Friday, September 12, 2014

Friday Fassett Finish

Well, it's Friday and have my Kaffe Fassett Stripes quilt finished.
Last summer (2013) I purchased fat-eighth bundle of Kaffe Fassett stripes specifically to make this type of quilt.  I started this in March and finished it mid August and finally had the time to write about it.
The stripes were cut into 4.5" squares, arranged in a 4-patch and sashed with a beautiful teal blue shot cotton.  The sashing finished at 1".   The quilt measures approx. 54"  x 73".

A few things about shot cottons for those unfamiliar...
Good - the colors are gorgeous and woven right into the fabric.  (My camera kept overexposing the colors. They are actually a bit deeper than shown.)
Bad - the edges shred like crazy and because they're a lighter weight than regular quilting cottons, they tend to stretch if you're not careful.

Despite the shredding and risk of stretching, I think it turned out beautiful. I quilted using a swirly stipple stitch (say that 3 times fast).
I was a little nervous putting it in the washer and dryer not being sure how much it would shrink or distort.  I'm happy to say that it turned out nice and soft with just the right amount of crinkle.  I also found that since the shot cottons are thinner, this quilt is a little more lightweight than others made with standard cotton.
I had a lot of trouble finding a backing for this and ultimately settled with this fabric that has little kimono clad figures and trees on it.  The selvage doesn't list the maker.  Maybe Alexander Henry?
I used the blue sashing fabric for the binding as well.

This quilt counts as one of my finishes for the 3rd Qtr FAL hosted by The Littlest Thistle.

Today I'm linking up with Finish it up Friday at Crazy Mom Quilts.

Joyful stitching,
Finish Along 2014


  1. I love the teal blue sashing which is so calming to the riot of colourful stripes. I have a lot of Kaffe Fassett fabric and love his colours but I panic a bit when I get them all together - I may try using a 'plain' as you have done to give the eye a place to rest. Thanks for sharing your finish.

  2. This is such a beautiful quilt. Thank you for tips regarding working with shot cotton. I would think hand woven silk may be in the same boat.

  3. Super colourful and just the right amount of crinkle! Well done!

  4. The stripes remind me of a tablecloth my Grandma used when I was a little girl. A happy memory. The quilt turned out great.