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Passionate Patchwork: Over 20 Original Quilt Designs [Paperback]

Kaffe Fassett , Liza Prior Lucy , Debbie Patterson
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)

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Aug. 15 2003
Quilting patterns by renowned designer Kaffe Fassett--all innovative and artfully arranged, with a wealth of variations.

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The riot of color that defines Kaffe Fassett's renowned work in needlepoint and knitting also energizes his remarkable quilts. Passionate Patchwork features 20 projects of Fassett's designs, complete with materials lists, pattern templates, cutting directions, assembly instructions and diagrams, and gorgeous photos. Fassett draws on traditional quilt-block forms, lending his unique design and color sensibilities to squares and rectangles, triangles and diamonds, circles and ovals. An old favorite like Courthouse Steps takes on new vitality when pieced in countless shades of red. The chevrons of brilliant stripes comprising Fassett's Handkerchief Corners quilt hint at optical illusion, belying the quilt's simple assembly. Appliqué enlivens designs like Hat Boxes, wherein basic window blocks take on the appearance of cubbyholes, each sporting a multipatterned hat-box form. A solidly written section on basic quilt making appends the book, though these innovative designs are probably best attempted by quilters with a bit of previous experience. The resource page lists suppliers for purchasing Fassett's own fabric designs, but these beautiful quilts can of course be made with any appropriate fabrics. --Amy Handy --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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"Fassett--the only living textile artist to have had a one-man show at London's Victoria and Albert Museum--has unleashed his phenomenal gifts for color and design, and the book offers page after page of quilts one longs to own."

