FreeSpirit Quilt challenge defines artisanship with beauty, color and creativity

noun ar·ti·san \ˈär-tə-zən\: a person who makes things by using skill with the hands.

This is a pure definition for the recent “I Am An Artisan Challenge” hosted by our sister company, FreeSpirit Fabrics. As a “yarnie,” you know the name Kaffe Fassett from his multi-color knitwear designs and beautiful yarns bearing his brand. Kaffe’s love of textiles also graces colorful 100% cotton fabrics perfect for patchwork or any sewing project.

To celebrate his pinnacle new Artisan fabric assortment, FreeSpirit hosted a juried quilt challenge, encouraging quilters in the U.S. to highlight the harmony of color and texture from his new fabric collection Artisan, through the creation of 60″ x 60″ quilt featuring 80% of the new Artisan by Kaffe Fassett fabrics.

The Artisan range draws upon Kaffe’s undisputed color genius as well as his decades of experience in fashion, knitting, painting, needle arts and patchwork. Artisan is composed of 100% premium two-color print cottons, hand-dyed batiks, and provocative yarn-dyed woven and classic Ikat fabrics.

The challenge, curated by a panel of experts including Kaffe, selected 13 quilts from 60 entries that hung in a special exhibit, along with a quilt designed by Kaffe, at the Fall International Quilt Market and Festival in Houston, TX in November. During Quilt Market, Kaffe hand selected Wheel Wright’s Fantasy by Barb Sorenson as the first place quilt and Paint Can Posy by Mayleen Vinson as the honorable mention winner. Blue Plate Special by Cherri Kincaid, received viewer’s choice through a Vote Now event on Facebook. Each winning entry received a beautiful commemorative ribbon from FreeSpirit as well as robust prize packages.

We are certain you will enjoy the beauty and color of these entries and perhaps they will inspire you to use your creative talents to try your hand at fabric. If so, try Kaffe’s downloadable eBook, Sew Artisan!, filled with 13 simple projects and complete instructions to create from quilts to fashion and cushions to a play tent – a great gift or perfect for your inner sewists!

First Place – Wheel-Wright’s Fantasy

Viewer’s Choice – Blue Plate Special

Honorable Mention – Paint Can Posy

Also, take this opportunity to register to win Kaffe Fassett for FreeSpirit Artisan Fabric.