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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Wednesday, 3 May 2017

The Secret Is Out! The Truth Behind Why We Hoard Fabric

Earlier today, an article was surreptitiously placed on my desk.

The age of said article could be guessed at due to the fact that it was printed from a ‘fax machine’ (a species of technology that is now extinct, if you weren’t sure).

The content of this article has not only made my day, but also justified the constant desire to purchase at least a metre of everything that lands on our shelves, despite the fact that my front room is quite literally overflowing with boxes and baskets of fabric and that there may or may not also be a secret stash under my bed...

But now I hold my head up high and shout “IT’S NOT MY FAULT!” whilst I proceed to crazy laugh and buy some more of the latest collections.

You must now be wondering what could possibly be in this article that could have such a euphoric response. Please, read on and find out for yourself...

A recent study has indicated that quilt fabric gives off certain Pheromones that actually hypnotise women and cause them to purchase ungodly amounts of the substance!

When stored in large quantities in enclosed spaces, these Pheromones cause memory loss and induce the nesting syndrome (similar to the one squirrels have before the onset of winter, i.e. storing food), therefore perpetuating that species, and preventing a population loss due to their kind being cut up into pieces and mixed with others. Sound tests have also revealed that these fabrics emit very high-pitched sounds, heard only by a select few breeds of women known as “quilters.”

When played backwards on an LP, the sounds are heard as chants "buy me, cut me, sew me!” In order to overcome the so-called "feeding frenzy effect" that these fabrics cause, face masks and ear plugs must be worn when entering a storage facility to avoid being pulled into their grip. Studies also point to an indication that aliens have inhabited the earth, helping to spread the effect that these fabrics have on the human population. They are called fabric store clerks.

It’s also common for these same Pheromones to cause a pathological need to secret fabric purchases away when taken home (or at least blend them into the existing stash). When asked by a significant other if the fabric is new, the reply is “I’ve had it for a while!”

This wonderfully factual article was originally published in August 1997 in the Western North Carolina Quilter’s Guild Newsletter. Written by Kathy (Smith) Harris, Tuscan AZ.

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The Cotton Patch is a family run patchwork and quilting business which was started by Jean Sewell in 1990. The shop is situated in Hall Green, Birmingham and expanded in 1999 to include the shop next door. Originally offering Mail Order catalogues, The Cotton Patch established one of the first patchwork and quilting websites in the UK. The Cotton Patch continues to be a premier supplier of patchwork and quilting fabrics, tools and notions and supplies customers throughout the UK and the world.