Saturday, March 20, 2010

A foggy day in London town

sure beats all this snow in Chicago. Yesterday it was 65 F and sunny. Today it's snowing with 1 to 3 inches predicted. And besides the better weather (53 F in London compared to 35 in Chicago), London is where you can see the Victoria and Albert Museum's exhibit "Quilts: 1700 - 2010" which opened today.

Bishops Court quilt, Unknown, 1690-1700,
Museum no. T.201-1984, copyright Victoria & Albert Museum

Wish I could go. Instead, I have to live vicariously through the Internet. I borrowed the picture above from the V&A website, and you can see more photos on these blogs: A Quilter's Journal and The Cotton Patch, which I found through Barbara Brackman's blog. I've been following the exhibit's progress via the blog of its curator, Sue Prichard.

Besides the fabulous antique quilts and the potentially-controversial modern quilts on display, the museum shop is offering 18 reproduction fabrics through a collaboration with Liberty Art Fabrics.

Speaking of Liberty, I'd planned a trip to Target today to see what their Liberty products were like, but I'm wondering if there'll be anything left in the store as I'm noticing lots of "out of stock" notes on the website. Do I brave the stormy weather to look at empty shelves or do I settle into the sewing room to celebrate National Quilting Day, which is today!

The National Quilting Association is offering a free project pattern to help you celebrate. I certainly have enough tops to quilt and UFOs to work on to keep me busy. Or I could start something new. No shortage of ways to celebrate!

1 comment:

Meg Hamilton said...

Hi Ann-Marie, I am lucky enough to being going to the V&A quilt exhibit over Easter weekend (living in Switzerland makes it a little more attainable!). I'm very excited. I'll post any photos I'm permitted to take and let you know via the Sue Ross blog if the catalog is worth ordering. Also, if you like LIberty, apparently there is a special fabric line available in the V&A shop to commemorate the show. I'm sure it can be ordered online. Continued good luck on your Sue Ross. I'm caught up w/the exception of a few details I want to add to the applique....