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Passionate Patchwork: Over 20 Original Quilt Designs [Paperback]

Kaffe Fassett , Liza Prior Lucy , Debbie Patterson
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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.


"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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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 showcasing more than twenty main designs with variations, and offering new ways to sew everything from full-sized quilts to cushion covers and baby quilts. Full color photographs and highly meticulous instructions make Passionate Patchwork as easy to use as it is inspirational and creative.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Passionate Patchwork July 12 2003
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!!! BUY THIS YOU'LL LOVE IT.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Amazingly beautiful quilts! Feb. 28 2003
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 mesmerizing work with color Jan. 20 2003
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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. My only objection is the template patterns. Aside from the "Rice Bowls" and "Hat Boxes" quilts, I don't see why the patterns use templates. Most of the quilts in the book could be done with the much quicker rotary cutting techniques.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Color Inspiration! Sept. 16 2002
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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1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing July 7 2002
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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. They were made of either all washed out pale prints or all bright colors.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Passionate Patchwork Dec 27 2001
By A Customer
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. very happy with this purchase.
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