Last week I had a few days away with my sister in Bath.
I had wanted to visit the American Museum (just outside Bath) for ages. I had a book of their quilts many years ago and had always longed to view their quilt collection.
This summer they are hosting a Kaffe Fassett Exhibition so it seemed a perfect opportunity to finally make that visit.
A shuttle bus brings you from Bath to the museum and as you get close to the house one of the first things you see are these glorious yarn-bombed lamp shades.
In front of the gallery that houses the Kaffe exhibition is this huge tree completely covered in fabric (Kaffe of course!) lampshades and pom-poms!
With this incredibly bright crochet covering the tree trunk!
There were Kaffe touches all around, like this fabric bunting around the cafe and shop building.
Once inside the building it's the colour saturation that really hits you. The exhibit below was a flavour of Kaffe's studio and inspirations.
Because each area was lit with different colours it was quite difficult to photograph but hopefully the next few photos will give you an idea of the exhibition.
I have been a Kaffe fan for so many years now, first getting in to him through needlepoint. Some of you may know that my first business was as a designer and manufacturer of needlepoint kits and Kaffe was such an inspirartion to me. At that time (25 odd years ago now) he was still producing amazing knitting too.
Having moved on to quilting myself I was delighted when Kaffe got in to this too. I love this blue star quilt above.
There were quite a few of these glass cases around, which not only had all sorts of Kaffe made (or designed) pieces in but also some of the items that had inspired him.
The colours changed from room to room. I love the fact he mixes patterns and crafts. This tumbling log wall hanging was all needlepoint rather than patchwork.
It was wonderful to see all his craft pieces mixed together: quilts, knitting and needlepoint/tapestry.
This green tableau was my favourite, I've always loved his cabbage designs.
This large flower wall hanging was worked in long and short stitches, it's huge! All of the textiles in this room made me long to try my hand at needlepoint again.
After all that intense colour it was lovely to see some Kaffe pieces hanging in the main museum including this stunning and massive quilt.
So much to look at in this piece!
Of course I made sure I had time to view the American Museum's quilt collection before I left.
And as always when I am looking at old quilts I am so amazed at how modern they all look!
And also how beautiful and tiny the hand quilting is.
The quilts were displayed behind perspex in large flapping 'poster' hangers that you could swing back and forth. Hence the reflections on the photos.
How modern is this one above?!
They have a really stunning collection which is well worth a visit on it's own. Plus the museum is really fascinating in itself.
In the foyer of the main building were 2 large flower boxes each under a Kaffe fabric design orirginal framed print.
All of the flowers and leaves had been made from fabric or wool!
Here is a close up of the fabric design original, my favourite cabbages again.
I loved my visit to Bath, what a beautiful city, and the highlight was definitely this trip to the American Museum and the Kaffe Fassett exhibition. I hope you enjoyed your virtual tour along with me.
Details about the exhibition and museum here.