QA trustee opens Yale College quilt project
8 March 2011
Yale College welcomed quilt making specialists and Welsh Assembly Government representatives in early March 2011 to share the opening of their “Quilt-Making Project”. The college’s newly acquired long arm quilter was formally tested and approved for use by students.
Quilt Association trustee Doreen Gough officially opened the project as enthusiastic students looked on. “Patchwork and quilting can only be sustained by experimenting with traditional textiles such as flannel and wool filling, and then embracing new and exciting technology,” said Doreen. “This allows the makers to get on with the creative part of quilting and playing with colour”.
The new long arm quilter, which has been funded by the Welsh Assembly Government, enables students to embrace their design skills and more quickly produce high quality Welsh textiles based on traditional knowledge taught at Yale College.
“We are delighted to be able to provide such exclusive design opportunities to our students, who will be able to experiment with ideas learnt from their studies,” said Luci Melegari, Director of Culture and Communications at Yale College. “Many of them have been inspired by Welsh quilts”.
Quilts made by the students will be displayed and available for purchase in the College’s Memorial Arts Gallery and also during the National Eisteddfod to be held in Wrexham from 30th July to 6th August 2011.
For further information about learning opportunities in 2011-12, telephone Yale College on 01978 311794 or visit www.yale-wrexham.ac.uk