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July, 2015


May. 15, 2015 - Sep. 05, 2015
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. 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) Price: £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 Price: £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: or book online through the events page at The Quilters’ Guild Collection Since its formation in 1979, The Quilters' Guild has built up a unique collection of antique and contemporary quilts from around the British Isles. The collection has grown due to both donations and acquisitions and now numbers over 800 items, from the earliest known dated British patchwork the 1718 Silk Patchwork Coverlet to recent pieces by contemporary quilt makers. As well as full size quilts and coverlets, the collection includes miniature pieces, quilted clothing, small domestic items templates, tools and quilting equipment. For hi-res images and further details please contact The Museum closes during exhibition changeovers. Please check the website or phone 01904 613 242 to check on opening times. Opening Hours: Monday to Saturday, 10am–4pm, Admission charges apply. Information contained in this press release was correct at the time of issue. Contact: Quilt Museum and Gallery, St Anthony’s Hall, Peasholme Green, York, England YO1 7PW Tel: 01904 613 242, Email: The Quilt Museum and Gallery is an independent museum operated by The Quilters’ Guild of the British Isles. The Guild is a registered in England and Wales as a charity no.1067361 and a company limited by guarantee no. 3447631. The Guild is registered as a charity in Scotland no. SC043174. The Museum and Gallery has been awarded the following: • Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence 2014 • Finalist in the Visit York Tourism Awards for Visitor Attraction of the year (under 50, 000) 2014 • Arts Council England Accredited Museum 2013 • Visit England Quality Assured Visitor Attraction and ‘Hidden Gem’ 2014


May. 16, 2015 - Aug. 31, 2015
Internationally renowned artist and designer, Kaffe Fassett, will curate an exhibition of historic quilts selected from The Quilters' Guild collection together with new stunning work created in response to these significant heritage pieces. ANCESTRAL GIFTS will run from 16 May – 31 August, 2015 and will include 15 heritage quilts alongside 15 new quilts designed by Kaffe Fassett. “We are thrilled to be working with Kaffe and it has been fascinating to see what items from the collection he has been drawn to. Ancestral Gifts will be quite unlike anything the Quilt Museum has put on in the past”, said Fiona Diaper, Museum Manager. His trademark celebration of colour translates across a wide range of decorative arts including patchwork and quilting, needlepoint, knitting and ceramics and the Exhibition is expected to attract a diverse range of visitors from far and wide. To mark this landmark event, a commemorative book, Ancestral Gifts will be available for purchase and will include stunning photographs and detailed descriptions of the quilts on display, together with patterns and instructions for each of Kaffe’s quilts. Kaffe will also be lecturing and hosting a series of hands-on workshops. Further details of these events will be posted on The Quilt Museum website Kaffe Fassett was born in San Francisco in 1937. When he was 19, Kaffe won a scholarship to the Museum of Fine Arts School in Boston, but left after 3 months to paint in London. He settled in England in 1964. Kaffe ventured into the world of colourful yarn on a visit to a Scottish wool mill with fashion designer Bill Gibb. Inspired by the colours in the landscape, Kaffe was thrilled to find the same colours in yarns. He bought 20 colours of Shetland wool and some knitting needles, and on the train back to London a fellow passenger taught him how to knit. His first design appeared as a full page spread in Vogue Knitting magazine. In 1988 Kaffe became the first living textile artists to have a one-man show at the Victoria & Albert Museum. Since 1981, Kaffe has worked closely with Rowan Yarns in Yorkshire. Rowan Yarns insight into fashion and colour complement Kaffe's skill and together they have produced ambitious designer patterns to inspire hand knitters all over the world. He contributes to the bi-annual Rowan magazine, which is marketed worldwide. A large part of Kaffe's output is now an expanding range of fabric prints for the patchwork market along with the Indian stripes fabric and shot cotton fabric range distributed worldwide by Westminster Fibers, USA and Rowan, UK. In 2013, Kaffe was awarded the Turner Medal. This is awarded by the Colour Group (Great Britain) to a distinguished artist or art historian, honouring Britain's greatest colourist. Kaffe teaches quiltmakers all over the world to learn to work with color in an instinctive way, his unique sense of colour and drive to create, combined with his desire to encourage others, has led to his reputation as a guru in the world of colour and textiles.

