, we're devoting the entire Love That Fabric! column to Rural Jardin. It's a grand fabric collection from French General for Moda. If you want to add the tranquil elegance of French farmhouse-inspired textiles to your home, look seriously at this collection. The selection is vast, with muted shades of blue, red and aqua; plus toweling and 54" cotton/linen yardage that is perfect for upholstery or slipcovers. It's an ideal choice for home décor with lots of well-imagined variety. If I think about it much longer, I'm going to have to redo my house in this fabric.

Rural Jardin

From the Rural Jardin collection, I counted 88 prints and wovens; plus jelly roll, charm pack, and layer cake pre-cuts. We're showing only a petite sampling of the full collection. What you can make with Rural Jardin is nearly limitless: from curtains, pillows and slipcovers in the living room; to aprons, tablecloths, placemats and napkins for the dining room; and oh, the possibilities for bed linens. Rural Jardin is classic; if you take the time to use it in home décor projects, they will never-ever go out of style.

The fabrics from French General are often reproductions of the antique French textiles collected by designer Kaari Meng, founder of the crafts and notions store, French General. They are brimming with beautiful botanical patterns and graceful bird motifs juxtaposed with classic stripes and plaids.

If you loved French General's Rouenneries, you'll love Rural Jardin. French General also has a mind-bogglingly gorgeous holiday collection coming out in a couple of months. More on that later.

View the full collection here.

Finding Fabric

If you see a particular fabric online that you like, you can check your favorite fabric source to find out if they have it in stock or can get it for you. You can also try Googling the fabric name along with the designer's name or the design house, for example: 'Rural Jardin' Moda. Prints from older collections can sometimes be found on Etsy or eBay. If you love a fabric, get it while you can. Because like fashionable apparel, popular fabrics come and go; at some point even the most amazing fabrics are no longer in stores or online.

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