Passionate Patchwork: Over 20 Original Quilt Designs Paperback – Aug 15 2003
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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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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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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 morePublished on Dec 7 2003 by Midwest Book Review
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 morePublished on July 11 2003 by Mary H.L. Prunier
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 morePublished on July 7 2002
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 morePublished on Dec 26 2001
I've seen and collected all the knitting and needlepoint books just for the fabulous photography and amazing color that permeates Kaffe's work. Read morePublished on Nov. 29 2001 by Carogney
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 morePublished on Sept. 16 2001 by Kevin Parker