Cabbages & Roses visits the MODA County Fair…

September 21, 2011

It was with great pleasure that Cabbages & Roses were invited to participate in the Moda ‘blog tour’. Christina was invited to take part in the question and answer section of this world wide journey. We would like to thank Cheryl and Lissa for their interesting questions, and Christina for her interesting answers!



 What’s your favorite fair food? If not fair, then just food!

The delicious roasted almonds.

 What’s your guilty pleasure?

Delicious roasted almonds.

 What’s on your bucket list?

To paint a picture in oils.

To cross Russia in the Winter on the trans Siberian express.

To own a house overlooking the sea—any sea.

To produce a book about the life of Cabbages & Roses.

 What inspires your work?

Beautiful houses

Beautiful clothes.

The Countryside.
The past.

Women—Especially those who appreciate our style.

 Tell us about the time you entered in a fair…

Our only fair is the Moda fair. Kate—my daughter—and I felt like new girls-inexperienced and rather nervous. We were overwhelmed by the scale of the exhibition but immediately, the lovely exhibitors and all the Moda staff very soon made us feel welcome and very special.

 State Fairs have become known for what they can FRY?  What would you fry?

Nothing, if I can help it.

 What movie do you watch again & again?

The Railway Children, Home Alone 1, Little Women, 39 Steps, The Gathering Storm, The Duchess.

 Who would play you in a made for TV Lifetime movie?

Whoopie Goldberg.

 What’s on your nightstand?

Coco Chanel by Justine Picardie, a copy of my first book ‘Vintage Chic’ newly published, a vase of sweet peas, a large wireless, Vintage china candle holder and matches (in case of power cut), lavender essence and old book of prayers.

 Do you sing when no one else is listening? If so, what is the song or artist?

Yes—anything with a tune.

 Tell us about your pet?

Walter Gilbert Strutt—A Jack Russell who looks like a cross between a fox and a Corgie. He was given to me by a customer and is wholly delightful, gentle, loving, and rather ugly.

 What do you wish people would ask about you more?


 How many quilts have you made?

Not one.

 If you could be any age again for one week, what age & why?

56 and three quarters – I can’t think of a better time in my life (so far)

 What shows do you TiVo?

I have no idea what TiVo is so I don’t TiVo any shows.

Are you related to anyone famous? Or infamous?

Pope Paul III who was born Alessandro Farnese in 1474, became Pope in 1534 until 1549. Unfortunately, he employed Nepotism to advance the power and fortunes of his family. Sadly, his palace and the power and fortunes of the family did not last the next six generations so all we have left is history.  

 If you could go back in time and talk to yourself at the age of 12, what would it be & why?

Trust your instinct – it is there for a reason.

 What question would you liked to be asked?

May I give you a lovely house overlooking the sea, health, wealth and happiness for as long as you live?

Oh yes, please do.


Our Giveaway

Cabbages & Roses are giving away 2 ‘fat quarter bundles’ (for those not in the know, these are delicious pre cut and beautifully wrapped bundles of quilting fabric) from our Northcote range of fabric.

All you need to do is leave a comment here on our blog, the winner will be randomly chosen, and announced on Wednesday 28th September – don’t forget to check the blog to see if it is you!

Please visit Deb tomorrow for her day on the MODA blog tour.

xx C&R


117 Responses to “Cabbages & Roses visits the MODA County Fair…”

  1. Mary Says:

    This Northcote range is simply exquisite! Thank you so much for the chance!

  2. Mary Beth Says:

    Love your fabrics! A house by the sea would be lovely!

  3. patti jarvis Says:

    What a beautiful fabric line. I really like your style and look forward to learning more about you.

  4. Julie Says:

    Love your puppy!! Great fabrics!!

  5. Sue Says:

    Love your fabric! Thanks for the opportunity to win.

  6. Cori Wagner Says:

    Beautiful! Thank you.

  7. Robbin Says:

    I enjoyed reading your comments. Northcote is lovely. Thanks for the opportunity to win.

  8. Kristy Says:

    OH MY….I NEED that fabric!!! My daughter is having her first baby and it would be PERFECT for the new baby’s first quilt! It is gorgeous.

  9. Megan Says:

    what beautiful fabrics….I could give them a nice home!

  10. Annette Says:

    Lovely fabrics, really like those old fashioned style prints. Thanks for bringing them to us.

  11. Regina Says:

    Cabbage & Rose look like beautiful fabrics.
    I love your nightstand.

  12. I’m so very excited to see your beautiful new line of fabric! Oh, I’ll take a home by the sea too!!! =)

  13. Love Love Love your fabrics with their light airy look. Fun blog post to read.

  14. Karin E Says:

    Beautiful line of fabrics. I can see something made using the lovely shades of red. Thanks, Karin E 🙂

  15. Kate / Orlando Says:

    Charming dog, charming fabrics, charming answers! A house by the sea… yes, that’s my dream too. Thanks for participating in the Moda Fair!

