Saturday, 6 October 2012

Kaffe Fasset Class

This past week, I had a wonderful opportunity to take a class on Bordered Diamonds with Kaffe Fassett and Brandon Mably..  The workshop was organized by Chantal Lynch of Hyggeligt Quilt shop in London (Ontario).  When I first discovered Kaffe's use of colour, I have been in love!  I have collected many fabrics over the years and am working on the Indian Orange Peel using a lot of his fabrics and also have done lots of small projects.  When Chantal mentioned that she was hoping to get them to London, I started dreaming of taking that workshop.  I was very excited to get into the Bordered Diamonds class.

What a great time we had.  We worked very hard and I have muscle pain in my legs to prove it LOL!  There was no sewing involved at all...just get it up on the wall and play around til your diamonds glowed!  Here I am working on the bottom of the design wall:

 This is as far as I got in the class.  There is still work to be done on many of the diamonds and I need to add more at the sides and bottom.  The borders will be sewn onto the diamonds and then arranged to balance the colours out.  What fun moving the diamonds all around til you found just the right one.  Kaffe would come around and make suggestions, move a diamond or two and Brandon would follow in awhile and move it again :-)!  It is amazing how different those diamonds look depending on the colour and print around it.  We truly had a fabulous time playing with colour.

At the end of the class, Kaffe came around to each person's wall and showed what worked and what didn't.  These comments were very helpful and I learned a lot with that exercise.

That evening I sewed the borders around one diamond that I knew was going to stay just to see how it would look.  Last night, my two sisters were over for a visit and while they were making ipad covers and mug rugs, I transferred all my diamonds and borders from the flannel wall to my own design wall.  It looks totally different in my sewing room with the different light.   I also sewed two more diamonds together. 

My neighbour had a great layout with lots of polka dots!!   So inspiring working beside her...have I mentioned lately that I love polka dots? :-)

My friend Deb's lovely blues and purples:

This photo shows several of the design walls along the back row: