Monday, April 8, 2013

Shots and Stripes by Kaffe Fassett : book review and Giveaway!

~The Giveaway is now closed ! Thank you to everyone who entered. The winner will be drawn at random and will be announced tomorrow, Friday, April 12 !
The 2013 book Shots and Stripes: 24 New Projects Made with Shot Cottons and Striped Fabrics by Kaffe Fassett and Liza Prior Lucy is the newest of the books that showcase Kaffe's fabulous fabrics. We practically jumped at the chance to review this gorgeous, hardbound book. Here's the news: STC/Melanie Falick Books has donated a copy of the book to one lucky reader!


This latest book is unlike any other Kaffe Fassett book in our collection.  First, the focus here is on quilts made with solids and stripes, rather than Kaffe's signature prints. Whereas quilting fabrics are first woven and then printed or dyed with a color and/or pattern, shot cottons are woven using two different colors of hand-dyed cotton thread: one color is used for the warp, and another color is used for the weft.  This combination of fibers gives these fabrics a soft, almost iridescent look.

Kaffe Fassett shot cotton bundle at Form and Function

The Indian-woven cotton stripes, below, come in regular and irregular width designs with the same rich colors. These fabrics are more loosely woven than traditional cotton fabrics which means that they ravel more easily; however, the looser weave gives them a smooth hand and makes them perfect for hand quilting.  The book recommends washing and starching the fabric before cutting.

Kaffe Fassett woven stripes seen at Hawthorne Threads

In Shots and Stripes, Kaffe and Liza show how to use these luscious fabrics in 24 different projects that are inspired by Kaffe's worldwide travels and by ethnic textiles. The book features some beautiful photography by Debbie Patterson (we snapped a photo of this page next to some of our own woven stripes).


Inspired by the vintage "chimney sweep" design, this project shown above features large areas of each color on a gray ground, which gives the quilt a modern appearance and helps the shot cottons to glow.  We appreciate the use of gray and neutral tones as backgrounds, rather than the bright white which is common in modern quilts.

The project shown below is a contemporary take on the traditional "Lady of the Lake" pattern; this traditional design also looks wonderful in shot cottons.  As Kaffe says:  "The sashing with the two-toned cornerstones made those chalky colors sing."


While almost all of the projects in the book involve piecing, here is an applique quilt featuring Kaffe's famous "Rice Bowls", which has been re-done here in shot cottons and stripes.  The stripes provide a realistic "tablecloth" for each of the bowls to sit on.


There are many more intriguing projects in this book, including a quilt inspired by Japanese rag or "Boro" cloths, which is made by hand quilting raw-edge strips onto a fabric foundation.  These fabrics are perfect for hand quilting with a utility stitch (it's like quilting through butter!)  As in all of Kaffe and Liza's books, the quilts are beautifully designed; the staging and photography also makes this a book you will be proud to display on your coffee table.

If you would like to win a copy of Kaffe Fassett Quilts: Shots and Stripes, please post a brief comment in the comments section below the prize list, and we'll enter your name in the Giveaway. The Giveaway ends at midnight, Thursday, April 11 and winners will be announced on Friday, April 12.  Please make sure that we are able to contact you via e-mail, and we'll mail out your prize free of charge.  Many thanks to each reader who writes a comment below!

80 comments:

  1. I'm very excited about this new book...fantastic quilts just waiting to be sewn

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  2. I was just at a quilt store this week, fingering the beautiful shot cottons and striped fabrics, and vowing that i would come back to get a collection of them! This would be perfect to go with that next project.

    I've been a Kaffe fan since my days of knitting--he was a huge influence on me.

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  3. You think Kaffe has done all that he could to create and then he turns out this phenomenal book - simply stunning !

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  4. Wonderful, another Kaffe book no doubt filled with inspiration! His shot cottons are fabulous, particularly for hand quilting. swdav at xtra dot co dot nz

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  5. The fabrics look yummy! The projects highlighted in the post look fun! Wonderful! :)

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  6. I love KF's use of colour!

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  7. Looks like a great book! Thanks for the chance to win it.

    Nancy in Denver
    nkadenver at yahoo.com

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  8. I've started collecting Mr. Fassett's shots and would love to have his book for inspiration. thanks for the chance.

