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Local Quilters Host Famous Authors

A local quilter’s guild had a brush with quilting fame, when the Bear Valley Quilt Guild along with other quilters from the Central Coast hosted a book signing with authors, Kaffe Fassett and Brandon Mably, Sept. 26 at the Baywood Tavern in Baywood Park.

Fassett, 81 and a native of San Francisco, started in fine arts, winning a scholarship to study at The Boston Museum of Fine Arts School when he was 19. A painter, he left for London a few months later and settled in England in 1964.

A passion for color led him to knitting and designing knitwear for Missoni, Bill Gibb and others, and his hand-knitted garments are now in museum collections all over the world.

For the past 50 years he’s dedicated himself to the world of knitting, needlepoint and patchwork (quilting), promoting these crafts through his own work and encouraging others to find their own creativity. He has produced over 30 publications and “how-to” books.

He’s returned to the U.S. to celebrate the 20th Anniversary of a highly successful series of books on patchwork and quilting.

Using a collection of vintage American quilts on display in Britain’s American Museum in Bath as inspiration, Fassett has chosen 18 different quilts as the basis for 20 new designs in the book.

Fassett was named an Honorary Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire by Her Majesty The Queen, in recognition of his service to the crafts of knitting and needlework. He was presented with his honorary MBE by Michael Ellis, the British Minister for Arts, Tourism and Heritage on Sept. 6.

Mably designs knitwear patterns for Vogue Knitting and Rowan Yarns, and leads workshops in knitwear design and use of color throughout the world.

For over a decade, Mably has been studio manager of Kaffe Fassett Studio in London, and has worked closely with Fassett in the design, creation, and execution of knitwear, tapestry, patchwork, mosaic, and mixed media artwork. Mably has honed a unique style of bold design and vibrant color.

Mably travels the world teaching workshops, learning designs from indigenous people, and finding inspiration from communities he visits.

In the photo from left to right are: Kirk Gafil, Miranda Roberts, Mary Belle Snow, Brandon Mably and Kaffe Fassett at the Baywood Tavern in Baywood Park. Submitted photo

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