The Bowtie Quilt was bought for the collection in 2002. It is a typical example of a bold patchwork in flannel fabrics produced in Mid Wales in the mid to late 19th century.
The quilt measures 2278 by 2185mm. It was made in the Llangurig area of Mid Powys, not far from Llanidloes, in about 1880. Locally produced Welsh flannel in plain and twill weave, and cotton fabrics, have been used in triangular pieces to create the bowtie effect across most of the quilt. The red flannel is very fulled. The quilt has a border of “flying geese” using the same fabrics. The entire piece is hand-quilted in black thread. The wadding is a dark brown fleece. The ribbon binding has been machine stitched on and may have been added at a later date.
The quilt is in very good condition, and has been exhibited several times at The Minerva Arts Centre, including the summer shows of 1995 and 2005. It has also featured in several books, including Making Welsh Quilts by Mary Jenkins and Clare Claridge.