*Helen L, UK: Afon Tywi

Helen L, UK: Afon Tywi

Name of the quilter: Helen L

Name of the block: Afon Tywi

Country: Wales, UK

Size: 12" by 12" (30 cm by 30 cm)

At the turn of the 19th century, Camarthen was the largest town and port in Wales. The Tywi, a tidal river, was the key to its economic success, allowing trade to flourish with the rest of the world. Through no longer of commercial importance, the Tywi still defines the town: the four bridges, the annual flooding of the surrounding fields, the landscape/wildlife, and even some coracle fishing.

The block is my interpretation of the Tywi in quilting, embroidery, and weaving.

The Soumac technique in the central panel helps portray the water flowing under the bridges.

The ecru warp echoes the colour and texture of the ice blocks during the rare event of the river freezing over.

The brown border symbolizes the silt carried daily by the river on its journey to the sea.

The river turns blue on those occasioinal days of clear skies, but the large annual rainfall means the grey of clouds dominates. But the rain is responsible for the lush green pastures and hills surrounding the town and river, represented in the block by the green border.

The couching of the brown wool and gold thread reflects the tree branches and reeds along the banks and their reflection in the rippling water.

Helen L, UK: Afon Tywi