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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

and her website can be found at:


  1. I have just begun my very first quilt and am definitely hooked! We visited the Quilt Museum recently and it is fabulous. The Amish/Welsh connection is fascinating. Lucky you to allowed to take photos. Jen showed us round the exhibition and made it even more interesting. Look forward to seeing your pics. I find the history very interesting and even bought a quilt at a car boot recently which I am anxious to find out about. Definitely hand quilted and looks like two pieces of material only. Only machined down the middle and the rest hand quilted. Difficult to pick out the quilt pattern, but extremely interesting. Taking it to my quilt class tomorrow to find out more. Ann x

  2. Oh how I hope I can fit in a trip to Jen's shop next year. Can't wait to see what else you have to show.

  3. These quilts are so beautiful - all the lovely fabrics and quilting structures! I really love it and I wish I can visit Jen's shop one day. Thank you for sharing!

  4. I'm thoroughly enjoying reading all your very interesting posts about your visit to Wales and share everyone elses wish to visit someday. Have you seen this video with Jen? I found it a while ago and seeing your photos inside her shop reminded me about it.,11
    Looking forward to the museum photos!

  5. This is a wonderful entry, I love all those photos of quilts. Having visited the quilt centre in Lampeter a couple of years ago, I agree that Jens' collection is amazing.

  6. Wow! This shop looks so cozy and perfect for spending a morning browsing. Thanks for sharing the lovely photos!