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  9. Love Kaffe shot cottons! I would be happy to make anything in his new book, thank you so much for giving a copy away.

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  10. I love Kaffe's designs. I am a knitter too and love his hand knits as well. His eye for color is phenomenal. I would love to win this book. Thanks for the opportunity.

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  11. This does look like a very different but equally interesting book. I would be delighted to have a copy but it might not sit in the bookcase too much. :-)
    Sandra(dot)klassen(at)pobox(dot)com

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  12. I love the look of shots; this book sounds very interesting. thanks for the chance to win.

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  13. I have a collection of these shot cottons and stripes. I'm sure this book would provided inspiration for many ways to use them. Thanks for the review.

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  14. The fabrics are breathtaking!! The quilts in the book are gorgeous! I would love to win.

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  15. Thanks for the review, would love to win this book!

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  16. Such beautiful fabrics! Thank you for the give-away!

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  17. Would love to win this book - looks like fun!

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  18. This looks like a great collection of fun quilts.
    Love the use of fabrics.
    I would really like to win this book.

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  19. Oooh -- a new Kaffe book! I love the photographs as much as the fabric and the quilts. Recommended reading: "My Nepenthe," by Romney Steele. She is Kaffe's niece. The book is about the family home/restaurant in Big Sur. It's a wonderful, multi-generational story with great recipes and photos.

    And of course I'd love to win this one!

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  20. I gotta read this book! It looks luscious -- and I'm hugely interested in trying out some of these fabrics and their techniques! YES, I'd enjoy hugely getting lucky 'n' winning this book, so will have fingers & toes (and needles & pins) crossed that I may. THANKS for the opportunity to join the contest.

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  21. I can't wait to really see this book! It looks wonderful. Someone will be very happy about winning this treasure.

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  22. Kaffe does it again, what a great looking book. Would be a sooooo nice to win. Many thanks.

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  23. OOOOH. I love Kaffe. He has a color sense like no other.

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  24. This looks like a great book! I recently found Kaffe shot cottons in a local fabric shop -- wonderful! Thank you for the chance.

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  25. I have some shot cottons in my sewing room waiting for inspiration to strike. I'd love to win this book. Thank you for the opportunity.

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  26. Would love to have this in my Kaffee collection!

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  27. Love those Kaffe Fassett stripes and shot fabrics, I would love to win this book.

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  28. I have admired Kaffe Fassett for years and love his books. I would love to win this book and spend the afternoon looking at and reading it...and then dreaming of quilts to come!

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  29. I love Kaffe Fassett's fabrics and books! Thanks for the chance to win a copy of his latest book!

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  30. i would love to win this thanks for the chance

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  31. I am very intriqued by the neww fabrics, along with the new book. Mainly the fabrics cause they are more in my comfort zone and then the quilt back is him all the way-now that i like as well. I would like to be included in the giveaway please.
    aka kingcooper0001@aol.com

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  32. I am glad Kaffe brought the shot cottons and stripes back in his latest book. I think they are so timeless. The fact that they are from India makes me always feel close to home while I use them in a quilt. Kaffe is a color genius. I have had chance to meet him several times and love how he sees shades and tones of every color different than the rest of the world.

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  33. I love Kaffe's fabrics and book. Thanks for the chance to win his latest title.

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  34. Thanks for the chance to win this book. l have a small collection of shot fabrics, and would be ready to go if l won!!

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  35. THANKS FOR A WINNING CHANCE AT A VERY NEAT BOOK!

    msstitcher1948@yahoo.com

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    1. I love that 'shot' fabric, must have some of that :)

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  36. I don't own one Kaffe Fassett book, but after reading your review this is definitely one I'd like to own, those quilts are gorgeous. Thank you for the opportunity. Kind Regards Mandy Currie (mandycurrie@googlemail.com)

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  37. I just finished my second quilt using Kaffe fabric. Love the shot cotton and would love to own this book for ideas and tips on working with it. The colors are lucious.

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  38. neenajack@sbcglobal.net
    Looks like a great book. Would love to win it. Thanks, neena

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  39. These quilts are SOOOO much more my style..... hope I win so I could start making some in my colors..... thanks for the opportunity. Darlene_sews@hotmail.com

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  40. Oooo, yay, a new Kaffe book! What's not to love?!
    Thanks for the chance to win : )

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  41. I love the bowl quilt - what a great use of striped fabrics. Thanks for the chance.

