Kaffe Fassett & Candace Bahouth in Bath – Part 1

I adore the work of Kaffe Fassett. So when I heard about a new exhibition in Bath I had to see it.   The unexpected and jaw dropping surprise was discovering the mosaic art of  Candace Bahouth.

Bath

My holiday to Devon and The Contemporary Craft Festival in Bovey Tracey is starting to become one of the ‘must have’  annual events in my calendar.
The drive down can take around five hours so I usually break the  journey for a few hours and take a wander around Bath. This year I’d heard about a new Kaffe Fasset exhibition at the Victoria Art Gallery so I  just had to take a look.  
Kaffe Fassett’s 2014 exhibition at the American Museum In Bath had totally blown me away.  His volume of colour and pattern  had been truly deafening.
Kaffe Fassett quilts and a Mosaic shoe
In Bath, Kaffe has collaborated with Candace Bahouth to create an exciting new exhibition. It incorporates many of his textiles and Candace’s beautiful, tactile, mosaic structures along side each other.  Each piece works in perfect harmony with one another.
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The Making of a Quilt Charity, a Group Project

What makes a perfect evening – Fabrics, sewing and good company. This was me at my quilt group.
 
We’d had a wonderful talk on scrap quilts then we were set a task – to make a quilt block by hand in an hour – making blocks for the quilt pattern above. 
 
If you’d like to make one, this is how to do it.
Start with Cream fabric and Pink fabric cut as follows – 4 x two and a half inch squares and 4 x two and a half inch by four and a half rectangles. 
Draw a pencil line diagonally on the wrong side of the square blocks, pin onto the rectangles (right sides together) as shown above, then stitch using running stitch, as shown below.
 
 
Trim,  finger press the seam open and stitch the blocks together as shown below using a quarter of an inch seam allowance.

Then stitch the pieces together to complete the block.
 
My own eight and a half inch square block is for a charity group quilt for MacMillian
Have a go yourself x.

The Festival of Quilts 2015 – Part Five – Winners in each Category

The Festival of Quilts has a section cordoned off, where the winning quilts are already hung, but are covered – draped with cloths – until 2pm on the first day. I stood in anticipation alongside the crowds of onlookers waiting to see the best quilts in each category. Having seen the rest of the quilts in show, I knew the winning pieces would have to be something very special to win a place under the cloths. I wasn’t disappointed, they were amazing. Every inch of every piece represented hours and hours of painstaking work. Stunning colours, textures and surface design.  This year I especially liked the pieces made by the schools and the young quilters.
Here are the winners. Enjoy.

Art Quilts – My Lady by Susan Orchin
Schools (Primary 5-11) – Patchwork Magic by Belmont Grosvenor School
Traditional Quilts – Kaleidoscope by Janette Chilver
Miniature Quilts – Tempest by Kumiko Frydi
Schools (Secondary 12-16) – The Magic Circle by Watford Grammar School for Girls
Group Quilts – The Show Stoppers by The Exhibitionists

 

Young Quilter /Embroiderer 12-16 – Colores En Elvento by Sonsoles Ponti-Aguirre
Quilt Creations – The Chess Set by Mavis Walker

 

My First Quilt – Derelict by Catherine Groves
Two Person Quilt
The Quilters’ Guild Challenge – Log Cabin Crazyness! by Joy Salvage

 

Contemporary Quilts – Without Colour I Have No Voice by Lesley Brankin
Pictorial Quilts – Turtle Bay by Claudia Pfeil

Check out my other posts for more on the wonderful textile creations at the Festival of Quilts.