Last week I used a day’s holiday and some rail vouchers for a midweek trip to the Quilt Museum in York. After hearing Kaffe Fassett’s talk on colour at Festival of Quilts, I desperately wanted to see his Ancestral Gifts exhibition at the Quilt Museum before it ends on 5th September.
I met up with a couple of friends from Leeds MQG and we spent a very enjoyable hour or so looking at the quilts. The exhibition combines quilts from the Quilters’ Guild collection with modern versions of these quilts designed by Kaffe Fassett and made using fabrics from the Kaffe Fassett Collective. Photography was allowed, but the sunny day and the lighting in the gallery mean my photos with the iPad don’t really do the quilts justice.
|Photo credits – Kaffe Fassett and The Quilters’ Guild Collection|
The old quilts were amazing, especially given the circumstances in which they were made – all hand pieced, no fancy rulers and rotary cutters, and no daylight light bulbs! As well as admiring the colours and fabrics of Kaffe Fassett quilts, it was interesting to see how these quilts had been “modernised” by use of different cutting or piecing techniques and clever pattern placement.
Photo credits – Kaffe Fassett and The Quilters’ Guild Collection
After a few purchases from the museum shop, there was time for a leisurely lunch sat outside in the sun at the Italian Deli next to the museum during which there was lots more quilty chatter and discussion. Then it was time for me to get the train back home.
(But only after a flying visit to one of York’s other speciality museums.)