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!

Purple Missus

Lynda Monk, aka Purple Missus, came to teach for us on 4 July.  It was an intense and wonderfully creative day.  Lynda is a specialist in creating intriguing textile surfaces, with depth and mystery.  More than that, she is an excellent teacher.  I don’t think I have encountered a better prepared tutor and the kits she makes up for her students are a perfect way to make sure that every student is clear on process, keeps up, (even donkey’s tail me!!!) and gets great results.

We are hoping we can persuade her to come back and teach for two days in 2016.  Become a member of the QA, or sign up to the monthly newsletter (link at the bottom right of the QA homepage) if you want to hear about our courses before they sell  out!