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  42. The book looks WONDERFUL....such a perfect addition to my collection and more things to add to my 'to do' list! LOL Thanks for the chance to win! :)
    Christine
    - ChrisW Designs

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  43. I love to see how his vision is evolving - lovely!!

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  44. Having just bought this book I don't need to be entered in the draw. It is a lovely book, beautiful, inspirational photos and great advice on dealing with that type of fabric, will make it a lot easier when I make another quilt using shot cottons.

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  45. I am a fan of K. Fassett. Right now I'm a super quilt quilting inspired Kaffe book, "Museum Quilts". I love your style and color. Thanks for the chance to win his book. Regards, Yasmin

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  46. I love the bowl quilt - reminds me when he did a cup quilt. Thanks for the chance and the interesting review.

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  47. Would love to win this and try one of the projects.

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  48. This book looks amazing! Thanks for the chance to win.

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  49. evviva evvai!!! un bellissimo libro da leggere e sfogliare...e perché no???anche da fare qualche quilt...
    grazie

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  50. The colors are beautiful, I would be honored if I could make a quilt from them.
    So full of life, durability and unique beauty.

    Milka
    grumilka@yahoo.de

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  51. thanks for this chance to win a copy of the book, just finished knitting socks using wool with Fassets signature,
    jo(dot)tijskens(at)skynet(dot)be

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  52. The fabrics are so vibrant. Would love to win.
    Thanks for the chance to win!

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  53. I have been collecting (hoarding) shot cottons for a year. This book is what I need to finally cut into those gorgeous fabrics!

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  54. The book looks beautiful. Is this another quilt in the bucket list?

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  55. I'm a long time lover of KF shot cotton - thanks for the chance at winning the book.

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  56. I am a novice quilter ... hungry for inspiration, and a lover of solids and stripes. A beautiful book such as this would not be wasted on me:)

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  57. I just love Kaffe Fassett designs & books. This would be awesome addition to my collection.

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  58. I have borrowed this awesome book from the library.
    I am presently on a fabric and quilt book/pattern /tools diet
    but, I would love to WIN a copy of my own.

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  59. Thanks for the giveaway chance. I love all things Kaffe, but especially shot cottons.

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  60. I can't get enough of these shot cottons and I still haven't yet seen the book so it's be great to win it!

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  61. Ton my stars I love the shot fabrics . I need that book! Lol lol pick me pick me thanks for the chance!

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  62. Just remember to prewash these cottons, because, wow, do they shrink! But they are wonderful to work with and the book looks wonderful.

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  63. I love his shot cottons. I'd like to get my hands on more and on some of his stripes too!

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  64. Shot cottons are some of my most favorite fabrics, excited to see quilts and patterns made just for these interesting fabrics.

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  65. Love the look of shot cotton..Would like to have the book for using them.

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  66. What an exciting book and lovely fabrics. Thanks for letting us know about it and thanks for hosting a giveaway!

    Cathy R islandcat98 at yahoo daht com

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  67. I am usually not a fan of using all solids in a quilt but those quilts are just beautiful and those fabrics are great.

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  68. Oh my! This may be my favorite Kaffe Fassett book yet. I LOVE shot cottons!

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  69. I LOVE the chimneys patterns. I would LOVE to win this book ;)

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  70. I've always wanted to make the rice bowls quilt. Thanks for this giveaway.

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  71. I have been eyeing this book! And collecting his shot cottons. Time to use them! Thanks.

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  72. I have just discovered your blog tonight, what a gem! And thank you for the giveaway, this book is on the top of my wish list!

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  73. I have some of these shot cottons and love them so much I could just roll in them! Thanks for the opportunity for the great new book.
    gbrear (at) aol (dot) com

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  74. Oh oh I just love his books and fabric. Please let me win.

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  75. I love these quilts! Thanks for the chance to win!

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  76. This looks like a great book. Would love to try some of these patterns!

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  77. I found an old quilting magazine with the lady of the lake pattern a few months ago. I kept the pattern, but it wasn't high on my list of patterns to make until I saw it in these fabrics. Gorgeous!

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