As Good as it Gets

Courtesy: Welsh Quilt Centre, Lampeter

This event runs from 6:57pm on the 11th June 2017, to 4:00pm on the 4th November 2017 and will take place at The Welsh Quilt Centre The Town Hall, High Street, Lampeter Ceredigion Wales UK SA48 7BB. It is being organised by Jen Jones Welsh Quilt Centre, Lampeter, http://www.welshquilts.com/ .

EXQUISITE WELSH QUILTS FROM 1921-1939 AT THE WELSH QUILT CENTRE

As Good As It Gets this year’s main exhibition at The Welsh Quilt Centre, is a celebration of magnificent Welsh Quilts made especially for a luxury market. These fine quilts were produced in Wales from 1921 to 1939 during a time of hardship in the socially and economically depressed areas of South and West Wales

Quilts were made to order and sold in the luxury markets of London, Cardiff and other large cities. This was a post-war government initiative and the Rural Industries Bureau was set up to keep traditional skills alive and to provide employment. The quilters involved were carefully chosen by Mavis Fitz Randolph, a craft adviser appointed by the RIB in 1928. She would travel around South Wales looking for skilful quilters by asking around the villages, even checking quilts on washing lines for clues! Quilters were chosen, classes were set up and teachers appointed. These women were now part of a scheme whose aim was to provide work in South Wales. The areas chosen included Aberdare, Abertridwr, Merthyr Tydfil and the Rhondda.

For more information, see Anne Jeater's review