Kaffe Fassett for FreeSpirit Artisan Fabrics Blog Tour

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.

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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:

http://www.simplesimonandco.com/                                9/23/16
http://craftsanity.com/                                                          9/30/16
http://100billionstars.com/                                                  10/7/16
http://www.bijoulovelydesigns.com/                                 10/14/16
https://mrsschmenkmanquilts.wordpress.com/               10/21/16
http://confessionsofafabricaddict.blogspot.com             10/28/16
http://www.sarahfielke.com/                                               11/4/16



  1. Char Camp said

    I love your awesome quilt, Mrs Schmenkman! I also love that Kaffe’s fabrics give you a thrill. I understand the emotion completely – chop, chop!!

  2. Tara said

    Gorgeous quilt and gorgeous fabric!

  3. I’ve never been much of a fan of Kaffe Fassett until I saw this collection. It is really nice! I dodged them before because there were so many flowers in every collection and not enough other prints. This one is great. kthurn(at)bektel(dot)com

  4. Mary said

    Those fabrics and colors are gorgeous!

  5. sharon A Galli said

    I love the bright colors of kaffe fassett fabrics

  6. Paulette McKenna said

    I Love, Love, Love the fabric, the colors, and also how beautifully you put them together for your quilt.

  7. Cynthia Meredith said

    What a spectacular quilt! And how nice to see your blog again!

  8. Nancy said

    You know how to put colors and prints together, that’s for sure! Love all those Kaffe brights.

  9. Erica said

    Wow! Love the ways all the prints work together. Gorgeous.

  10. Kathy J Havelka said

    Lovely – the fabric, the quilt, and the pooch.

  11. Sheila Smithson said

    Wow , love these fabrics and your fussy cutting is brilliant. sheilasmithson@virginmedia.com

  12. Sheila Smithson said

    Wow, love tis fabric and your fussy cutting is brilliant.

  13. Hi, I hopped to you from Sara , and your words and photos tell me a wonderful story, so good, I can be there. I’m not sure if the fabrics are meant to be a give-away for us international people in the far south ( New Zealand) but needed to say how much I enjoyed the way you chose, cut, pieced and placed those scrummy Kaffee brights. Blues and purples, my fav colours.(p.s. Have added you tome side bar of blog quilters to follow). Greetings from Friday night in NZ.

  14. Lulu said

    I love Kaffe Fassett fabric and his incredible designs!

  15. Alyce Rodriguez said

    Love the bold colors of this designer

  16. Patti said

    I have been acquiring a collection of Kaffe fabrics and am loving the rich colors and textures. Your quilt is beautiful.

  17. Stephanie said

    Yummy ~ pick me please.

  18. Stephanie said

    Yummy, pick me please.

  19. Pat in WNY said

    What a totally fun and gorgeous quilt! Love those bright beautiful fabrics!

  20. Joy said

    Your new quilt is fantastic and the fabric bundles wonderful. Thank you for the opportunity to win

  21. Tobie said

    Love, love , love his fabrics, Great job !

  22. Shasta said

    This is an awesome quilt! Thank you for the chance to win this gorgeous bundle.

  23. lswanekamp said

    Stunning quilt made from stunning fabrics!

  24. Ariane said

    Your quilt is beautiful! This fabric is amazing! I love how you put it together.

  25. Kathy said

    Love kaffe fabrics always need them for inspiration and would love a chance to win his newest ones

  26. Georgia said

    Wow! You boldly put together these fabrics and achieved fantastic results.

  27. Love the fabric and the quilt! I work at a fabric store with a town that has two. Unfortuneately I have to go to the other one for my Kaffe fix!!!!

  28. You did a great job with your collection of Artisan – I love all the blues together!

  29. Carolyn Sands said

    Lovely fabrics!

  30. Cathy said

    I. Simply. Cannot. Wait. To. Get. My. Hands. On. Every. Single. One. Of. These. Divine. Kaffes!!!
    The man’s done it again!! Great post and quilt btw! 😁

  31. Gerri said

    I love the way you took a more traditional pattern and jazzed it up using these beautiful fabrics. Quilting is so much fun.

