Sunday, November 15, 2009

Love and Romance

I'm a Kaffe Fassett and Friends fan...I'm sure you have realised that by now?!!! Sarah over at The Last Piece has shown a few sneak peek pics of Kaffe's next book due out next year and it's a stunner (see pics here). How can I wait til then? In the meantime however, I am loving Kaffe's most recent book Quilt Romance. I have now finished his gorgeous IceCream quilt, so my next choice from the book is Kim McLeans beautiful applique quilt called Hearts and Flowers.


 Kim McLean 
Hearts and Flowers Quilt

Of course the most natural fabric choice for a quilt with hearts all over it, coming from a book called Romance, simply has to be Amy Butlers fabulous new range Love.


To which I will add a few of Amy's new solids...I'm still waiting for the periwinkle colour to fly over from America, but aren't these colours sumptuous? Olive, coral, gold and mango, yum.


So I have made a start on the central block...


Kim's applique's are fabulous, especially if you love working on lots and lots of curves! I'm mainly using needleturn applique on this quilt.


For the outer petals of this central block however, I have used an applique method that I have learnt from Kellie at Don't Look Now. Kellie is hosting a fabulous Jacobs Coat Quiltalong which I am joining in on, and she is showing how to make applique using a product I hadn't heard of called stitch & wash fusible. It was fun to make the petals using this method and to try something different.


The petals all cut out and glued, ready for placement.


The petals placed onto the central block ready for stitching.


Amy Butler's Love range lends itself beautifully to Kim's pattern I think. So I have a little stitching work ahead of me.

And speaking of stitching work AND Kellie's quiltalong, the Jacob's Coat quilt is going to be a big committment, but hey, I'm not afraid of committment!!! I have finally chosen the colours of my petals and am rather happy with them...I'm going citrus.


Yellow, orange and green.....lemons, oranges and limes. I'm waiting for my background fabric to find it's way into my letterbox (hopefully early this week), so I will keep that colour a secret til then. You can admire all the wonderfully different and gorgeous blocks people are making in the quiltalong here. Have a fabulous week xo

39 comments:

Lorraine said...

Love quilt looks just stunning & those solids are making want to go out get the whole lot !!!

RED PEPPER QUILTS said...

You do the most amazing needleturn applique! I am in awe! I am going to participate in Kellie's Jacobs Coat quilt, and am slowly getting my bits and pieces together too. Love your choice of fabrics, for both of these quilts. Your eye for color and beautiful fabrics is remarkable!!

Rita

In Awe of Applique said...

Love your fabric choices for Jacob's coat, it's fun to see everyone's colors!! I was second on the list to join the quiltalong, however, in my little neck of Washington, no one carries the fusible, aghhh...not to worry, it's available through mail order...now to wait for a payday : )
Your new Kaffe quilt is to die for!! awesome as usual...~Andrea

Jackie said...

I am so drooling over your applique. One of my wishes is to someday do a needle turn applique quilt. I have really never done one. Only one block and it was okay. Yours is gorgeous. I would love to see your technique. Your stitches are not to be seen. I am in awe of both of your new projects. And the citrus colors are just yummy!!

Jackie said...

Okay, I just went to your side bar and found your technique. Now I know where to go when I am ready! They are fabulous tutorials. Thank you!!

Quilts on Bastings said...

Your central block for your Kaffe Fassett quilt is just incredible - your applique is indeed just perfect and the fabrics are delicious. I love the citrus colour selection for your Jacob's Coat quilt.

One Flew Over said...

WOW Cathy! So very inspiring x

Lizzie said...

You're certainly not afraid of committment are you? I love the new applique quilt, going to look fabulous.
Lizzie
XXX

Amelia said...

Oh man i am jealous - just look at that delish kaffe/kim goodness, those two go together like peas and carrots i tell you. I can't wait to learn how to needle turn so i can have a crack!

I can't wait to see you background fabric! Love your colours, wish i had thought of the green =)

Andi said...

your wip's take my breath away.

Dee said...

I am looking forward to seeing both of these quilts grow Cathy. The citrus colours are so fresh and fruity, I can almost smell them! And your Love quilt is gorgeous.

Stephanie said...

I heart Amy! I just ordered some of her LOVE for a project. Oh that's going to be one spectacular quilt!!! I've been following bloggers doing the Quilt Along. I just love seeing all the delicious color choices.

Kathie said...

another beauty in the making!
will enjoy watching your progress!
Kathie

LeKaQuilt said...

Hi, I love your new prosject and want to try this block too. Do you lett the stitch & wash fusible stay, ore do you take it out afterwards ??

Deb said...

