Wednesday, September 27, 2023

Kaffe Fassett Quilt Inspiration: Color Garden

Kaffe Fassett has inspired people across the world with his creative, colorful fabrics and designs. Here is the cover quilt from his NEW book, Quilts by the Sea. Color Garden incorporates red, green, blue & pink florals, which come together in a harmonious blend that reminds us of springtime.

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Color Garden by Kaffe Fassett with Liza Prior Lucy as seen at Glorious Color.

Color Garden Quilt Fabric Pack

Color Garden is on the cover of Quilts by the Sea. The book marks the 25th edition of Kaffe's annual Patchwork and Quilting books.The book features 21 stunning projects photographed in the English seaside town of Hastings, where Kaffe has a seaside home.

 

Another spectacular quilt from the book is Dusky Ribbons, below. We love the "corrugated" look of this design, which is punctuated with a single flower medallion! Dusky Ribbons is also available as a fabric pack at Glorious Color (CLICK HERE).


For more quilts (and fabric packs) from the book, please visit the Quilts by the Sea page at Glorious Color. They also sell the book, which is needed to complete these projects. [Note: Fabric packs are available as of this post, but may not last forever!]

Quilts by the Sea is also available at major booksellers including Amazon, where it has been the #1 new release in Graphic Design Color Use.

Image credits: Book photos were taken by Debbie Patterson.  Photos of quilt projects & kits are from the Glorious Color website.

Friday, September 22, 2023

Kaffe Fassett Quilt Inspiration: Quilts by the Sea

Kaffe Fassett has inspired people across the world with his creative, colorful fabrics and designs. Here is a brilliant quilt from the NEW book, Quilts by the Sea.

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Water Garden by Kaffe Fassett with Liza Prior Lucy

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Quilts by the Sea celebrates the 25th edition of Kaffe's annual Patchwork and Quilting books. To mark the celebration, he has taken a favorite patchwork design and block from a different past edition and reworked it in fabrics from his current collection.

The book features 21 stunning projects photographed in the English seaside town of Hastings, where Kaffe himself has a much-loved seaside home. Quilts by the Sea is available at major booksellers including Amazon, where it is the #1 release in Graphic Design Color Use.

 

Image credits: Photos were taken by Debbie Patterson.  More images can be seen at Kaffe Fassett's website.

Wednesday, September 20, 2023

Kaffe Fassett Quilt Inspiration: Long Diamonds

Kaffe Fassett has inspired people across the world with his creative, colorful fabrics and designs. Here is an original Kaffe Fassett design that showcases colorful stripes.

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Long Diamonds Quilt by Kaffe Fassett, Liza Prior Lucy, Sally Davis & Judy Stockler, quilted by Judy Irish


This easy half-rectangle quilt is a great way to feature striped fabrics. The pattern for Long Diamonds was published in Kaffe Fassett Quilts: Shots and Stripes.

Image credits: Photos were taken by Quilt Inspiration at the 2013 Houston International Quilt Festival.

Tuesday, September 19, 2023

Kaffe Fassett Quilt Inspiration: Handkerchief Corners

Kaffe Fassett has inspired people across the world with his creative, colorful fabrics and designs. We love this quilt which showcases Kaffe Fassett stripes in a "handkerchief corners" design.

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Tango Stripes, 61 x 78", by Toni Terhaar, quilted by Annette Blandin


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.  This 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. 

Image credits: Photos were taken by Quilt Inspiration at the 2014 River City Quilters Guild show (Sacramento, California).

Monday, September 18, 2023

Kaffe Fassett Quilt Inspiration: Bright Squares

Kaffe Fassett has inspired people across the world with his creative, colorful fabrics and designs. Here is a Bright Squares quilt made with Kaffe Fassett fabrics and more than one thousand 2-inch fabric squares.

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Southwest Squares, 52 x 78, by Daryl Lynn, quilted by Laura Jansen

After years of blogging here on Quilt Inspiration about other people's quilts, Daryl Lynn finally took the time to make a quilt to enter into a show. The quilt received a blue ribbon at the 2016 Guild of Quilters of Contra Costa County (California) show.

Daryl Lynn based her quilt on the "Bright Squares" design featured in the 2015 book, Heritage Quilts by Kaffe Fassett.  This quilt is comprised of more than one thousand 2-inch fabric squares.  The squares were sewn into big 26 inch square blocks, which were then pieced together.

Note: This design is traditionally known as a Philadelphia Pavement quilt, which is a variation of Trip Around the World. If you enjoyed this post you may be interested in our FREE PATTERN DAY for Trip Around the World quilts (CLICK HERE):

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Image credits:  Photos of Southwest Squares were taken by Quilt Inspiration.

 

Friday, September 15, 2023

Kaffe Fassett Quilt Inspiration: Woven Stripes

Kaffe Fassett has inspired people across the world with his creative, colorful fabrics and designs. Here is a thoroughly modern quilt that features Kaffe's striped cottons in a basket-weave design.