  32. Ingrid Simmons said

    These new fabrics are to. die. for. Love that kaffe!

  33. Sue said

    Kaffe is my favorite!

  34. Paula Mickevich said

    I love seeing what everyone has done with these new fabrics. I’m so happy that this was done. Such fun!

  35. Loris Mills said

    Your quilt really showcases the gorgeous, vibrant Kaffe fabrics. These are quite beautiful fabrics and your quilt is wonderful. As is your sweet Kasha. How heart warming to see her in your studio and quilt photo.

  36. Renee Richardson said

    I love the new Kaffe Artisan fabrics and I can’t wait to start working with them. Thank you for the inspiration! My daughter says that I am a Kaffe nerd!

  37. I love anything Kaffe.

  38. Anita Altman said

    I love your quilt. Thanks for the clue about using stripes. I bought the blue&green one and was puzzling over it!

  39. Peggy St. George said

    Oh my! What a very special collection by a color genius!

  40. Love what you did with the fabulous fabric!

  41. debra said

    I never get tired of the “kaffe” palate and look, every rendition is perfect.

  42. Nita said

    Kaffe Fasset fabrics make my heart go pitter patter. I was thrilled to be given a shoebox of scraps that I am using in a sampler quilt. Crossing my fingers to win – can’t wait to make my first fully Kaffe quilt!

  43. Tracy T said

    Gorgeous fabrics, stunning use of them!

  44. Jenny said

    I LOVE kaffe fabrics. shot cottons are my favorite…but with designs like this (those huge circles!!) its a win win

  45. Sharon T said

    Your quilt…and Kaffe’s fabric…take my breath away!

  46. Julie said

    Love the paint pots and the big pink flower,

  47. I am a long time Kaffe Collective fan — this is the best yet and your use of Sunset Stripes is perfect!

  48. Eileen Maher said

    Love the colors, love the quilt! A real winner!
    Eileen ekmvalencia@gmail.com

  49. Oh, Kasha is so cute!! My best friend in 5th grade had two Bostons and I have lovely memories of walking those doggies every day after school. To this day, they are one of my all time favorite breeds 🙂

    And KF is one of my all time favorite fabric designers. So your post is just peachy!

  50. Susan Maycock said

    Fantastic quilt, so cheerful!

  51. buntyw said

    I love Kaffe’s work – his use of colour is fabulous!

  52. KATHY said

    Love Kaffe Fassett fabrics. Makes quilts gorgeous!

  53. Allison Church Bird said

    Wow! Stunning quilt! Fantastic job!!!

  54. Denise Toomey said

    Inspirational quilt! I, too, love the paint pots, but I like the gearish flowers as well.

  55. Dotti said

    Oh my what gorgeous blues. An ocean of colors.

  56. Robin Woods said

    Cheers to another petter of fabric!

  57. Elizabeth Matthiesen said

    I absolutely adore this fabric and you’ve made an amazing quilt with it, really stunning. It’s not at all surprising that Kasha wanted to cuddle with it, so do I 🙂

  58. Jeannie said

    Wow! Love your gorgeous quilt top and of course Kaffe’s new collections!

  59. Gretchen H said

    Beautiful quilt. Eagerly awaiting the fabric to arrive in the stoes

  60. Karen A said

    The colors of these fabrics just glow! They are so vibrant and look especially lovely in your quilt.

  61. Linda Williamson said

    Loving this Artisan Collection from Kaffe. The circles and stripes along with the bold colors are fabulous. Kasha is cute too. grinnie1961 at gmail dot com

  62. Joey pack said

    So very cool! Love your quilt!!

  63. Great quilt. It’s so bright and colourful.

  64. Darlene H said

    This quilt is bright and beautiful. Love Kaffe fabrics too.

  65. Regina DeCapite said

    Love swooning over the Kaffe collection with you! And your quilt gets another swoon all to itself! So gorgeous!

  66. Ilana said

    I love your quilt. It’s so dynamic.

  67. Mary O. said

    What a wonderful blog post. I too feel the Kaffe swoon. I just love your quilt.

