[Softcover, 144 pages] Kaffe Fassett's Quilts in Burano: Designs Inspired by a Venetian Island by Kaffe Fassett. In this 22nd installment of Kaffe Fassett's ever-popular series of patchwork and quilting books, the quilts have been photographed on location in Burano, a tiny island in Italy's Venetian archipelago, famous for its lace-making but also for its brilliantly painted houses in myriad jewel colors. The colorful house walls, sometimes distressed and occasionally decorated with murals, form the backdrop along with the canals, bridges, boats of this special Venetian Island, to another wonderful selection of new quilt designs from Kaffe and the designers and makers of the Kaffe Fassett Studio. The collection of 19 quilts features both new fabric designs from the Kaffe Collective
and some of the Classics. Bali Brocade, for example, makes a fantastic background to Kaffe's sumptuous Shimmer Star quilt (one for the more experienced quilters), with its ripples of pattern in contrasting prints. His two versions of the very simple quilt, suitable for first-timers, come in two very different colorways. Hot Steps, is a riot of color -- "a technicolour dream of a quilt" according to Kaffe -- whereas by contrast its sister quilt, Cool Steps in dusty blues, greens and greys offers a delightfully subtle blend of tones. Liza Prior Lucy's rich and dark Turkish Coffee quilt, with its hint of Eastern promise, fussy cuts Kaffe's Turkish Delight fabric to brilliant effect. The gallery of location shots of quilts, exquisitely photographed by Debbie Patterson, is followed by the flat shots, with detailed instructions and diagrams, plus templates were used. A practical know-how section covers all the information needed by less experienced quilters.