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:

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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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Mevagissey 2017

24 01 2018

What can I say about Mevagissey 2017?  Well it was a wonderful break in a  delightful setting with like minded, funny, caring entertaining people.  It included a stopover for lunch and shopping at Cowslip Workshops.  Best of all it was a day longer than our previous visits so we had time to smell the coffee and really enjoy the sea and the delights of Mevagissey and for some, the Eden project.  We even saw a seal!

Our teacher was once again Di Wells.  We enjoyed eco dying leaves on paper and thinking of ways to stitch them.  We each created a small landscape picture with fabric. paint and paper which was then stitched by hand and machine.  Finally we learnt how to make simple flat pencil cases.  For some (yes Liz, I mean you) this was the very first time they had ever inserted a zip into anything and it was an exciting and enlightening experience.  I can report that many more zips have been inserted by Liz as she has made many more bags to give away.  Thank you as ever to Di for her gentle encouragement in all we tried to do.

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Monkey Buttons Workshop with Amanda Hall

24 01 2018

At the end of September, after we had recovered from our Exhibition, a group of members and friends enjoyed a day with Amanda.  There was a choice of 2 patterns from the extensive list that Monkey buttons now produces.

It was a successful day, much enjoyed by all and some pieces were finished by the end of the weekend!  Karen’s picture is below:Seahorses Karen

BQ September 2017 -what a wonderful exhibition it was!

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We had a very successful exhibition a couple of weeks ago.  The weather was on our side and we had record attendances.  Our charity quilt and tombola in aid of The Chamwell centre at Milestone School raised £1700 in total which was outstanding.  The sales table was magnificent and the refreshments were as ever worth the visit.  We were very conscious that  from about 11.30 to 1.30, we had too many people wanting to eat and we realise how frustrating that is for those who had to wait.  The committee has discussed ways of avoiding this but unless we change venues we cannot find a way of seating more people inside.  If the weather co-operates in 2019, we are going to try offering some tea/coffee and cake in the car park if we can mange to do so safely.

So a big thank you to all our visitors, to our traders: Cornerstone Crafts, Doughty Bros, Oakshott Fabrics and Quilters’ Corner as well as Shelley Faulkner, long arm quilter for making out sales tent so popular.

And thank you to Jeanette and Vee , two of our members who demonstrated bowl making and machine quilting and a special thanks to Mandy Clayton who demonstrated her beautiful work over both days. You can see more on her website is here:

If you click the link on the top bar Exhibition 2017 you can access all the photos but here are a few to wet your appetite: