The Quilt Association, which is based at the Minerva Arts Centre, has in its care a collection of antique quilts, many from the Llanidloes and Mid Wales area, often with accompanying additional information about the makers and the places where they were made.
The Minerva Arts Centre has become renowned for patchwork, quilting and other textile arts as The Quilt Association has made its collection available as a study source. Many of the quilts in the collection, which now number over 140, have been displayed at the annual summer exhibitions which are held at the Centre every year.
The collection features patchworks and quilts from the early 19th century to the 1970s. Some of the recurrent themes are:
Traditional Welsh patchwork quilts made of Welsh flannels in strong bold colours dating from the 1850s – 1900.
Cotton patchwork quilts dating from the 1830s – 1970s, including hexagon, log cabin, brickwall, frame/medallion, strippy, crazy.
Welsh wholecloth quilts, many dating from the 1930s when the Rural Industries Bureau revived the art of hand-quilting, particularly in South Wales.
The Centre holds a number of exhibitions, workshops, lectures and courses.