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Woven Stripes quilt, pieced by Tori Benz-Hillstrom, quilted by Jessica Jones


This classic yet modern quilt is beautifully done.  The design would be easy to piece, but the variety of stripes and colors make it seem more complex. Tori Benz-Hillstrom says, "I had just finished a complex sampler quilt and was looking for something fun!  As a basket weaver this pattern spoke to me."

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Image credits:  Photos of Woven Stripes were taken by Quilt Inspiration at the 2020 Quilt Arizona Show.


Thursday, September 14, 2023

Kaffe Fassett Quilt Inspiration: Elephant Herd

Today's featured quilt has more than 50 elephants and some great Kaffe Fassett fabrics and other prints! Enjoy this great mixture of complimentary and analogous colors and textures.

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My Herd by Kate Clark


Kate Clark created My Herd with a stunning array of jewel tones. This quilt was based on the Cirque d' Elephant pattern from Sew Much Ado. We enjoyed seeing the variety of prints, including many Kaffe Fassett favorites. She notes, "This quilt has been a series of errors... know that this happens to others. I still love elephants and this quilt keeps us warm!"

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Image credits:Photos were taken by Quilt Inspiration at the 2022 Quilt Fiesta (Tucson, Arizona).

 

Wednesday, September 13, 2023

Kaffe Fassett Quilt Inspiration: Clamshell Surprise

Kaffe Fassett has inspired people across the world with his creative, colorful fabrics and designs. Here is Lou Ellen Hassold's brilliant creation. She combined Kaffe's colorful prints in a spiky clamshell design by Quiltworx. This quilt almost seems to glow as if lit from behind!

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Clamshell Surprise by Lou Ellen Hassold, quilted by Valerie Wagner

Winner of the Art Prize at this show*, Lou Ellen writes, "I wanted a vivid, interesting look for my version of Judy Niemeyer's  'Clamshells'.  The quilt was made from a variety of Kaffe Fassett scraps, paired with Moda Grunge fabrics. I was pleasantly surprised by the results as the quilt was even brighter than I imagined. It almost seemed to glow as if lit from behind. Valerie Wagner's quilting design adds a lovely texture."

What really sets off these color-saturated fabrics is Lou Ellen's choice of black background fabric. It provides a striking visual effect which separates each clamshell motif and highlights the intense hues. 

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Image credits: *Photos were taken by Quilt Inspiration at the 2022 International Quilt Festival in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Tuesday, September 12, 2023

Kaffe Fassett Quilt Inspiration: Double Wedding Ring

Kaffe Fassett has inspired people across the world with his creative, colorful fabrics and designs. We love this contemporary Double Wedding Ring quilt which showcases Kaffe Fassett stripes with plaids.

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My First Double Wedding Ring by Lisa Mason, quilted by Rachael Dorr (Connecticut)

Lisa Mason explains her inspiration: "I had been saving these Kaffe Fassett stripes and plaids for a long time and decided to mix them up with peppered cottons. I used the Double Wedding Ring because I thought the linear lines of the fabrics would pair well with the curved piecing. I wanted it to be a mix of color, pattern, and gradation."

This modern take on a Double Wedding Ring design was inspired by Victoria Findlay Wolfe's Double Wedding Ring book. Lisa Mason says, "I love the effect I achieved by starting with the warm colors in the center and working out to the cool colors on the edges. I let Rachael Dorr quilt it any way she wanted, and the effect is wonderful."   

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Image credits: Photos of My First Double Wedding Ring were taken by Quilt Inspiration at the 2017 Houston International Quilt Festival.

Monday, September 11, 2023

Spirit of a Nation

Danny Amazonas is a fabric artist who uses thousands of different fabrics to create brilliant, colorful images of people, animals, flowers, and other subjects. The result is a combination of realism with an almost dreamlike quality. Here is a stunning quilt designed to invoke patriotism. 

As we remember those who died on September 11, 2001, this image inspires us all over again.

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Spirit by Danny Amazonas


Danny Amazonas was born in Taiwan. When he was a teenager his family moved to Brazil and subsequently to New York City, where he worked and also studied at the School of Visual Arts. In the artist's description of Spirit, he says, "Cherish the sacred heritages of a nation. [With this quilt] I hope to invoke patriotism."

For more works by Danny Amazonas, please see our February, 2018 post titled Freehand Patchwork by Danny Amazonas.

Image credits:  Photos were taken by Quilt Inspiration at the 2017 Houston International Quilt Festival, in a special exhibit titled "Freehand Patchwork by Danny Amazonas."

Friday, September 8, 2023

Kaffe Fassett Quilt Inspiration: Artisan motifs

Kaffe Fassett has inspired people across the world with his creative, colorful fabrics and designs. Here is an original, contemporary quilt that showcases large floral motifs. As a nod to the history of quiltmaking, the designer placed a traditional applique in the center.

