Skillman Library, First Floor and the Special Collections Reading Room
October 16, 2014 – June 30, 2015

Image of Not-So-Lone Star Quilt from Kaffe Fassett's Simple Shapes Spectacular Quilts with Liza Prior Lucy. 2010

Not-So-Lone Star Quilt. Kaffe Fassett’s Simple Shapes Spectacular Quilts with Liza Prior Lucy. 2010

Collaborations between Liza Prior Lucy ’74, quilt, needlepoint, and knitting designer, and Kaffe Fassett, celebrated textile designer, are on exhibit in Skillman Library. Lucy is the owner of Glorious Color, Inc., in New Hope, Pennsylvania, a source for fabrics designed by Kaffe Fassett. San Francisco-born artist Kaffe Fassett is known worldwide for his brilliant color designs and is a household name among quilters and knitters. Together they have produced four major quilt design books and taught quilt making at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London as well as throughout Europe and America. The exhibit features a selection of quilts presented in several of their patchwork and quilting books including Kaffe Fassett Quilts: Shots and Stripes, Kaffe Fassett’s Simple Shapes Spectacular Quilts, and Passionate Patchwork. The inspirations for the patterns come from a variety of sources. Several patterns are based on traditional textiles including American Amish quilts, Japanese indigo-patched work clothes, and African narrow-strip weavings. Other quilt designs are influenced by basic geometric forms found in natural and manmade environments. The use of striking colors, from bold circus hues to rich Renaissance tones combined with a variety of shapes, makes for spectacular quilts.