In December I went on a field trip to the Michener Museum in Doylestown, Pennsylvania. There I saw Blanket Statements: a show of quilts designed by Kaffe Fassett using his fabrics, as well as historical quilts from the Quilters’ Guild of the British Isles.
Kaffe Fassett’s colors are strong and exuberant; they sing.
The colors in the older quilts are more muted. The old fabrics carry memories. Even though they aren’t my memories I can feel their pull and power.
You can hear them especially well up close.
I don’t know who Mrs. Fitzherbert is, but I like her quilt and her name. This quilt whistles.
In another room at the Michener were quilts made of wood by Laura Petrovich-Cheney. They clatter and chatter.
These shows left me inspired to find my own melodies. If you want to hum, sing, whistle or chatter with some quilts you can see the Blanket Statements show until February 21st, and the wood quilts until May 15th.