Saturday, 9 December 2017

A Kaffe Adventure!

"Be Creative", she said . . . and my heart skipped a beat when I saw the quilt top.

"You got it!", said I . . . and off I skipped into Kaffe-land, with visions of fun times ahead!

The "before" shot!

My client is creatively fearless herself, so she'd appliqued black sashing strips between the blocks after the top was pieced, "to give it some POP". (Mission accomplished!)

Because the sashing strips vary in width in the most charming way (suits the playfulness of the quilt!), I quilted them with randomly sized pebbles for extra security, and to give a nod to the spotty theme of the prints.

Pebbles secured the sashing and extended the spotty theme of the prints into the quilting.

After ditching around the vases and bowls, and pebbling the sashing, I used black thread horizontally on the "tables" to help define them as such.

Quilted right through the shadows on the tables - shadows don't have substance in real life,
so I treated them the same way in the quilt.

Backgrounds were all stitched with vertical, wavy lines that wouldn't visually interfere with the prints, but would provide a directional change from the horizontal table-stitching.

"Before" quilting the background

If the vase (or bowl) was a "hot" colour, I quilted the background with "cool" coloured thread, and vice versa, in an attempt to help the pottery stand out a bit more.

"After" quilting the background

And, finally, the pottery!

I knew the quilting wouldn't show much on the front of the quilt, but it sure would on the solid coloured back, so I went with feathers!

Feathers fill the vases

Feathers gracefully fill awkward shapes in short order, too - which was definitely a consideration when deciding how to quilt the pottery. Some of the vases have fancy lids!

Feathers fit in practically any space!

See what I mean about the back? Gotta love all that quilt-y texture!

Sure can see the quilting from here!

On the table for trimming - sometimes it takes a few rulers to get things right!

Trimming the finished quilt.

And then it went home and my Kaffe adventure came to a close.

Bowl block

Being in a new space has disrupted my photo habits - I haven't quite figured out where the best light is - so I haven't been sharing as many client quilts as usual. Apologies to those who have been hoping to see their beautiful quilts posted here. Time to pull up my socks and do better! :-)

Linking up with:
Show Off Saturday @ SewCanShe where Caroline shares a super-cute idea for a quick quilt!

Try, Learn, & Grow!


  1. You've done such an amazing job with the quilting on this, and I love your explanations for why you've chosen each design! xAli

  2. Yes, thank you for sharing your process. I learned several things from the post as still a newer longarmer, and am very grateful. Your client should be quite pleased, too!

  3. It looks great on the backing. Adding the black sashing by applique is a fun idea, and securing it via pebbles was perfect. I know what you mean about being thrown off by change, but I'm sure you'll find your rhythm and what works in good time. :)

  4. Beautiful!!!!! And so glad you enjoyed it!

  5. What a terrific quilt! My favorite part is the feather fill in the vases :)

  6. It looks beautiful Carole! Appliqued sashing strips were smart, and the black was just what such a busy quilt needed. I enjoyed reading your explanation behind each design element; thanks for sharing!

  7. I see you were "Kaffeing" All The Way with this one. Very fun, and very motivational to have someone tell you to just be creative. Love it!

  8. You did get creative, didn't you? What fun. It's a great quilt whether you look at the front or the back.


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