Darling Daughter and I went to a quilt and craft exhibition last week. It was in a very old church in a lovely village called Gresford.fThe exhibition is located in the beautiful village church. As we walked up the church path we were met by a Yew tree. This tree is 1600 years old!! Now that is old!
The interior of the church is traditional and quite magnificent made even more so by the Quilts and crafts draped over ancient pews and hung by stunning stained glass windows. The Quilts were displayed to show the artistic and imaginative work to its best. I must apologise for the photo quality which was due to the reduced lighting (that’s my excuse!)I couldn’t ignore the wonderful Quilted Santa Claus or the many Quilts hanging nearby
This particular quilt was made using vintage lace doilies. Now I know what to do with my doily stash!
This wreath was good food for thought using Tweed, felt and Burlap. It was a super day out, full of inspiration and information. Oh and I must say that the village hall made a great cafe with tasty cakes, yummy sandwiches and good coffee.
This week a friend and I took ourselves off to York to treasure hunt in the charity shops, search the craft shops, visit York Minster and the Quilt Museum. The highlight for myself was the Quilt Museum. I am so glad that I made the effort as it has long been on my “must do” list and I discovered that it is closing in October. A good job that I didn’t put it off much longer!
Friend had free tickets to the Minster and as I’d been before I took myself off to the Quilt Museum. There were three exhibitions in a gloriously Medieval hall. A real WOW setting.
1) All Shapes and Sizes
A stunning collection of quilts pieced to perfection.
2) Chinese Whispers Challenge
A quilting challenge whereby the first entrant creates a quilt from a photograph, takes a picture of it and passes that onto the next entrant who repeats the process. Interesting take on the parlour game “Chinese Whispers”
3) Voices from The Inside ( my favourite)
An exhibition of creative quilts hand-stitched by prisoners trained by Fine Cell Work.
A great day out but sad the museum is closing. I will tell you more about crafts in York next time!
This image was produced by the Craft Council and shows two Welsh ladies embroidering what I think is a bed cover.
I have enjoyed a book by Jen Jones titled “Welsh Quilts” which explains the history and background to the production of Welsh Quilts. Jen is a prolific collector and dealer in Welsh Quilts and has opened a Museum and shop in Lampeter, Wales. http://www.welshquilts.com Well worth a visit or even a detour into rural Wales.
In the book Jen describes itinerant quilters who travel from farm to farm making quilts for the farmers wife in under two weeks, earning roughly one pound. The quilter often sewed alone or had an apprentice. This girl was usually a farmer’s daughter for whom they would pay two pounds. She would travel with the quilter for a year whilst learning the craft.
The Royal Industries Bureau created and supported craft enterprises in Rural Wales in 1928. In areas of borderline poverty this project provided employment for rural women hand stitching hundreds of quilts. These quilts of very high quality were exported to Cardiff and London for the aristocracy to purchase. This continued until the Second World War.
Welsh quilts provide significant cultural history and are treasured,collected and enjoyed around the World.
Thanks to Jen Jones http://www.welshquilts.com