Tuesday, July 24, 2012

It's all in the name...

Years ago, when I first started collecting Kaffe Fassett fabric, and before I knew how to properly pronounce his name, I dreamed of making a series of quilts with names based on a play on words with his name. Because I love naming things.

So...I would have quilts with names like "DeKaffe" (because I still thought his name was pronounced like "calf"), "Kaffeinated," Kaffe Mocha." Seriously. "Kaffe and Cream." On and on it went...

But then I learned that his name actually rhymes with "safe asset."  And I never got any of those quilts made anyway.

Then I was lucky enough to join the Stash Trad bee on Flickr, which is really up my alley--traditional blocks, which I love, made from my own stash, which is ample. But I digress...

The first block was called Crown of Thorns and looks like this.
I became totally obsessed with this block and didn't want to put it in the mail decided it was a pretty nice block.So I started going through my stash, because the swirly fabric, while quite old, has always been one of my favorites. I found a lot of colors. So I made myself a challenge: The center O would be the swirly fabric, and all the points would be Kaffe fabric, and had to all have circles or dots. And must come from my stash. Nice selection...
This is my progress so far:
And then I was searching my stash for some totally unrelated projects and guess what? I found more swirls! No way! I was sure I had already found them all.

More combinations:
It occurred to me that I should check my neutrals. Voila! Although I have been unsuccessful in finding KF fabric that will go with these. So Plan B will be required.
And today I was going through my scraps. And found two more colors! But not enough to make a complete center "O" out of each. Can you say "Plan C"?
So....want to know the name of this quilt? Sure you do...

Kaffe'-O-Lait...

Yeah...Mark rolled his eyes too.

18 comments:

  1. Great story! Do you think your stash needs a complete tidy up and clean out?!!!LOL!

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  2. Too funny - looking lovely though xxx

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  3. Haha. Those blocks are beautiful in all seriousness.

    http://sewmuchtosay.blogspot.com

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  4. Chuckling here.... at Mark's rolled eyes. ;)

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  5. I used to think his name sounded sort of like "coffee" with the accent on the end of the word.

    I think I left a note on flickr, but I must say that I love this quilt layout. So pretty with those colors and prints!

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  6. Those blocks look fabulous. I am sure Kaffe is used to be called by the wrong name.

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  7. This is lovely! And with the correct pronunciation, there are always quilt names such as "Kaffe Kod" (Cape Cod), "Kaffe Harbor" (Safe Harbor), "Kaffe-ty First" (Safety First), etc.

    Oh, I can almost hear the groans over the inner-web! :)

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  8. Such Fun. Nice to hear I'm not the only one who mispronounce his name for years while I collected his fabric - it wasn't until his book signing and slide lecture that I became a convert and made a serious effort to say it right.

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  9. I can't tell you how often I mispronounce his name! This will be a beautiful Safe Asset quilt!!

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  10. I've never been too big on naming my quilts but now wish I had.

    Lovely fabrics for such cool blocks!

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  11. Very cool story. I'm betting it is going to be wonderful when it is finished.

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  12. Eek! I thought it rhymed with calf, too!

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  13. Hehe. Yay! For humanesses. Wait til you ennd up at plan x,y, and z. I have a quilt top or two that made it that far and ended up pretty nice.

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  14. I'm convinced "it's all in the name" is what makes OPI nailpolish successful. I seriously miss borrowing that great grey/silver polish from you. Valpal

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  15. That orange block is gorgeous! Make my mouth water!

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