Internationally renowned artist and designer, Kaffe Fassett will deliver his Glorious Colour Lecture in York, in May, to celebrate the opening of Ancestral Gifts, his first solo exhibition at the Quilt Museum and Gallery. He will also lead two, full-day workshops in July exploring design and colour in quilts using his stunning Rustic Checkerboard Medallion quilt for inspiration.

Ancestral Gifts runs from 15 May –5 September 2015 and will include 15 heritage quilts personally selected from The Quilters’ Guild Collection by Kaffe Fassett, alongside 15 new quilts designed by Kaffe and created in response to these significant pieces. “There is something extraordinarily exciting about bringing together the familiar with the unfamiliar”, said Kaffe.

  

Rustic Checkerboard Medallion Quilt (left) photographed for Kaffe Fassett’s Heritage Quilts - Copyright Debbie Patterson; front cover from Kaffe Fassett’s Heritage Quilts (centre, photograph Copyright Debbie Patterson); Sidmouth (frame) Quilt 1820-1840 (right) – the inspiration for Kaffe’s Rustic Checkerboard Medallion Quilt

To mark this landmark event, a commemorative book, Kaffe Fassett’s Heritage Quilts, will include stunning pictures of the new quilts photographed against the backdrop of an historic building in rural Lincolnshire as well as photographs of the heritage quilts that they were inspired by. Patterns, templates and instructions for each of Kaffe’s quilts will also be included. Kaffe Fassett’s Heritage Quilts is published by Rowan and is the 17th in their series of patchwork and quilting books by Kaffe and his team of designers; it will be available in summer 2015 (price £18.50).

“We are thrilled that the Patron to The Quilters’ Guild and one of our most celebrated textile designers and artists is not only curating Ancestral Gifts but taking this opportunity to create an entirely new collection of quilts. It’s a unique and exciting collaboration for the Quilt Museum and Gallery”, said Shirley Collier, Museum Manager. 

Kaffe Fassett Glorious Colour Lecture

14th May 2015, 19:00 – 20:30 (drinks from 18:30) £15, £12.50 (QGBI member).

Venue: Main Hall, Priory Street Centre, 15 Priory Street, York, YO1 6ET

Kaffe’s presentation will feature his latest projects, including his patchwork quilts, fabric, needlepoint, mosaic, painting and knitting designs. A tremendous amount of Kaffe's inspiration comes from his continual travels and his lecture is designed not so much to instruct but to empower and inspire the audience to create and develop their "mind's eye". The ticket price includes a glass of Prosecco, and there will also be copies of Kaffe’s books available to buy.

Kaffe Fassett Design and Colour full-day workshops

30  & 31 July, 10:00 – 16:00, £135, £100 (QGBI member) including lunch, refreshments and free parking

Venue: Duchess of Hamilton Suite, National Railway Museum, York

Inspired by Kaffe’s design for his Rustic Checkerboard Medallion quilt, Kaffe and Brandon Mably will take participants through the same process they use for designing their own quilts, choosing colours that work together and getting them to move out of their colour comfort zone. Participants will arrange fabric pieces on a design flannel that can be folded up at the end of the workshop, ready to take home and sew. There will be no sewing during the class; this is a class learning about colour.

To book tickets for any of the Ancestral Gifts events contact the Quilt Museum and Gallery, St Anthony’s Hall, Peasholme Green, York, England YO1 7PW, Tel: 01904 613 242, email: admin@quiltersguild.org.uk  or book online through the events page at www.quiltersguild.org.uk