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on 31 March 2010
This book is a beautiful history of quilting in the UK. It is not just a catalogue of the V&A exhibition (although this is included at the end). The book tells the stories of many of the quilts shown - plus a number of others in the V&A collection -using pictures of the quilts themselves and also contemporary paintings, drawings and photographs.
Unfortunately, some of the modern quilts were obviously not finished when the book went to print and so just details are included - the biggest disappointment is that there is not a proper picture of the Wandsworth Prison Quilt.
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on 30 April 2010
excellent book that every quilter should have. Very enjoyable to look at the quilts again after having visited the exhibition at the V&A. But equally nice to have if you have not had the opportunity to see the exhibition. It is a highly recommendable book
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on 31 August 2011
Quilts 1700-2010 is the catalogue of the significant exhibition of British patchwork and quilting at the V&A Museum from March to July 2010.The exhibition was curated by Sue Prichard, Curator of Contemporary Textiles at the Museum who edited the catalogue. We are fortunate at this distance to have been given the opportunity through the catalogue to see what was displayed when it was not possible to have viewed the exhibition in person.
The book is meticulously researched and presented with an excellent bibliography .It is a delight to read the stories accompanying the quilts. The insight into women's lives in the late C18 and early C19 is fascinating. Bear in mind that sewing machines had not been invented. Many of the quilts shown have appeared in earlier publications such as Averil Colby's `Patchwork' 1958 and more latterly, `Quilt Treasures' 1995 based on the research and inventory of British quilts undertaken by The Quilters' Guild.
The layout and presentation of the V&A catalogue makes less do more. Here one's attention is concentrated on the essence of the history of British patchwork in a way that a book with a broader scope cannot do.
The exhibition was relatively small; some 70 pieces in all compared with the hundreds normally to be seen in a major quilt show. This would have heightened the viewers' perception without the risk of sensory overload. I question the notable omission of work by Deirdre Amsden and Pauline Burbage although Michelle Walker has been included. No doubt personal perception of their contribution to British quiltmaking in the last quarter of the C20th in the broader historical context and the space available played a part in the selection.
J.A. Were, Christchurch, New Zealand
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on 23 July 2010
Wonderful book from a great exhibition -- and the wonder of Amazon means you can buy it much cheaper post free -- and don't have to lug it home on the train. No brainer really!
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on 26 April 2010
Having been to the exhibition at the V&A Museum, this is a wonderful record of all the quilts that are displayed.It is interesting to read about the history of some of the quilts as well. There are so many quilts exhibited that it is good to have the book to be reminded of the many different types of quilts that have been made..both old & new.
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on 2 May 2010
This book is an amazing companion to the V & A exhibition; at the same time it is a well researched resource book which will be a reference point for the future.
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on 22 February 2015
Had seen it at an exhibition and thumbed through it so knew what I was getting. Also appreciated the 'inside' pages shown on Amazon. It was a present for my wife who really enjoys it and already is using it as 'inspiration' for new projects. (It is not a 'how to do it' book.)
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on 19 April 2013
I came across this title and was intrigued. For anyone who has an interest in the human aspect of something that is essentially a utilitarian object but has so many layers of story, this is a rewarding read.
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on 27 December 2013
Bought this for my friend who is doing a quilting and patchwork course and wanted to know more about the history of quilt making. She is very pleased with it so far.
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on 20 April 2014
Purchased for my mum who is an expert quilter and patch worker. She is really enjoying it so far. A coffee table book that you can dip in and out of as you like.
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