Doylestown is a terminally charming town, where people really live and shop.
I wish we had had more time to wander, but we did find a small, elegant place to have lunch. Actually, brunch because it was a weekend.
Afterwards, we went over to the museum, which is a lovely place. It used to be a prison, but i don't think we were in that wing. i love when an old building is repurposed. Not in New Jersey, where they tore down the local county jail and built condos -- and where they are shortly going to tear down Doris Duke's 67,000 sq foot home on the estate because they allege that it costs to much to fix it. Tragic.
So off we went to see the exhibit of Kaffe's quilts, along with the antique quilts that inspired his reinterpretation. My photos were sporadic, but here are some. This one shows wonderful use of fabrics, interspersing the floral with the solids so that it is looking like a garden through lattice.
This quilt on the left is the original antique piece that inspired Kaffe's interpretation on the right.
I was crazy about this antique quilt, so had to take a photo of it. it's one I wish I had in my own collection.
The museum also had some other quilt-like art; an exhibit of quilt-like wood pieces, the next one of which was apparently inspired by Kaffe's quilts.
And a totally unexpected group of pieces by James Michener, which fit perfectly into the exhibition. Go figure! Who'd have thunk? It was a lovely surprise.
Finally, as part of the exhibit, there was a room with interactive design walls and a pile of pile of fabric pieces people could play with and make their own designs.
i would have played but by then, we were tired and ready to leave. However, if you are within a couple of hours of Doylestown and did not see the exhibit at Houston, it is worth the drive to see the quilts -- and to have a lovely lunch in town.