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Quilt Music

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.

Kaffe Fassett: Autumn Crosses

Kaffe Fassett: Autumn Crosses

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.

They hum.

Etlderton Log Cabin from the 1890's.

Etlderton Log Cabin from the 1890’s.

Small Squares from the 1930's.

Small Squares from the 1930’s.

1890 Chevron Stripes

1890 Chevron Stripes

You can hear them especially well up close.

1890s log cabin close up


1874-1900 hearts and crosses

1874-1900 hearts and crosses

detail from Red Manor House Coverlet, 1850's

detail from Red Manor House Coverlet, 1850’s

I don’t know who Mrs. Fitzherbert is, but I like her quilt and her name. This quilt whistles.

1800 -1850's Mrs. Fitzherbert top

1800 -1850’s Mrs. Fitzherbert top

In another room at the Michener were quilts made of wood by Laura Petrovich-Cheney. They clatter and chatter.

laura petrovich cheney

petrovich cheney

Laura Petrovich-Cheney

Laura Petrovich-Cheney

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.

p.s. If you take a trip to Doylestown, don’t miss the Mercer Museum, the Moravian Tile Works and Fonthill. I just wrote about the Moravian Tile Works at Books Around the Table.