Mandy Pattullo Workshop June 4th 2016

22 09 2016

Mandy Pattullo had a wonderful exhibition at the Festival of Quilts in 2013 and having seen it, Georgina was determined to book Mandy for a workshop at Brockhampton Quilters.  We had to wait literally years but the experience was more than worth the wait!

Mandy arrived, laden with more samples of work than any teacher has ever shown and she was incredibly generous in letting us touch and photograph to our hearts content.

She provided us with used pieces of old very worn Durham quilts as our base fabric to applique on.  Those who know me will know that I am not a fan of applique but in this case, the soft worn base was a delight to work on and I was totally converted to this way of working.  And no worrying too much about uneven edges or large stitches  – all part of folk art applique in Mandy’s style!

We had a wonderful day – no one wanted to stop and several pies were finished in the days after the workshop.  Mandy brought many pieces of her work for sale and they were snapped up as we fought to buy our favourites.  I am writing this whilst looking at two loves vases of fabric flowers adorning my mantel piece.  I had planned to give one as a present but I just can’t bear to part with either of them just yet…..  (if ever!)

Mandy has just had her first book published and it is a beautiful informative and inspiring  volume – one to be ogled over but also used to create lovely pieces of art.  Mandy also has a great website and 2 blogs where she posts about what she is making and her work with memory, loss and identity:

http://www.mandypattullo.co.uk/

http://threadandthrift.blogspot.co.uk/

http://mandypattullo.blogspot.co.uk/

There is also an excellent interview with her on http://www.textiles.org.uk  where she talks through how she creates a piece step by step with photos and a second piece about her work on memory. They are both fascinating.

http://www.textileartist.org/mandy-pattullo-from-conception-to-creation/

Memento Mori by Mandy Pattullo

Below you can see Jeanette’s finished piece:

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You can see more photos from our day here:

Mandy Pattullo folk art applique

 

 

 





June 2016 meeting with Sadie Yeomans

23 08 2016

We had an excellent meeting with lots of show and tell followed by a brief talk and then a mini workshop by Sadie Yeomans of Cornerhouse Crafts  ( http://www.cornerhousecrafts.co.uk/  )

Sadie is an excellent and well organised teacher who showed us her poppy quilt and taught us how to make the block.  Lots of members had a go and enjoyed the experience.  It was a relaxed evening of chatting and sewing!  Below you can see the original poppy quilt made for a competition and a table runner using the same block.

 

 





BQ May Meeting

22 08 2016

Our speaker in May was Sara Impey.  Sara is a well known, international quilter and she is also a brilliant speaker.  We laughed a lot as she told us about her inspiration and her quilting life.  Her quilts almost always feature text in a variety of ways and we were all fascinated by both what she writes and her techniques for writing with the sewing machine. Below  you can see Sara rolling up her quilts at the end of the evening.

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Below you can see a quilt made for Linus and Anne’s pieced batik wall hanging started in our Jan Hassard workshop.IMG_8619

 

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April Speaker Mary Gamester

26 04 2016

Mary was an inspiring speaker and her talk about her life and the trip she made to India and the work that came from it was much enjoyed. The images below show city and guild work, fabric transfer paint, embroidery and some intricate tie dying.

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Group Quilt

26 04 2016

The photo below is our most recent group quilt, masterminded by Vee from our left over quilters candy and strips of fabric donated by members.  Just needs binding!

 

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Stuart Hillard Workshop

26 04 2016

Stuart was a hugely popular teacher and the ladies all enjoyed the workshop.  He is a skilled, enthusiastic teacher and we can’t wait to invite him back. You can see some of the quilts made below.  The pattern was called Gracie’s quilt.

results of Stuart Hillards workshop

 





March meeting with Edwina Mackinnon

3 04 2016

We had a brilliant evening with Edwina with a talk entitled Colour Stories.  She shared her ideas, her quilts and her stories with us for a couple of hours and we were spellbound. As we looked at quilts Edwina had made over the years we absorbed her love of colour and especially the regular use of circles in her work.  For her sushi quilts she had painted her own fabric with big black swirls and she often uses circles in her quilting designs. She used her Pomp and Circumstance quilt to explain how she designs and translates her ideas into quilts and wall hangings. I found it all fascinating. We were all inspired and took away snippets of ideas to use in our own work.

Our usual show and tell produced quite a few unfinished projects that had reached fruition!  You can see Jeanette’s felt embroidered book, Georgina’s black and white quilt, Bryony’s bags and my Amy Butler Frenchy bag.

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