I'm sure all of you are familiar with Kaffe Fassett. If you aren't, go check out his website where you can learn more. Kaffe (rhymes with safe) is probably the most prolific and talented living textile artists living today. He has authored so many books and designed so many fabrics, needlepoints, sweaters, yarns and more that it makes my head spin. His artwork also includes gorgeous paintings and mosaics. Kaffe travels extensively throughout the world spreading his love of color and pattern. If you ever have a chance to see him speak, GO! You will leave inspired. Here is a link to his biography. He is a testament to the phrase "Do what you love." Born in 1937, he should be an inspiration to us all. I know he is for me.
So onto his newest book Bold Blooms: Quilts and Other Works Celebrating Flowers. This one is a beauty. Look at this stunning cover.
I really do love this book. Sometimes I look at books in a jaded way considering I write them too. But this one is extraordinary. It begins with an entire section where Kaffe shares how he designs. From his incredible fabrics, his large paintings, his quilt designs, even how he arranges flowers - he tells the reader how he does it. What a fun look into his creative process. I found this section the most interesting part of the book and you might too! This chapter adds another dimension to the book - one that makes it even more inspirational.
The rest of the chapters in the book are organized around color themes and Kaffe's flower arrangements. The stunning photography was done by Debbie Patterson. Each floral arrangement served as an inspiration for at least one quilt design and one needlepoint project.
Each chapter also includes a two page spread of favorite photos, vases, and art that inspire Kaffe. More stunning photography.
Bold Blooms is PACKED with 18 quilt designs. Kaffe used not only his own designed fabrics but pieces from his vast stash of fabrics collected on his worldly travels. It is nice to see that he has a fabric stash too and that he pulled it out to add to these quilts. Sometimes I think that some of his books are all about selling the next line of fabrics. There is nothing wrong with that. But this book - Bold Blooms - with the large number of quilts seems to me to be more than just a promotional project. It is a book that speaks more to the creativity of quilting. And that is a good thing.
I also love that each chapter features a needlepoint pillow project. It is great to see needlepoint back again and featured like this. Maybe more people will pick it up. Let's hope. Here is one of my favorites pillows inspired by the flower arrangement above.
And another needlepoint pillow.
I like the graphic quality of the needlepoint designs. They have a little less shading and less fussiness - more approachable for the beginning needlepoint stitcher. You can see many of Kaffe's past needlepoint designs on Ehrman's website where they are sold as kits here. I am not sure if these new pillows from this book will be sold as kits.
With each quilt design comes a story about its beginnings. This one is incredible. It is done with fussy cutting. A real work of art. And the story behind it so fun - about the collaboration. You'll have to get the book to read about it.
Liza Prior Lucy is Kaffe's co-author. She coordinates the construction of the quilt after Kaffe has planned it. What a job. Liza also owns Glorious Color - the quilting fabric on-line retailer. Busy lady. Here is another quilt from the book that I really like.
I love this next quilt - combining jugs and flowers. So fun. (And that needlepoint chair is to die for. Instrux aren't included for that though.)
This quilt is one of my favorites.
The back of the book gives all the how-to to make most of the projects in the book.
If you are a fan of Kaffe's, I am sure you have already pre-ordered the book. If you aren't a fan, I highly suggest you add this book to your collection. Even if you do not make anything from it, I am positive you will turn to it for inspiration over and over.
Great job Kaffe and Liza and Debbie. Bold Blooms launches in mid-September from STC Craft.
Here's what I have for one lucky reader - their very own copy of Bold Blooms sent to you from the publisher STC Craft upon publication. Here's how you enter......
Answer the following question in the comments section....
Tell me about your favorite flower that you immortalize in art, bouquets, your home. Or tell me a story about your love affair with Kaffe's work.
Contest ends Monday August 15th at 11:59 p.m. U.S. Addresses only please. Make sure you leave an easy way to get a hold of you - blogger id, Rav id, or email. Good luck everyone!