Thursday, 11 May 2017

Insights Into The Collective - Kaffe Fassett Spring 2017

The Kaffe Fassett Collective is a collaboration of three of the most well known and respected designers in the patchwork & quilting industry; Kaffe Fassett, Philip Jacobs and Brandon Mably.

Twice a year they release a new collection, with new designs from Kaffe and re-colours from Philip and Brandon, or vice versa.

For the 2017 Spring Collection at Cotton Patch we have twelve re-coloured patterns from Kaffe Fassett, six new designs from Philip Jacobs and five new designs from Brandon. Over the next three days we will be looking at all the new releases that have just hit our selves, starting with the man of the hour, Kaffe Fassett. Prepare to begin drooling.

Kaffe Fassett

Likened to a modern day William Morris, Kaffe’s bold designs and unique sense of colour have elevated him to a celebrity status in the world of textiles.

His Spring 2017 Collection recolours include one of his best selling designs, Ferns, which now comes in a fresh green colourway plus a dark brown. I have a feeling that the new green may soon match in popularity with the current most popular colourway in purple, which has been used in many of his quilt designs.

The image below of Kaffe's original paintings for the Fern design show off just how talented he really is!

Other designs include the ever popular and long running Bekah, some colours of which were first introduced in 2007! The design is now available in a sunny yellow and a deliciously deep lavender.

Dream has been a very popular design over the last year, due partly to it being featured in Kaffe’s Stone Log Cabin Quilt from his 2016 book ‘Quilts in Italy’.

The high contrast of the floral designs to the background make it a great option for fussy cut florals. The new colourways for this design now include magenta, yellow and my personal favourite, dark.

The remaining recolours are part of Kaffe’s ever growing collection of highly versatile ‘Spots’ and ‘Aboriginal Dots’. These prints are some of my favourites in the shop because there is nearly always the colour combination you need, and the scale is spot on. (Pun not initially intended, i'm just naturally hilarious...)

So that's the round-up of Kaffe's re-colours. Which one is your favourite? What tones or colour combinations would you like to see more of in the KFC? Let us know below!

Tomorrow we will be looking at what's new from Philip, featuring large quantities of enthusiasm because i'm a bit of a fan.

P.S. You can find all of these Kaffe Fassett fabrics plus more on our website.

P.P.S If you would like to increase the size of your KFC stash, then why not sign up for our Kaffe Fassett Club? Twice a year we send out a pack of 18 fabrics cut to our 10" square Patchwork Palette featuring all new releases. These are usually posted in late Spring and late Autumn. If you sign up now you will receive the latest selection of Spring 2017 fabrics from the collective! Click here to find out more information about the Kaffe Fassett Club.

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Insights Into The Collective - Philip Jacobs Spring 2017

Hello beautiful folks, today we will be perusing through Philip Jacobs' six new designs for the Kaffe Fassett Collective.

Philip Jacobs

Philip Jacobs combines Kaffe's unique colouring with his intense botanical prints, which often have a stunning realism, to create a vibrant collection of floral fabrics that are almost too beautiful to cut up! Luckily the urge to create always wins…

For the Spring 2017 Collection, Philip has been inspired by the charms of the undersea world with his beautifully detailed ‘Shell Bouquet’, which comes in red, blue, yellow and pastel and features clumps of wonderfully detailed shells with sprays of branching coral. It is a very large design, with the main bouquet being approximately 12”x12”,  which really invites you to just cut out a square and go from there!

‘Horse Chestnut’ is another intensely detailed design with the colouring to match. The richness of the leaves and the contrasting background colour make for a really stunning fabric. The colourways include brown, green and blue.

One of his more unusual designs in the collection is ‘Curlique’. It appears to be something similar to a begonia leaf crossed with a nautilus shell. Despite the ambiguous pattern, it makes for a beautiful repetitive design accentuated by the contrasting highlight around each shell/leaf. The green colourway is one of my favourite prints from the whole collection.


‘Summer Bouquet’ is a fabulous spray of roses, tulips and poppies which also feature a contrasting highlight around the edges of the flowers, particularly noticeable on the poppies. I really like the brown colourway, which has a lovely soft, antique feel to it.

