Sunday, 20 December 2020

Turkish Coffee #sayyestokaffecollective

Each year I eagerly await the release of the next Kaffe Fassett book.  This year their book was photographed in Burano, Italy, and all of the quilts look gorgeous in the colourful seaside town.  

My version of Turkish Coffee

As I flicked through the book I saw lots of pretty quilts in soft pastel colours, but the one that really grabbed my attention was the last one - Turkish Coffee, in rich, dark colours, designed by Liza Prior Lucy.  It was so different to anything I'd made to date, so I decided that Turkish Coffee would be my first quilt from Quilts in Burano. 


I used the feature fabric, Turkish Delight, in the same black colourway, but I changed just about every other fabric.  I know Kaffe and Brandon encourage people to make their quilts their own, and not strive to replicate every fabric used in the patterns.  


I went to my local quilt shop, Busy Bee Quilting in Wellington, New Zealand, to see what they had in stock.  They had Millefiori in Orange, so that became my background, rather than Millefiori in Antique which is used in the pattern.  I preferred the orange anyway, because it's brighter.  

I framed my blocks with Ferns in Black, and then just used a wide variety of dark fabrics for all the checkerboard blocks.   Some of these fabrics are from my stash, and and some are from the latest release as shown above. 




When it came to the backing, I knew I wanted a Kaffe wide back.  I had two options, but I chose Mandala in Red and I love it.  I'll use the other one for something else.  







My Turkish Coffee quilt was quilted by Sue Burnett of Busy Bee Quilting in Wellington.  She did a fantastic job of custom quilting the large flowers, and then used a pantograph on the other blocks. 




People have asked me about the border - I used a thin border of Zig Zag in Gold by Brandon, and then Busy Lizzy in Black from Feb 2020.  And I used Roman Glass in Gold for the binding.  So this quilt is made from 100% Kaffe Fassett Collective fabrics.


Finished size is 84" x 84" (215cm x 215cm) - so it's BIG.  

Free Spirit Fabrics have been running a competition called #sayyestokaffecollective, so I'm entering this quilt into the online competition.  The prizes are more fabric, and we can all use more fabric. 


There are so many beautiful quilts in Quilts in Burano.  I encourage you to buy the book, even if you only look at the pictures and dream of a holiday in Italy.  

I'll close with one more photo of the quilt taken this morning. (Yes, the trees are green - it's Summer in New Zealand. )





 

13 comments:

Mystic Quilter said...

Wendy I just adore your version of Turkish Coffee!!This was the first quilt that I marked for a future make as soon as I received the book and really believe it is the best quilt design in the book, but your version is so much more bright and colourful. Like especially your change of colour with Millefiori and the Busy Lizzy borders.

Gretchen Weaver said...

Lovely quilt! I need some Kaffe fabrics to brighten up my life!

Michelle Churchman said...

Absolutely gorgeous, Wendy!

Michelle
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Quilting Babcia said...

Simply gorgeous!

Chopin - A Passionate Quilter said...

What a beautiful quilt and so striking! Great work!

Barb N said...

Your quilt is just lovely! How fun to pick out the fabrics for it. You have good experience doing that, but I would flounder. Good luck in the competition!

michelle weatherson said...

Oh Wendy--what a masterpiece! Absolutely beautiful. I can't stop looking at it. You should be very proud--well done!

Anne / Springleaf Studios said...

Beautiful! The colors are so rich and full of life. I like your call for the brighter orange. It's a perfect. I still haven't gotten my hands on the book. I usually borrow books from the library and they haven't yet had this one available.

Julie said...

This is just beautiful Wendy, definitely a departure from your usual colour preferences. Are all the small squares sewn randomly, or is there a pattern to those too? I definitely need to start buying some more KF fabrics,(my stash of this can be counted on one hand) they seem so versatile when mixed in a quilt.

cityquilter grace said...

just plain gorgeous...love it!

Angie in SoCal said...

That is a fabulous Turkish Coffee!! I adore every bit of it. Congratulations on a stunning quilt.

chrisknits said...

Gorgeous! It looks like a mosaic floor. Merry Christmas!

Allison said...

Your quilt is beautiful! I'm not a fan of these fabrics but I really enjoy picking up your enthusiasm and seeing the amazing quilts you make using them. I wonder if they were able to travel far last year to photograph the quilts for this years book?