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What can artists and designers learn from Kaffe Fassett?

Originally published in October 2013, I thought you might enjoy reading about my meeting with designer Kaffe Fassett, and the wonderful insights he shared. The images are all of clothing I designed many years ago (for my line Red Thread) using Kaffe's wonderful fabrics:  Last week I was lucky to attend a wonderful lecture given by Kaffe Fassett describing his design inspirations and his approach to colour. Held in the beautiful historic village of Whitevale, Ontario (pop. 240), the audience of approximately eighty women and one man was rapt as he described the development of his work over the years and showed numerous slides demonstrating how he transformed inspiration from such things as stones, tiles, flowers, and pottery into art....

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Quiltmaking 101: Make a "Celebrity Squares" quilt with sashing

You know those fabrics that you love so much, but don't want to cut up in small pieces? Fabric that deserves to be featured? I call that celebrity fabric, and one of the easiest ways to use it is to highlight it with simple sashed borders. In this tutorial I show you how to do this easy patchwork technique.

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Tutorial: Sew a burrito pillowcase using one-way fabric

The "burrito method" of pillowcase construction is like magic - easy to do and with great results. There's only one problem with this method: the main pillowcase fabric comes out sideways! This tutorial explains how to achieve wonderful results using your favourite one-way fabrics, finished with beautiful French seams. The tutorial has measurements for both standard and queen size pillowcases, and gives you clear step-by-step instructions.

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