This was Kaffe Fasset's show stopping quilt at his 2014 exhibition: The Colourful World Of Kaffe Fasset, at the American Museum in Britain. Well, it was my favourite, so I'm calling it the show stopper ;-) You could find it hanging in the very grand hallway in the centre of the museum, which stood out so beautifully in the traditional setting of Claverton Manor. I have to admit, I don't follow Kaffe's work and I've not purchased any of his fabric lines for quite some years, (I think I had one or two pieces when I started sewing, as everyone did back then and when today's choices just weren't readily available in the U.K). Though seeing his work in person, and in particular this quilt, I was very much in awe. His use of colour and pattern combinations creates a real explosion which you can only admire in real life.
This was another fascinating medallion quilt, unfortunately my picture doesn't do the quilt justice as the colour's were much more vivid in real life. I think his contemporary designs and large variety of fabrics remind me of some Australian quilter's I follow, who also favour this vibrant style :-)
The rest of Kaffe's work was held in the exhibition gallery which was a separate building from the museum, it was hard not to miss with the colourful knitted lanterns decorating the Yew tree outside! Inside was decked out amazingly by the museum team; to include different sections for areas of his work; such as needlepoint, tapestry's and of course more quilts! There was also an area as you walked into the space that was setup like Kaffe's studio.
I was instantly drawn to this beautiful English Paper Pieced quilt! It created such a focal point with the light and dark value fabrics. I think the lighting helped it stand out even more, too. Using the very versitile shapes of 6-point diamonds and hexagons.
"Groovy, baby!" How 1960's psychedelic style does this one look?! This is called the 'Striped City' quilt.
This exhibition is now closed, however you can visit the American Museum In Britain and their wonderful antique and vintage quilt collection from Sunday 14th March, when they re-open for the year.
I didn't set out to visit the museum because Kaffe's exhibition was there, it happened by pure chance. Now I'm not planning to rush out and buy some of his fabrics or books straight away, but I really did enjoy seeing his work and I have more appreciation now seeing it in person. So tell me, what are your thoughts on Kaffe Fasset?
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