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Kaffe Fassett's Simple Shapes Spectacular Quilts: 23 Original Quilt Designs [Hardcover]

Kaffe Fassett
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Book Description

2 Mar 2010
"In Kaffe Fassett's Simple Shapes Spectacular Quilts", world-renowned quilter Kaffe Fassett demonstrates how basic geometric forms - squares, rectangles, triangles, diamonds, circles and quarter circles - found in natural and manmade environments inspire his quilt designs. This is evident in the 23 magnificent, inventive quilts showcased in this book and step-by-step instructions are provided for each one. Along the way, Fassett also offers over a hundred photos of geometric inspiration from around the world - everything from triangular watermelon slices, to rectangular sheets of corrugated metal on African scrap dwellings, to lollipop-shaped topiary trees in Japan. In the accompanying text, Fassett reveals how he experiences the colours and basic shapes around him, how we can train our own eyes to see this rewarding source of creativity and how we can, just as he does, combine striking fabrics with simple shapes to create our own spectacular quilt designs.

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  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Stewart, Tabori & Chang Inc (2 Mar 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1584798378
  • ISBN-13: 978-1584798378
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 10.1 x 1.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 41,485 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Kaffe Fassett, an accomplished painter and designer of textiles, is widely acknowledged as a visionary in the use of color. In 1988 he was the first living textile designer to be given a one-person show at the V&A in London, where he lives. He is a fabric designer for Rowan Patchwork and Quilting and the primary knitwear designer for Rowan Yarns. This is his fourteenth book. Liza Prior Lucy is an expert quiltmaker and the owner of Glorious Color, a source for fabrics designed by Kaffe Fassett and friends.

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45 of 46 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars better than ever 2 April 2010
This is a departure from the previous books in that the quilts really are inspirations rather than prescriptions. Whereas the series of Rowan books describe all that's needed to make a replica quilt this book stands a little further back, it has a wonderful broader approach, you could still make a replica quilt, but it encourages you to explore your own ideas and gives you the insight and inspiration to really think and create for yourself. Yes, there's a solid generic quilt recipe but the stabilisers can come off the bike and you can move along by yourself! It's like a workshop in a book with lots of guidance and the text is really thought provoking rather than being footnotes to images of completed quilts. Some quilt books work from the finished project and show you how to do it, here you're looking at things differently, you really can create your own quilt, thinking about all the important stuff for yourself. This book's not just about making copies of beautifully photographed masterpieces, the masterpieces are your starting point.
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35 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning book - really inspiring 19 Mar 2010
I love the photography in this book as well as the quilts.
I'm not likely to make one of the quilts in the fabrics shown - but the design are gorgeous and would work in other fabrics.
The instructions look clear and templates are provided although some need enlarging on a photocopier.

Not sure a complete beginer would cope as there are few diagrams but for any one who has even a basic knowledge of patchwork would manage.
Stunning book!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Kafe Fasset's quilting book 28 April 2010
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This book is quite inspirational; the usual wonderful explosion of colour one has come to expect from Kafe Fasset with wonderful colour combinations and stunning ideas. I would highly recommend this to any quilter or, of you know a quilter, it would make a great present.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb! 22 April 2010
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This book appealed to me because it contained a variety of squares, rectangles and triangles with clear instructions and supplies for each project. I love geometric shapes, squares in particular and I am quite new to the art of patchwork.
Quite some time ago I bought a copy of "Patchwork" by K F as I was fascinated by the front cover of that book, those beautiful squares in various tones of red with occasionally a touch of green, blue, orange, yellow... I made a sample but found difficult to execute it as I had to work out the sizes of each square, and I was not always pleased with my choice of colours! However at the V&A Quilt Exhibition I discovered "Simple Shapes, Spectacular Quilts" and now I am working on the "Earthy Mitered Boxes" project with the K F fabrics suggested. As the fabrics are all matching, it produces a fantastic result.
Every now and then, in the book, you find handsome photographs of basic shapes found in nature and thus echoed in K F's projects. It is a pure delight!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful book 31 Mar 2010
By Lucy
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My first quilt came from Kaffe Fasset's Glorious Patchwork. I love his use of colour and simple shapes, he brings traditional quilting right up to date with his bright and adventurous fabrics.
This book is one of the best he has published in recent years. It has beautiful photography and is delightful just to browse through. There are some stunning quilts to make for both novices and experienced quilters alike. I plan to make his version of the Lone Star.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best Kaffe book yet 8 Mar 2010
Wow - what a truly gorgeously sumptuous delecticious cornucopia of quilts!!
Who could have thought that a quilt made out of just squares or triangles or circles etc could look so unctiously gorgeous...but they do.
Best quilt book yet from Kaffe.
Highly recommend.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must have book 18 Nov 2010
By Puri
I really love the book Simple Shapes Spectacular Quilts. The color of the textils, the desings, the photos. It inspire me so much. Thank you Kaffe Fassett.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring 18 Aug 2010
Inspiring book. Beautiful photo's, both of the quilts and of things/landscapes that can inspire quilts. Kaffe invites the reader not to make his quilts, but to alter them, play with colors and fabrics, and create your own unique quilt.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great
I cannot believe how amazing this book is. It is full of incredibly great ideas and makes it all look achievable. So pleased with the purchase. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Mr K Miller
5.0 out of 5 stars Quilting excellence
Wonderful illustrations and inspiring pieces of work-really good. a wonderful gift
No more words-it's just nonsense to make these demands
Published 4 months ago by no thanks
5.0 out of 5 stars Still producing wonderful colour palettes.
As with Kaffe Fassett's wonderful knitting books in the 1980's, this book not only gives clear instructions but also is a joy to look at the wonderful photographs. Inspiring.
Published 6 months ago by Maggie Bedford
5.0 out of 5 stars Kate fassett
An interesting and useful book full of inspirational photos. I never cease to be amazed with the way he uses colour
Published 9 months ago by Mrs. S. Mackenzie Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars Kaffe Fassett's simple shapes for spectacular quilts
I have always liked Kaffe's work and have a selection of his quilting and knitting books. I bought this one to add to my collection and it has not been a disappointment. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Lovely Lady
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely
Excellent book full of stunning deigns. Helpful as lists I'll fabric requirements either of your own choice or the actual ones used in photo.
Published 14 months ago by Nina
5.0 out of 5 stars Spectacular is the word
Excellant designs. Really inspirational. Kaffe's amazing use of colour and shape shows all us non artists what can be achieved
Published 16 months ago by G M Wood
4.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful, wonderful shapes and colours
I have been a fan of Kaffe Fassett's since I first saw his knitting books. He does not disappoint with this book too. It's full of glorious colour and quilt ideas. Read more
Published on 13 Jan 2012 by needlefrenzy
4.0 out of 5 stars Inspirational and Stunning Photography
The photographs are stunning and have inspired me to look for geometric shapes and colour in my surroundings. Read more
Published on 8 Jan 2012 by J. Griffin
5.0 out of 5 stars lovely book
What a lovely book , full of inspirational ideas and of course, wonderful colour that you come to expect with Kaffe Fassett. Read more
Published on 16 Sep 2011 by D. Reynolds
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