This past weekend, my friend Mary Jenkins (who lives in Wales) emailed me that she had begun a blog and would I take a look at it. So, I immediately popped over and was pleased to find that her new endeavor is primarily focused on Welsh quilts, both those that she has made and antiques. (http://littlewelshquiltsandothertraditions.blogspot.com/)
But, before you go running off to her new online journal…let me take a minute to introduce you to Mary. She is the co-author of one of my favorite books, Making Welsh Quilts, as well as other articles that have appeared in various publications on the topic. In her book, Mary and her co-author, Clair Claridge, incorporate photos of antique Welch quilts as well as patterns for inspired reproductions. Best of all, they include elaborate whole-cloth quilting designs which brings the experience full circle. If you don’t have this book in your library, you may want to look into finding a copy. I believe that they are still available on most major online books sources.
Not that this wasn’t enough in terms of credentials, Mary was also instrumental in getting the Welch Quilt Study Group off the ground and has also told me that she is in the process of writing her second book on the subject Welsh quilts…this time small ones. Can’t wait to get a copy.
But, don’t just pop over to her blog for the quilt information and inspiration. Mary is also a master of collecting wondering British treasures. Everything from Staffordshire pottery, tartanware, and red house samplers are items that Mary collects with great zeal. I know…I’ve witnessed the wonder of her collections and only wished I could stay in her beautiful home for months at a time to admire each and every treasure.
The picture at right was taken when Cindy Hamilton, my friend Pam and I joined Mary at St Fagan’s in Wales for an afternoon of private antique quilt viewing earlier this year. The day was magical but the lighting poor, so please excuse the poor quality of the photo.