Workshop Day 1
For Friday's workshop we were working with Big Diamonds from Kaffe Fassett's book Kaleidoscope of Quilts & I chose to work with the selection of blues pictured above. The day was very full on & intense as the idea is to get a huge variety of fabric cut & placed on the design wall quickly in order to have the time to focus on placement of colour values & the overall quilt design.
Brandon loved getting right in there with suggested alternative placements & was always on hand for advice when needed.
At 3pm it was critique time & Kaffe went round and gave his perspective of each individual piece of work & offered more advice on placement, emphasising the importance of using large prints for this quilt as small ones tend to become lost in the overall design and end up looking like plain colour fabrics with no definition or movement.
It was a fabulously inspiring day, so much so, that once home I had to continue cutting diamonds to complete my quilt & started machine stitching them into strips the next day (yes I actually used the machine!).
Workshop Day 2
Sunday's workshop was dedicated to creating big tumbling blocks inspired by Liza Prior Lucy's quilt in Kaffe's Quilt Romance book. The emphasis here was to focus on light, medium & dark colour values & their correct placement to create the 3 dimensional effect of the blocks.
I chose to work with graphic prints in warm ochres, browns & golds from Kaffe's & Brandon's range of fabrics as I'm planning to make this for my son. It was quite funny to start with as Brandon was pinching my diamonds & placing them as quickly as I was cutting, so the first few blocks at the top left of the picture will remain as placed by him!
After the all important critique, Kaffe once again offered to sign copies of his books & pose for pictures before departing for the day.
I thoroughly enjoyed my 2 days with these guys & am so glad I chose to do both workshops.......even though exhausting! They are very intense but an awful lot is achieved, so well worth it & I would highly recommend them without hesitation.