chris & barbara quilts

behind the scenes with 2 quilting teachers – plans, projects, progress & procrastination

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Too many boxes

It is getting increasingly difficult to navigate the corridors of C&B Towers – there are stacks and stacks of boxes everywhere. One box per class is the rule – Chris will be at The Corner Patch in Eccleshall quite regularly this autumn, teaching Block of the Month, Technique of the Month and Wonky Stars plus the Make it Your Own class we have up at Tittensor and the “away” booking we have for our Merged Blocks class over the border in Mold.  Barbara has a box for her Essentials of Hand Quilting class at The Corner Patch and also The Bramble Patch, another box for a special handstitching class over at ZigZags in Newport, a very large pile of quilts for a lecture up at Wirral Quilters, a box for our Orange Peel Tittensor class plus yet more boxes and bags stuffed full of fabric and notes for ongoing projects that happen to have mysteriously grown a lot over the summer. And then one or two bags have come to light containing  “begun” projects that we have no recollection of beginning … aagh!






too many boxes



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Still keeping busy

Chris has been beavering away in the IT Suite and Barbara slaving over a hot needle – and computer – with the result that the Needs List for the Orange Peel workshop in October is now available to download from the (new) website. Do let us know if you have any problems with online bookings or downloading the needs lists.

If you’ve been following Barbara on Instagram you will have seen a pic or two of some Orange Peel samples and if you have a look on her Pinterest page you will see she has an Orange Peel board full of pictures for your inspiration.

While Barbara has been on her hols Chris has been minding a few of her quilts and seized the opportunity to take some photos and write up a pattern or two. So if you hop over to the Meadowside blog you will see a post about a quilt Barbara made a good few years ago (machine pieced and quilted, not hand, sorry). Here’s a picture of it – and on Meadowside you can see what it might look like in other colours and get the pattern.


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Not so Mysterious Quilt Step Nine

Finally (we hear you cry) the last step of the not so mysterious Mystery Quilt. Download the instructions here.

You will (obviously) need to find all the blocks you’ve made. You may want to hunt out the remaining fabric as well for border(s) and/or sashings.




20140529-135825-50305155.jpgMystery Quilt Step 9



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