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What Would Kaffe Do by Barbara Jensen (Michigan)

This original quilt was machine appliqued, pieced, and quilted. Barbara Jensen says, "I love Kaffe Fassett's wonderful use of saturated color in his fabrics. When I saw the challenge to use Artisan fabrics in a quilt, I quickly jumped on board. It was a challenge to use the wide variety of colors and patterns.  When I encountered a difficult choice, I asked myself "What would Kaffe do?" This is how I arrived at the title."


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Image credits: Photos of Barbara Jensen's quilt were taken by Quilt Inspiration at the 2017 Houston International Quilt Festival.


Thursday, September 7, 2023

Kaffe Fassett Quilt Inspiration: Gridlock

Kaffe Fassett has inspired people across the world with his creative, colorful fabrics and designs. We love seeing his fabrics and quilt designs in new creations! Here is a quilt inspired by Kaffe Fassett, made with a creative combination of fabrics, textures, and hues.

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Shaded Grids by Rebecca Buchert, quilted by Tamara Campbell

Rebecca Buchert titled her quilt "Shaded Grids". It uses simple classic blocks, alternating 36-patch checkerboards and 9-patch blocks made in strips. The quilt pattern, originally titled Gridlock, was published in Kaffe Fassett's first quilt book - Glorious Patchwork with Liza Prior Lucy - published in 1997. 

Rebecca used a wide variety of cotton prints and batiks, strategically alternating light and darker fabrics to achieve a shaded effect. The overall quilting by Tamara Campbell was done in a meandering pattern, helping to soften the square lines of the blocks.


For more examples of Gridlock quilts, check out a 2010 post at The Root Connection and a 2022 post at Exuberant Color.

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Image credits: Photos of Shaded Grids were taken by Quilt Inspiration at the 2015 Springville (Utah) quilt show.

Wednesday, September 6, 2023

Kaffe Fassett Quilt Inspiration: Big Diamonds

Kaffe Fassett has inspired people across the world with his creative, colorful fabrics. We love seeing these fabrics showcased. Here is Kaffe's own Big Diamonds quilt featuring bright prints and complimentary hues. It's a fantastic design that uses only half-square triangles.

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Artisan Big Diamonds by Kaffe Fassett & Liza Prior Lucy

Kaffe Fassett says, "When I arrived in England in the 1960s, I was struck by the use of two-color bold prints.  It was a glorious time of simplicity, boldness, and high colors.  It still inspires me today."

Kaffe continues, "My Artisan fabrics were inspired by my travels to ethnic markets where I witnessed beautifully hand-crafted textiles. Thus, Artisan by Kaffe Fassett for Free Spirit Fabrics was created, composed of 100% cotton, hand-dyed batik, primitive yarn-dyed woven & Ikat fabrics."

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Image credits: Photos of Artisan Big Diamonds were taken by Quilt Inspiration at the 2017 Houston International Quilt Festival.

Tuesday, September 5, 2023

Kaffe Fassett Quilt Inspiration: Jewel Patch

Kaffe Fassett has inspired people across the world with his creative, colorful fabrics. We love seeing these fabrics showcased. Here is a fabulous "Jewel Patch" quilt featuring bright Kaffe Fassett prints in a black-and-white setting.

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Jewel Patch by Wanda Seale, quilted by Cindy Stahl

Third place winner in the category of Small/ Medium Pieced Quilts, Wanda explains, "This is what happens when you mix colorful Kaffe Fassett fabrics with black and whites, all together in a fun pattern", ' Jewel Patch ' by Pleasant Valley Creations .

Wanda continues about her sparkling, dynamic quilt, "It was a challenge to execute, but I love it so much, that it hangs in my bedroom."  This beauty was professionally machine quilted and hand-guided by Cindy Stahl.  Her use of white thread created a secondary design over the black patches.

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Image credits: Photos of Jewel Patch were taken by Quilt Inspiration at the 2022 Quilt Arizona show. For more photos of this quilt show, CLICK HERE.

 

Friday, September 1, 2023

Kaffe Fassett Quilt Inspiration: The Flower Garden

Kaffe Fassett has inspired people across the world with his creative, colorful fabrics. We love seeing these fabrics in creative settings! Here is a glorious "flower garden" where each section has a particular flower planted in it.We admire this level of detail and craftmanship.

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Flower Garden by Pat Morris

This wonderful one-person quilt is primarily appliqued & machine quilted by Pat Morris. Pattern source: The Flower Garden by Kim McLean. Pat Morris says, "I love hand applique and Kaffe Fassett fabrics. I made this quilt during 2020. I used all the different prints in my 'stash' to make this 'prepared edge', hand-appliqued quilt."  Fanciful flowers climb and twine up the borders, transporting us to another world.  Pat won a ribbon for her work on this quilt.

 

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Image credit: Photos of Flower Garden were taken by Quilt Inspiration at the 2023 Quilt Fiesta (Tucson, Arizona).

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