Last week saw Jim and I off to Wales for a couple of days at the caravan. We had a few chores to complete and we struck lucky with the weather as we left Norfolk to high winds and rains and overcast skies. We had about an hour of rain on our first afternoon - Jim was fishing I was at the time sitting indoors reading and stitching, so we weren't bothered; it soon bucked up.
First job was to arrive in Welshpool on the Tuesday to take my new melodeon to have some reeds changed and the layout customised. Rees said it would take him less than two days which made it very convenient. On Thursday we drove up from Crickhowell to Lampeter, lovely little market town north west of us, and over the hills. Lots of hills. Some beautiful scenery on the way.
AT Lampeter we found the Town Hall where the Jen Jones Welsh Quilt Collection is housed. I've wanted to see these quilts for years, and was so pleased Jim was happy to make the fairly long drive to see them. We were fortunate to find that the Kaffe Fassett Exhibition was still running, so we were treated to a double visual feast - the brightly coloured, modern quilts design by Kaffe were exhibited 'flying' throughout the body of the hall, with the beautiful old, faded Welsh quilts hung on the walls of the room. They complemented each other wonderfully.
The ladies in the shop through which you go to view the quilts were lovely, very gracious and helpful and so proud of the collection. Jen Jones herself was there and I was able to have a chat. I also bought some pieces of antique quilt pieces, cut from quilts which were beyond reasonable repair; I shall make some more textile collages with them.
The three quilts above are by Kaffe Fassett.
The quilting is exquisite, not all the stitching is tiny, but it is even, which is more important.
Jim admiring one particular quilt, the description of which is below.
These wholecloth quilts, which are only part of Jen's entire collection, the rest of which is kept at her home, show the similarity with the later Amish quilts, thought to have been taught by Welsh settlers in North America.
More of Kaffe's glorious modern quilts, many based on traditional patterns or settings.
In another room were housed some vintage quilts which were for sale. OH! The temptation!
This was my favourite. Draped casually over a chair, it was the cheapest, at £275. I loved it.
Now two things, I have some information for anyone who might like to attend the illustrated talk (with quilts) about Vintage Quilts at the Assembly Rooms in Swaffham, on Tuesday 22nd October, 12-2 pm. Tickets £4 from Ceres bookshop in Swaffham. Many thanks to Liz for this information, I'm looking forward to being there.
Secondly apologies for the lateness of this post, and for my absence from blog-reading, I had a very busy week since our return and it isn't getting any quieter! Next post I will show you what the lovely Els - read her blog atfiberrainbow - sent me in exchange for one of my wool pincushions. One day I am sure Els and I will meet up - how good would that be!!
So hope you have enjoyed your virtual trip to the Welsh Quilt Collection, I am going to take my migraine to lie down in a darkened room! Catch you later!