I took a class with Kaffe Fasset (as he says, “pronounced like safe asset”) in Portsmouth, New Hampshire in 2012. In this one-day workshop we all made the same quilt from a pattern called Sunlight in the Forest from his book, Quilts in Sweden. This was the first time I used a piece of felt hung on the wall to “compose” my design before sewing. It allows you to move the fabric squares around easily until you have a balanced and exciting design. I really enjoyed the process.
I used a lot of Marcia Derse fabrics, which feature brushstrokes and simple patterns printed in subtle colors. I mixed in some striped fabrics designed by Kaffe Fassett. Kaffe helped me to get the light and dark fabrics (I think I was the only person using black) to balance in a playful way.
It took me about a year to finish the front and then put the layers of the quilt together. Each square is hand-quilted with an “X”. The binding is bright green. I made the quilt as a gift for my niece Amelia for her first apartment in New York, where I hope it is keeping her warm and cozy.