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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.

Sunday 29 July 2012

Lampeter Welsh Quilt Centre - 1

Finally, I went to see the Quilt Centre's Exhibition "A Quilted Bridge - The Amish-Welsh Connection" in which Welsh and Amish quilts were hung side by side. Of course, the book which sparked this is Dorothy Osler's recent book.....

The Quilt Centre is easy to find, has a quilt shop nearby and a wonderful cafe next door (run by Jen's daughter and partner) - what could be better?

Jen kindly allowed me to take photos to share with you in this blog. Details of the exhibition and Jen's website at the bottom of this post. In addition to Jen's own collection, quilts were loaned by the American Museum at Bath, Ceridigion Museum and the National Museum for the Wool Industry.

Central Star Quilt. Llanrhystud, flannel, wool wadding, circa 1870.

Double sided Welsh patchwork, Cardigan, flannel. Hand pieced and quilted. 1st half 19thc. Once again, I thought the use of beds to display the quilts worked extremely well, and the lighting was excellent.

Geometric Welsh Central Bow Tie Quilt, c 1860, Salem nr.Landeilo. Flannel with mustard flannel reverse, hand quilted. The "Rothko" quilt! (see catalogue for explanation...)

Welsh flannel quilt - this one is not in the catalogue, and I'm afraid that I did not take any notes...beautiful on the iron bedstead.

Llanybydder Quilt - 1911 - made by Ada Jones in the mourning period after her husband had died.

Green and red Welsh strippy

Garth Farm Welsh Flannel Patchwork - c 1851 - Drefach nr Lampeter, hand pieced and hand quilted.

Welsh Wool Flannel quilt

Another Welsh flannel strippy.

More photos to come - a catalogue is available from Jen Jones - the cost is £5.00 plus post and packing (email for a quote at:
This exhibition at the Quilt Centre, Lampeter is open from 10 March to 3 November 2012 on Tuesdays to Saturdays 11.00am to 4.30pm. Entry for adults is £5; please call 01570-422088 for the opening times on public holidays (or email), as these do vary. Also get in touch if coming a long way.


  1. Lovely to see the exhibition again. We went to it a couple of weeks ago. Being very new to quilting (5 weeks!!!)I am so interested in the Welsh history as I live in Pembrokeshire. Even managed to find a quilt at a car boot sale and am trying to find its history. New found fellow quilters think it may be 1920s with wool wadding and hand quilted, but much research still to do. Thank you for your most interesting blog. Ann x

  2. Thank you for sharing this beautiful exhibition, what a beautiful work of quilting!
    Friendship. Mamifleur

  3. I would really like to visit this exhibition! The red and green Welsh strippy quilt is interesting because the quilting patterns follow the stripes. I have seen several pictures of Welsh strippies so far and the quilting patterns were always arranged like a wholecloth, disregarding the seams, on the complete surface. Obviously there are exceptions from this "rule".

  4. thank you for the comments on my blog. Your photos of this quilt exhibition are really interesting
    Happy Quilting Pauline x

  5. Thanks for photos - hope I get a chance to go down to Lampeter for this soon.