Linda Paris Print and Stitch Workshop – Day 1

What a great start to this two day workshop!!  Those of us who attended had such a fabulous time using thermofax screens to print on paper and fabric (and ourselves!). The excitement in the room was palpable once Linda (above) began to show us what the possibilities were, using both ink and discharge paste to create our images.  Everyone was keen to try out the wide variety of screens that Linda had brought with her and once we got into the swing of it there was often complete silence in the room, so absorbed were we in our work.  We ate lunch ‘on the hoof’ and the tea trolley was rather neglected as everyone wanted to produce as much as possible in the time available.  Here are some photos of the day:





































Don’t worry ladies!!  If I didn’t catch you on camera today I’ll rectify that on Day 2 on Tuesday.  Now that we kind of know what we’re doing, we’ve got a few days to let our ideas coalesce ready for our final designs.  Watch this space.

Spring forward

Well, the clocks went forward last weekend and doesn’t it make a difference!  More daylight hours to do all the things we’ve been putting off and hopefully a bit of sunshine to do them in.  I’m getting this blog post down now because I know that, come tomorrow evening (given my inability to keep myself clean) I will be up to my elbows in printing ink after the first day of Linda Paris’ Print and Stitch workshop.  I can’t wait to get started and I’ll keep you updated at the weekend on progress so far. Then on Tuesday we’re going to be putting some stitch to fabric.  We still have room to squeeze you in if you want to come.

Saturday sees the opening of our first Vintage Fair of the year which runs from 1st – 12th April.  It always amazes me how many things are there that I have to restrain myself from buying.  If I got my act together I could probably fill my own stand.  For any fan of all things vintage it’s like an Aladdin’s cave of treasures: china, clothing, books, records, furniture, jewellery – the list is endless.  Come and see for yourself.  Open every day except Sundays.

Our next workshop will be the one tutored by Rosie James on 6th May and we still have places but they’re filling up fast.  Likewise the ones led by Cas Holmes, Hilary Beattie and Sylvia Paul.  If you’re interested in those and our summer workshops (Ruth Singer and Bobby Britnell) see our Workshops page for more details and information on how to book.


QGBI Region 12 Area Day

Last Saturday Region 12 of the Quilters’ Guild of the British Isles held its Powys’ Area Day in Llanidloes at the Minerva Arts Centre. The event was very well attended with several participants travelling quite a distance.  Members were welcomed by Jean Pegg, Chairman of the Quilt Association. There was a Show and Tell session where members talked about their wonderful quilts, including Heather Cardwell, one of the Quilt Association’s City and Guilds Graduates.  Doreen Gough, one of our Trustees, showed and talked about several of the quilts in our collection.  Those who attended were kept busy during the day stitching hexagons to be used for making Christmas decorations.  here are a few photos of the day.

Christine’s Ruby Wedding Anniversary quilt

Gill Lougher’s 100 year old quilt top from Llandeilo

A 1920s log cabin quilt from the QA’s collection

A red and white nine patch quilt with flowers appliquéd on squares made near Llanidloes – part of the QA collection.

Doreen Gough showing one of the QA’s collection of quilts.

Participants listening to Gwyneth Rose and stitching hexagons – multi-tasking in action!

Jane Davies’ strip quilt.

Jean Pegg (right) Chairman of the Quit Association, welcomes the QGBI Region 12 members.

Meeting in progress.

Time for a well earned lunch!

Heather Cardwell’s sampler quilt. Heather is a graduate of the QA’s City and Guilds Level 2 Patchwork and Applique programme.


We still have some places left on two workshops at the Minerva Arts Centre in Llanidloes, which is currently a very blustery place as Storm Doris passes through but will undoubtedly be bathed in sunshine when the workshops take place!!

The first workshop opportunity is a two-day event led by Linda Paris on 31st March and 4th April.  Called Print and Stitch, the workshop will (on day one) give you techniques for successful printing with Thermofax screens.  On day two you will work with your printed fabric to produce a finished item.

The second workshop is on Saturday May 6th with Rosie James, is called Photo:Stitch and during the day you will learn to make a stitched drawing from a photograph – great fun which could turn into a family heirloom!


Full details of both on our Workshops page.

For more information about Linda Paris click here

For more information about Rosie James click here 


Our first gathering of the year will be on Saturday 11th March, when the Minerva Arts Centre hosts the Powys Area Day for the Quilters Guild.

