Sunday, March 28, 2010

Sunday Books - 2 -

My copy of Kaffe Fassett's Simple Shapes Spectacular Quilts: 23 Original Quilt Designs by Kaffe Fassett and Liza Prior Lucy was highly anticipated, and having finally had some time to peruse it, I must tell you that this book does not disappoint.

I have many of Kaffe's books, both knitting and quilting, and although his books are sometimes similar to some of his prior work, I think he has an amazing eye for color and can raise projects to another level of brilliance each time a quilt is reworked. 

(cropped image from Kaffe Fassett's Simple Shapes Spectacular Quilts
by Kaffe Fassett and Liza Prior Lucy)

In this book Kaffe demonstrates how basic geometric shapes - squares, rectangles, triangles, diamonds, quarter circles and circles -  all found in nature as well as the man made environment, can inspire quilt designs.

(cropped image from Kaffe Fassett's Simple Shapes Spectacular Quilts
by Kaffe Fassett and Liza Prior Lucy)

The book features 23 quilts  ranging from the relatively simple and ideal for beginners, to more difficult designs for experienced quilters.  All of the quilts feature an amazing use of color and simple shape.  The book is divided into six sections, one for each of the shapes, with  each section containing 3 to 5 different quilts featuring that shape.  As each shape is introduced Kaffe provides many instances where and when that particular shape inspired his design work.

Belts and Braces

I was lucky enough to attend one of Kaffe Fassett's lectures in Melbourne a few years ago. During the lecture Kaffe showcased some of his quilts and provided insight in how he experiences color, and how to train your eyes to see the source of creativity that exists all around.  Similarly Kaffe Fassett's Simple Shapes Spectacular Quilts is a journey in using simple shapes inspired by the environment and colorful fabrics to create dazzling quilts.

Having spent quite some time with this book, I have already picked my favorite quilts.   As well as favorite quilts these two quotes from the book in particular resonate - in  Kaffe's words:

" Don't be afraid to take the plunge and choose a fresh color palette ...".  Will do.

"  ... look more closely at the world around you for inspiration in both color and shape".  Will do.

17 comments:

  1. Thanks for the sneak peeks and the review....I'm sure Amazon would LOVE to see me AGAIN!!

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  2. I did a post on the very same book a couple of weeks ago. SOOO worth the money. If only for the photography alone. But I see many Kaffe-inspired quilts in my future.

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  3. I have to agree with everything you've said about this marvellous book - a feast for the eyes, and so much inspiration! Getting ready to step outside my comfort zone soon. I bought mine from Book Depository.

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  4. Great book review - sounds like another inspiring Kaffe Fassett book!

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  5. Thank you for the inside and yes Amazon here I come.

    cheers
    Christine

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  6. That book sure looks interesting, but I will resist. Still loving your posts and enjoying all the eye candy :)

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  7. I just won his Quilt Romance book! :)

    On the "choose a fresh color palette"... does this mean we can anticipate a purple quilt from you in the future!?!? I know that you said you stay clear of that one, but I just love it! :) Orange is my color I am afraid of... but trying to work into it! :)

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  8. this book looks so interesting! i will have to have a look at it sometime

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  9. I have always loved Kaffe's fabrics. And that book looks awesome. Can't wait to check it out. Thanks for sharing. Love & blessings from NC!

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  10. I've been in 2 minds whether I should buy this or not because I'm not a huge fan of Kaffe's fabrics...but I do love his quilts. I'm going to order it. You've convinced me!

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  11. I so love the notion of taking inspiration from the built and the natural environment and then applying them to quilty gorgeousness!

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  12. thank you for the review - I don't have that one, sadly. Kaffe has been a great source of inspiration since the 70's when he hit the scene with his unbelievable needlepoint canvases! I always wanted one of those, but couldn't bring myself to spend the $$$$$. His influence is really amazing - back and forth across the pond! Your work also inspires!

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  13. Thanks for the review - very helpful in my decision about buying another book!

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  14. It's hard for me to spend money on books with patterns, but I can certainly appreciate the designs and the concepts. Many of my quilts have been inspired from the details I see around me - often in boring work events that take place in hotels and meeting rooms!

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  15. Looks like I will have to get this to join his Romance book that I received for Xmas! I am really starting to be quite partial to Kaffe and his work. I love photography and I feel this book will 'open my eyes' to what is out there in terms of patterns.
    Thankyou for sharing.

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  16. He came to utah a few years ago and truly enjoyed myself. He is a delight and full of inspiration and excitement for what he does. big fan here!

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  17. i just picked this book up.. and he's in town speaking at a few shops this weekend... so maybe i'll get a chance to see him!

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