My mother, Deanne Hartwell-Jones has been designing and hand sewing patchwork quilts for over 40 years. Her need for a quilt for a newly acquired antique brass bed inspired a long journey into colours, hues, fabrics and last but not least, geometry. She doesn't own a sewing machine as she prefers the fulfilment of classic and traditional hand piecing over papers. Mum grew up, and now once again lives, in the Georgian seaside town of Aberaeron on the west coast of Wales. In addition to the wider Welsh landscape and heritage, this picturesque town has proven to be a continuous source of inspiration for her designs, many of which she has given a uniquely modern twist.
To date she has made over 55 pieces with the collection continuing to grow year on year. Although she won't sell her original work, her patchwork has been exhibited around the UK and in several different countries worldwide including Spain and Germany. She regularly gives talks to local interest groups all over Britain detailing her inspiration and techniques.
When I see my collection of work now I realise what has gone into them; dreams, joys, tragedies, fears and cat hairs have all been quilted and each one has a story to tell - even some of the fabrics bring back special memories. For me it continues to be a labour of love, as I turn the menial into meaningful. Deanne Hartwell-Jones
Whether at exhibitions, lectures, talks or classes, my mother's colourful patchwork designs have been admired by a great number of people with many enquiries made to her about the possibility of purchasing a sought after original. However, as these are too sentimental for her to part with, I decided (with her permission!) to create a collection of gifts depicting her original works so that for the first time her vibrant patchwork designs would be available to the public... and so in 2012, A Patch of Wales was born.
The product range currently includes framed prints, mounted prints, placemats, coasters and greetings cards.