  16. Looks like absolutely beautiful fabrics! Enjoyed reading your answers! Thank you for the chance !!!

  17. Patty V. Says:

    Your fabrics are beautiful, thanks for a chance to win some. I enjoyed looking back through your blog.

  18. DianeH Says:

    My Jack Russel, Jake says hello to your sweet puppy. Thanks very much for a chance to win some of your beautiful fabric.

  19. Lovin’ these fabrics!

  20. Sunnybec Says:

    How could you!! Walter Gilbert Strutt is NOT I repeat NOT Ugly!!! Look at his little face, look how upset he is, he is beautiful….go give him a big hug from me and Sam (my JRT). A house by the sea would be lovely but for now I am happy to be living in France! Yay. Linda

  21. Sequana Says:

    I love that last question. Wouldn’t that be something?

    Thx for the chance to win some beautiful fabric!

  22. Lesley Says:

    Your fabrics are beautiful! Thanks for the opportunity. I will return!

  23. Heidi Says:

    Gorgeous fabrics! Thanks for the chance to win it!

  24. Kimberly Dow Says:

    Walter is adorable and he looks like he’s a just sweetheart!
    Thanks for the chance to win.

  25. Erika Szabó Says:

    Love your fabrics, your dog and your fine humour… Thanks for the opportunity to win!

  26. janet Says:

    What a gorgeous blog…and gorgeous designs! janet

  27. Kathy MacKie Says:

    I have a water view and love it. Thanks for the fun fabric giveaway.

  28. Lori B in Texas Says:

    I think the fabric is beautiful. I’d love a chance to play around with those fat quarters.

  29. Sue P Says:

    Love your fabric line! Your dog is not ugly!

  30. Kd Brown Says:

    Christina, your Moda fabric line Northcote looks gorgeous! Thank you for sharing a glimpse of your world. Thank you, Kd

  31. I love the look of your fabric and your dog. He reminds me of my dog.

  32. Doreen B Says:

    Enjoyed reading your answers – a house overlooking the sea would be lovely. Thanks for the chance to win your beautiful fabric.

  33. I love your dog — I have one just like yours – a stray.

  34. Kathy R Says:

    I love everything about your company, including your adorable dog. I look forward to finding out more and incorporating your beautifull fabrics into my quilts!

  35. Cheryl Greenleaf Says:

    Walter Gilbert Strutt is not ugly! He’s too cute.

    Thanks for responding to my email so quickly.

  36. Jod Guerrero Says:

    Beautiful, Beautiful fabric!! and I think your dog is rather cute!

    Thank you for the giveaway and a chance to win.


  37. Colleen Says:

    I agree, a house by the sea. Thanks for the giveaway!

  38. Margaret Says:

    Beautiful fabric! I would love to see the movie of your life starring Whoopie. 🙂

  39. Amanda Says:

    I love the romance of your table settings. Can I borrow some of your ideas? I love anything with roses and your fabric giveaway is calling to me. Even if I am not chosen, I think I’ll be looking for them and am already envisioning how best to use them. Thanks!

  40. Laurie Says:

    love your style 🙂 thanks for a chance to win

  41. Says:

    Thank you for sharing your blog.. very beautiful!!

  42. Barb Colvin Says:

    So American of us to ask about TiVo and STATE fairs LOL I’d love to hear about the fetes which are probably more familiar. Your Northcote line is so lovely.

  43. Carol Campbell Says:

    Beautiful fabrics and loved your responses to the questions! Would like to visit the shop someday!

  44. Beth Says:

    Walter is not one bit ugly, he is adorable!
    I would love to win your lovely fabrics. I will be making a quilt for my very hip 17 yr old daughter, and she loves cabbage roses!

  45. Shanna Says:

    Love your fabrics! They are very romantic , so soft,inviting me to wear or wrap myself in their feminism! I have your other lines much!

  46. I would choose a house with a mountain view and there my soul would sing, but it would not be complete without a quilt (or 2 or 3) made with your fabrics. Keeping some threads crossed for good luck….

  47. Karen Says:

    Beautiful fabric, I enjoyed your post!

  48. Sue Schultz Says:

    Wow. So glad I did this blog hop so I could learn about cabbages and roses. I love EVERYTHING on your website. Your fabric is beautiful. I would love to win some.

