March 11, 2010 § 8 Comments

Kaffe & Amish quilts

Both books were on my wish list. Feeling an urge to splurge, I ordered them both.  I think it was serendipity because both very similar, yet very different.  And both are so, so inspiring.


Amish Abstractions‘ version on the right is called Sunshine & Shadow.  Kaffe’s version on the left is called Boston Common.

Lone Star

Amish Abstractions’ Lone Star on the left and Kaffe Fassett’s Lone Star on the right

Bow Ties

Kaffe’s Bow Ties on the left and Amish Abstractions’ Bow Ties on the right.

It’s interesting to me that what’s old is new and what’s new becomes old.  All things circle around to become inspiring again.  I think the coolest thing about quilting as an art is that any quilt can be made in any style to suit any taste.  The same pattern or block can change from traditional to modern and back again with just a change in color and fabric.

It must have been serendipitous because I wasn’t even planning on writing about this. But it’s something I’ve been thinking about alot lately.

And… I’ve been up and running since 6am this morning and just now had a moment to sit.  Lists and piles and deadlines and chores have been on my mind. I think I might crawl into bed early and peruse my new books a little more slowly… and let them inspire.

§ 8 Responses to Serendipity

  • susan says:

    oooh both books look fabulous but i have been dying to get my hands on the kaffe one since i saw it, and i adore the pix you put up. i think its great that just changing the fabrics and maybe borders can really make a totally different quilt
    hope you had a great day, because this was a lovely ending to it

  • kathie says:

    looks like likes of quilts are inspired by antique quilts!!!!!!

    beautiful books aren’t they?

  • kathie says:

    should have said looks like LOTS Of quilts are inspired by antique quilts!

  • Meredith says:

    I love to do that at night settle in and look at books and dream. Have fun with them both

  • amy says:

    Love the side by side pics. How true! The other day, I was thumbing through a new BH&G quilt mag on this very topic. I love seeing the old quilts and I love seeing the old quilt patterns all dressed up in new fabrics — it’s even more fun when the pattern is tweaked to give it a twist.

  • Jackie says:

    Really amazing to see them side by side! Love both versions of the quilts.

  • sewpam63 says:

    Thanks for sharing the side-by-side photos and your thoughts and observations too.

    Enjoy relaxing and snuggling up with two good books! May you have sweet and inspiring dreams. ; )

  • pratima says:

    Quilts in both of these books are truly spectacular. It is a treat to see them side by side… Thank you, Anita 🙂

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