When Jen Jones arrived in Wales from New England in the 1970s the unique Welsh traditions of quilt and blanket making were almost moribund. Welsh Quilts is the result of her researches and draws on archive photographs of both quilt makers and the quilts themselves. Jones also began collecting Welsh quilts, and houses her extensive collection in the Welsh Quilt Centre in Lampeter.
This expanded edition of the authoritative guide to the history and art of the quilt in Wales includes a foreword by textiles expert Kaffe Fassett. Jen Jones has updated her text and added new colour images – some previously unseen – reproduced in detail in this generously illustrated book.
Jen Jones explores the origins of quilting and blanket making in Wales before focusing on the industry’s hey day when wholecloth, frame-made quilts became the Welsh standard, between 1870 and the Second World War. Welsh quilters varied in social standing from artisans to the gentry. Quilting offered one of very few ways in which a spinster or widow in Wales could make a living, an important social aspect of quilt making. However, bold designs and intricate stitchwork were shared by hobbyists and professionals alike.
Jones includes chapters on the origins and history of the quilt in Wales, Making a Quilt, Methods, Types of Quilt, Joining and Finishing, Provenance, Buying a Welsh Quilt, Caring for Quilts, Blankets, and Types of Blanket. The book also includes a list of public collections of Quilts and, for active quilters, four Welsh quilt patterns to work from.
Born in the US, Jen Jones is an international authority on all kinds of quilting and has spoken on this popular subject all over the world at quilting and design media outlets. She founded the Welsh Quilt Centre in Lampeter, which offers visitors a unique opportunity to see some of the world's finest quilts, each year set in a different context.
Jones’ collection of Welsh quilts has been exhibited in the UK, Japan, Europe and America. She has written for and been featured in numerous magazines and has lectured widely at universities and to quilting groups.