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5 August 2017


 Friday 4 August saw the launch of the Quilt Association’s annual summer exhibition, this year entitled Timelines - A Line In Time.

The exhibition features work by two well-known textile artists as well as quilts from the Association’s own collection. The exhibition is open Monday to Saturday from 10.30 – 4.30 until 16th September at The Minerva Arts Centre in Llanidloes. Admission is FREE.

 In Gallery One there is work by the Leicester-based textile artist Ruth Singer, which she has called Fragments. Ruth spent some time examining and researching the quilts in the Quilt Association’s collection, “exploring the stories behind the quilts, their survival and damage.” She then created her own pieces which, she says, “referenced quilts, patchwork and the construction of small pieces of cloth into larger wholes but (…) not quilts as traditionally recognised.”

The quilts around which Ruth has based her work are also exhibited for visitors to see. All of them are old, well-loved and some of them have been repaired. These fascinating quilts have so much to tell us about history and the lives of the people who owned them. Alongside Fragments, Ruth will also be showing some of her Criminal Quilts series including Hanging (top photo), which won Ruth the prestigious title of Fine Art Quilt Master 2016 at The Festival of Quilts. 

The Beauty of Stains (above) was inspired by a donated army blanket coverlet. Pauline is shown holding the coverlet which she and her husband Peter donated a few years ago.


 Ruth encourages visitors of all ages to play with these quilt-covered blocks.

 Some paper pieces are included in Ruth's display.


 Gallery Two (below) features Backwards Looking Forwards, a retrospective collection of work by Bobby Britnell who works from her studio in Shropshire. Bobby has been a great friend to The Quilt Association for many years and this year she will be tracing her career by showing work from the past and the present. If you would like to examine the development of one of Britain's most highly regarded textile artists, this is not to be missed. 

 Bobby Britnell (left) with Chair of the Quilt Association Jean Pegg.

 We look forward to welcoming you to this year's Summer Exhibition. You can read more here.