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V&A Quilts 1700-2010 Exhibition

Tuesday, May 11th, 2010

Very few things in life are as comforting as a quilt. Quilts for me are sort of a hug and a cup of hot chocolate in a rainy day all mixed together. So when I found myself on my own during the wet Bank Holiday in early May, I knew where was the place to go to make me feel a bit better. I took and early train to from Oxford to London and went straight to the V&A Quilts Exhibition. It was like an instant fix to my blue day! The museum was quite busy, and as much that I’d love having the galleries for my self, I think it is great that many people also want to admire all the treasures in the museum.

Liberty Jack Quilt, Janey Forgan. Patchowrk and quilting, Oxford, 2008. V&A Museum.

My first stop was at the Sackler Centre to sew a 12×12 inch patchwork block, that it later was sewn together with other blocks made by others and transformed into a quilt to be donated to the Project Linus. I have never done a quilt in my life (although it is in my list of to-do-things), so I was quite impressed with little block. Tutors were helping people like me and I was lucky to be guided by the lovely (and patience) Mrs Jo Poulton(who also is part of Greenstede Quilters in East Grinstead). I think events like this are great for getting people into crafts and also crafting for a good cause. My day was getting so much better after that!

Nine-patch squares at the V&A waiting to be created in lovely blankets for children with serious illness.

On my way to London, I had wondered how an exhibition of an every-day-thing such as a quilt can attract so many visitors. I must say the curators had done a fantastic work; the quilts are stunning, both antique and contemporary. You find yourself wondering about the people who made them, or who owned them. I am sure they never thoughtthat their coverlet was going to be displayed in a museum hundreds of years later admired by people from all over the world. The contemporary quilts are fascinating. It is an eye-opening to see how people from different paths of life do and enjoy making quilts with such rich techniques, and all of them use a quilt to express themselves.

Many of my customers are quilters or use patchwork in some of their projects, and their results are incredible beautiful and certainly they all are museum material. I am not surprise that some of the designers fabric that we stock have already been in art galleries. But could you imagine travel in time and see an Amy Butler quilt made by you, or a tablecloth made with Leanika fabric? And I think we all can see Denyse Schmidt’s designs in museums!

Coverlet, Patchwork and quilting. Possibly Exter, England, 1690-1720. V&A Museum