THE JEN JONES ELSH QUILT CENTRE 2009 exhibit photos
The Welsh Flannel geometric patchworks were the focus of the inaugural exhibition at The Jen Jones welsh Quilt Centre. They are thrilled that, at last these wonderful artifacts have become universally recognized.
Opening March 6th 2010
Their new exhibition, 'Unsung Heritage: The Quilts Of Wales' will be a further revelation in terms of the enormous spectrum within the Welsh quilting tradition.
Alongside these will hang the contrasting and diverse cotton patchworks and whole cloths that represent a major portion of the output during the 19th and early 20th century.
Early Cotton patchwork Merthyr Tydfil C1840
There is joy in viewing Welsh quilts due to the simplicity of the patterns, the contrast of the fabrics and a WOW in the incredible stitched quilting patterns. Welsh quilter's seem to bring the art of quilting (stitches) to the forefront of their work and of the times.
They share quilt styles with the English, and wool contrasting concepts with the Amish, but the quilting, it stands alone, in an outstanding way from most quilts through time. Our American made whole cloth wool quilts, or are the closest quilts I know with ornate quilting. French made quilts have stuffed quilting with ornate designs, but they mostly favored channel quilting, or straight lines and angled quilting, not the swirls that are common on Welsh and fancy wool whole cloth quilts.
If any of you visit the exhibit, please let us know more about it. We'd love to hear. You can email me, or leave comments.