Last week I gave myself a day off and went to the Welsh Quilt Centre in Lampeter to see this year’s exhibition entitled ‘Early to Bed’. It’s quite a trek from here, but definitely well worth it. The exhibition runs until the first of November and includes a display of Janet Bolton’s textile pictures and Sandie Lush’s sweater quilts, so there’s plenty going on.
Early to Bed Exhibition
The Early to Bed exhibition celebrates ‘folk art and ‘make-do and mend’ in the work of the rural quilters of 19th centurey Wales’.
What else could you use to display these quilts but several beds!
The Welsh Quilt Centre specialises in vintage quilts and their conservation. Before you begin you are given a laminated sheet with short descriptions and histories of the quilts. This includes descriptions of some of the conservation work carried out on the quilts and I found that fascinating.
The display includes Janet Bolton’s textile pictures which are utterly charming and there is a separate display of sweater quilts by Sandie Lush- wonderful use of different textiles to give the appearance of sweaters – very clever.
After a succulent lunch at the cafe next door and a visit to the gold mines on my way home, I felt that I had packed plenty into my day out.
Of course, what I should have been doing with my day was more sewing for my holiday – I have plans to make a sunhat before I go, but it’s beginning to look as if I may not have time for that. Yesterday I spent a happy day at the Fabric Freedom warehouse. I was able to re stock my batiks which sold out completely last week as kits for the batik quilt. As usual, I bought far too much, but I was really pleased with two different ranges of Christmas fabric that I bought. You can see them on Christmas fabric ranges.
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