Winner of the Kaffe Essay contest!

The question was: How has Kaffe influenced you in the past and how will that help you grow as a quilter in the new year?

The winner chosen by Kaffe: Cynthia of the Milwaukee Modern Quilt Guild!

Here is what Kaffe had to say:  “Cynthia is our choice of winning essay. We felt Cynthia covered some very good points. Actually all of the essays were good but Cynthia just has the edge.”

With Cindy’s permission, enjoy reading her story below.

How has Kaffe influenced you in the past and how will that help you grow as a quilter in the new year?

“Richness. Satiety. Opulence. Vibrancy.  These concepts comprise my automatic word associations with Kaffe Fassett, artist-designer (and dare I suggest, “color prophet”?}

As a textile junkie, color and pattern have been the hooks that draw me in to a work, project, or artist. Without the appeal of those elemental tenets, I am not captured, impassioned, consumed. I can appreciate the craft and understand the appeal, but will lack an emotional response

Kaffe masters the complexity of powerful color interplay that resonates with me, and clearly innumerable others world-wide. His exuberance and passion for vivid color combinations and pattern development have helped me appreciate the integral importance of color/textile pattern selection as the first step in a satisfying and ultimately successful project.

As a newer “mid-life” quilter, I appreciate the limits of my time and the investment in energy and hours that a new project will consume. As such, I want to LOVE the projects I choose, from the initial selection process, to completion, and to ongoing use and enjoyment. Over the past year, I have become much more aware of specific designers and pattern lines.  Kaffe Fassett has been one artist who I have spent time learning about in more depth. As I began to understand his philosophy, I began to see some parallels with my thoughts and feelings about my quilting projects. I now not only permit myself to be drawn in by color and a love of fabric design, I require it, before I commit to it. As such, I feel a freeness to pursue that which brings lasting pleasure to my creative spirit.

I found a bit of humor and enormity of freedom and relief in learning that Kaffe is a bit a bit perplexed by the emphasis on perfection and precise execution in the quilting world. I feel as if I have received absolution from “an authority on high” regarding this matter! I appreciate the value of pattern complexity and precision. I believe in the importance of quality workmanship. But, I will no longer be consumed by achieving mathematical and microscopic exactitude!

In 2013, I will allow myself to be carried away by fabric patterns that appeal to me and color choices that enrich and satisfy me.  I will allow myself to focus on what is pleasing to my eye. Perhaps I will choose to make a fabric swatch larger in a pattern if I love it.  I will take risks, trust my intuition, and worry less about what is “right or wrong” according to the pattern or rules. I will use patterns to guide me, rather than define me. Thank you, Kaffe Fassett for teaching me that beautiful quilts are rooted in creativity and a joyful soul!”

 

 

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Keep you’re eyes open for Kaffe’s new book schedule for a March 2013 release date:

Kaffe Fassett Quilts: Shots + Stripes. It’s a book of quilt projects he collaborated on with Liza Prior Lucy, and includes small and large sized projects using just his solid-colored shot cottons and his striped cotton fabrics.

Thank you STC Crafts | Melanie Falick and Rowan Fabrics!

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2013-A New Year, A New Contest!

Happy New Year to all of you! We hope you have big quilting plans for 2013. We’re starting off the year with a very exciting opportunity for all of you sponsored by STC Craft | Melanie Falick Books and Rowan Fabrics.

THE QUESTION:

How has Kaffe influenced you in the past and how will that help you grow as a quilter in the new year?

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This is an Essay Contest! Write 500 words or less answering the question above. Three of the finalists will receive a copy of Kaffe’s Dreaming in Color and a 30 pc. Design Rolls. In addition the top two finalists will receive a copy of Kaffe Fassett Simple Shapes Spectacular Quilts book and Kaffe Fassett Kaffe Quilts Again book.  The grand prize winner will receive Dreaming in Color, Simple Shapes Spectacular Quilts, and his upcoming March book, Shots & Stripes in addition to a 30 piece fat quarter set.

THE DETAILS:

  • 500 words or less. Entries are to be sent to info@themodernquiltguild.com
  • Deadline: January 25th at midnight PST
  • Four finalists will be announced on February 1st
  • Kaffe will select the final essays and the winner will be posted on the MQG blog February 15th.
  • Open to international entries
  • 30 MQG will receive a copy of the book Kaffe’s new book Dreaming in Color-priority will go to the MQG’s that have members writing essay’s. Please include the MQG name that you are a member of to ensure your guild receives the copy.

About Kaffe by STC Craft | Melanie Falick

Born in 1937, Fassett spent much of his youth in Big Sur, California, where his parents bought a cabin from Orson Welles and transformed it into the world-famous Nepenthe restaurant, a gathering place for artists and free spirits. After attending a boarding school run by disciples of Krishnamurti, an Indian guru, he studied painting at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, then traveled to England, where he made his home. After an inspiring trip to the Shetland Islands, Fassett began designing knitwear for Bill Gibb, then the Missonis, Vogue magazine, and private clients like Lauren Bacall and Barbra Streisand. Further explorations led him to needlepoint, mosaics, rugmaking, tapestries, yarn and fabric design, costume and set design, and quilting. Now in his seventies, Fassett continues to produce new work and travels worldwide to teach and lecture to his fans.

Kaffe Fassett is widely acknowledged as a visionary in the use of color and was the first living textile designer to have a one-person show at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. He is a fabric designer for Rowan Patchwork and Quilting, the primary knitwear designer for Rowan Yarns, and the author of fifteen books, including STC Craft’s Simple Shapes Spectacular Quilts. He lives in London. Visit his website at http://www.kaffefassett.com.

Keep you’re eyes open for Kaffe’s new book schedule for a March 2013 release date:

Kaffe Fassett Quilts: Shots + Stripes. It’s a book of quilt projects he collaborated on with Liza Prior Lucy, and includes small and large sized projects using just his solid-colored shot cottons and his striped cotton fabrics.

Thank you STC Crafts | Melanie Falick and Rowan Fabrics!

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