The 4th of August brought the close of the V & A quilts 1700-2010.
How lovely it would have been to be able to attend. If I lived in the UK I’m sure I would have been several times. But, for those of us across the sea,I had to make do with what was available on the internet. Until I secured a copy of the Book of the exhibition, collated by Sue Pritchard. What I sheer delight it is! The text and the ‘untold stories’ are wonderful, to read and indulge in. The photography however exceeds all expections it is exceptional! it is a fine substitute for not being able to attend. If you, like myself have a love of immersing yourself in history, and historical quilts, you are going to adore this book.
Australias own ‘Rajah Quilt’ was requested to attend this exhibition, and kindly lent by our National Gallery in Canberra. It was no 5, in the exhibtion and features in the above mentioned book. I have never seen such wonderful close up photos of it as in this book.
The Rahaj Quilt was made in 1841 aboard the convict transport ship on it way to Van Diemans Land (Tasmania) .
The quilt was made in the thanks to Elizabeth Fry and the ladies of the convict ship Committee. It is only brought out for display a few times a year in Canberra.
Quilt 1700-2010 book, apart from quilts has many beautiful images and photos, as you can see by the one in the book beside the Rajah Quilt, it is a stunning publication.