I've been picking out fabrics...



... for the workshop I'm doing with Kaffe Fasset and Brandon Mably next week!! 

WooHoo!! I've been SO excited about this class ever since last year when I saw on the Cottage Quiltworks blog that they were coming to Sydney. I was straight on the phone to book a ticket. 


We'll be making Kaffe's Shadow Pinwheels quilt from his latest book Quilt Grandeur.
It's a no sewing class where the focus will be on on picking out fabrics and colours and working on the layout of our quilt. That means I don't have to lug my heavy sewing machine to the class and instead I can take an extra big tub full of fabrics to choose from. There's way more than I'll use but I figure the more options the better. No doubt I'll pick up a few fat quarters at Cottage Quiltworks, they have always have tempting fabrics on offer. 

So here's what I'm taking, lots of jewel tones, florals and dots, 






And because I was in Valentine's mood I laid my fabrics out in a big heart. It ended up being huge!! I had to stand on a ladder to get this photo. 


I'm so looking forward to learning about colour from The colour specialists, and also being around Kaffe and Brandon's enthusiasm for colour, fabric and pattern. It's such a special event I even changed the blade in my rotary cutter!! :)

I've been picking out fabrics...

44 comments

  1. I'm coming too, Rachel!! Too funny as just this arvo I changed my blade as well!! I am a bit intimidated by this class....but I am sure we will be glad when we've done it!! See you there!

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  2. I think having the opportunity to play around with colour and value under the guidance of Kaffe without even sewing sounds like a heavenly workshop! Your fabric choices look wonderful! Have a ball and learn heaps!

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  3. Wow--lucky you! So fun to be able to learn about color from the masters, especially playing with such wonderful fabrics!

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  4. my friends and I have been talking about the Olympic patchwork banners and fabric - I think that it could be recreated, with Kaffe fabrics - I would be curious to know what his take is on that patchwork look - really love the colors

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  5. Lucky you! I'm sure you'll be on inspiration overload! Love the fabric valentine. You always have the best fabrics.:)

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  6. Lucky girl. I will be waiting to see all the photos.

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  7. Lucky girl. I will be waiting to see all the photos.

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  8. Have a great time, love your fabrics...they are lovely men!

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  9. Hai scelto dei colori meravigliosi!

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  10. A fabulous mix of fabrics! Great heart! Hope you have a brilliant time :-)

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  11. That will be a wonderful class ! Have tons of fun...I'm sure he will be impressed with your fabric selections....I hope you post many pictures Rachael !

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  12. A spectacular collection. Can't wait to see the end result.

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  13. A spectacular collection. Can't wait to see the end result.

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  14. That workshop sounds like an epiphany in the making. It was reading Kaffe Fassey that turned knitting into a form of self expression for me. His colour is so brave. Have a brilliant time...blog every detail!

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  15. This sounds like a wonderful workshop, Rachael! I can't wait to see your photos during and after! Happy Valentines Day to you :)

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  16. What great opportunity! Looks like you picked great fabrics for your project. Have fun!

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  17. That sounds like loads of fun, and love how you arranged the fabrics in that last pic! Laughing at the momentousness of a new blade too ;o)

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  18. I'm very excited for you & eagerly excited to hear what you learn!

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  19. What a lovely stack of fabrics you selected! You are going to have such an amazing time. I can't wait to see how it inspires you and gives you an even stronger color sense. Have fun!!

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  20. Wow, what a great grouping of fabrics. I looked closely a d realized that I have several of them in my own stash so can't wait to see what you do with them. What a wonderful opportunity to study with the master. Enjoy!

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  21. I love your heart display! wow - your fabrics for this workshop are delicious and sumptuous!
    I'm sure you'll have a wonderful time and learn lots of great things about color placement.
    Have a grand time!

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  22. What an amazing collection of fabrics you have! Love the fabric heart! Have fun at the workshop.

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  23. A wonderful opportunity for growth. Just anticipating the class has tipped your creative spirit into heartie overdrive. Enjoy

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  24. Oh fun with the boys, lucky you. I heard about the classes after they got booked out otherwise I could have been there too. Love your fabric and love the heart, so much fun seeing that.

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  25. I don't think there's much they can tell you about using color effectively...you have that down pat. Your Valentines heart is simply a gorgeous plethora of loveliness.

    Have fun Rachael!

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  26. Oh Rachael you are going to have a ball at the class...your heart is just pure colour and joy! I'm sure your new quilt will be too!

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  27. I'm very jealous! ... but extremely happy for you that you are going. Shame I missed out this end, it would have been lovely to compare our notes on the workshop. Enjoy, and soak up all that colour therapy :)

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  28. That heart of fabrics is fantastic! The colors are all so gorgeous.....anything you make from that combo is going to be amazing! I can't wait to hear all about the class!

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  29. holy moly! That so cool! Tell Kaffe I said hello from the US. I'm working on a quilt RIGHT now with a ton of his prints. Love it!

    I love that heart too! Might be a quilt in there too!

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  30. Gorgeous fabric heart! The workshop sounds fabulous!

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  31. How fun! I can feel your enthusiasm all the way over here! Love the big fabric heart - you are such a talented photographer.

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  32. Man, those guys must be on a huge world tour! They were here in October. I know many people enjoyed the class, so I'm sure you'll have a great time. They're very encouraging. Have fun!

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  33. How super exciting for you! I love all your fabrics you are taking, it will be a beautiful quilt!

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  34. Yea! Have fun with Kaffe and Brandon. How could you not? Your collection of fabrics is beautiful. I know you'll come home with something wonderful, even if it's not sewn together.

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  35. You had better be on full alert on your way to the course as there might be a mad crazed woman hijacking your stash when you are stopped at the lights! Rachael you have some mighty fine fabrics you are taking. Enjoy!

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  36. Really beautiful fabrics!!! A wonderful combination. Have a great time at the workshop!

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  37. What fun. Love your heart shape colorful prints. Wish I could take his workshop. Enjoy.

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  38. Gosh have fun!!!! The heart photo is so cool! And your fabrics look just right for a Kaffe Fassett class.

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  39. Oh Wow Rachael! Kaffe Fassett! How lucky are you? Let us know all about it. I think the King of Colour will approve of your choices! I know I do! xCathy

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  40. What a fabulous collection of colour. So nice to see and it makes a change from all the Low Volume around these days.

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  41. such a yummy fabric post lucky you on your workshop

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  42. What a marvellous stash of fabrics! Love the heart arrangement, very dramatic and showcases the gorgeous fabrics so beautifully.

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