Here are some photos from my visit to the Minerva Quilts exhibition in Llanidloes. Every year they put on a fascinating display of antique and contemporary quilts.
This year there are antique quilts from the collection of DeAnne Hartwell-Jones along with her own quilts inspired by her collection. Contemporary quilts from the Zero3 group and some gorgeous minature quilts by Dorian Walton. Link here
My own favourites are the older Welsh quilts and there are some wonderful wholecloth and pieced examples here.
The colour of the wool in this quilt is stunning. Such a deep and vivid blue.
This is the design in the centre of the quilt,
A typical Welsh pattern, large leaf shapes.
Another vintage quilt. It looks like it was made from a collection of fabric samples.
A close up of some lovely vintage fabrics.
A rather battered Red Cross quilt.
I`m glad I`m not the only one with a collection of battered quilts. This one has had a particularly hard life as you could expect from a wartime quilt.
It`s interesting the way that the fabric is breaking down and leaving these groups of flowers.
Or giving this lacework effect as the green dyed fabric disintergrates.
Now a couple of American style quilts, the Log Cabin Barn Raising was found in a house in Aberaeron and the Birds In The Air was in fact started in America and pieced on the long voyage back to Wales. The label does say it is a faded red and white quilt but the fabric looks like a double pink to me.
What do you think?
I`ll post some more pictures of the exhibits shortly.