I am a quilter living in Woodbridge, Suffolk who has made quilts since I was a teenager. I also ring bells! Both are great British traditions....I will try to feature some of my antique Welsh and Durham quilts, the quilts I make myself, my quilting activities and also some of my bellringing achievements. Plus as many photos as I can manage. NB: Double click on the photos to see greater detail, then use back button to return to the main page.
Wednesday, 25 July 2012
Jen Jones' Shop in Llannybydder
The next morning, I left the B & B and went to Jen's shop, as the Quilt Museum in Lampeter does not open until 11.00. The shop was just as I had remembered it - but I forgot to take a photo of the outside, so this photo is from the previous year's visit - but it hadn't changed!
Downstairs, the stock in the room to the left is arranged on shelves - Here are some nursing shawls and the Welsh wholecloths.
And the "waffle" blankets and the Comfy quilts. The Comfy quilts were the manufactured equivalent of the Durham quilt. They come in many colours and are usually one print or bi-colour with a centre diamond pattern.
More blankets - these are the narrow loom variety. These were made on smaller looms in small workshops and have a seam down the middle where the two lengths were joined together. Very collectable!
The "better" quilts are kept upstairs - a very narrow stairway had to be negotiated to reach this! There are stacks of quilts on the two beds that can be peeled back to inspect.
I especially liked this Welsh patchwork - I don't have much patchwork in my collection but I liked the frame pattern here. As usual, the Turkey Red has stayed very bright while I imagine the other fabrics have faded over the years.
Another view of the patchwork quilt on the bed.
In another room, some collector's quilts on a rail - some of these are North Country quilts and some are Welsh quilts.
More quilts to look at. Hazel wasn't at the shop the day I visited, but Jen was. Thanks for the cup of tea, Jen! After this - off to the Quilt Museum where I was given special permission to photograph the quilts for the blog.
If anything in the photos appeals to you, Jens email is
I live in Woodbridge Suffolk, and work as a teacher and bookkeeper. Born in Princeton New Jersey, I went to Smith College and Durham University where I studied Biology. I then went to Kings College London where I did research in Quaternary Ecology. For 17 years, I taught Environmental Science at Suffolk College. I am a member of the Quilters Guild, The British Quilt Study Group, The Traditional Quilt Group, and The Suffolk Guild of Bellringers. I also enjoy walking. I have a strong interest in nature conservation and belong to the Suffolk Wildlife Trust. I am also an expert in alternative energy, on which I have written several books. I have two adult children. I have two cats.