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And now the end is near, its time to face the final curtain…

Actually I had high hopes for this my final blog. I rang the 'IT Crowd' with the suggestion that they could do something wizzy and overlay this entry with Ole' Blue Eyes singing 'My Way'. However, we got involved in a long discussion about copyright and I started to lose the will to live. However you get the gist – I am yesterday's woman, I've had my 15 minutes of fame, I am about to be put out to grass. I said my final goodbye to Quilts 1700-2010 with atour for the agedmother (a cross between Mrs Malaprop and Count …

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I shall support her as long as I can, because she is a woman…

I am by nature a woman’s woman. I like the sense of female solidarity you get when you are with a group of like minded women. When the husband was working abroad, my daughters and I would have weekly ‘girlie nights’, huddled on the sofa with bowls of Haribo, covered by our quilts and watching episodes of ‘Pingu’ and ‘Friends’ – an eclectic mix. As a special treat they would be allowed to attend the ‘Prichard soirees’ – friends would be invited round for supper, and coerced into making lavender bags and cakes for the school fete. All this would …

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Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again…

Actually last week I was whisked off by the husband to Frenchman’s Creek. I had been suffering from anxiety dreams again, you know the ones. I would find myself standing up before a packed lecture theatre pontificating about the exhibtion when I would suddenly look down and discover that I had forgotten to get dressed […]

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I’m not exactly a Luddite…

But I confess I’m not exactly au fait with new technology …..

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Giving something back.

We've had a few enquiries recently regarding Project Linus and its absence in the exhibition. I first heard about Project Linus in 2003, when I lived on the Isle of Wight. The headline 'Blankets of Love for Sick Children' was followed by a news report detailing how volunteers had presented a pile of quilts to St Mary's Hospital children's ward and neo-natal intensive care unit. As a mother whose twin daughters were born prematurely, but needed little in terms of intensive care treatment, this act of generosity touched my heart. During the course of my research for Quilts 1700-2010 I …

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Always winter and never Christmas.

It has been a bit like living in Narnia recently. After all the excitement of last week's PV, the constant round of press interviews and VIPtours I should really have taken myself off to a quiet room to recuperate. But of course I couldn't resist coming in on Saturday morning, to be there when the doors opened for the first time to the public. As I walked to the V&A I was suddenly struck by a change in the air, a definite hint of Spring which was confirmed by the glorious blossom I encountered as I slipped down a residential …

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A Room of One’s Own

Over the last two years I have had the pleasure of working with so many extraordinary artists and makers.Many have welcomed me into their homes and studios, sharing thoughts and ideas – their hospitality and generosity have added an unexpected dimension to the exhibition, which goes beyond professional courtesy.I had visited Jo Budd in her studio several times and was immediately drawn to the sense of peace and tranquillity in her workspace. It was not only a privilege to be invited into her home and studio but was also a joy

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From the Horse’s Mouth

Our Bookings Office (who has the patience of a saint) has confirmed that tickets for individuals are indeed now available to book by phone or online. Go to https://transactions.vam.ac.uk/peo/search_results.asp?txtSource=FastSearchortelephone on +44 (0)20 7942 2211. Meanwhile the contractors are busy building the exhibition – the entire space is a hard hat only zone (the testosterone is palpable), the installation schedule is being drawn up, couriers are being booked in, the team of conservators are on hand and I've stocked the cupboards with all sorts of nutritious snacks to see us through the 12 hour days (who am I kidding – it …

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England expects…

Every woman to do her duty.Yes Ladies – now is the time to take up your needle and with patience and perseverance communicate your loyalty, patriotism and commitment to proving that we are not idle whilst our men are away.We should follow our sister’s example – reflecting our pride in our nation, celebrating our victories whilst acknowledging the loss ofour menfolk. All this is of course a preamble to another story.I have always been intrigued by the George III coverlet – the sense that it is perhaps two projects. One the intricate piecing over papers to create segmented circles, some …

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Don’t Panic!

Pottered in this morning, full of the joys of spring (well almost) – opened the emails and found a flurry of activity re my last posting. Just to reassure everyone that there will be a total of 300 tickets available for the conference, and only just over a third have been releasedfor groups (strictly limited – no additional discounted has been offered for groups). Which leaves nearly 200 tickets available – as soon as our Learning & Interpretation team give me the nod that these are going on sale you will be the first to know. In the meantime, our …

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