Thursday, January 12, 2012

Changing Directions

Flower Basket Medallion by Kim McLean
I have a Yahoo group that is dedicated to applique called The Applique Boutique.  It is a small group of cyber friends that I have gotten to know over the years, and we all share a passion for applique.  I enjoy my group so much for many reasons.  One reason being the fact that while we have many similarities, we also have differences in fabric tastes, styles, etc. 

When I first discovered Kaffe Fassett fabrics, I didn't know what to think.  I really liked the vibrant colors but wasn't so crazy about the large prints of his fabrics.  Even though I liked the vibrant colors, I didn't think that I would ever want to use them in my quilts because I was a more conservative, traditional quilter.  Well thanks to Kim McLean's patterns and seeing the work of those who use Kaffe's fabrics in my applique group, that is changing.  The picture above is from Kim's quilt called Flower Basket Medallion.  I keep going back to the Glorious Color website, to revisit this quilt.  It speaks to me.  And I have a feeling that before this month is over, I will be ordering it!

At the 1933 World's Fair, Anne Orr won 4th place for her quilt, Autumn Leaves, in the Sears Roebuck & Co. National Quilt Contest. Kim McLean made her version of Anne's quilt in Kaffe's fabrics, which is very striking. Both of these quilts are pictured below . . . which one is your favorite?

Autumn Leaves by Anne Orr, 1933 World's Fair
Leaves Quilt by Kim McLean

While I really love Anne's quilt, I am more drawn to Kim's version.  A few years ago, my choice whold have been the opposite.  So, today, I've been thinking about how I have evolved as a quilter, and I'm pretty sure that quilts in my future will have brighter, more vivid colors ala Kaffe Fassett!

Wishing all of you a great day full of creative visions : )


  1. My colors reflect Kims better but that sure is alot of leaves to do. Good luck.

  2. As you know I'm a Kaffe girl but I have to say that Ann's quilt is better designed. There is more white space around the leaves. Much as really like KIm's quilt it's very cramped. It also looks like it would take longer to do as it seems to have heaps more leaves. Thanks for showing them t us side by side and congratulations on your lovely blog.

  3. I prefer Kim's version because it's more alive and better proportioned.