During the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries the quilted bedcovers that existed were nearly all utilitarian, of heavy worsted material or woollen fabric encasing an old woollen blanket.
When decorative quilts appeared at the end of the eighteenth and the early nineteenth centuries they were the province of the wealthy. These quilts were mainly patchworks utilising expensive imported fabrics, such as chintz, silks, velvet and ribbons.
This exceptionally large “Tree of Life” quilt came from a gentry house in the Gwaun Valley, Pembrokeshire and was made in 1810.
Jen Jones has been buying, selling and collecting Welsh Quilts for more than thirty years. Over that time, she has acquired a deep knowledge and understanding of the art and craft of Welsh Quilt-making. Here she discusses Welsh Quilts with HRH The Duchess of Cornwall.
Jen's obsession with quilts was triggered by those in her family's home in Massachusetts but it was not until she arrived in Wales in 1971 that this obsession came into its own.
Until recently, the Jen Jones collection of antique quilts had no permanent home in Wales, even though they had been exhibited all over the UK and in many other countries around the world.
In 2012, inspired by Dorothy Osler’s book; “Amish Quilts and the Welsh Connection”, Jen Jones and designer Gwenllian Ashley created a fantastic opportunity to see and compared quilts these two quilting conditions.
The exhibition showed quilts from the collections of the American Museum in Bath, the Ceredigion Museum and the National Museum Wales together with more quilts from the Jen Jones Collection. Side by side were hung stunning antique American Amish quilts and the fabulous, strong early geometric flannel patchworks from Wales.
Within the Gallery Shop you will find a delectable collection of both vintage and new textiles featuring a selection of antique Welsh quilts and blankets from Jen Jones' well-loved cottage shop, and superb hand-stitched recreations of the flannel geometric patchworks from Jen’s private collection.
In every nook and cranny you will discover something unexpected; books, jewellery, scarves, cushions made from old quilts, soaps hand-made in Wales, teddy bears made from 19th century Welsh blankets and an astonishing assortment of greetings cards, to name but a few.
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However if you can’t find what you’re looking for in our Gallery Shop, head out to Llanybydder to Jen Jones Welsh Quilts and Blankets Cottage Shop. Here you will find the ultimate choice of Welsh quilts and blankets, shawls, antiques and much more.
You can browse her shop online at www.jen-jones.com
The Town Hall Café-Deli is run by husband and wife team Malorie and Arif Saad.
Our friendly staff serve Great Taste Award winner Union Hand Roasted Foundation coffee in a relaxed atmosphere in the spectacular Lampeter old Town Hall building. At Town Hall Café Deli all meals are freshly prepared daily using the finest local ingredients.
We offer a wide selection of gourmet sandwiches on fresh baked speciality breads, deli platters, daily specials, homemade soups and cakes. Our deli counter is stocked with a variety of Welsh cheeses, cured meats, olives, anti-pasti and salads. The shelves are crammed full of oils, vinegars, jams, chutneys, chocolates and biscuits and speciality cooking ingredients.