Kaffe Fassett & Brandon Mably Colour Workshop

Kaffe Fassett & Brandon Mably Colour Workshop

This is a truly inspiring workshop looking at colour, print and scale and their impact on your quilt. This is a practical class with guidance. It is really fun!

Kaffe & Brandon will use most of the class time to teach about the arrangement of fabrics, to develop each participant’s own personal colour palette to help you make your own original designs.

No sewing takes please during the class so no sewing machines needed.

Each participant follows the same quilt layout during the workshop, which Kaffe and Brandon will choose from their latest published book. The layout itself will not be announced until a few weeks prior to the workshop. This is to reduce “overthinking” that you may do prior to the class, allowing you to be spontaneous on the day with your colour choices. The quilt layout is simply the means through which you will learn about colour. Colour is the important learning experience.

All participants follow the same layout so that you can see how one set of colours compared to another in the same design can look completely different. This is part of the learning process from the class. The class critique is a very important part of the day.

During the class, you will be auditioning fabrics and cutting. There is no sewing.

The class begins with a short introduction from Kaffe and Brandon. They will help you with choosing your initial fabrics if required prior to the start. Following that, you will begin your “masterpiece”! Kaffe and Brandon walk around the class offering advice and suggestions throughout the day, grabbing bolts of fabrics from the shelves and showing one against the other. Music is played during the class. It’s a fun atmosphere!

You will follow the same process of choosing fabrics as Kaffe and Brandon do when they are designing, working on a design wall flannel. The design wall flannel is rolled up with your quilt, to take home at the end of the day. This can then be unrolled ready for when you start sewing at home.

If you are coming to the class with a friend, we will endeavour to place your stations near to each other if you wish. However, having your friend near to you may influence your colour choices, rather than allowing you uninterrupted free reign, and so it is not recommended. It is better to learn from Kaffe and Brandon rather than from your friend’s opinions!

Class Requirements:

You will need approx. 2m of Design Wall Flannel. Either bring your own, or pre-order for purchase on the day. 2metres is the optimal amount of fabric for your wall. More and it is difficult for you to reach. Less, and you are limiting yourself as to how much you will achieve during the class – if you only have a small amount of wall, then you can only learn about a small amount of colour and contrasts.

No fabrics are included in the course fee.

Bring as many fabrics for your quilt (within reason!) as you wish, or purchase on the day as required. Be prepared to change your mind several times as you receive feedback throughout the session. If you make no “mistakes” during the class then you are not learning.

Note that fabrics should be of patchwork weight (i.e. medium weight cotton). Very lightweight, such as cotton lawn or heavy weight fabrics are not suitable for this class.

We suggest that you do not bring any fabric that you have a particular emotional attachment to, as if the colours/ design do not work in your quilt, you may be offended if not used. :-)  An open-minded approach in terms of design and colour is key for this class.

For the workshop you will need lots of fabulous fabrics so bring whatever you you would like with you (subject to the advice above) but do not pre-cut anything before the class; wait until the class is underway.

Kaffe and Brandon can help you pick out suitable fabrics and may advise/encourage you to purchase more on the day to get your fabric selection just right.

Bring rotary cutting equipment (board, cutter and ruler), scissors, pen and paper. You will find it helpful to use a rotating cutting board, although this is not essential.

The Quilt Layout will be one of the quilts featured in Kaffe’s latest book. Bring a copy of the book (or pre-order),  to enable you to follow the layout.

Practise rotary cutting prior to the class so that you are up to speed at the onset. We run a “Hints and Tips Tutorial” on the morning of the workshop to remind you of rotary cutting basics, but you should know how to cut prior to the class.

One day Workshop: 10am until 4pm. The class runs from 10.00am – 12:30 with an hour for lunch, then 13:30 – 16:00. Please arrive at least 30 minutes early to allow for set up and a prompt start.

Please bring a packed lunch with you. Tea, coffee and water are available throughout the day. Alternatively there is Greggs, Subway and Tesco’s close by. If the weather is nice then it a great idea to go for a walk along the river during your lunch break as this is close by too.

Cancellation Policy

In exceptional circumstances, workshops and events may be cancelled. We reserve the right to cancel a workshop up to 48 hours prior to the workshop date.

We will give you as much notice as possible should we need to cancel and arrangements will be made. Where at all possible, in the first instance we will offer you an alternative date, securing your place in the class. However, should we need to cancel, and are not able to offer you an alternative, you will be refunded the full amount paid.

We are not able to recompense for any incremental costs that you may have incurred to attend a class should it be cancelled, such as purchases, travel arrangements or accommodation.

Should you need to cancel, please give us as much notice as possible. Providing at least 21days notice is given, we will offer you a refund less 10% administration fee or you may transfer to another class. If less than 21days notice is given, we are not able to offer any refund or transfer.

What people have said after they have attended this class….

“Just to say thanks for a fantastic day with Kaffe and Brandon yesterday. They were totally inspiring in their enthusiasm and willingness to guide us, even if they were attempting to persuade us to change a fabric we liked!  Sometimes blunt, but always said with a warm twinkle in their eye.  Your organisation was totally slick. Hospitality warm and welcoming from the word go and nothing was too much effort, even when you were busy.” Nov. 2022

“…a huge thank you to you and your team for hosting the terrific workshop with Kaffe and Brandon.  I really enjoyed myself and gained a lot of knowledge from it.” Nov. 2022

“I just wanted to thank you for a great workshop yesterday.  I have just managed to unravel my flannel with all the squares, and I look forward to having the time after Christmas to sew the quilt together!” Nov. 2022

Just wanted to say thank you for a brilliant creative and inspirational workshop experience on Saturday, please pass on my thanks to all involved. 

In fact I got so much out of it, I would like to book onto the next one ? and a friend who I have been enthusing to about the experience would like to come too.” April 2022

Thank you and all the team for all your hard work today and thank you particularly for being so supportive throughout the day and especially for helping me through my initial panic.” April 2022

Just wanted to thank you all again for making it such an enjoyable day yesterday, I’m still buzzing! Kaffe and Brandon hit just the right note and I feel encouraged and much more confident in my abilities! I learned such a lot and I’m just sorry I live so far away!” April 2022

Thank you so much for today … Another fabulous day with you, Kaffe, Brandan and your terrific team. I really enjoyed it, and it was just what I needed!” April 2022

Very pleased with the result and I learnt such a lot. Fabulous workshop with such inspirational tutors and caring and attentive staff. You created a supportive environment which allowed us to come out of our comfort zones and play with pattern and colour and learn about how to design fabulous quilts. Thanks to all the team at Lady Sew & Sew, Kaffe and Brandon” April 2022

Lady Sew and Sew
Farm Road
Henley on Thames

Tel: 01491 572 528

Kaffe Fassett & Brandon Mably Colour Workshop