I was roped in to be the driver of the mini coach to take 15 keen craftswomen to see the Kaffe Fassett exhibition at the Welsh Quilt Centre which runs until the end of October 2013. The group went in and I stayed talking to the staff who ran the Centre. They mentioned that photographs were permitted but without the use of flash. I thought the ladies would like a photo or two so I went back to the coach to pick up my camera.
On entering the main exhibition area I was amazed at the vibrant colours of the quilts which were displayed by being hung from the ceiling. They were well lit by carefully positioned spotlights and the effect was one of clashing designs and colour. As I said in the heading, even I, a mere male, was impressed.
The Welsh Quilt Centre is run by Jen Jones and many of the permanent exhibits are from her own collection of quilts so throughout 2013 there will be a stark contrast between the original Welsh quilts and the modern designs of Kaffe Fassett.
My entire group thoroughly enjoyed the visit and it was enhanced by the presence of Jen Jones who gave them a guided tour of the exhibition - and I am told that she certainly knows everything there is to know about quilts. I should point out that this had been prearranged for our group so not all visitors will have the benefit of Jen's immense knowledge. That said, it would still be a shame to miss the Welsh Quilt Centre if visiting south west Wales.
Almost next door is the shop Calico Kate. My group popped in while I went to retrieve the mini-coach and again were suitably impressed. I am told there were things there for those keen on sewing that you don't find in craft shops even in much larger towns.
It's looking like a repeat visit to Lampeter!
One criticism - parking. There is some street parking nearby which I felt compelled to use because the town pay and display car park charges 40 p for 2 hours for a car, which is a bargain, but it's over £7.00 for a coach because the only option is an all day ticket. That's not right and cannot be at all encouraging for coach operators to take people to Lampeter.
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