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Passionate Patchwork: Over 20 Original Quilt Designs Paperback – Aug 15 2003

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Taunton Press; Reprint edition (Aug. 15 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1561586501
  • ISBN-13: 978-1561586509
  • Product Dimensions: 20.9 x 1.2 x 28.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 726 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 14 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #106,983 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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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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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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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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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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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By A Customer on Jan. 20 2003
Format: Hardcover
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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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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