Now you really are living up to the ST title aren't you? These are absolutely gorgeous! And your stitching is perfect. I can't wait to see the background for your JC quilt. By the way - the photo of Kim's quilt - is it different to the one in Kaffe's book?

alobsiger said...

Beautiful! What gorgeous fabric choices you've made for the Kim McLean quilt, Cathy! This is VERY exciting! Love your citrus colors for the JC quilt!

comfortstitching said...

I just love these pictures of the different stages of your works in progress....stunning!!

A Quilter Awakens said...

I just found you through Google's "explore" mechanism. Thank goodness, too. I love your work! What a lot of inspiration! Karmen

West Michigan Quilter said...

I love this quilt. With the fabrics you've chosen it's sure to be beautiful. Thanks to felling us about the fusible. That interests me and I'm going to look into it. I don't usually like fusible, because I don't like raw edge, but it looks like with this you turn under the edge. Got to check this out.

YankeeQuilter said...

Great colors for your Joseph's coat! I am still auditioning but need to just make a decision and run (or stitch) with it!

BUMBLE BEANS said...

wow! You sure do have some fabulous projects going! I wanna see the one YOU create... very exciting!

Cardygirl said...

Gorgeous Cathy...your new quilt is stunning...great fabric choice...and your Jacob quilt will look great!

Hi! My name is erica. Would you be my friend? said...

OH WOW! That heart is wonderful...and so perfect! i can't even imagine how you got all those little sticking out pieces to be s perfectly rounded...

I love the petals you've chosen for the JC quilt. I have my idea, but haven't purchased yet... :)

Monika said...

Once again, Cathy, you are doing a gorgeous quilt and the colours are to die for!! I am in awe (I think I said that last time!!).

Kaaren said...

Simply gorgeous, Cathy...both of them. I love your choice of fabrics and colors.

wishes, true and kind said...

The Love fabric is perfect for that Kim McLean pattern! You have started a HUGE project, but it looks fabulous already! Love the addition of her yummy solid colors! Also love your colors for the Joseph's Coat quilt. I have yet to choose colors (keep changing my mind). Still trying to finish a few projects before the end of the year, but I hope to start soon!

joan

kmcl said...

Love the fabric choices for the quilt - the background to the heart is fabulous!! Not that hard is it - a lot repetition in the quilt and it shouldn't take that long. Keep it up and keep posting the progress! Kim McLean

Rafael's Mum said...

Both fantastic Cathy! Again your wonderful sense of colour makes the quilt beautiful even before the applique, leave alone when it is finished!

Can't wait to see it done.. it's going to be another stunner for sure!

Kelly said...

I am going to enjoy watching these two unfold! or should I say Stitch up!! lol

Beth Karese said...

Your central block is looking terrific. You have such an eye for color and combinations. Inner curves are my biggest applique challenge, yours look great.

Love the citrus colors for the Jacob's coat! I like the tease about the background fabric.

imquilternity said...

Oh my....your work simply takes my breath away! I just love the fabrics you've chosen. They are wonderful together.

Claudia said...

I love the new Butler fabrics you're using - that heart is really gorgeous. Your work is always so inspiring.

Karen said...

Two wonderful patterns! Amy's fabric is perfect for the one.

Maree: said...

I too am a lover of Kim's quilts...Great choice in fabric & I do love your Bright Petals...will look Fab...
cheers

Nanette Merrill and daughters said...

I have that book, too. Love it. Your fabric and designs are perfection. I'm stunned by our applique. That heart block is delicious.

Ruthdesigns said...

Just beautiful Cathy :)

imquilternity said...

I found out a little about Kaffe's new book that you mentioned. It's more a "coffee table" kind of book than one with patterns to follow. It's still going to be stunning inspiration, as usual!

Ann Champion said...

I LOVE the fabrics you've chosen for Kim's design! Your applique is gorgeous.
I'll have to look into the wash away fusible. Sounds interesting. :)
I love the citrus colors you've chosen for the Jacob's coat too!
I can't wait to see more of both.

Sonja♥ said...

I also wanted to participate to Kellie's Quilt Along but... unfortunately no sufficient time;(
And now that I have a bit more time in front of me, I'd love to quilt Kim McLean's Hearts & Flowers Quilt BUT with Kellie's Appliqué method (with stich & wash fusible)!
There one thing I'm not sure I've understand... do you still need to pull out the stitch & wash fusible after having sewn the appliqué on the fabric or is it just disappearing in the laundry???
(sorry for my English but I'm French native speaking;)
Thank you for your help!
...I LOVE your "Love" version of Hearts & Flowers Quilt!!!!!!! You gave me the motivation to give it a try;)