Born in SW London, and with a background in horticulture and teaching, Doreen moved to Mid-Wales in 1981. Since then she has been employed by both the Museum Service and tourism industries, at the same time being able to indulge her interest in textiles in all their forms - historical, social and contemporary application, by studying and teaching all aspects of stitched textile art.
She brings to the Board of Trustees a knowledge of quilts and quilting and how these skills have been integrated into the local economy and social history in the past and how textiles and quilts in particular can impact upon tourism and social inclusion in the community today.
Norma joined the Quilt Association as soon as she arrived in Mid Wales in 2014 and became a trustee in 2016.
After developing a keen interest in patchwork and quilting during a year spent in New Jersey, she took the City & Guilds Patchwork and Quilting Certificate.
She has a particular interest in social history and has been involved in the Historic Textiles Project at the Weald and Downland Museum in West Sussex.
Jeni Morrison joined the Quilt Association as a trustee in 2011. She was born in NW London of Welsh parents. A secretarial training led to clerical jobs in the NHS and then working from home. An OU degree in the History of Chemistry led to a research assistantship at the Northwich Salt Museum. She retired to Llanidloes in 1984 and became involved in the administration of various charities and not-for-profit organisations.
After several years collecting fabrics, especially those of Laura Ashley, she joined the Welsh Heritage Quilters to learn how to convert these into something useful. She wishes she had started when she was much younger. She is particularly interested in the history of quilt making.
Jackie has worked in the voluntary sector in Powys for the past 16 years. She became a trustee in 2006, after volunteering first as Minutes Secretary for the organisation in 2003. Since then she has become passionate about quilting and patchwork, both the historical investigation and contemporary practice. She has worked on several projects at The Quilt Association recently, including Quilt Detectives and various building improvement works. Fundraising and project development aside, she enjoys documenting quilts donated to the collection. When not working or volunteering Jackie studies for her City & Guilds Patchwork & Quilting Certificate, and finishes the occasional quilt for exhibition.
Jean Pegg joined the Quilt Association as a trustee in 2011, and became Chair of the organisation in 2013. She was born in Manchester and lived and worked there for most of her life. A Masters degree in Management led to a job in the International Office of Manchester Metropolitan University. Where, amongst other things, she organised the International Student Orientation and looked after the University's links with partner institutions around the world.
An opportunity of early retirement and a subsequent move to Wales gave her a chance to spend time experimenting with a variety of crafts. A love of textiles and colour led to patchwork and quilting, and to becoming Chair of Welsh Heritage Quilters. She is interested in both the history and the use of colour in quilts.
Cardiff born, Carol took up quilting whilst living in Texas in the 1990s. Retired from midwifery in 2013 she has taken on numerous projects since, some of which have improved her quilting abilities! A Quilt Association member for years, she became a trustee in 2017. She secretly hopes that one of her quilts will become a family heirloom.
Chris was born in Shropshire, moved to Staffordshire and joined a quilt group in the 1980s, thus giving herself one peaceful evening a week and her husband the opportunity to put small children to bed.
Full-time teaching then took over her life until retirement to Wales in 2012, when she was delighted to discover both the Welsh Heritage Quilters and the Quilt Association. She is interested in all aspects of quilting and textile arts, dabbles in both and, in particular, is keen to tell the world about the little gem that is the Minerva Arts Centre.