I'm overdue with my thoughts on the lecture by Kaffe Fassett late January,
it goes without saying that as a KF Collective fabric fan
I enjoyed myself immensely.
I'm guessingt there's going to be quite a lot of his
fans out there who have read his autobiography
Dreaming in Colour
and therefore will know of his background.
He covered this briefly during his lecture.
First up on the stage was Brandon Mably - what a character he is!
He told us a little about Kaffe, also that he would be
speaking for around one hour, then 30 minutes taking question followed by
book signing in the foyer.
On to Kaffe, what a wonderfully entertaining speaker!
Plenty of laughs and stories added to his thoughts on colour,
his early days painting, knitting and then on to patchwork.
He seemed to have energy to burn and it was difficult to believe
that he is now 80 years old.
A few points of interest:
When he began designing his own fabrics he had many comments
that quilters found his designs to large and was constantly
asked what should they do with them, just cut them up was his response.
On colour - saturated is what he does - he does not do beige!!!
That was made pretty clear to us all.
He doesn't intend for quilters to slavishly follow to the letter
his quilt designs and colours used - make it your own,
change a few things, that's OK.
When making your quilts don't get too analytical,
get the pieces up on the design wall asap, go from there. He feels it
is very easy to over analyse the colour and design and not to go with the flow.
He made the point that in his workshops this is the approach
he takes, and he stressed that he and Brandon worked the
He showed slides of a few of his fabrics, his sources of inspiration,
and a few from his photo shoot in Ireland for his latest book,
very interesting indeed.
He actually spoke for around 90 minutes and the time passed
by in a flash, pity the seats were a little on the hard side!
If you find you have the chance to hear him speak, do take it!
On Tuesday I began cutting diamonds for his Green Diamond quilt and I
was improvising as I didn't have a sturdy acrylic 60 degree diamond template,
the above was as far I went. There was a lot of starching, folding, matching etc. which
didn't do a heck of a lot for my worn out spine.
There are 475 diamonds plus triangles!
Next step was a 'phone call to a local shop to get myself an Accuquilt
die - waiting for delivery right now.
That evening sitting watching a TV programme, I suddenly felt my
left arm become tremendously heavy and fall onto the chair arm,
immediate thought was a stroke, but then the other one gave up on me and
I found myself yelling to my husband that I could no longer feel
nor move my arms, they were just paralysed.
To say I was frightened is a huge understatement but after a minute or two
they came right. The problem is in my neck, so after a thorough check with
the Doctor an urgent referral was emailed to the hospital and id if this
happens again it's an ambulance call and a ride to emergency - please keep fingers and
toes crossed that this is not going to be a serious issue for me.
Having been told to take things easy all I have been able to work on
and that's it from me as my hands are packing up so
reading blog posts will have to wait until tomorrow morning.