Tomorrow, Friday, is the last day of the exhibition of Barbara Howell's work. There has been a steady stream of visitors to the Pavilion during the past two weeks and everybody has been delighted to see so much of her work displayed in one place. This have given a true picture of Barbara's depth of expertise and skill.
Many of the stewards have their favourites and mine is still the Marble Floor which was made as a result of a Quilters' Guild challenge in 1991 using fabric 'offered' by Skopos, a Yorkshire textile company. The smell of the fire retardant and rough upholstery texture of the fabric were quite a challenge!. Barbara rose to this challenge in her usual 'can do' fashion.
Don't forget that the Cestrian Quilters exhibition continues at The Museum and Art Gallery in Parade Street until 5th March. It is worth a visit to see the display of quilts by this talented group and also to see the River Dee in full glorious flow. Plenty of nearby eateries too!
The snowdrops at Llantysilio church are stunning. Nearest postcode is LL20 8DB.
If anybody has an image of these snowdrops I would love to have it please.
And don't forget that the nearby Aqueduct at Pontcysyllte is now a designated World Heritage Site. http://www.pontcysyllte-aqueduct.co.uk/
Rob and Sue Howell invited family, friends and colleagues to share lunch on the balcony of the Pavilion. It was good to see so many people who had been touched by Barbara.
Here are some images of the gallery showing people enjoying the quilts and it is pleasing to see young people examining the work!
Tomorrow, Sunday, is Trading Day!
We have an excellent selection of traders who will be tempting you with their latest fabrics and quilting whatnots! Don't forget to come - Llangollen isn't flooded. The River Dee looks spectacular as it flows under the town bridge. You can see this if you walk down from the Pavilion site to the Museum in the town where Cestrian Quilters are holding an exhibition of their quilts. Ask a Steward for details of the short cut.
We are lucky to have Susan Briscoe demonstrating this Friday and Saturday and next Monday and Tuesday. She will be trading on Sunday and will have her usual collection of fabrics and other Japanese goods with her. Susan married last year and moved up to Scotland to live but she obviously can't keep away from Quiltfest! She curated the previous 2 exhibitions and invited Barbara to be the featured artist for 2014.
After a very busy day in the gallery yesterday, Quiltfest 2014 is now up and running. Rob Howell, Barbara's son was with us and coaxed the hanging team into shape. It has always been Val Shields' philosophy not to have quilt stands in order to create a gallery atmosphere and you will be amazed at the way some of the quilts are displayed!
We had 38 visitors today which is a very good start so don't forget to make a date in your diary and make a trip to see this colourful display before it ends on 14th February. Please note that like last year we are not open for the whole of February. But good news, the exhibition of quilts at The Museum and Art Gallery is open until 5th March.
Now the downs: unfortunately, Kaleidoscope and Art Van Go are not able to attend the Trading Day.
We were hoping to have 'Hashad' displayed but it is privately owned and living in France: but Marble Floor is on show - one of my favourites.
We have had it confirmed today that two of Barbara Howell's most famous works will be on show at Quiltfest in Llangollen from 4 - 14 th February. They are "Hashad" which she made to represent Region 13 at Quilt Expo in Copenhagen in 1990 and which launched her on to the international scene and "Mosaic Floor" which she made as her entry into The Guild's Skopos Challenge Barbara had achieved her City&Guilds in Embroidery before 'discovering' patchwork and it always showed!
These two quilts are featured in the top banner of the website (2nd left and 2nd right) and now you will be able to see them in the flesh.