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Kaffe Fassett’s Quilts in Sweden

Kaffe Fassett’s Quilts in Sweden

SKU# 071357

20 designs from Rowan for patchwork and quilting

Kaffe Fassett

Paperback

$24.95

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Details
  • Product # 071357
  • Type Paperback
  • ISBN 978-1-60085-401-9
  • Published Date 2011
  • Dimensions 8 3/4 x 10 7/8
  • Pages 144
  • Photos 80
  • Drawings 80

Another unforgettable collection from Kaffe Fassett. Quilters – and anyone who loves design – will want to own Kaffe Fassett’s Quilts in Sweden. Here, in brilliant style, it showcases 20 of his latest quilts against the stark interior of Stockholm’s Skansen Museum – the perfect background for enjoying their intricate design.

Vibrant works of art pop off the page. Each year, Kaffe and his team craft a new collection of exquisite patchwork quilts featuring the latest fabrics he creates with Rowan of England. These dramatic masterpieces come to life in 80 glorious, full-color photos, inspiring you with their complex construction and incredible richness of color.

A quilter’s dream come true. All 20 quilts come with complete instructions so you can duplicate them or create your own variations. Plus, you’ll be treated to unexpected insights into the art and craft of quilting as Kaffe shares what he’s learned over 30 years.

No one captures the imagination like Kaffe. This internationally acclaimed designer continues to enchant readers with his fascinating designs. If you own any of his previous books, you’ll definitely want this one for your library. If not, it’s a great introduction to his brilliant work – and a sure way to inspire your own.

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Introduction

When I first visited Sweden in 1989 I was struck by the realization that so much of the urban architecture I had grown up with in America had a strong Scandinavian influence ( the proportions of the porches, doors and window frames of the wooden houses in California were modelled by pioneer builders from Northern Europe). But the world was dazzled then by clean, modern Scandinavian design so it came as a very delightful surprise to see that their past was rich in the bold use of colour and pattern. Early Swedes revelled in painted furniture, murals on the walls and ceilings, and heavily carved doors.

All this is beautifully preserved and presented in the ambitious outdoor museum of period houses in Stockholm called Skansen. Unique and typical examples of dwellings from school houses and farms to grand townhouses and churches have been brought from all over Sweden to give the viewer a concentrated impression of the flare for decoration that existed in this country.

What a bonus it was for us (who are in the business of heightening our aesthetic surroundings by making our own beauty) to be able to take a truck-load of quilts to this rich community and be given carte blanche to display and photograph them.

When we decided last year to use this great outdoor museum as the location for this book I chose a palette for many of my quilts that would harmonize with the colours at Skansen. Hence the predominance in them of golden-brown tones and delicate pastels that would go with the classic Swedish blue and white elements.

The days spent wandering round this unique collection of houses filled us all with deep joy, seeing how lush a room could be where everything was hand-made with love and the desire to live with beautiful, instead of pedestrian, objects. I hope you find the settings for our new quilts as stunning as we did, and that you make a trip sometime to view these locations for yourself. In one day you can travel though history and experience the origin of Scandinvia’s great design sense.

NOTE: Skansen Museum recreates the architectural heritage of Sweden in a large open-air site. Best examples of original Nordic buildings have been reconstructed so you can step back ointo the past, walk around the typical manor, town and farmhouses with their rich decoration and furniture of the different periods, and see people dressed in authentic period costumes.

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