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.
Without Jen, it is true to say, there would be no Quilt Centre. It was here desire to give her collection a permanent home that turned the project into a reality.
Here we outline a little more of Jen's background in Welsh quilting.
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.
Quilts from her collection have been exhibited widely in Wales, England, Japan and the United States.
In 2010 two of her quilts were included in the V&A’s major exhibition of quilts from the UK: “Quilts 1700 to 2010”.
In 2012, some of the quilts were taken as part of the Yokohama Quilt Festival in Japan.
This image is of the 2004 exhibition at The American Museum near Bath featuring quilts from Jen’s and the Museum's collection.
2009 saw the acquisition of Lampeter Town Hall and its conversion into the Jen Jones Welsh Quilt Centre. The Centre opened on 1st August 2009 and is a fitting home for her remarkable collection of quilts.
Here, Jen visits the building work a few weeks before the Welsh Quilt Centre opened.
Set in her shop in Llaynbydder, Jen Jones recently recorded a programme with Antiques TV where she explained how her interest in quilts developed into a passion. She has bought and sold many hundreds of Welsh quilts and Welsh blankets while quietly assembling a collection she believes to be truly representative of the spectrum of the whole of Welsh quilting.
Jen has written for and featured in numerous books and magazines and is frequently asked to talk about Welsh quilts on quilting and interior design programmes on television.
Jen wants to make this colourful and artistic part of Welsh culture accessible to everyone. In the video, she explains the history of these highly collectable items to Antiques TV.