Thursday, December 5, 2019

Kaffe Fasset in Bath, Part One

A couple of weeks ago, I (Kara) wrote about a lovely quilt shop, Poppy Patch, over in England, with a little teaser of the Kaffe Fasset exhibit at the American Museum in Bath, UK. Wait no more, because today and next week, I will be sharing some of the amazing antique quilts and the Kaffe Fasset reproductions of those quilts. 

This was one of my favorite exhibits ever. For me, it was the best of both worlds—antique quilts and Kaffe Fassett fabrics. While Teri and I don't usually work with really bright colors, there is a "bright" side of me that really enjoyed seeing a bright, modern reproduction of some fantastic  antique quilts.                                                                                                                                    The old was displayed near the new, which allowed the viewer to see the similarities and contrasts between the two quilts. Where possible, I have tried to show the quilts in the same way, so you can enjoy them in that way, too!

Believe it or not, this is the back side of a Log Cabin quilt (shown below)

The center

My finger for scale! Such tiny pieces!

Some of the wonderful fabrics.

Stonewall 2017
Kaffe Fassett

The back side of the previous quilt.
Log Cabin-Barn Raising variation
Sarah Bryant, circa 1886

Log Cabin close up

Sunburst by Elizabeth (Cannon) Mitchell
Late 19th Century
St. Cloud, Minnesota

It's hard to tell, but the quilting was done using red thread.

The center

Close-up of the quilting

Starburst 2017
Kaffe Fasset

Hexagonal Star Quilt Top
Circa 1885
Hand pieced over papers

Hands down, this was my favorite.

Notice how the silks were fussy-cut.

What an amazing border!

This was my husband's favorite!
Bold Hexagons 2017
Kaffe Fassett and Liza Prior Lucy

More hexagons!
Mosaic Diamonds
Ann Eliza Urquhart, 1861
Southhampton County, Virginia

Hand pieced and hand quilted

Love these fabrics and how the hexagons are quilted.

Green Boxes
Kaffe Fassett, 2017 

Quaker Square in a Square
Circa 1835-1850
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

This quilt was owned by a prominent Quaker family.

Squares on Point
Kaffe Fassett, 2017

Tippecanoe and Tyler Too
Elizabeth Karen, 1840's

A beautiful chintz!

Star close-up

Tippecanoe and Tyler Too
Liza Prior Lucy, 2017

The carefully cut stripes used in the stars gives a swirl appearance.

What an exhibit! It was certainly worth the winding drive to get to the American Museum. I've heard that they have a wonderful textile exhibit, but unfortunately that part of the museum was closed. Probably a good thing since I don't know if I could have taken in any more splendid quilts! 

There were too many amazing quilts for one post, so come back next week to see more of this awesome exhibit. Here are a few teasers of what's to come!

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