QuiltWeek will bring some crafty authors to town
By Jo-Ann Greene, Books Editor email@example.com
"Kaffe Fassett is to color what Julia Child was to French cooking," proclaimed Knitters Review.
The Washington Post called Fassett "a kind of Harrison Ford of the knitting world."
If that doesn't make your sister want to read the renowned textile designer's new autobiography, what would?
How about the opportunity to meet him and pick up some of his stitching tips during the American Quilter's Society QuiltWeek, set for Wednesday through Friday at the Lancaster County Convention Center on Penn Square?
Fassett will be among the many instructors -- and authors -- there.
"Dreaming in Color," his well-illustrated life story, is as colorful -- literally and figuratively -- as his fabric creations. The 225-page hardcover tells of his youth in Big Sur, Calif.; his attendance at a boarding school run by the disciples of an Indian guru; his brief study of painting at Boston's School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston; his migration to England in the Swinging '60s; and his dealings with famous clients, such as Lauren Bacall and Barbra Streisand.
He'll discuss it all at 7 p.m. Wednesday at The Ware Center.
Those who prefer to focus on the practical rather than the personal will be interested in his classes and another new book Fassett produced in collaboration with Pennsylvania-based quilter Liza Prior Lucy.
"Shots and Stripes," their 175-page hardcover, features photos of and complete instructions for 24 projects from quilts to tote bags and pillows. Many are inspired by Lancaster County's homegrown Amish quilts, but there are also many more exotic designs from Japanese, Near Eastern and Africa textile traditions.
(In case you're wondering, "shots" refers to solid-colored fabric.)
Both books are published by STC Craft.
nAnother sewing celebrity author who will teach classes and share her life story here this week is Alex Anderson.
The Bernina sewing machine spokesperson was host of HGTV's "Simply Quilts" and has produced many best-selling quilting books, including "Machine Quilting With Alex Anderson." Her personal presentation, "If Quilts Could Talk -- And They Do!," is set for 7:30 p.m. Friday at The Ware Center.
Other authors listed as instructors include Eleanor Burns of "Make a Quilt in a Day" fame; Bonnie Browning ("Border & Finishing Touches"); Cindy Zlotnik Oravecz ("Quilting Tips & Techniques"); Pam Holland ("The 1776 Quilt"); and Rita Fishel ("Everyday Quilts"). Their classes are listed on the show's website.
nAnd if sis has a book idea of her own to pitch, here's her chance:
At the "Author! Author!" session at noon Thursday in Southern Market Council Chambers, AQS Executive Book Editor Andi Reynolds invites would-be quilt book authors to "put your idea for a book to the test."
She will outline the process, timelines, responsibilities and services AQS provides to its authors in her lecture and afterward schedule appointments to discuss individual proposals.
Reynolds will also moderate an Authors Roundtable for aspiring quilt book authors at 4:30 p.m. Thursday in Southern Market Council Chambers. There they can "get the scoop straight from recently published authors" in regard to publishing a book.
Listed are these "invited authors": Rami Kim ("Elegant Cotton Wool Silk Quilts"); Bob DeCarli ("Hill & Valley Log Cabins"); Linda Hahn (the brand-new "New York Beauty Diversified"); Barbara Burnham ("Baltimore Garden Quilts") and Christine Morgan ("Stacked and Stitched"), the AQS website invites.
The website also lists an AQS Authors' Invitational Quilt Exhibit.
To register for any of these sessions or learn more about QuiltWeek, visit aqsshows.com/AQSLancaster/.n