Heroes of antiques

Having a birthday buddy (ie a friend who shares the same date) means we’ve always got a good excuse for a spring break – and we usually end up in Wales at one of the excellent holiday cottages in the Under The Thatch stable.

This year, birthday buddy, our partners and the Jack Russell ended up at Dolau Canol, a house in Teifi Valley in Cardigan Bay, which just happened to belong to the guru of antique Welsh quilts, Jen Jones, and her architect husband. As you’re doubtless aware, we ran a piece about collectable quilts in our March issue, so Jen’s name very familiar.

The cottage was lovely – a real showcase for the decorative potential (and warmth) of Welsh blankets and quilts. Not only were they on the beds, with plenty of spares in the wardrobe, but there were numerous quilts perking up the walls too. On our second day we headed to nearby Lampeter to visit Jen’s quilt shop and museum, which is in the old Town Hall.

The display was staggering and the detail in each quilt quite breathtaking. Our quilting piece described 'the complexities of quilts and the skills of the quilt maker' and, standing in front of these multi-hued works of art, it was easy to appreciate the level of expertise involved in creating them. It's really worth a visit and now I’m saving up for one of Jen’s exquisite quilts.

I find such heroes of antiques, people who have dedicated their lives to one particular genre, a real inspiration and wonder whether we should do a series in the magazine on them? Please let us know what you think and who you would nominate.  

Angela Linforth, editor

Val Dawson reports from Tatton Park
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