His other new designs include ‘Glory’ in dark and pastel as well as the final addition to his collection which has made it to the coveted position (ahem) of my #1 favourite; Tulip extravaganza.

Specifically, Tulip Extravaganza in Yellow.

The first reason why I love this fabric so much is because right now my tulips are standing proudly along the border of my garden literally shouting "Look at me! I'm fabulous!".

Secondly, this design shows exactly why Phillip and Kaffe are such a dream team. On any other design, that brimstone yellow might look a little tacky or gaudy, yet the large and detailed design of the tulips paired with soft pinks and blues makes me want to sew a mid-length floaty skirt and run around the park channelling my inner Maria from Sound of Music.

That sum's up Philip's new designs for this year. Do you have a particular favourite? Let us know! You can browse our range of Philip Jacob's fabrics here

Tomorrow we will be delving into Brandon's new designs, and you absolutely MUST be there.

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Insights Into The Collective - Brandon Mably Spring 2017

Brandon Mably

Brandon’s fabrics are bold and graphic. Under Kaffe's apprenticeship, he has mastered the skill of combining primitive shapes with strong colours which allows for his fabrics to stand alone or act as the perfect foil for other prints.

Brandon has really raised eyebrows with his Spring 2017 collection, featuring some of the loudest prints the collective has seen.

‘You Can Can’ is of course the king of this collection. I cannot deny that when I first saw the bolts I thought ‘what would you do with this fabric?’. Then I saw this picture of @orangethreadsuzy’s apron and I fell deeply in love. I guess sometimes you just need others to show you the potential!

The next addition to Brandon’s collection is the round robin, which we are stocking in purple.

This is definitely a print which you can appreciate for its bold design but also looks excellent cut up as smaller pieces because of the abstract shapes and bright colours, as you can see in this post from @KaffeFassettStudio on instagram.

Brandon’s zigzags are one of my favourite coordinating fabrics- there always seems to be the colour-combo that I need! So I am very happy to see more, slightly wider zig zags under the name ‘Sound Waves’ as well as very on-trend, two toned triangle waves titles ‘sharks teeth’. I will definitely be adding the blue to my stash pronto! ‘Sound Waves’ comes in brown and purple and ‘Sharks Teeth’ in brown and blue.

The final addition to the Spring 2017 collection is Baubles. Inspired by strings of African beads and big jewellery, Brandon describes this print as having a playful repetition of round primitive circles combined with different textures to give a ‘moon-like’ quality. Again it is a print that would really stand out even when cut into smaller shapes. We have ‘Baubles’ in a moody purple and dramatic black colourways.

Here is a great video from Brandon talking through his design process for the collection


What a fabulous way to end our round-up of the KFC Spring 2017! I definitely want to hear your thoughts on Brandon's new designs and whether they have inspired you to make something stunning or have left you feeling a little purturbed.

Be Inspired

If you love the collective as much as me, be sure to join the Kaffe Fassett Collective public group on Facebook for a serious dose of inspiration from your fellow quilters as well as a whole lot of love and support! There is a continual stream of finished quilts, works in progress and requests for advice with a lovely community feel.

Kaffe and Brandon have also set up a new website, which has a great autobiography on the creative life of Kaffe, and you could spend hours drooling over their instagram feed.

Cotton Patch has a dedicated Pinterest board - Totally Addicted to Kaffe, if you are looking for ideas of how to use up your Kaffe collective stash!

You can also sign up to our email newsletter to make sure you are the first to hear about our latest news, offers and promotions, or click to visit our website and see our full range of Kaffe Fassett fabric, Philip Jacobs fabric and Brandon Mably fabric.

Finally, if you would like to increase the size of your KFC stash, then why not sign up for our Kaffe Fassett Club? Twice a year we send out a pack of 18 fabrics cut to our 10" square Patchwork Palette featuring all new releases. These are usually posted in late Spring and late Autumn. If you sign up now you will receive the latest selection of Spring 2017 fabrics from the collective! Click here to find out more information about the Kaffe Fassett Club.

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