Wednesday, 17 March 2010

Quilts 1700-2010 at the Victoria & Albert Museum London

Today has been a special quilting day. I was invited to the press preview of the Quilts 1700-2010 exhibition at the V&A London.
I travelled to London with my quilting buddy Hazel and we have had a fabulous day.
I was invited due to the writing of this blog and quite a few quilting bloggers were there. We were allowed to take photos as long as we use them to promote the exhibition so here are the first batch.
These photos are of the 'Sundial Coverlet' - one of my favourite quilts in the exhibition. I loved it because it was so old - predating most American antique quilts and I loved it for its intricate piecing.
It reminds me of the 'Dear Jane' American Civil War Quilt of 1863 but it is 66 years older and it is English.

These blocks are probably about 6 inches square. I love the use of striped fabric in some of the blocks and the wonderful applique.
The exhibition is excellent - much better than I was expecting - well worth a visit and there is a shop full of quilting goodies to buy.
Liberty's have made special reproduction fabrics from some of the quilts - I just had to buy a fat quarter or 6!
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Clare said...

I love quilts like this. If only it could talk! It reminds me too of the Dear Jane quilt.

Heckety said...

That's fabulous! And guess what? I'm going to see it in May! Dad booked and the flights are cheaper-my birthday present from family!

Jude said...


Carolyn Konig said...

Hello Janet,
My friend Marg Brown from Australia forwarded me your blog posting of your recent visit to the V & A Museum. I would like to thank you for posting some of the Sundial Coverlet photo's. I truely love this quilt with its many sample blocks. I am presently constructing this quilt on a slightly smaller scale and trying to use as similar fabrics or colour were possible.
I would love to visit the Museum while this quilt and many more are on display but I am extending my shop with another room so a visit needs to be planned after the extension is finished. I look forward to seeing more photo's on your blog.

Kindest regards


Carolyn K├Ânig
Carolyn's Quilting Room,
85 Brewer Drive
P O Box 753,
Wodonga, Vic 3689
Phone: +612 6059 1702

Lynda said...

I heard a review of the exhibition on Radio 4 and the (male) reviewer said he was rather put out when asked to review a quilt show, and was prepared to be underwhelmed. However (surprise, surprise!) he was flabbergasted at the fabulous exhibits. Way to go!