Coronovirus 2020 Update

21 04 2020

Diane'ssquares quiltWe have suspended all of our meetings and workshops due to happen before September.  We will review future meetings nearer the time but for the present they stand in the calender.

Meanwhile as a group we are working on our unfinished projects as well as making quilts for carers and laundry bags and masks (where appropriate)

Many of us are finding it hard to focus on large projects and are knitting, crocheting or working on small projects.  Like most people, members have good and bad days.  many of us live alone and are finding that a challenge.

I am doing a daily update for members and some ex members and friends that covers photos of what we are working on plus some craft suggestions and a few non sewing related links that we think members might enjoy.  We have also seen new members joining our private BQ Facebook group.  I know many people don’t want to join Facebook so I usually take photos from that group and add them to the update.  Today will be update 35 and there will obviously be many more.

The lovely photo above is a long term UFO now finished by Diane.  It is a cheerful quilt, from a pattern by Stuart Hillard.  Stuart is one of our favourite speakers and teachers and he was due to teach a workshop for us on Saturday.  If you are missing him then do check out his excellent videos on YouTube:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC7F2eOS-XMfA6Jm7wsQTrYQ

 

 

 

 





Anne Hellyer workshop September 2019

12 01 2020

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As you can see from the photo above, we had a wonderfully productive day with Anne Hellyer, working on houses (called Set The Town Alight). We were all a long way through the process by the end of the day, and such was our enthusiasm that some were finished that weekend and rest followed soon after! Considering that we all had the same basic template, the houses looked so different. Anne’s website is here: http://www.paintingthetown.org.uk/

If you would like to see more photos of the process, the link is here:

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Brockhampton Quilters 2019 Summary

12 01 2020

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2019 was an excellent year for the group.  The highlight was our exhibition in September. We were blessed with good weather and welcomed nearly 400 visitors over the 2 days. They enjoyed a wonderful display of quilts, wallhangings, book covers, bowls, bags, textile pictures, and lots of other textile items.  We were luck to have many Clayton demonstrating on both days as well as members working on Linus quilts, machine quilting and making fabric stars.  We also had a wide range of traders and a very successful Christmas decoration tombola. You can see some photos below.   We had a very successful group quilt raffle (see photo above) for James Hopkins Trust and we also gave them the tombola proceeds. https://www.flickr.com/photos/quiltingsusy/albums/72157711056980907

Many of our visitors come as much for our food as our quilts and the shopping.  Once again the catering was a huge success. Our next exhibition is September 2021.

We have had some great speakers this year: Kate Andre, Gail Lawther, Ruth Parkinson, Judith Barker, Jane Davies, Joy Salvage and Anja Townrow. Several of them will be doing workshops for us in 2020.  Our workshops included Moira Neal, Stuart Hillard, Angi Hughes and Anne Hellyer.  We are a group with wide ranging interests and our speakers and workshops reflect that.

We meet once a month on the 2nd Wednesday and on the last Wednesday for ‘sit and craft’.  Do get in touch if you would like to join us or to attend a meeting as a visitor.





Swedish Fabric Stars

14 09 2019

We have made lots of these stars for our Christmas tombola and at our exhibition I am demonstrating the method for making them.

There are lots of tutorials on how to make them on youtube and pinterest:

https://betzwhite.com/2011/12/fabric-star-ornament-tutorial.html

https://craftingarainbow.com/2015/12/06/scandinavian-fabric-stars/Swedish Fabric Stars Instructions

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Gelli Plate printing with KATE ANDRÉ

17 03 2019

On Wednesday evening at our March meeting, we enjoyed learning to use a gelli plate with acrylic paint on paper and fabric.  Some of us were experienced gelli plate users but many were gelli ‘virgins’ so this was a new experience.  Whatever our skills, we all learnt a lot and Kate proved to be an excellent teacher! I personally find gelli printing quite addictive and regularly play.  Now I just have to use all those samples.





Brockhampton Quilters Exhibition 2019

17 03 2019

Our biennial exhibition is on the weekend September 14th and 15th September.

We will have a great display of quilts, wallhangings and all things fabric related! There will be traders and demonstrations and of course the wonderful catering that we are rightly famous for!

Our tombola (Christmas themed) and our group raffle quilt will both be raising funds for James Hopkins Trust    https://www.jameshopkinstrust.org.uk/

The quilt below is our raffle quilt.

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Inspiration from Maria Thomas – September 2018

23 09 2018

I wasn’t too sure what to expect from this talk as I knew little about Maria and her work. It turned out to be one of the most interesting talks we have experienced as Maria’s work and her life experiences are inextricably combined.  Maria is a highly entertaining speaker and her work is fascinating.  By the end of the evening, we had all laughed a lot and we felt we had learnt a huge amount of social history covering the last 100 years from Maria’s descriptions of her family background. The detail in her work and the use of everyday materials that so many of us either throw away (or hoard with no sense of future use!) was topical and I’m sure all those present will look at their lists and bottle tops with a new purpose!  Maria has been an Art Quilt winner at the Festival of Quilts and was generous in showing us her work and explaining her techniques. Below you can see one of her quilts using spoons and one of her amazing jackets.

Her website is here: http://www.mariathomastextiles.co.uk/

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July with Edwina MacKinnon on eco dying

23 09 2018

This year we have had to change a number of our published talks and workshops due to ill health or family/diary problems experienced by the speakers.  Luckily in July, Edwina MacKinnon stepped into the breach and gave an excellent talk on her experience of eco dying.  I was delighted to see her beautiful completed jackets at the Festival of Quilts in August.  I just wanted to take them home with me as they were spectacular!





Alison Holt Workshop

24 01 2018

We are looking forward to a talk and workshop with Alison on Friday 20th April at 7.30pm (talk) and Saturday 21st April (workshop).

Details are on the Workshops page above

 





Cathedral Window Workshop with Stuart Hillard – November 2017

24 01 2018

Brockhampton Quilters love Stuart and this was his second workshop for us. By our next show and tell we had more completed items than I ever remember, a tribute to his skill and enthusiasm.  This was a machine technique which worked well for all participants as you can see from the finished photos of cushions and table runners. It was amazing to see how the same pattern produces such different images because of the fabric choice.

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