Bishop's Court Quilt (1690-1700)
Seeing London’s V&A museum’s fantastic new exhibition entirely dedicated to quilts and patchwork has spurred me on to start thinking again about crafty ideas and homemade favours.
The attention to detail, time and effort put into the quilts on display was astonishing (some date back to the 1700s). The beautiful wedding quilts, made especially for the wedding night by the bride’s family, were particularly poignant - evoking the individual family histories behind each stitch and fabric square.
Wedding Quilt, Miss Nixon (1870-1880)
Natasha Kerr wall hanging (2007)
The V&A can always be relied upon for its fabulous gift shop, and the Quilt’s exhibition shop was no exception. I had to literally claw myself away from the bundles of limited-edition V&A / Liberty print fabric squares (charmingly tied up with bows), the lavender hearts, the pretty floral buttons and the stacks of gorgeous quilting books. Now where’s my needle and thread…
Click to read about the V&A’s wedding dress archive in my previous post here.