Transfer Printing with Mary Gamester April 2017

4 09 2017

BQ members have always enjoyed printing, dying and painting workshops but this one was the first time most of us had tried using transfer paints.  For a start buying fabric which has a significant amount of polyester goes against the grain for us as patchworkers.  We found sheets from Amazon or Dunelm did the job at an excellent price.  Mary inspired us all with her samples and her enthusiasm.  The colours when you paint them on paper are often very different to the much paler colours that are achieved when you transfer to fabric so there is a lot to learn.  You can of course use the paint on any man made fabric like organza and lutradur.

I was excited to find that you could use one piece of painted paper to achieve several fabric images and at the end, you still had a lovely piece of paper that could be use in mixed media work.  I have used several of my samples in my journal quilts for the Quilters guild contemporary quilt group.  Below you can see a couple of pieces of Mary’s work followed by some of the painted and printed paper. I used lutradur with circular masks to print the blue piece which I used with lots of other painted and printed fabric in my journal quilt which is the bottom image.

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Deborah O’Hare Workshop July 2017

4 09 2017

We had a wonderful day painting fabric for landscapes with Deborah.  We were lucky with the weather and so our fabric dried quickly in the sun.  We experimented with a range of colours to provide fabric for seascapes, sunsets, skies and earth. We rolled, folded and sprinkled salt and well as brushing and dripping the paint on to the fabric to investigate different effects.  We all walked away with plenty of ideas and fabric for the future.  Now the challenge is to use the fabric as mine is beautifully ironed and folded but waiting for a project!

BQ Charity Quilt to be raffled at our exhibition

5 04 2017



BQ raffle quilt Richard

Monkey Buttons Pattern October 2016

13 01 2017

There probably isn’t a quilter in the UK who hasn’t admired a Monkey Buttons pattern in their quilting life!  You will certainly have seen them if you have attended one of the big quilt shows.  We welcomed Amanda Hall who creates all the patterns to our October meeting.  She brought a vast array of bags and quilts to show us and tempted us with her lovely taupe fabrics and all her patterns. Money changed hands!

We were so impressed that we have asked her back in 2017 to do a day workshop for us.

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  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