Sunday, 4 February 2018

Kaffe Fassett class in Wellington - January 2018

Last Sunday I attended my second design class with Kaffe Fassett and Brandon Mably.  (The first was two years ago which you can read about here.)

Kaffe talking about my quilt

This time we were making Green Diamonds from the Quilts in Ireland book.  I wanted to push my own boundaries and try something new, so I chose a rich, tamatoey red as my base colour!
I found a snazzy colour wheel online at which tells you what other colours work with any colour you chose.

So, I set about pulling all my red and green Kaffe fabrics that matched these strong colours.  Here's what I took to class (plus more of course).

Kaffe and Brandon don't mind if you bring along non Kaffe Fassett Collective fabrics, but I thought it was a good opportunity to go all out crazy and put lots of Kaffe's fabrics together.

Mine is on the left

We were encouraged to work quickly and get a few of our first diamonds cut and up on the wall.  Then we could stand well back and see if the fabrics were working together.  Seeing them cut to size is quite different to looking at them on a table.

From there it grew and grew as we got the idea of how the colours could transition from one to the other.  Those green and blue spots you see on the bolt above are for the top and bottom half rows.  I thought the red and orange spots would be better, but as Kaffe says, you never know until you put it up against your fabrics.

We didn't do any sewing in the class - it was all about designing the quilt.  At the end of the day we rolled up the design wall fabric from the bottom up, and the diamonds were preserved in the correct order.  Any bets on how long it is until I unwrap this sausage?  I can't at the moment because it's too hot and all the doors and windows are open and the pieces would blow away. (excuses, excuses)

At the end of the day Kaffe walked around and talked about every single quilt.  We had 28 people in the class and we all heard his thoughts on each of the quilts.  Here are some of quilts:

So you can see that we had a wide variety of colour schemes.  The room looked very colourful by the end of the day.

It was a great class, and even though I've been before, I'd still go again if they came back to New Zealand.  It really was a privilege to learn from one of the great masters of colour and design.


cityquilter grace said...

omigosh...what a treat....all those beautiful projects and two fantastic design are blessed to have this experience!

Bambi Pearson said...

I absolutely love Kaffe's designs! I am doing a quilt-a-long right now and using my stash. First time cutting into them. Love seeing your projects, such beautiful work.

EYSchmitt said...

Thanks for the terrific photos! It is a treat for those of us who cannot get to one of these classes. You have blessed us with all this color!

Anne / Springleaf Studios said...

It's so fun to see all the color and fabric combinations. I really like yours a lot. Maybe I'll make one of these designs someday.

abhedington said...

Those are all spectacular! Now I really want to do one.... (I will need to live forever to finish all the quilts I want to do!). Is this to be sewn in diagonal rows? Please share the finishing details.

Brenda said...

These look like so much fun. Your red and green sure isn't Christmasy, but I love it. Can you share any of Kaffe's comments?

Sarah said...

What a fantastic class! Lucky you. Look forward to seeing this one made.

Marie said...

I'm green with envy! and yep, it is a riot of color ... love it!