Our own curator and trustee, Doreen Gough, is the speaker and she will be showing some of the Quilt Association’s collection of vintage quilts and some new acquisitions.Tea, coffee and cake will be available. Bring a packed lunch and your latest project for show and tell. For admission costs and timings, see our Exhibitions and Events page

There will also be entry to A Quiet Gathering, our forthcoming exhibition which runs from 11th – 19th March.  In a change to our advertised programme we are delighted to be the venue for this exhibition by a small but talented group of artists from Mid Wales.  Although most of our exhibitions and events are textile based, it’s really nice to see the work of other creative people in our area and to be a hub for like-minded people.  A friend told me the other day that ‘back in the day’ Minerva Arts Centre was used for music gigs and was a very popular venue!  The exhibition features the work of the following very talented artists:


Peter Jenkins – A quiet way of gathering: a photo essay of a local shepherd who gathers his sheep on horseback.



Jeb Nichols – Winter Light. A series of lino cuts.







Krysia Bass – textile artist.




Marian Partington – All my relations: embroideries.




Cath Allen – textile artist.




The exhibition also features a collection of work by Barbara Richter – Drawing my life: life drawings.

This exhibition is the first in a series we have planned for 2017 and we do hope to see you there.

Ruth Singer at The Quilt Association

We were absolutely delighted to welcome textile artist Ruth Singer to Llanidloes yesterday. Ruth, winner of the Fine Art Masters at the Festival of Quilts 2016, was visiting us to do preparatory work for our Summer Exhibition at which she will be displaying some of her wonderful work and tutoring a three-day Summer School on Experimental Quilting Techniques.


Our trustees were on hand to bring the quilts out of the storeroom and then refold and replace them after Ruth had finished her research.  Ruth photographed and made notes on the quilts and fragments and it was fascinating to work with her and listen to what she had to say about each one.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                You can see what a long day it was by the number of boxes we got out in the picture below but from our point of view it was so rewarding to see our collection being used and appreciated by a leading textile artist.  Thank you so much for coming Ruth.  We’re so looking forward to seeing your work hanging in our gallery and to your Summer School in August.

If you want to find out more about the Exhibition and Summer School click onto the relevant areas of our website.

To find out more about Ruth Singer go to her website

Reasons to be cheerful

What a gloomy time we’re having here. Although the cold snap saw very low temperatures, at least the clear skies meant that the sun was able to show his face a little. Now it’s warmer but overcast, the sky a never-ending wash of grey. But cheer up!! Here at the Quilt Association we have lots to look forward to in the first few months of 2017.

Our first exhibition of the year opens on March 8th, is called Passion for Fashion and consists of an inspirational collection of clothes by a group of innovative designers. I’ll give you more details nearer the time. That runs until March 22nd. Then on March 25th it is World Textile Day here at the Minerva Arts Centre. This is always a very busy, popular day when we welcome visitors from far and wide to view stunning woven, printed and embroidered fabrics from around the world and buy scrumptious things from the Fair Trade market. There’s also a presentation, at 11am, by Liz Beasley of Añañuca Chilean Textiles called Dyeing to Weave: Of Spiders, Plants and Pigments in Chile. Sounds fascinating! Here’s a link to their website:


A selection of items in the Fair Trade market in 2016





On the workshop front we begin with a two day workshop led by Linda Paris called Print and Stitch which will give participants the opportunity to learn the techniques of thermofax printing and to create a unique stitched item. The first day of the workshop is on 31st March with the follow-up day on 4th April. More details here:




Here’s an example of Linda Paris’ work from her website



Our second workshop of the year follows on 8th April when Sandy Craig will be giving some lucky people an Introduction to lino printing. Details here:

I’ve always wanted to have a go at lino printing.  Let’s hope I survive it with all fingers intact.

It’s going to be a busy few weeks and we’re so looking forward to welcoming you all to the Minerva Arts Centre.


It’s suddenly gone very, VERY chilly here in Mid-Wales.  We had all been fooled into thinking that Winter was never going to arrive but this morning we awoke to a really heavy frost which hasn’t budged all day.  It’s got me really appreciating my central heating and I’ve been thinking, if I had been here over a hundred years ago, how glad I would have been to have a warm, cosy quilt to keep my toes warm.

The area around Llanidloes was renowned for its flannel making during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries and, naturally, we are proud of the locally made flannel quilts in our collection.  This stunning one was made by Elizabeth Ashton (1873 – 1930) of Ty Capel, Llawryglyn near Llanidloes between 1890 – 1900.  Llawryglyn is the next village along from me and so I can picture exactly where Elizabeth was when she made this quilt. It measures 2105 x 2020mm and is a patchwork crosses design made of woollen fabrics, some of which have been fulled. Some fabrics are plain weave, others are twill. The quilt is held together with simple hand quilting. It has a plain weave red flannel binding.  If you look at it closely, as in this next photo, you can see how lovely and warm it would have been in the depths of winter.  It looks well used and loved but also very carefully looked after.

We’re so lucky to have been given this quilt to care for, so that future generations can see the work and love that went into making it.

‘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.