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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Wednesday, 19 April 2017

Be Inspired with Artisan by Kaffe Fassett

The first time I saw Kaffe Fassett’s Artisan collection, I fell in love with the gorgeous sunny oranges and deep moody blues of the hand-dyed batiks. Kaffe’s woven stripes have been a long-time staple of mine, so I was thrilled to see more woven and ikat designs, this Ocean Stripe being my particular favourite.

His collection of printed cottons are quite possibly even more quirky and colourful than his classic fabrics. Together they form a stunning and dramatic ensemble of colour and prints that is truly Kaffe’s forte.

According to Kaffe, Artisan is a collection he has been yearning to bring to life for quite some time. Inspired by a lifetime of travel and experience in the arts of knitting, needlecrafts, patchwork and textiles, Artisan speaks to a time of simplicity, boldness and high colours which likens to when he first arrived in London in the 60s.

Here is a video of Kaffe introducing the collection himself;

After the release of the collection, Free Spirit ran a blog tour and some of the results are absolutely stunning.

Kaffe Fassett & Free Spirit have just released a 72 page e-book called Sew! Artisan, where Kaffe effortlessly weaves his fabrics into everything from simple patchy quilts and cushions to casual table fashions and even a child’s tent. These images are taken from Free Spirits look-book for the e-book!

The 14 projects are complemented by the full-colour, stunning photography that we have come to expect from Kaffe’s fabulous books and encourage the quilter and sewist to appreciate and embrace the different characteristics of combining these stunning fabrics.

For instance the “kantha” stitched whole cloth quilt is backed by a silky, smooth blush Ikat, allowing the heavier-weight quilting threads to easily pull through all layers while adding a luxurious feel and drape to the quilt.

“My Artisan fabrics were something I had dreamt of creating, inspired by my travels to ethnic markets where I witnessed how people used the fibers and textiles of their regions to create beautifully hand-crafted works.” said Kaffe. “In Sew Artisan! I bring together these different types of ‘ethnic’ fabrics, and show you how they can be sewn together to make quilts, garments, and accessories.”

You can download the e-book from the Free Spirit website here

And view our collection of Artisan fabrics and packs here or browse our e-book here

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Tuesday, 11 April 2017

What you can create with Renaissance Ribbons

This Easter we are offering 10% off our collection of Renaissance ribbons, so we’ve gathered some lovely projects to keep your crafty fingers busy during the holidays.

If you were following our #WhatWe’reMaking posts then you will have seen Margaret's gorgeous ribbon & felt necklace, inspired by Janet Haigh’s book - Little Ribbon & Patchwork Applique.

Margaret rolls felt tightly around a fine wooden skewer, then hand stitches ribbons with textured threads on top to create her gorgeous chunky beads. She also used large plastic beads to go in between her felt ones and embellishes to create this fabulous necklace.

Other projects from Janet’s delightful book include ribbon yo-yo’s which can be used to decorate anything you can get your paws on, and ‘crazy ribbon patchwork’ like this one below.


Be sure to visit Janet’s blog for loads more inspiration. She has done how-to’s on the ribbon beads here and the yo-yo’s here.

Amy Butler is an inspiring ribbon artist, having made many beautiful bags and purses. In her ‘Ribbon Creative Suite’ Amy has patterns for seven different projects including headbands, cushions and bracelets, which all look amazing with the high quality jacquard ribbons.

But these lovely ribbons are not limited to small projects only. This stunning quilt is made by Elaine Schmidt and shows how well ribbons can be incorporated into large fabric projects.

Elaine is another pioneer of crafting with ribbons, and her blog is bursting with fantastic ideas such as this ribbon petal cockade (tutorial here) and this crazy mini quilt
If you are keen to give crafting with ribbons a go, check out her hints & tips for sewing with ribbons

You can also find some more free projects with ribbons on sew4home, such as this fold over wallet and these gorgeous dog collar & leash sets.                                   
Are you feeling inspired by all these stunning creations? If so, head over to our ribbons collection now for a browse.

We also have loads more ideas on how to get creative with ribbons on our dedicated Pinterest board.

We would love to see what you create with these beautiful ribbons so be sure to tell us and send in a picture!

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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.