Sunday, 21 March 2010

Quilty Pleasures......

The eagerly anticipated V&A exhibition 'Quilts 1700 - 2010' opened yesterday! We are looking forward to visiting the show. It is very timely, as a patchwork revival is already underway, and the show can only fuel and inspire a new generation of stitchers.

Wonderfully, a number of other events are spiralling off from this revived interest. Liberty have been supporting British design and craft more and more, reinstating a value in the handmade. They have commissioned 5 quilts all made using found fabrics by Katherine May for an exhibition 'Quilty Pleasures' 15 March - 12 April. Make a detour on your way to the V&A!
In the meantime check out Katherin'e Blog for some beautiful pictures of the making of her quilts.

Katherine and I spent an enjoyable evening at Selvedge's first film night at the Phoenix (London's oldest cinema) earlier this month. Sue Pritchard, curator of the V&A Quilts exhibition gave us an interesting insight into her 6 years of research, the stories and themes around the show:
The Domestic Landscape, Private Thoughts / Political Debates, Virtue + Virtuosity, Making a Living and Meeting the Past.
Sue Pritchard's presentation was followed by the film 'How to make an American Quilt', starring Winona Ryder, the characters share their stories and reflect upon their lives whilst making Winona's 'wedding quilt', which was touching and amusing!!
Selvedge have also dedicated their most recent issue (33) to Quilting. We have a few copies in stock. We are also stocking Emma Hardy's 'Quilting in no time' and keep an eye on our blog for more dates for Katherine May's popular patchwork quilting classes!

Last but not least the festival of quilts organised by our friends at Twisted Thread is well worth a visit, running 19 to 22 August.

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