Kaffe Fassett’s Simple Shapes Spectacular Quilts

23 Original Quilt Designs


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Kaffe Fassett


In Simple Shapes Spectacular Quilts, world-renowned quilter Kaffe Fassett demonstrates how basic geometric forms – squares, rectangles, triangles, diamonds, circles, and quarter-circles – found in natural and manmade environments inspire his quilt designs. Twenty-three of his magnificent, inventive quilts – ranging from the relatively simple Tilt, ideal for beginners, to the more complex Circle of Stars, for more advanced stitchers – are showcased in the book, along with step-by-step instructions for making each one.

Along the way, Fassett also offers over a hundred photos of geometric inspiration from around the world – everything from triangular watermelon slices, to rectangular sheets of metal on African scrap dwellings, to lollipop-shaped topiary trees in Japan. In the accompanying text, Fassett reveals how he experiences the colors and basic shapes around him, how we can train our own eyes to see this rewarding source of creativity, and how we can, just as he does, combine striking fabrics with simple shapes to create our own spectacular quilt designs.

Also available from Kaffe Fassett: Kaffe Fassett’s Bold Blooms, Kaffe Fassett: Dreaming in Color, and Kaffe Fassett Quilts Shots and Stripes.

Additional information

Weight 1256 g
Dimensions 23.9 x 26.2 cm
Publisher name ABRAMS
Publication date 1 January 2013
Number of pages 192
Format Hardback
Contributors Photographs by Debbie Patterson
Dimensions 23.9 x 26.2 cm
Weight 1256 g


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Kaffe Fassett, an accomplished painter and designer of textiles, is widely acknowledged as a visionary in the use of color. In 1988 he was the first living textile designer to be given a one-person show at the V&A in London, where he lives. He is a fabric designer for Rowan Patchwork and Quilting and the primary knitwear designer for Rowan Yarns. This is his fourteenth book. Liza Prior Lucy is an expert quiltmaker and the owner of Glorious Color, a source for fabrics designed by Kaffe Fassett and friends.