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2002-11 the gentleman's quilt

2002-11 the gentleman's quilt
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This quilt was made for Albert Swancote-Jones of Cwmbelan near Llanidloes by his mother in 1911. Albert was her 11th child and after his birth she was determined that he, like his siblings, should have a quilt of his own. When Albert was in his eighties he moved into a care home in Llanidloes, and was persuaded to step into the “modern” age with a new duvet! This quilt was then donated to The Quilt Association.

It measures 2152 x 1760mm, and is of a medallion patchwork design with borders. The fabrics are Welsh flannels, except for the appliqué shapes which are cotton. It has been machine quilted randomly in white thread, whilst a chain stitch has been used on the appliqué. There is no wadding, and the reverse is flannelette.

The quilt has been much exhibited, and featured at The Quilt Association summer shows in 2002 and 2004, and also Ludlow Library Resource Centre in 2005. In 2009 it was shown at The Festival of Quilts at the NEC in Birmingham. Textile artist Bobby Britnell took the quilt as inspiration for a contemporary piece of work shown at The Quilt Association’s summer show in 2002, and also in its collection (2002-28 The Eleventh Child).