Sunday, 3 March 2013

Quilts are Tops for Beds

My good friend, Jen Jones from South Wales, who has the best collection of Welsh quilts in the world, has been showing her lovely collections at our TforT Fairs for many years. We all congratulate her on finally achieving a new Museum for their display and sales in the old Town Hall, Lampeter, Ceredigion, phone 01570 480610 website Her architect husband has converted the Town Hall and it has been open  since last year and has a shop . Her collection includes special heirloom wedding quilts, as well as a big choice of trad. pieced and quilted examples, rare Welsh blankets and very inexpensive picnic rugs. As I am part-Welsh myself, I have always taken a great interest in these lovely, decorative bed dressings and find it amazing that poorly educated women were able to invent such rich and original designs to embellish their cottages and farms a long time ago, originally as a domestic economy but then developed into a unique art form.  She will be with us with old Welsh blankets and quilt seconds on May 19th at our Rag Market here in Bradford on Avon with lots of bargains!  I have just seen that she is showing some dynamic quilts by Kaffe Fassett from March 8th until Nov. so you could kill two birds with one stone if you called at the Welsh Quilt Centre, Lampeter tel.01570 422088 !    It makes a splendid day out and there is a good Welsh welcome there!

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