  49. Ally Frey Says:

    Thanks so much for the chance to win! PS I think Walter is so cute:)

  50. Ginger Says:

    The Northcote fabrics are very beautiful–and Moda Lissa made a quilt out of this group of fabrics. Me too, I would love to make a quilt out of the Northcote fabrics also. Walter Gilbert Strutt is quite the Jack Russell. We have a Jack Russell dog named Ivan Augustus–and he is very bouncy. He has been a joy–hope your dog is also. Thanks for the giveaway opportunity. God bless you and yours.

  51. Connie F Says:

    Love your fabric, what a beautiful quilt it would make.

  52. jenny Says:

    ohhhh, i am so in love with this line of fabric….so many wonderful quilts i could make!

  53. Jayne Moore Says:

    Love your fabric, thanks for the chance to win.

  54. Karen Shackleford Says:

    I’m so glad to learn about you and your fabrics and designs. So lovely!

  55. Jocelyn Says:

    Your fabrics are gorgeous!! Thanks!

  56. karen Says:

    Love everything about Cabbages and Roses!!!

  57. SewLindaAnn Says:

    Oh so lovely fabrics, and I too would love health, happiness and a lovely cottage to live in for the rest of my life.

  58. Eve Says:

    Your fabric is beautiful. Thank you for the chance to win.

  59. Lisa L Says:

    Love your giveaway! I’ve never seen your blog before so I’ll be here looking around for awhile, I like what I see so far…I almost didn’t make it what with the wrong link, but I’m glad I did.

  60. Mallory Says:

    I love your fabric line and am so glad you participated in the moda blog hop!!! Here’s hoping!

  61. DeDe Says:

    When I was younger I wanted to live by the sea. But now I’m dreaming of a cottage in the woods near a stream. Seems more peaceful. Guess we won’t be neighbors….lol

  62. Kate Says:

    Love the fabric- thanks for the chance to win!

  63. Beautiful fabrics. Thanks for the chance to win.

  64. Carol Y Says:

    What lovely fabric! Thanks so much for being a part of this hop.

  65. selleck Says:

    Your fabric is absolutely beautiful. Thanks.

  66. Liz Says:

    Lovely fabrics. Thanks for the chance to win some of them.

  67. Callie Says:

    Your fabric is gorgeous! Thanks for the giveaway.


  68. Gloria B Says:

    What lovely fabric – so gentle and English somehow.

    I love the idea of having Whoopi Goldberg playing you in a film! I bet she would be up for the challenge, too!!

    Here’s hoping I win those lovely fat quarters.

  69. VickiT Says:

    You are just like me. I would love to live near water; a large lake would be fine but for sure something larger than a river. The home I grew up in was on a river and a short distance to the left was the dam so you could hear the water rushing over that dam when outside. I LOVE being near water and loved the sound of the water. It’s very calming to me I think.

    Your dog is adorable. One of my boys has a Toy Fox Terrier that looks very much like the Jack Russel breed. He’s a stinker and EXTREMELY active. I don’t think that dog stops moving even while sleeping. He tires me out just from watching him run all over the house all the time. They lived here for a short period of time and it amazed me how calm/quiet our house was when they moved out again. I never realized how exhausted I was each day until they moved.

    That fabric is just gorgeous. Everytime I see it I’ve always thought of the Victorian era for some reason. Just beautiful fabric and one I’d love to win. Thank you for the chance.

  70. Tania Says:

    I love soft, girly, flowery fabrics……what more can I say? Tku!

  71. Debbie R. Says:

    The Northcote fabrics are lovely. And, venturing further down your blog, the Cabbages and Roses clothing is terrific. I loved your brief, down-to-earth answers to the questions, especially your eschewing fried foods. Bring on the cabbage!

  72. Linda Says:


  73. What a lovely line of fabric..I see so many possibilities, not just for quilts! Love your statement to trust your instinct…I will be passing that one on to my twins who just started high school this fall. Lisa in Texas

  74. Jan Says:

    Hi Christina,
    So, so excited about the new line of fabrics…I hope one of our stores in Calgary, Alberta, Canada has ordered them… Would love to read about the “Life of Cabbages and Roses”. Are you going to post a pattern using your fabrics?

  75. Abby Says:

    your fabric is gorgeous and with ‘puppy dog’ eyes like that there’s no way Walter is ugly! He’s an adorable little guy 🙂

  76. MoeWest Says:

    Thanks for the chance to win some of your beautiful fabric. I do love roses.

  77. Hildy Says:

    Love your fabric and thanks for the giveaway!
    Greetings from germany

  78. Sandi Says:

    Your fabrics are wonderful and so is the picture of your dog.

  79. Jane Charles Says:

    Simply sumptuous.

  80. jessica Says:

    I loved looking at your website! Everything looks so pretty. Thank you for the chance to win the beautiful prints!

  81. Karen Says:

    love your fabrics and your sense of humor. Would love to win the fat quarters!!