  68. Beautiful quilt made with beautiful fabric. The fabric looks so bright and vibrant in your quilt.

  69. What a great quilt! Made only better by being photographed with your cute dog!

  70. Maureen Lynch said

    My favorite quilt designer is Kaffe and I love the colors and design of this quilt. Maureen

  71. mel said

    Absolutely beautiful quilt!!! What a great way to show off the fabric’s bright bold colors and patterns.

  72. Jeri Niksich said

    beautiful quilt! Thankful to Janet for introducing me to your blog, hoping you’ll get back into the block and more frequently than you stated. Keep up the beautiful quilts!
    Jeri Oldtisme@aol.com

  73. DeborahGun said

    I absolutely adore your quilt – a perfect use of the fabric!

  74. Ann D said

    What a fun quilt. Thanks for the chance to win some wonderful fabric.

  75. Beth said

    OMG, I LOVE that fabric! I’d be SO happy to win some. 😁

  76. Susan said

    Falling in love with this line of fabric.

  77. Lynnette Lamance said

    You’ve made a fun looking quilt. i love it

  78. Yvonne Myers said

    Your quilt is a masterpiece! Love Kaffe’s fabrics.

  79. tarnia said

    Glorious fabric, absolutely glorious.

  80. Carol Green said

    Amazing Quilt, fantastic Fabrics

  81. suzanprincess said

    I’ve been a Kaffe fan for almost as long as I’ve been a quilter, but that’s only a few years. I’ve enjoyed seeing all of his early designs, collected and listed by Wanda at Exuberant Color. I wish I could afford more of his fabrics, so will be most happy to win some here!

  82. Meran Taylor said

    Beautiful. Love the colours.

  83. Susan Bainter said

    Beautiful fabric! Your quilt is wonderful. Great job!

  84. I love your quilt-what fantastic, bright colors & the design is so unusual.

  85. the word “swoon” describes my sentiments exactly! and a beautiful little quilt too….i say bring ’em on!

  86. I enjoyed reading your post so much this early morning! Plus, looking at your gorgeous quilt was so pleasing also. Oh how much fun you had to have had creating this beauty! Thank you so much for sharing and also for inspiring. It is always such a pleasure to read a post and feel the excitement and delight that the quilter had creating their masterpiece. I would love to win this beautiful fabric and if not I will be watching for it. Have a fantastic creative day!

  87. Patricia Smith said

    Love your beautiful quilt. The bold prints all go together so nicely!

  88. Ellie said

    Alas, most of my Kaffe fabric is gone. Just trying to decide what to buy next. Love the quilt and use of stripes. Thank you

  89. Jeanine said

    Can’t wait to see this fabric in stores.

  90. Paula said

    I’ve always loved Kaffe fabrics – the colours! This collection does not disappoint. I love those big dots! Thank you for the chance to win some!

  91. Dorothy said

    Your quilt is wonderful. Kaffe fabrics seem to make every quilt
    unique and amazing with the bold colors and patterns.

  92. So gorgeous

  93. Victory Webster said

    Love this fabric and would love to win.

  94. Jayne said

    I’ve always been a bit scared of all that bold colour but your quilt is beautiful. Maybe it’s time to give it a go

  95. Pamela Katz said

    Love your quilt, love Kaffe fabrics, love to win the prize! 😀

  96. Lois Wright said

    WOW! Beautiful combinations.

  97. Gorgeous quilt! And looks like a wonderful bundle of Kaffe fabrics, bright & bold!

  98. Deb G. in VA said

    Love Kaffe fabrics and your quilt looks great! Thanks for the giveaway!

  99. Deb FitzGerald said

    You have a wonderful eye for putting all of the fabrics together. I adore your quilt and Kaffe fabric. It would be very exciting to add one of these prizes to my little Kaffe stash. Thanks for the chance.

  100. LIs Florom said

    Who can resist some Kaffe, not me. I promise to give these fabrics a fun home.

  101. Pam S said

    Kasha has very good taste! Your quilt is awesome! I love the joyful riot of color. And I enjoyed your description of putting it together. It must have been so much fun to experiment. I love Kaffee’s fabric. So far I have only made pouches and a vest with it. I would love to make a whole quilt with it. Thanks so much for sharing this!

