Monthly Archives: August 2012

Bethan’s quilt Simdde was exhibited in the CQ@10 gallery exhibition at the Festival of Quilts 2012.

Contemporary Quilt (CQ), a specialist group of the Quilters’ Guild, is celebrating its 10th birthday this year. Members were invited to submit quilts created in response to a photograph of a Cornish tin-mine by Tony Howell (tin being the symbol for a 10th anniversary). 23 were selected to form an exhibition which had its premiere at the Festival of Quilts last week.

“I joined CQ in 2006 and have responded to several of their exhibition opportunities and challenges since then. I was thrilled to be selected for CQ@10 and see my work hanging in the exhibition and featured in the accompanying book. This was not an easy challenge and I found it very difficult to find a way to respond to the original black and white photograph as I don’t usually work from a visual source. I decided to reflect the verticality of the chimney in a fairly abstract way, and to include words associated with tin mining in the piece. The title, Simdde, is Welsh for chimney.” – Bethan

The CQ@10 exhibition will tour to Ledbury and Helmsley and possibly other venues.


Judith Barker’s quilt, Illuminating Blue, is showing with the Cabot Quilters’ Something Borrowed, Something Blue collection which starts a UK tour at the Great Northern Quilt Show in Harrogate on August 31.

Cabot Quilters are quilters who have all been associated with Cabot Quilting Conferences as students of teachers and their quilts have travelled to the US and Australia as well as most of the Grosvenor shows in the UK. There are an illustrated article about the collection in the September 2012 issue of British Patchwork and Quilting.

Illuminating Blue was inspired by the exhibition of illuminated manuscripts at the British Library last year, and reflects the rich detail of tendrils, leaves and flourishes of the manuscript pages. Judith has captured this exuberance in her quilt.

Cwilt Cymru member Janine Jones is also an active member of the Embroiderers’ Guild and her work is included in the All-Wales Region Exhibition of Embroidery put on by the Embroiderers’ Guild of Wales at the Pierhead Gallery Cardiff during September.  

The piece was made for a Serentex challenge to produce work on the theme of trees and a specific season.

Janine describes how the piece began: “It’s from a photo I took up at Llyn Geirionydd in the snow, it had snowed very heavily and I just had to walk up to the lake and see it in all its glory with the snow laying deep.  It was very difficult walking – I fell over a couple of times and I was absolutely shattered when I got back, but worth it. Then when Serentex set the challenge of an embroidery of trees I thought the photo I had taken would be just the job, cropping it and enlarging it to the size required it worked out quite well and I was pleased.” The piece is 6″x18″