Wednesday, September 16, 2015

More Kaffe Fassett Quilts

A luminary in the world of textiles and quilting, Kaffe Fassett has inspired quiltmakers all over the world to work with color in an instinctive way.  Here are more colorful quilts that feature Kaffe Fassett collective fabrics, along with some of the original quilts from his bestselling books. 

Diamonds are a Girl's Best Friend by Karen Welch, 2015 Arizona Quilters Guild

Diamonds are a Girl’s Best Friend was inspired by the Bordered Diamond design in Simple Shapes, Spectacular Quilts, which is one of our favorite Kaffe Fassett books. Teals and greens, pinks and lavendars dominate the florals which are mostly bordered in polka dots. Small white diamonds rest the eye.   In the closeup photo below you can see Karen's beautiful hand quilting which echoes the diamond shapes.

Dot Dot Dot by Kris Lovetro, quilted by Debbie Stanton, 2015 Arizona Quilters Guild

Dot, Dot, Dot was based on the Cartwheel pattern by Liza Prior Lucy in the book, Kaffe Fassett’s Quilt Grandeur. Kris Lovetro says, "Dot... was made as a Dresden Plate challenge, but ended up being a fun quilt to make. I love the colors and all the DOTS!" The edges of the plates are embellished with rick rack which echoes the curves in the background fabric.

Tango Stripes, 61 x 78", by Toni Terhaar, quilted by Annette Blandin, 2014 River City Quilters Guild

Tango Stripes was based on the On-Point Handkerchief Corners quilt in Kaffe Fassett Quilts: Shots and Stripes, but instead of the whole surface being covered with blocks, Toni Terhaar floated the blocks within a wide gold border.   We love the effect, which makes the on-point blocks really stand out.  Toni Terhaar says that she wanted to challenge herself by matching all of the stripes in these blocks. 

Kisses by Diane Escobar, quilted by Deb Coleman, 2013 Diablo Valley Quilters Guild

This quilt was based on the Dominique's Treasure pattern by Colette Belt at Quilter's Paradise.  Diane says that she and a friend both purchased the quilt kit at a retreat.   The easy design is made with a combination of Kaffe Fassett and other floral prints against a pastel background.

Rail Fence by Kaffe Fassett and Liza Prior Lucy, quilted by Judy Irish

The very traditional rail fence design looks like disjointed rectangles when viewed closely, but from a distance, the contemporary optical effect pops out.   The muted hues and wide range of values, from almost white to black, make this design pop. The quilt appeared on page 150 of Kaffe Fassett Quilts Shots and Stripes.  As of this writing, a quilt kit with the original fabrics is available at Glorious Color.

Amish Nine Patch quilt by Kaffe Fassett and Liza Prior Lucy, quilted by Donna Laing

This Nine Patch design is actually made with sets of four-patch blocks, which are continued in the cornerstones of the sashing, giving it the feel of an Irish chain design.  The beauty of the Amish design is timeless in these shot cottons.

Two Toned Boxes, 90 x 90", by Kaffe Fassett and Liza Prior Lucy, quilted by Judy Irish

This classic design with its light and dark shadows really showcases the colors of the shot cottons. The quilt appeared on page 106 of Kaffe Fassett Quilts Shots and Stripes.  Each block has the same center square, which ties the design together. It would be easy to overdo the quilting in the simple shapes, but Judy Irish has kept it beautifully simple.

Image credits:  Photos were taken by Quilt Inspiration.  The quilts by Kaffe Fassett were exhibited at the 2013 Houston International Quilt Festival.


  1. Those colorful quilt is just fantastic and the diamonds one is my best fav!

  2. There was a large Kaffe Fassett exhibit at the Dome show this year. I can certainly appreciate the appeal to machine workers,.. quick and colorful.

  3. In June I had dinner at Nepenthe, the Fassett family restaurant in Big Sur. (Recommended reading: My Nepenthe by Kaffe's niece Romney Steele.)

  4. Many people are using Kaffe Fassett fabrics for Jenny Bowker's Shimmer quilts (Shimmering Quilts on Facebook) to great effect.

  5. fun quilts - thanks for sharing


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