  102. pamelaquilts said

    Beautiful fabrics, and a lovely project. The colors are amazing!

  103. Ann said

    Love, love, love Kaffe fabrics…yummy color!

  104. Donna Gonzalez said

    I love the symmetry that you used and, of course, I love Kaffe Fassett fabrics.

  105. NancyR said

    I love Kaffe Fasset fabric line but I have not used it much in my quilting. I love your quilt. It always amazes me how nice the large prints and bold colours work together.

  106. Lovely quilt as well as lovely fabric. Can’t believe it’s not available until sometime in November. Thanks Westminster for the opportunity.

  107. Marg said

    So beautiful, love the way you put it all together

  108. Connie said

    Absolutely lovely!

  109. Becky said

    I bought some Kaffe fabrics recently and just love to peek into the bag and dream about making them into a Millefiori quilt. First I must finish my first grandchild’s baby quilt! Love your Quilts!

  110. Nancy G. said

    Wonderful Kaffe as always. Your quilts are so happy!

  111. Kathy E. said

    Oh, I can feel your excitement in being asked to create for this blog tour and even more, receiving that box of gorgeousness on your front step!!! Yikes…I think I’d faint! I’ve admired KF fabrics for a long time, but have none of it in my stash, so this would be a perfect opportunity to have some and start dreaming about what to make! Kasha has good taste, doesn’t she? Your quilt is a beauty!

  112. Jane McCarthy said

    I agree that the newest Kaffe fabrics are wonderful—they play well together! And your quilt is delightful.

  113. Donna B. said

    I know what you mean regarding the “grabbing value” of Kaffe’s fabrics. They grab me too.

  114. Karen Camp said

    Love the final result. I love that somehow all the Kaffe fabrics co-ordinate into that intensely colorful quilt. Inspirational.

  115. Sherrill in PDX said

    I fell in love with the riot of color that is Kaffe. Have made and will make many quilts from them.

  116. Linda Lynn said

    The new Kaffe fabric is wonderful!

  117. Beautiful quilt!

  118. Laurie said

    Such a gorgeous quilt and wonderful Kaffe fabric!

  119. Jan Swarthout said

    Love the new fabric!! Kaffee Fassett never fails to impress!!

  120. Donna said

    Those fabrics are great–and you put them together in such a fabulous way. The large prints would have intimidated me, but your quilt looks like they were designed just for it!

  121. Giorgia said

    This collection is so vibrant and inspiring!

  122. asteride said

    You made an amazing quilt!

  123. I like the ‘blueness’ of your quilt. I love the busy patterns, too.

  124. Gloria Kloos said

    I love Kaffe fabrics and these are wonderful. Great quilt.

  125. Cherryl Barron said

    I love reading about how joyful people are to be able to use such beautiful fabric & colours available because of Kaffe’s designs – I would love to win some as well!

  126. Laura said

    Wonderful quilt! Love all of your choices. I love Kaffe’s fabric and “pet” and admire it far too much.

  127. Claudia W said

    Ewwww! I love Kaffe’s fabrics! Thank you for the chance to win some…but truth be told, I was kind of hoping that the prize was going to be the cute poochy in the doggy bed!

  128. Lulu said

    Gorgeous fabric collection and lovely quilt!

  129. Dee said

    Absolutely glorious and inspiring. Thanks for sharing!

  130. Bluework said

    Love the boy s fabric 😉

  131. Medallion quilts are always my fav, why haven’t I made one yet? Love all of your fussy cuts and thoughtful placements, Amy!! Thanks for sharing (while fun, I know it’s a little bit hard with such gorgeous fabric, too).

  132. Lisa Lisa said

    I recently attended SewPro in Chicago and fell in love with Kaffe Fassett’s quilts and fabric that were being shown. Your quilt is beautiful!! I would absolutely love to make a quilt with this fabric!

  133. Debbie said

    I love your quilt and the way you used this new line of fabrics. I have been a Kaffe Fassett fan for years and would love to have some of these gorgeous new fabrics! Thank you for sharing your lovely quilt.

  134. kaholly said


  135. Wow, your fabrics are gorgeous and so is your quilt!! Just beautiful!

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