Last week I received an email from a quilt shop in New Hampshire saying that Kaffe Fassett , who is only my favorite fabric designer in the world, was coming to NH to give a lecture. Then I saw that it was going to be in just a few days, and in the same city I live in, AND only about 1 mile away from where I live! Oh yes, I HAD to go! So I called up my friend Brenda and told her she was coming with me - something like this is much better shared with a friend.
So off we went last night and it was amazing! Another designer, Brandon Mably was also there, so it was a double treat. I have GOT to get my hands on some of his yummy fabrics!
The evening was really for the knitting community, since Kaffe and Brandon are both heavily involved in knitting, but there were a few of us quilters that were in attendance, to Kaffe's surprise and delight! There were only 60 of us there (yes I counted) so it felt very intimate. There was a display of Kaffe and Brandon's knitted sweaters, and a meet and greet for an hour beforehand. This lady is Beverly from Connecticut and she bought along the first bright quilt she's ever made, from Kaffe fabrics - isn't it wonderful?! It was like a mini show-and-tell!
Kaffe's lecture/slideshow was called "Kaleidoscope of Color" and I'd say it leaned heavily on the quilting side of color and design, which was just fine by me! He is so funny (and soooo tall!) and had some hilarious anecdotes to share with us. Brenda and I both came away completely inspired - me to keep quilting, and her to start knitting! Brenda is very much into prim/country quilts, (check out her website and you'll see what I mean) so for her to love his lecture is really saying something.
Now have a look at Brenda's top....Brandan and Kaffe both separately remarked on the gorgeous design and raved about it - it was so funny! Don't be surprised if it shows up in one of their future fabrics!
If you ever have the chance to attend a lecture or a class by either of these men, I'd say don't walk, RUN and just do it! Even if you're not into the brighter side of quilting, there is still a wealth of color information and just plain good fun to be had.