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The colourful world of Kaffe Fassett

Earlier this week, we went to the American Museums just outside Bath.  It’s 30 years since I last visited – the quilts there were the inspiration that resulted in me eventually starting to quilt myself.

The Kaffe Fassett exhibition was wonderful, quirky and had a tremendous feel good feeling right from the start

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I particularly liked the way the exhibition pulled together the various medium he has used into the different colours which showed how the same tones have run through all his work.

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Like many, I first came across Kaffe Fassett with his designs for Rowan Yarns – I loved both the yarns and the wonderful designs.  Then I rediscovered him when he moved to needlepoint – I’d done tapestry since I was a teenager and very much welcomed his colours and freer designs.

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And of course, now I enjoy making quilts from his wonderful fabrics.  What a talented and inspiring man!

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Festival of Quilts 2014

Yesterday a friend and I made our annual trip to the NEC for the Festival of Quilts.  It’s always such an inspiration to see the variety of ideas, interpretations and just beautiful quilts.

I was really pleased that Philippa Naylor had won the traditional quilt category and thought the quilt was superb

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The overall winner was also pretty amazing too -

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As was the clock

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Some of the other quilts that caught my eye were

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Layout Choices for Log Cabin

So I’ve completed 50 log cabin blocks (which actually came together much quicker than I’d thought they would) and am contemplating the layout.

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Simple furrows which I quite like

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Off centre barnraising, which again looked ok

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Not so inspiring, I thought

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Or this – the whole quilt seemed to go very flat

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Slightly better

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On balance this was my favourite – good old barnraising.