  82. Mary Jo Says:

    Your fabric is beautiful! Thanks for the give away.

  83. Debbie Says:

    Oooo. Luscious fabrics you have! I visited your online shop; absolutely lovey! I can’t wait for you to open stores in the US!! Hurry!

  84. Jeanne Says:

    I didn’t know anything about you. It was very fun to learn some facts. Your fabric and photos are lovely.

  85. Lani Says:

    I love, love, love your fabric!!

    Thank you for the chance to win 🙂 (keeping my fingers and toes crossed LOL)


  86. Cheryl O Says:

    Love! Your fabrics, your website, your ideas! So romantic 🙂

  87. Mary ann Says:

    Lovely , lovely fabric and such a cute puppy! Thank you for the opportunity to win the FQs. And the blog…oh my such style!

  88. Angela Says:

    Thanks for the chance to win! Your fabric is lovely! Your products are inspiring!

  89. Dawn Says:

    Oh what beautiful fabrics. I had such a fun time reading your interview!

  90. Nelle Frostad Says:

    I love your fabric! And thank you for the chance to win the gift of such beautiful fat quarters!

  91. Jan Richards Says:

    Your fabric is beautiful. Thanks for a chance to win some.

  92. Kathie Fosnaugh Says:

    Love this county fair! Beautiful fabrics! Keeping my fingers crossed.

  93. Wendy Says:

    Lovely to see a “Northcote” range. I miss living there – it was such fun. x

  94. Cabbage & Roses you are such an inspiration just as your fabrics are when I sit down to sew… Happy it is autumn again…

  95. susan field Says:

    this is a first for me! hope i get it right……looking at your pictures….the fabric……the dresses …..makes me feel good….makes me want to get my sewing machine out reminds me of growing up….cutting out paper patterns….sewing…..romantic rose tinted memories of times gone by…dreaming…happy days…not sure what i would do if i won but i am exited at the thought….already thinking………..heres hoping
    kind regards
    susan from pontefract west yorkshire

  96. Jenn Says:

    These are gorgeous!

  97. Cathy Says:

    I would love to be in a mostly glass house overlooking the sea when a storm rolls in. Just once. The fabric looks lovely and feminine! Thank you for sharing!

  98. Anne Coley Says:

    Hello. You truly have the most lovely fabric. I would love to have my whole home done in this. It’s just so calming. Thank you for a chance to win some of this wonderful fabric.

  99. Sue in MI Says:

    Love you fabrics. thanks for the chance to win.

  100. nanbon Says:

    what a cute puppy, he will be such a little helper

  101. Debbie Says:

    Northcote is lovely. It’d be fun to sit & sew on it all day long in a house by the sea…

  102. Elizabeth Says:

    That’s the best reply ever to: How many quilts have you made? None! Ha brill. Thanks for keeping it real. I would LOVE to make a quilt out of pre-cut fabric – might even wear it.

  103. Jugatz Says:

    My mum and I made cushion covers out of your napkins and they look fabulous ! thank you for your inspiring and calming collections !!!

  104. deb Says:

    I think it is great that you have history with the Pope!! how divine, you have all the wealthy in the world.

    That fabric looks amazing…and your pooch is actually adorable love the bow and those doe eyes..ain`t ugly at all maàm

  105. candy Says:

    Beautiful fabric. I enjoyed reading your blog. Thanks for the chance to win

  106. Connie Naef Says:

    The fabrics look gorgeous….just the style I love.

  107. I’m a HUGE Cabbages and Roses fan, and would love to win these gorgeous fabrics. I love the modern edge you give country florals – just up my street!


  108. Axelle Says:

    Such a good idea those questions… we know now a bit more on Christina !

    Beautiful fabrics and lovely dog, indeed !

  109. kimberlee Says:

    eek, I’m cutting it too close to the deadline. I just had to tell you I love your fashion style, your fabric, textures, would you please do a makeover on me??

  110. Leslie B. Says:

    Thought I left a comment -oh well, gorgeous, gorgeous! I’d love to win a bundle!

  111. fleurette Says:

    Beautiful fabric and photos!

  112. Monica Says:

    I just love this fabric! It’s so delicate and girly looking.

  113. Judith Says:

    Just found your website and your beautiful fabrics. Hope I am not too late for a chance to win.!

  114. Tami Campbell Says:

    Your fabric combines simplicity and elegance. Timeless. Thank you for the opportunity to win some.

  115. Linda S Says:

    Beautiful fabric – love it, so soft and vintage looking. I’d love to win the giveaway.

  116. Margaret Witt Says:

    I am so glad you got your fair blog on.. I missed the deadline but wanted to tell you I enjoyed your answers to all the questions.. I truly hope you get that place by the sea.

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