The quilts exhibition at the Victoria and Albert museum, London opens this weekend. If you get a chance to visit, do so. It's going to be amazing. A history of quilting in the British Isles, spanning the past 300 years. Personally, I need no real reason to visit the V&A, it's my favourite museum in London, and although I can't give a definitive answer really, having not made a comprehensive study of the museums of the world, I am going to claim it as the best museum in the world. Someone prove me wrong, I dare you. It's got something for everyone, and it's just over the road from the Natural History museum, but the queues are always really short, there's never any crowding. It's, quite simply, perfect.
One of the excellent points is the shop. Right now you can buy fabric there. Special Liberty x V&A collaboration fabrics. Quilting cotton weight too - even better! Considering some of these fabrics are inspired by very, very old quilts it's amazing they look so fresh and modern.
I can't actually untie the ribbon and spread them out for a better view, they are too lovely to be touched right now - so if you want to see them better you will have to go for a visit. Or check out the shop. They ship internationally. Go on, you know you want to.....
I've been busy sewing for a friend's baby to be...you can't see anymore just yet, she might be peeking...
And I've also been thinking about starting on a very special quilt. My first commission, don't you know - although I'm not sure I like to call it a commission, it makes it sound all very grand and proper. It's just a 40th birthday quilt for Trash. A favour for a friend quilt? Yep, we'll call it that.
The fabrics have arrived, all pre-washed (thank you Missus Trash), and ironed. Some are very lovely. Some are really quite scary (well, they are - I think she'll agree with me). Now I have to cut all this lot up into squares and sew 'em back together again and hope the finished result is fitting for it's task of keeping small children, not so small grown ups and dogs warm.
I'll keep you posted!
Please don't forget about the quilt auction for Chile over on Brioni's blog. It's open until the weekend. Please dig deep, and thank you so much to those of you that have already bid. You make my heart sing.
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