At the American Museum in Britain (in Bath) there is both a permanent quilts collection and a special exhibition of Kaffe Fassett, so this post is thick with fabric, pattern and colour. It’s also thick with photos – I’ve never sewn a square of quilt or loop of embroidery in my life so I’ll get myself out of the way and let you see for yourself.
For me, what appeals is the combination of bright and muted colours, which makes everything purr with warmth and life. And I love the vegetable work – those greens!
More of Fassett’s quilts swoop up the stairwell inside the Museum itself. It’s an interesting miscellany from across the pond, huddled into a squarish Victorian manor. Upstairs live the historical quilts, so pretty that I forgot to find out anything about them (sorry), and anyway they were behind determinedly reflective glass so I can’t share much. But you can make out the rich patterns and colours so cosy you could warm your hands in front of them.
Finally, a quilt embroidered with mischievous vignettes. An indifferently received proposal:
“SAY OH! SAY DEAREST WILL YOU BE MINE”
And I’ll leave you with a tip on how to steal a kiss:
“DEAR ME CHILDREN! HOW OFTEN MUST I TELL YOU HOW TO WEAR YOUR HATS”