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Date: 10/26/13 8:34 PM

I feel like should whisper it but as a general proposition I just don't like Kaffe Fassett fabrics, one or two I've liked. One of the block of the months I'm doing use a lot of them and so far I just think the combo's awful.

I don't mind being challenged by things I don't necessarily like at first. I had subscribed to a hand dyed club once and was challenged with all sorts of colours I'd never used. It's one of the ways I think you grow your perceptions and your style develops.

So, I think it must be I'm not getting the colour theory or something so I took his 20 min 'class' at creative bug - I still didn't get it (or like it)

Those of you who are fans - what is it about the way he pulls colour together or his fabrics that you like?

FYI - the creative bug class was not really any type of class it was more like a 20 min infomercial for Kaffe Fassett fabric and a little overpriced at 15.00 as a stand alone. Not sorry I took it but I doubt I'd try anymore.

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Date: 10/26/13 9:16 PM

I like the color saturation in Kaffe Fassett fabrics... and not all the colors are one's I'd choose either, but there is something about using that odd color in a quilt that can make it really dance among the others. It was this Dear Jane quilt that sparked my interest. I now have a nice stash of his fabrics but since he comes out with a new line twice a year it is easy to add choice fabrics to the collection.

If you are interested in color theory, I recommend Joen Wolfrom's Color Play book.

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Date: 10/26/13 10:34 PM

When someone had a difference of opinion my father used to say, "That's what makes horse races!"

I didn't use to like Kaffe Fassett or his group's fabrics, but over the last couple of years I have come to like them, why I cannot say. If you don't like them you are as entitled to your likes or dislikes as much as you are entitled to back a different horse.

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Date: 10/26/13 10:42 PM

Wow what a beautiful DJ quilt Warbler. The white just sets off all the blocks. I like KF fabrics and enjoy the movement and colors that his fabrics lend to a quilt.

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Date: 10/26/13 11:00 PM

That is an awesome Dear Jane quilt, I'll check that book. The only KF I have in my stash is I think Pansies, in came as a sample pack teamed with a moda batik in rasberry, which is why I keep thinking I just haven't got the right combo. Maybe this block of the month will eventually change my mind.

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Date: 10/26/13 11:23 PM

The word that comes to mind is exuberant. In his quilt books he photographs them in wonderful settings that would help you to understand his fabrics and combinations. There was a green quilt photographed in an English garden that nearly disappeared in the vegetation. Wonderful! Not your mom's cozy quilts, though.

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Date: 10/26/13 11:54 PM

I'm personally not very fond of many of his individual fabrics, but the combinations / colors are amazing when they are used together.

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Date: 10/27/13 11:22 AM

I agree with Warbler, it's the COLORS that are so vibrant vivid and intense that I like about his stuff.

I don't like it all, and my personal preference is softer colors, pastels and more tones down shades. But if I DID want to go bright and vivid, his stuff is the kind of stuff I would go for.

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Date: 10/27/13 12:33 PM

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Date: 10/27/13 1:44 PM

I love Kaffe!

At first, it was the hyper saturated colors, but I fell hard for the Stripes and (over) Shots. I use them in many traditional quilt patterns to give an unexpected punch. I've been collecting the cool tones for years for a planned basket quilt.

I used bits of my Westminster/Rowan collection in a traditional quilt, which just won a ribbon at a respected regional quilt show. Try cutting the wilder prints into bitty pieces to add color pop without the overwhelming print punch.

Try the Stripes and Shots for a taste. Shots are muted (!) tones with a luxurious, silky hand. Kaffe usually has prints in several color ways: not just the blinding brights, but more subtle pastels and sophisticated neutrals. I love 'em all!

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