We have a long-time love of all things Kaffe Fassett, from the knitting to fabric and quilting (and every other Kaffe creative endeavor!). One of our inspirations for Quilting Month II was the publication of Kaffe Fassett’s beautiful new book, Simple Shapes Spectacular Quilts. The book, written in collaboration with Liza Prior Lucy, includes 23 original quilt designs and over 200 gorgeous photographs full of color and inspiration. The quilt patterns range from projects suitable for beginning quilters to more complex designs. Geometric inspiration for the designs is shared in over a hundred photos, an adventure that takes quilters from the squares of garden pavers, cargo containers and carefully organized shop displays, to the squares in quilt designs like the Yellow Potpourri pattern (a free PDF download in the STC Craft Quilt-Along mentioned below). Finished quilts in the book are also beautifully highlighted in photos of wonderful urban landscapes. You’ll view the the shapes of the world in a whole new way, with quilting in mind and Kaffe’s insight to guide you.
STC Craft is hosting a Quilt-Along in celebration of the publication of Simple Shapes Spectacular Quilts. You can download a free pattern from the book and find details about how to participate on the STC Craft blog.
You have a chance to win a copy of Simple Shapes Spectacular Quilts with your comment on today’s post! We’ll keep the giveaway open until Thursday night. Enjoy our interview with Kaffe Fassett, and be sure to comment for your chance to win a copy of this beautiful new book.
Edited: This giveaway is now closed. Thanks!
SMS: First of all, we’d just like to say what an honor it is to ask you a few questions and to be a part of your blog tour. We’re in awe of your work… Your approach to color, your quilts, knitting and, of course, your fabric! We love it all. Your new book, Kaffe Fassett’s Simple Shapes Spectacular Quilts, joins the list too!
It’s so nice that you included a wide range of quilt patterns that work for beginning through advanced quilters. We especially loved Stripescape, which you mentioned you handstitched. Do you have a favorite quilt and/or pattern in the book?
Kaffe: No, I really don’t have favorites. The quilts are so different that I love them all for different reasons.
SMS: Do you end up keeping many of your quilts? Is everything you produce part of your work or do you ever, say, sew a gift for a friend?
Kaffe: Most of the quilts travel to exhibitions of my work so yes, I do keep them. I have never made a quilt for a friend but I have knitted projects and it is a lovely process to make something with your hands for someone you love.
Yellow Potpourri Quilt
SMS: We enjoyed your discussion in the book about being fully absorbed in creation, like you were as a child while creating toy villages from mill ends. Do you still find yourself focusing on simple shapes in the world even though that intense period of focus on shape for the book has ended?
Kaffe: Definitely, working on this book has made me focus on all these shapes as they occur in the urban landscape. I keep finding fantastic locations for quilts in the book even though they have all been shot now. I never stop looking but this book in particular has sharpened my eye for geometry.
SMS: Do you photograph (or document in some other way) the visual inspiration for your quilts?
Kaffe: Occasionally, I do take a photograph but I used to do a lot of drawing, particularly when it is some source where the idea is partially or fully formed like a modern painting or distressed walls on a street.
SMS: We mentioned our love for the way you use color in your designs and fabric. Is your home full of the same rich colors?
Kaffe: Yes, of course my house is full of color and delicious finds from my travels. I’ve done a book called Welcome Home, Kaffe Fassett which is about to be re-published later this year. It really shows the details of my surroundings.
SMS: Can you tell us what to look for from you in the near future? What’s next?
Kaffee: I have just designed a range of carpets and needlepoint cushions. Our quilts will be on exhibition at the Houston Quilt Festival and at the Birmingham England Festival of Quilt this fall. In December there will be an exhibition of all of my work, including quilts, at Silkiborg, Denmark. Please check our website’s calendar page for more exhibition information.
Thank you, Kaffe!
You can pick up a copy of Simple Shapes Spectacular Quilts for 30% off the list price at Connecting Threads, a Quilting Month II sponsor. Use the code SEWMAMA for free shipping!
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