Turning Twenty – quilt exhibition now open

Our twentieth annual summer exhibition in The Minerva Arts Centre is now open.  It is a magnificent display of old and new, with the best of The Quilt Association’s vintage and antique quilt collection sharing space with contemporary work by Sandra Meech and Welsh textile group Cwilt Cymru.  The exhibition is open 6 days a week, 10.30 until 4.30 with an entry fee of £4.00, (£3.50 concessions)

Members of our local quilt group, The Welsh Heritage Quilters, contributed quilts on an appropriate anniversary gift theme – China.  The added proviso was that the quilts measure 20″ by 14″, (2014) – but you know quilters!  Some have complied!!

The preview, held on Sunday July 13 was enhanced by a delicious buffet – here is what Jeni Morrison said about the food she so kindly prepared:

I was able to indulge in one of my favourite occupations last week – preparing food for a special occasion.  What has this got to do with quilting?  Well the special occasion was the preview of the Quilt Association’s 20th Summer Exhibition that is open from now until September 15th.

One of the most popular items was the pile of truffles made from a sponge cake and Fairtrade chocolate and raisins soaked in rum.  I also made some butter shortbread using stone-ground wholemeal flour, from Talgarth Mill, and Fairtrade sugar.  The only problem with those was the difficulty knowing when they were done as they were brown to start with.  Unfortunately, I over catered so the stewards at the exhibition will benefit from the biscuits and cakes.  The other left-overs have mostly been made into soup for the freezer.  I can’t guarantee there will be Fairtrade wine next year as the Namaqua wine was a bargain introductory offer.  There was none of that left over!

Minerva 13 is now open – Preview notes

This summer’s must-see quilt exhibition is now open.

On Sunday members of The Quilt Association, and friends of the Association were invited to the preview.  The Minerva was dressed in her new garb and looked very smart.

Despite the glorious weather and the Wimbledon final, lots of supporters came and contributed to the lively atmosphere.  The quilts were, of course, the main attraction, but the chat, the shopping opportunity, and the wonderful buffet (thanks to Jean Pegg, Jeni Morrison and Christine Cooper for their kindness) seemed important too!

 The retiring chair of the board looked pensive as he contemplated all the free time he will have:

our new chair started as she means to go on, by being charming and attentive to the guests:

and the quilts kept their thoughts to themselves.

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