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Seven go wild in Bath

Knowing we were celebrating a few birthdays in March, we decided to plan a Jo Blox weekend away, around the opening of the new Kaffe Fassett exhibition at the American Museum in Bath. We also took time to look around the rest of the museum while we were there and partake of an excellent cream tea. The exhibition was a riot of colour (as you’d expect) and worth a visit if you’re in the area – there are more quilts in the main building and some of his drawings too.


The sun was shining, the daffodils were out and we were greeted by this fabulous display outside before we’d even got there.


We obviously took the opportunity to visit the local quilt and yarn shops in the town.

The MakeryMandy Munroe

The Makery, about to move around the corner upstairs to larger premises (hooray)! was having a little sale.


The wool shop, called “wool” was well stocked and just up the road from


Country Threads, which had a fantastic selection of Kaffes and another back room full of lovely fabric.


Get Knitted near Bristol (15 mins drive away) had this great Hexie throw out to inspire us and a few bargains too.

With a delicious meal at Jamies Italian and a few glasses of wine,


followed by lots of present opening, we did have a grand time 🙂


18 comments on “Seven go wild in Bath

  1. ukcitycrafter
    March 25, 2014

    Sounds like you had a brilliant time. Mmmm may have to visit Bath sometime soon!!

  2. roma1912
    March 25, 2014

    Your time away looked lovely, I never realised there were so many crafting shops in Bath I must get Beloved to take me for an expedition 🙂

    • mandymunroe
      March 25, 2014

      I’d recommend it, we were lucky to have a home grown textile student as a guide so no fabric was left unturned.

  3. adaliza
    March 25, 2014

    I know those shops well – they’re my favourite places to visit in Bath, as well as the American museum. Country Threads, owned by Jan is one of the best patchwork shops in the UK – in my humble opinion! If I’m ever short of something for a quilt I just give Jan a buzz, she takes a few photos and then pops whatever I need in the post – a marvellous service and so friendly and helpful.

    • mandymunroe
      March 25, 2014

      Lucky you, what service! We had such fun in there, I think we all bought something 🙂

  4. pomegranateandchintz
    March 25, 2014

    What a fabulous day!

  5. Doreen
    March 25, 2014

    Such a great time together and the shop(s) look fab!!!! Always so nice to spend time together!!!

  6. *Wisher*
    March 26, 2014

    wow.. this craft shop is surely worth a visit. thank you for sharing this post. looks like you guys have loads of fun. 😀

  7. mosaicthinking
    March 26, 2014

    Looks like a fun outing. Personally I’m not in love with Kaffe Fassett. What do you find appealing about his designs?

    • adaliza
      March 26, 2014

      Hi – for me it’s not the designs so much as his use of colour. I’d never follow any of his patterns, but like to think that I’ve picked up a few tips about colour combinations and not being afraid to use a more vivid palette.

      • mandymunroe
        March 27, 2014

        I agree it is the happy colour combinations and saturation. I’m always excited to see how it cuts up for patchwork too.

  8. Mary Pat Smith
    March 26, 2014

    Looks like an amazing day – wish I could have joined you. Yeah for Jamie’s Italian, thanks for supporting our extended “family”.

    • mandymunroe
      March 27, 2014

      You’d have fitted right in x The meal was really tasty.

  9. sandy
    March 27, 2014

    When I saw the red studio photo, it reminded me of my favorite painter, Matisse, and a photo of him in his studio. It Matisse would have been a quilter, I imagine his work place would look just like this one. Lovely. Thanks.

    • mandymunroe
      March 31, 2014

      The exhibition was designed by Johan Engels, I wonder if he got his inspiration from Matisse?!

  10. Tansy Martin
    March 28, 2014

    Nice to see Steph rummaging in the sale box. Looks like the girls had a great time – I am actively campaigning for a visit slightly later in the year when we have got through the dreaded GCSE’s which are looming large. As you can imagine I am a great fan of Kaffe’s colours.

    • mandymunroe
      March 31, 2014

      The American Museum has something for everyone, good for a family visit 🙂 Are there any Kaffes you don’t have????

  11. Tansy Martin
    April 1, 2014

    -Not many, but I am eyeing up your feather fabric – don’t have that one. Currently stitching spinning hexagons in African fabrics as a wedding quilt. Not really my fabrics, but a friend’s daughter is marrying an ex-Zimbabwean farmer so very appropriate and it is coming along quite nicely.

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