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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.

Monday 6 August 2012

Welsh Quilt Centre, Lampeter - 4

More photos from the Exhibition "A Quilted Bridge - The Amish Welsh Connection", at the Welsh Quilt Centre in Lampeter, Wales. This exhibition runs through to 3 November 2012 and is well worth seeing if you are planning a visit to Wales.

The Butterfly Quilt, so named for the unusual shape in the centre of the quilt. Wool, cotton, paisley shawl and silk, cotton wadding. C 1880. This photo is very dark, the quilt is more vividly purple and green in real life.

Amish floating Bars Quilt, Ohio. Wool and cotton, with a thin cotton batting. Machine sewn and hand quilted. About 1900. On loan from the American Museum in Britain.

Not in the catalogue - a Welsh flannel quilt.

Another geometric Welsh flannel quilt from Jen's collection.

The quilt that is on the catalogue cover - Lledrod Bow Tie Quilt - Satin cotton patchwork with strippy reverse.  Piecing is by machine and the quilting is entirely by hand. The filling is an old blanket. C 1900. the strippy reverse is irregular, with the strips punctuated with rectangles. Stitching patterns are random, adding up to a mad, random pattern.

Treorchy Quilt - Flannel, pyjama fabric and cotton. Machine pieced and hand quilted. Late 19th or early 20th c. One of a pair of quilts found by Jen in the South Wales valleys in the 1980's.

The same quilt in its setting in the exhibition - I liked the use of the old iron bedsteads to show the quilts.

Cot quilt in a cradle.

Red Crosses Quilt - Rhayader, Powys. Wool, flannel and velvet. Machine stitched.  Higgledy-piggledy placement makes this quilt charmingly quaint. About 1890.

As I have said before,  an attractive catalogue is available for£5.00 plus postage and  packing. Email for a quote.

More information at or Please telephone 01570-422088 for opening times on public holidays or if coming a long way, as opening times do vary.


  1. These are wonderful. Thank you for sharing. These make my Welsh heart sing. Love the purple and your new banner quilt. The Treorchy quilts look like freeform house quilts.

  2. Thanks again for showing us all these super photos. I'm looking forward to seeing some more of Jen's Welsh quilts 'in the flesh' at the Festival of Quilts next week - just received my catalogue!