George III reviewing the troops (detail), 1803 – 1805, Unknown maker, © V&A Images
 
The Victoria and Albert Museum have created a fantastic display of quilts in their latest exhibition. The PP team had a wonderful day at the V&A last week, and we are really looking forward to hearing about your trips to see this exciting show. There are some amazing antique pieces from the V&A archive, many of which are "Maker Unknown" . These are shown alongside some fantastic and inspiring quilts from the wider art world, such as Tracey Emin and Grayson Perry. A large variety of styles, techniques, designs and makers are represented. You may notice the absence of many of our favourite contemporary quilters, but the exhibition is a huge opportunity for quilters such as ourselves to see work that isn't covered by the usual Patchwork and Quilting exhibition circuit. It is also extremely accessible to non-quilters and I have no doubt that many visitors will be inspired to start quilting as a result! There will be plenty of news from the exhibition in Popular Patchwork over the next few months, so if you can't get down to London to see it for yourself, Popular Patchwork will bring the exhibition to you.
 

At the End of the Day, 2007 Natasha Kerr © V&A Images
 
The exhibition itself is beautifully designed, there are "windows" where the viewer can glimpse the next quilt around the corner. Many of the quilts are displayed flat on bed shaped plinths, so you can see them as they were intended to be viewed. There are a surprising number of quilts, make sure you have plenty of time to see them all! The exhibition is open from now until 4th July. Admission is £10 for Adults, £8 Seniors, £6 Students, 12-17 yrs, ES40 Holders and free to V&A Members. You can view the quilts from 10am to 5.45pm daily, and there is a special late night closing of 10pm on Fridays. Further information from 0844 209 1770, www.vam.ac.uk/ or email V and A
 

Installation shot of the V&A’s Quilts 1700 – 2010 exhibition Running 20 March 2010 – 4 July 2010 © V&A images