to see the Quilt exhibition at theV&A and to meet my friend Judy who has now settled in Kent. Had a lovely day together although Judy has back problems and found walking round the quilts a bit tiring.
Some of my favourites were, the small baby's cot quilt with embroidery (one of the first ones shown in the exhibition), the Royal Clothograph quilt, the blackout quilt because I had one just like it on my bed at my Gran's, the Wandsworth HMP quilt and Tracy Ermin's bed. I didn't buy the exhibition book but I did buy postcards of quilts I was particularly interested in and Diana Springall's "Inspired to Stitch". Well okay I know I could have got that anywhere but its one I've been looking to buy and I couldn't go home without one now could I.
Whilst we were there we managed to go into the Islamic room where three small coatsbelonging to princes,e colourful tiles, silk carpets from Isfahan were exhibited. I was in Isfahan several years ago and lucky enough to be invited into the home of a carpet maker who exported his carpets to Harrods. There was no way I could have afforded one then or now but seeing the colours brought back the memories.