I’m so excited to participate in the Kaffe Fassett Artisan fabrics blog tour! My first exposure to Kaffe Fassett fabrics was in a small ad in the back of Threads magazine way back when…early quilting days around here, possibly in the early ’90s (no, not the 1890s). I spied a fabric printed with rows of what looked like marbles to me. Why, yes, I would like to own some of that! So I MAILED AWAY for it (maybe even sent a SASE along??). And waited. And when it arrived, I petted it and placed it in my tiny fabric stash — always where I could spy it. It gave me a thrill every time. And Kaffe Fassett’s fabrics continue to do that all these years later. They are my go-to fabric choices so many times because I know they will give me a thrill. Every time. The colors, the designs. Utterly beloved.
So, I said, “yes, please” when asked if I would like to participate in this blog tour. A large box was expeditiously deposited on my porch. The dogs barked at it for joy. OK, maybe it was the delivery man they were barking at. Joyfully, nonetheless. They knew fabric was inside. Beautiful fabric. The Artisan collection combines printed quilting cottons, batiks, ikat stripe, woven checks.
Large and lovely florals, checks, textures, stripes and those jumbo spots!
You know I’m going to swoon now, yes? You should too. We’ll take a moment.
I knew I wanted to make up a quilt to show you. I knew I wanted to use a pattern from one of the MANY Kaffe Fassett books. But which one? I had most recently made the Hot Wheels quilt from Heritage Quilts, so why not dip back in to that one? I chose the Sunset Stripes pattern, mildly modified to accommodate some fussy cutting, and I used fabrics from the blue color story.
Immense fun was had turning stripes this way and that, lining up colors and selecting flowers for prime locations.
If you’ve been here before, you know I do love the neighborliness of many beautiful prints and patterns next do each other. I find the blues and browns so calming in this mildly loud relationship. I swear that leafy batik is luminous in its color changes! The layered stripe is genius as there are SO many fussy cutting opportunities in one slice of fabric. Dare I say the paint pots (giant spots) print is my favorite. I chopped up all of it for this quilt (you’re welcome). (Must acquire more.)
Ah, fabric bliss. You can find the Kaffe Fassett Artisan fabrics in finer quilt shops starting in November. I urge you to acquire some. It will give you a thrill!
Oh, and I want you to meet our new family member, Kasha. She pops up on my Instagram feed from time to time probably because of her graphic color sense and her general cuteness. Hi Kasha! Immediately after the living room photo shoot, the quilt fell right onto her bed. I came back in the room to find her making herself comfortable on the quilt. Um, no. General cuteness notwithstanding.
So, thank you ever so kindly to Nancy Jewell for including me in the blog tour even with my relative blog dormancy. I hope this stop has inspired you. I hope you feel the Kaffe love!
The lovely folks at Westminster were kind enough to send along some giveaways for you. So, leave a comment by 11:59 pm EST on October 27, 2016 and Random Number Generator will help me select two winners, one for a gorgeous fat quarter bundle and one for a gorgeous design roll of Kaffe Fassett Collective fabrics. Happy stitching and thanks for stopping by!
Past and future Artisan fabric blog tour stops: