Kaffe Quilts at Bernina University 2022

By now you have probably heard that Bernina is releasing two special edition Kaffe Fassett sewing machines this year. (More on that soon.) One of the benefits of this announcement and Kaffe being at BU2022 is that he brought lots of quilts too. Here are the ones that were on display in the Bernina store, obviously all made from Kaffe Fassett Fabrics by Free Spirit.

There were no placards or pattern instructions, but honestly, most of these are super simple. Check his books for sure (and I will too), and if not, grab some of your fabric Kaffe fabric (side note: we have about 300+ options at Cotton Candy Fabrics including lots of precuts).

This one is super simple in a primarily green palette with pops of black and two borders. Half square triangles (HST) make the construction easy, and you could easily make the quilt larger by using larger HSTs.

This one is pretty wild. The quilt is a large throw and is strip pieced with a simple border. But the beauty is in the fussy cut flowers that are fused and then stitched down. Honestly, the accurate cutting seems to be the hardest part of this quilt. But what an impact it makes. Here are some close up images:

As you can see, after the flowers were stitched down, they echo quilted around the flowers to add additional visual interest. Fantastic.

Here is another one that went together with long strips, but in this case there is more variation of the fabric and and a pieced border. The reds and greens really pop against the black and white and soft pink. This was one of the larger quilts that was on display, at least a full and maybe a queen size.

Here is another one I loved because Snowball blocks never looked so good. The beauty in this quilt is the large flowers, leaves or melons are fussy cut so they take up the whole snowball. And then an awesome border and polka dot binding finishes it off. I am totally making this quilt.

This is a blue wonder. Great fabric in a monochromatic design with sashing, cornerstones and a coordinating border brings it all together. Super simple, but for someone that wants something a little quieter, this fits the bill.

Small quarter square triangles (QST) make this quilt the most complicated of the bunch. I’m guessing that each QST was no more than 2 inches, but honestly, it may have been less. Each block is a 25 patch, so that is a lot of small piecing. From a distance it almost read like a check due to the fabric placement. This would make a generous baby quilt, great wall hanging or fun throw.

If you would like to make any of these quilts, please let me know. I’m happy to help you find the pattern and make a kit to your color specifications.

You can learn more about the machines on the Bernina USA website, but please let me know if you are interested so I can keep you informed as we learn more. In the meantime, Bernina shared a moving video that spoke about Kaffe’s passion for color. He talked about looking for “the sexiest, juiciest manifestation of color” in his work and also said, “Color is the tonic the world needs.” That is the truth.

More to come from Bernina University, but I hope you liked getting a peak of these gorgeous quilts.

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