The class that we choose for Kaffe and Brandon's return to Precious Time was Shadow Pinwheels from his new book Quilt Grandeur. When you first look at this quilt you are easily fooled into thinking -- half square triangles and pinwheels - looks easy - what's to learn!
Oh my goodness, we were in for a shock. I don't think that anyone in the class could believe that it would be so challenging to get the right balance of prints and colour to make this quilt sing a happy song. Everyone in class benefited from having the wonderful guidance of Kaffe and Brandon to help them select a palatte that would end in a harmonous quilt.
It is very easy to get caught up in the beauty of Kaffe's big, bold, rich prints - suddenly they are all up on the desing wall and your quilt looks a little like Chop Suey.... thank goodness for Kaffe and Brandon. All the ladies benefited hugely from an intimate class, receiving guidance not only on colour but also on values, tones, and movement of prints. There was so much to learn. This is a quilt that requires restraint - let me tell you this can be confronting and at times a task to achieve.
I have taken three classes with Kaffe and Brandon and I still walk away inspired, with creative juices flowing through my sewing soul.
Kyleigh was definately organised for class......ice blue was her palette to start the day
Peggy was thrilled with her quilt above - it is gorgeous
Everyone was nervous as the end of the day drew near - Kaffe walks everyone around the quilts giving a critique. As a student this is very confronting - but Kaffe in his gracious way found positives in everyone's quilts. Of course he commented on the troubles that each of us faced and explained to all why and how he helped us change from our intial path....after all that is why we were all there - to learn how to work better with colour.
The design wall that Wendy used to place her quilt on is designed by Kaffe and Brandon and I have to say it was fantastic to work with. We did sell out at the workshop but will be receiving another shipment in shortly....I would recommend it to everyone. Kaffe and Brandon always work vertically and try to ensure they have distance to enable them to stand back and look at their works in progress. It really does help give you perspective and see where you are heading.
I'm not sure who belonged to this quilt but Brandon loved it - he said it reminded him of bark on the gum trees....
Kaffe and Brandon had wonderful images in the lecture - of women who dress like their quilts - unbelievabley their pants or shirts looked just like their quilts - we all had a giggle until class the next day and we discovered that some of us were just as guilty
Kaffe and Brandon having a giggle, holding Jan's beautiful hand knitted vest.
Val was making Shadow Pinwheels for her daughter - the brief was no pink! Really - I would find that impossible....but Val's quilt was a favourite for Kaffe
As with every class there is always a wonderful selection of quilts for show and tell and this class was no different....
Ros whisked her bordered diamonds quilts off her bed that very morning to bring to class....delicious
Bronwyn brought in her sons quilt....perfect for a young man......
Kyleigh brought along her Diamond quilt from Kaffe's last class at Precious Time....
Jan couldn't wait to get under the covers with Kaffe and Brandon.....
Brandon has promised to take a one day knitting class when he returns - yayyyyyyyyy!
I had the most wonderful time with Kaffe and Brandon and was sincerely sad to see them leave Towoomba. Their desire to share knowledge along with fantastically entertaining stories about their early artistic lives will be forever remembered.