‘Tis the Season…

Time almost seems to stand still at this time of year, doesn’t it?  The decorations are up, the presents are wrapped and the cake has been iced. And so there is a lull in the proceedings whilst we await Christmas Day. And during this lull we begin to take stock of what we have achieved since last Christmas and look forward to what we have got planned for the coming twelve months.

This has been a good year for the QA. We have hosted several exhibitions, including our own Summer Exhibition, and our workshop programme has gone from strength to strength – not least because of our wonderful new workroom which was opened at the beginning of the year. The programme for next year builds on this and 2017 looks like being a busy and exciting year. Our City and Guilds provision is thriving too.

Christmas is a time for tradition – making the pudding, hanging the stockings and leaving snacks for Father Christmas and his reindeer. But things change with each generation and new traditions appear – elf on a shelf, the Christmas Eve Box!  My daughter calls it ‘making memories’.  And thus it is with us at the Quilt Association. In our collection we hold many traditional quilts that have been made using traditional patterns and techniques and many of our workshops and exhibitions reflect this. But we are also inspired by new ideas and ways of working, so we love to run workshops and have exhibitions by many contemporary quilters who challenge the way we think and work.  That is what makes life here so exciting!!

We do hope to see many of you joining us here at the Minerva Arts Centre during 2017, whether you visit an exhibition or take part in a workshop.  Llanidloes is a beautiful little town in a fabulous setting and we are very welcoming to visitors!!

Our New Year’s resolution is to blog more regularly!!! We want to tell you about all the wonderful things that are happening here and keep you up to date with our news. We have vowed to make sure this happens. Georgina and I (Chris) will be collaborating on this and hope to keep you well informed and entertained.  Until our next post, on behalf of everyone at the Quilt Association, I’d just like to wish you a very Merry Christmas and a happy, healthy and peaceful 2017.