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Well it’s the summer holidays. All parents will know how it goes, you sit down to do something important (like sewing) and someone will yell: “Muuuuuuuuuum!”

My sewing room is now a pile of WIPs and UFOs (that’s work in progress and unfinished objects) and my hands are itching to get to work. But children are children so fleetingly and the summer holidays are so special and so short, so what am I to do when there are ice creams to be licked, swimming to be swum and crabs to be found under rocks? Yes, sewing can wait for rainy days and school days.

Lawrenny crab

Lawrenny crab

But there has been time to sneak off again to Lampeter where the Welsh Quilt Centre is currently showing an exhibition of quilts by Kaffe Fassett. It’s a wonderful opportunity to see his fabrics and quilts as he intended and they are hung as if thrown into the air like a pack of cards (but in fact are VERY carefully arranged) so you can get a close up look.

It’s a magical exhibition made all the more special by the arrangement of Welsh whole cloth quilts around the walls. Some of those quilts are a century old but the colours are still vibrant and the effect, with Kaffe Fassett’s magnicent quilts, is magical.

Kaffe Fassett quilts

Kaffe Fassett quilts

I’ve been twice now and on Wednesday I’m going back again, but this time to a lecture at Lampeter University by the man himself. The lecture is entitled ‘Glorious Colour’ (which just about sums up the quilts in the exhibition too). It’s designed to ‘inspire and motivate’ and I can’t wait.

Kaffe Fassett quilt detail

Kaffe Fassett quilt detail

There has been time to sew little things, so I’ve been making purses – just big enough for coins, or possibly as a small cosmetic case for lipstick and a compact. I’ve had fun with these using colourful scraps and some witty fabrics – look out for them on the website soon!