Lately I have been pushing myself to finish up a number of projects before the demanding routine of the work year takes control of my life. Routine is hard on a creative spirit. The "I Have To" takes over the "I Need to" and desire is put on hold. While making I enjoy hearing my thoughts and reflecting. During one of these reflective moments I found myself lost in a day long ago when I went to hear a lecture by an artist I had recently discovered. I sat close to the stage eager to hear every word. As I felt my heart beat in anticipation I marveled that my excitement was not for one of my beloved musicians or famous actors but rather for Kaffe Fassett...a designer of all things beautiful. As one delightful, engaging slide after another passed over the screen I got more and more excited imagining the possibilities of color and design. At the end, during question time I was literally on the edge of my seat with my hand in the air nearly calling out before my turn, "TIME!!! TALK ABOUT TIME...how do you manage to do so much?" I finally got it out and he just laughed. The answer involved Kaffe having hired people to work in his studio to help make samples but he said they spent so much time making decisions about every move so he let them go. The lesson I learned: Feel the creative spirit as it makes decisions and advances. Relax. Hear yourself. Be confident. Go forward. Follow your inner eye. Dont waste time wondering.
That was many years ago and I have broght that moment with me as I have learned and grown in my quilting life. I have to say that if I could have seen into the future and known that not only would I meet this marvelous man but also learn from him and compare visions, tell stories with him and then one day work on a project with him...well, I don't think I would have been able to believe it. Even now our friendship is one of my most treasured simply for how he opens my eyes...for how he has teaches me to see...for how brave I feel when I show him my work and steady on for his critique.
So, about a year ago a magazine asked if I would design a block of the month for them. Hmmm. The mind started ticking and I blurted out that only if I could use Kaffe Fassett Collective fabrics. They asked if he would participate so I asked the master and he said yes. (insert image of delighted dancing!!!) Kaffe heard our little plan and before I knew it had whipped up a design using our suggested elements as well as his amazing flare for color balance, layout and impact. He took the design to the perfect place...simple but effective.
With the layout and suggested fabrics in hand, I then turned to my beloved design team: Wendy Williams, Megan Manwaring, Cath Babidge and Carolyn Davis...all devotees of the KFC as well as fabulous artists themselves. Many an hour was spent as we sat down and got busy. We divided up the tasks to match our strengths and got busy, really busy bringing it to life. Looking back I am grateful for being surrounded by talented, reliable, fun people! The result is soft yet striking, pretty but exciting, challenging and achievable all in one go...beautiful!!!
Can I show you the quilt today? No. Swathed in secrecy the quilt is locked away in a cupboard at publishing headquarters not to be seen until the cover is released...next week? Who knows! Its been a secret for so long that I almost forgot to mention it. I will mention that we are about to receive a limited number of kits which will be available on the website the day it drops...so, mystery, intrigue...all that and more... more...more I tell you!! Stay tuned for more and keep your eyes peeled...let me know when it is out there! k