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5.0 out of 5 stars Drunk with Color Aug. 27 2001
Format:Hardcover
If you're a color junkie, if the sight of a newly-opened six-row box of Crayolas leaves you breathless, and if you walk through fabric stores just for the color hit, then "Passionate Patchwork" is a book for you. Without a doubt, the projects in this book are made up in the most sophisticated and exciting palettes ever seen in a quilt book. And the quilts--all of which look eminently doable, even by a rank beginner--are photographed in such lush, visually sumptuous settings that you can happily spend hours simply "reading" the photos. The other thing I like about this book is that these quilts are quite possible. We are not talking about quilts with 75 differently shaped chunks of fabric that must be pieced into each block. These quilts are not exercises in perfectionistic anality, but are made of simple geometric shapes that let the fabric do the talking, and leave the quiltmaker with sanity intact. Admittedly, one of the authors does have a signature line of fabric, and many quilts photographed make extensive use of that line. But any quilter's fabric stash already contains many comparable textiles that could be put to more sophisticated use, in exciting new combinations shown in this book. Several of the quilts in this book make use of "orphan" blocks that are showcased by being re-set with imaginative new uses of color and fabric pattern. This seems a respectful use and transformation of handwork from earlier times: the newly-made quilts look fresh and exciting, even when they used segements of old cliche patterns such as wedding ring and grandmother's flower garden. But you don't have to be a quilter to love this book. Read more ›
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4.0 out of 5 stars Color Inspiration! Sept. 15 2002
Format:Hardcover
I agree with vikinges perfect description "drunk with color" as this book takes simple traditional patterns and explodes them through the creative use of color. I've always been pretty bold with color but I never knew chartreuse could look so wonderful in a quilt.
However my chief complaint, which keeps it from getting 5 stars, is that in a world made easy with strip piecing, all of the patterns are presented with templates. An experienced quilter will be able to adapt the patterns to rotary cutting, but why torture a beginning quilter? So I must disagree with the earlier reviewer who felt this was the only quilting book one would ever need. Instead, it should be looked at as a fabulous addition to a diverse quilting library.
That said, I am very inspired by the quilts in this book and have my sights set on making the Suzani quilt soon. I'm off to get that chartreuse fabric now...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Tons of inspirational designs Aug. 24 2001
Format:Hardcover
The people at my local quilt were eagerly anticipating the latest book by Kaffe Fassett and Liza Prior Lucy, and now I understand why. After browsing through the store copy of the book, I had to buy a copy for myself. The quilts in this book are not the boring, traditional quilts that you see in most other books, but great new designs that any contemporary quilt artist will enjoy. As a new quilt artist, I will certainly use the elements from the quilts in this book in my future quilts. I especially liked the Indigo Courthouse Steps, the African Weave Throw, and the Shirt-Stripe Boxes. The stories behind the development of these designs also show that quilt artists should take inspiration from everyday happenings. The final chapter is also especially helpful, as it provides instructions for making all of the quilts in the book that quilt artists of all skill levels could follow.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Great ideas but... Nov. 2 2001
Format:Hardcover
I was a little disappointed in this book. I just recently started quilting and ordered several books. I ordered this one primarily because I loved the quilt on the cover, and figured that I would like the other quilts. Well, the one on the cover is one of the few that uses those vibrant, rich colors. Many of the others use light-colored, "busy" fabrics that I don't really care for. It's a matter of taste, of course, but the cover is somewhat misleading. That said, the quilt patterns are beautiful and I can just use the colors I like. It's not a beginner's book, but it didn't present itself as one. I think it's a worthy addition to an extensive quilting library, but not if you're planning to just have a few quilting books...
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4.0 out of 5 stars Amazingly beautiful quilts! Feb. 28 2003
Format:Hardcover
This book is inspirational to me. There are so many brilliant colors and designs that I am sure I will be busy for years trying to make even a few of them. The quilts in this book have the power to transform a room. They are real show-stoppers. I read some of the other reviews about this book and was shocked to read comments like, only the quilt on the cover has bright colors, the others were drab. That is just not true. If I had a complaint I would say the text is not as detailed as I would like. The book was clearly written to showcase quilt design, not to teach patchwork quilting. But that is exactly why I bought it, so I am not the least bit dissapointed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars More, More, More Color! Nov. 29 2001
Format:Hardcover
I've seen and collected all the knitting and needlepoint books just for the fabulous photography and amazing color that permeates Kaffe's work. And now Liza Lucy has transposed his color sensibilities into quilting by using the simple geometric designs that quilting is based on, while fixing it with that supersaturated color. There is something here both for the quilt appreciator as well as the advanced practitioner, and I am hoping that we are only on the beginning of a very long series. Worth having on your library shelf for the visual appeal even if you never intend to sew a seam!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A detailed do-it-yourself guide to home-style needlework
Ably written for needlecraft enthusiasts by the renowned decorative artist Kaffe Fassett, Passionate Patchwork is a detailed do-it-yourself guide to home-style needlework projects... Read more
Published on Dec 7 2003 by Midwest Book Review
5.0 out of 5 stars Passionate Patchwork
This is a MUST HAVE BOOK - just a beautiful book. E-Z quilts - but the color and drama makes each quilt look - over the top. The Hat Box Quilt is just out of this world!!! Read more
Published on July 11 2003 by Mary H.L. Prunier
5.0 out of 5 stars mesmerizing work with color
Fassett's recipes for quilt color are fabulous. I've spent many enjoyable hours studying how he uses color, matching brights and muted colors, to develop some wonderful results. Read more
Published on Jan. 20 2003
1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing
To me the best thing about this book was the cover. I was not inspired by the quilts included in the book. They seemed to have no design. Read more
Published on July 7 2002
5.0 out of 5 stars Passionate Patchwork
This is the only quilting book you'll ever need ! Beautiful use of color, enless possibilities to create your own ! Will buy his books on knitting and needlepoint. Read more
Published on Dec 26 2001
2.0 out of 5 stars Maybe he should stick to his knitting
Kaffe did wonders for the knitting world, teaching knitters how to "paint" with yarns. In fact, the Kaffe Fassett sweater I knitted my husband has to be the peak of my... Read more
Published on Sept. 16 2001 by Kevin Parker
5.0 out of 5 stars passionately wonderful
being a great fan of kaffe i was thrilled to receive this marvellous book.
The instructions are better than previous books,the designs brilliant,yet simple. Read more
Published on Sept. 12 2001 by "carolynpennington"
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