This is a large reverse appliqué quilt featuring nine striking white flowers surrounded by a wide white border. The background is now a faded pink, but was perhaps once a terracotta red.
The four petalled flowers feature star shaped centres. All the appliqué work has been done by hand, with the pink plain weave cotton being cut away to reveal the white fabric layer beneath. Large appliqué flower symbols seemed to be popular quilting motifs in Mid Wales in the mid – late 19th century. Another prominent example from our collection can be seen here. A red and white flower appliqué quilt from Llanbrynmair is held in the quilt collection of the Museum of Welsh Life at St Fagans near Cardiff.
The quilt has been handquilted in a white thread, and features a central medallion with rays, spirals, and zigzags. The reverse fabric is a white plain weave cotton, and raw cotton wadding provides the centre of the quilt sandwich.
The quilt has featured in several exhibitions at The Minerva Art Centre, including the Turning Twenty summer show in 2014, when the Quilt Association celebrated twenty years of quilt exhibitions in Mid Wales.