Brockhampton Quilters 2022

15 05 2022

Our first 3 meetings of the year were on Zoom and we are now once again, running meeting in Rhodes Hall, Brockhampton. The programme is listed on the tab above. Many members are feeling happy to return to face to face meetings and workshops. We are also still running Zoom meetings every Wednesday morning at 11am for those members who aren’t ready to return and some who want to do both!

Sit and Craft is for now taking place on the last Wednesday of the month at 1.30pm in Brockhampton

Our long delayed Exhibition takes place on September 17th and 18th 2022!

BQ Update December 2021

9 12 2021

We have managed a workshop and three face to face meetings including our Christmas meal though quite a few of our members are not yet feeling safe enough to return. We have now canvassed the views of our whole membership and from those together with the news about Omicron we have altered out programme a little.

For 2022, we are planning our early meetings will be on Zoom and then hopefully we will return to something more normal. We hope to do some short online workshops to keep members involved

Our Exhibition plans are going ahead for Saturday September 17th and Sunday September18th 2022/

More details to follow

BQ Update 2021

11 11 2021

Well like many groups, we expected to abandon 2020 but in the end we didn’t meet face to face until September 2021. We had Ann Rippin as our speaker in October which went very well. She talked about using sketchbooks and showed lots of her books and her textiles. It was a stimulating evening.

We might not have met face to face but we did run our monthly evening meetings on Zoom and were very successful in attracting some excellent speakers. We were lucky to have Judi Mendelssohn, Jo Avery, Kate Findlay, Moira Neal and Liz Brooke-Ward. Our turn out was good and the technology almost always worked! What a lot I feel I have learnt in the last 18 months. The advantage of Zoom in fact is that we have been able to listen to speakers who live far too far away from us to make the travel costs worthwhile.

We also held our first proper workshop in September. We welcomed Stuart Hillard once again, this time to teach his lollipop flower block. Those who attended were so pleased to be back in the classroom as of course was Stuart.

Coronovirus Update 2

3 10 2020

We have decided to postpone all our meetings and face to face workshops for the rest of the year. We have also decided to postpone our planned 2021 exhibition until 2022. As a group some of us are meeting on Zoom on Wednesday mornings and we always have a Zoom meeting on the Wednesday evening that is our normal meeting date.

In addition we are sharing photos of what we are working on plus other links and we have a regular update. In March it was every day but as time has gone on, depending on how many photos I receive it usually goes out 3 times a week. Yesterday I sent out number 137 so we have been a busy group though we are more likely to be knitting rather than quilting at the moment.

The photo above is a quick quilt made by Norma for a baby and we are still making Linus quilts.

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:





Anne Hellyer workshop September 2019

12 01 2020


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:

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


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.

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: Fabric Stars Instructions

Swedish Fabric Stars Instructions







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

The quilt below is our raffle quilt.

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