Quiltathon September 2016

13 01 2017

A small but hard working group of ladies spend some happy hours making Linus quilts for charity and raising money for The Chamwell Centre at the same time.

Here are a few of the quilts at various stages of construction.  Most are now finished!  Over the years we have made dozens of quilts for Linus and some of our members spend a lot of time and gain pleasure from doing so.



Kantha Quilting with Angela Daymond September 2016

13 01 2017

The group enjoyed an evening with Angela who told us all about the history of Kantha stitching, showed us lots of examples and then let us stitch a piece using a simple design for ourselves.  She brought lots of patterns and kits with her and needless to say, many of us were tempted to buy.  The hare is Angela’s trademark and it is an animal that is always popular amongst members of the group as we often see hares in our countryside around Brockhampton.img_3884img_3886

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:




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.


Memento Mori by Mandy Pattullo

Below you can see Jeanette’s finished piece:


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.


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



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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