International Quilt Invitational Exhibition

Jul. 01, 2015 - Aug. 29, 2015
The world in cloth from the Czech Republic to Peru will be on display in the Brigham City Museum’s International Quilt Invitational Exhibition July 1 through Aug. 29, 2015. Quilters born in Russia, the Netherlands, Austria, the United Kingdom, Germany and the United States have created works not only about their native country, but about places they have visited, specifically Italy, Africa, Ireland, France, India, Turkey, Indonesia and Australia. Twenty-one quilters will participate in the exhibition. Margarete Heinisch of California will conduct a quilt workshop titled “Painting with a Needle” at the museum on July 18 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Participants will have the opportunity to create a flower that Heinisch selected from her art quilt "Persephone Smiles" that won first place at an International Quilt Association competition in Houston, Texas. The cost is $15 for museum members; $20, non-members. The museum is located at 24 North 300 West. The entrance is on the west side. Admission is free. Hours are Tuesday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday from 1 to 5 p.m. For further information, please phone (435) 226-1439 or visit Heinisch, who was born and raised in Vienna, Austria, is the museum’s Featured Quilter. Her quilt “In the Heart of Europe” was named one of the “20th Century’s 100 Best American Quilts.” This piece, which will be on view during the exhibition, is a celebration of Austria’s millennium and features nine dancing couples in costumes that represent the nine provinces of Austria. The outer border of the quilt describes a country rich in castles, gardens and cathedrals. Heinisch’s hand-quilted and hand-appliqued quilts have won awards in competitions at the International Quilt Association, Houston, Texas; American Quilter’s Society, Paducah, Kentucky; and Road to California. “My mother groomed me from an early age to become a seamstress,” says Heinisch, “but I became a porcelain painter instead, which made my mother sad. After I married and my husband and I had two children, I became the seamstress for my family. That made my mother happy again.” In 1971, the Heinisch family moved to California. Until this time, the artist had never heard the word “quilt.” When Heinisch attended her first quilt show, she called it “the eighth wonder of this world.” A large, Log Cabin quilt was her favorite. By the time she arrived home, the artist was ready to sew her own quilt, the first of many. Eight quilts with varying themes by Heinisch will hang in the museum, including a portrait of a woman in a Slovakian costume. There are some reflective themes in the exhibition such as Grace Meijer’s quilt “Remember.” Meijer lives in the United Kingdom. The quilt was adapted from a photograph she took in Berlin, Germany, of the Gedaechtnis Kirche church built in the 1890s and badly damaged during a bombing raid in 1943. At the time it was decided not to rebuild the church, but preserve what was left as a memorial. “Turkish Bread Boys” by Lea McComas of Colorado is a voice for the poor and their commitment to the family and the entrepreneurial spirit. Aileyn Ecob’s quilt “The Honey Log” is based on a photo her husband took while visiting Kenya. The title refers to the hollow logs hung from trees to attract bees. Linda C. Anderson found “The Musicman of Jaipur” playing the sarangi in the streets amid the opulence of the “Pink City” of India known for its trademark building color. Both Ecob and Anderson reside in California. A contrast to these quilts is a piece by Cathy Wiggins of North Carolina that depicts stampeding carousel horses. Other playful quilts are “My Rooster Called Isy” and the “Cheer Up Clown” by Anna Faustino of Pennsylvania and “Mother Earth and Her Children” by Sieglinde Schoen Smith of Oklahoma. A collection of soft sculpture dolls fashioned by Meijer completes the exhibition. She was inspired by the drawings of Sue Macartney-Snape who is called the “master of caricature.”

Bob Evans Farm Quilt Show

Jul. 01, 2015 - Jul. 31, 2015
The Bob Evans Farm is pleased to announce that we will be celebrating quilts in our historic Event Barn from July 1 - July 31, 2015. This juried quilt show, limited to approximately 80 entries, will award over $4,000 in prize monies in four categories- bed quilts, wall quilts, appliqué, and this year's themed category, Seasons. Quilts will be judged by NQA Certified Judge, Anita Shackelford.

Autumn Gems Quilt Show

Jul. 13, 2015 - Sep. 29, 2015
400+ quilts, featured artist Trish Williams, Gem of the Year, bed turning, raffle quilt, community service projects display, silent auction, 27 vendors, lunch on site, free parking (mention quilt show) AQS appraisals (by appt.)

The Blue Ridge Quilters Guild Presents "Celebrate" Exhibition

Jul. 16, 2015 - Jul. 31, 2015
A quilt exhibit celebrating family, love, and happiness. There was a challenge fabric given for this exhibit, which was juried. There is also a "People's Choice" award, which will be given at the end of the event. Open Mon-Fri 10:00-4:00 McKinney Center in Jonesborough, TN 103 Franklin Avenue (At the corner of Franklin Ave. and E. Main Street)

  • Sponsor: Blue Ridge Quilters Guild and Jonesborough's Mary B. Martin Program for the Arts
  • Location: McKinney Center in Jonesborough, TN
  • Admission: Free
  • Contact: Theresa Hammons (423) 753-0562
  • Email:

Upcoming Exhibitions at Visions Art Museum

Jul. 18, 2015 - Oct. 04, 2015
Collectors’ Showcase Shaping Space: Kate Stiassni Balboa Park Arches: Linda Anderson, Karen Cunagin, Jane LaFazio, Peggy Martin, Nelda McComb At the Beach Visions Members’ Challenge


Jul. 23, 2015 - Jul. 26, 2015
Four-day event with judged, juried quilt contest with more than $12,000 in awards and prizes, special exhibits, large diverse merchants mall and workshops and lectures by renowned faculty including Jo Morton, Mimi Dietrich, Dianne Hire, Karen Kay Buckley, Linda Ballard, Charlotte Angotti and more! Group rates available. Appraisals on site.

AQS QuiltWeek® – Syracuse, New York 2015

Jul. 29, 2015 - Aug. 01, 2015
You’ll see hundreds of quilts and learn from world-class instructors at AQS QuiltWeek. Row upon row of vendors will help you find everything you’re looking for to complete your latest quilt. You’ll find inspiration everywhere! You’ll fall in love with the fantastic adventures awaiting you in the midst of Central New York. The city is known as “The Emerald City” because of its eco-friendliness! It’s home to Destiny USA, the second most visited shopping destination in the U.S.A. Cruise, bike, or kayak across the state on the historic Erie Canal, or enjoy the beautiful Finger Lakes area! The salt potatoes and the coneys are practically calling your name… Exciting events are happening in and around Syracuse this summer. And AQS QuiltWeek is happy to be among them! Watch for details about our newest QuiltWeek event as they become available.