chris & barbara quilts

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

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Peeled Oranges

We had a great day on Saturday with our Orange Peel class – full tables, rapt attention and a fine mist of spray starch hanging over the proceedings!  Everyone had come fully prepared for both machine and hand stitching and we were really quite surprised when, almost at the same moment, all the machines were put away amid declarations of “I really like hand sewing”……….   After the demo everyone tried out different strategies for preparing the Orange Peel shape and we’re happy to report that no fingers were burned as starching and pressing got under way.  We’re looking forward to seeing a few finished pieces at the next class in November!



Our sample corner above, and a start below -




4 patch peels -










Thinner peels based on a circle -









Our demo piece above and a very striking version below -


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Almost Orange Peel

We’re getting everything together for our Saturday class “Orange Peel”.  Chris has  a long list of “bring” stuff to work through and has taken the day off to teach a class at The Corner Patch.  The Rural Office is awash with boxes and bags (no change there then!) being filled in readiness for Saturday and there is a distinct tang of spraystarch in the air as Barbara adds in some more demo pieces.  The printers have already run out of ink – it’s a full class and a big worksheet – so there will be an almost-emergency dash for further stationery supplies to factor in.  Cake has been ordered, the tea and coffee supplies checked so we should be able to cope with more or less anything on the day ….  looking forward to showing the results soon.  In the meantime, here’s a quick look at some samples made earlier this year -


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Our local shop

We’ve both been doing a fair amount of running in and out of our nearest quilt shop The Corner Patch in Eccleshall.  Chris has been there to teach her Block of the Month and Technique of the Month classes as well as a Wonky Stars workshop and Barbara has had to deal with a number of fabric emergencies from ongoing projects and preparation for some of our 2015 classes. (Can you believe that we sometimes work that far ahead? Chris).  Of course,  fabric emergencies (and non-emergencies) could be solved with online shopping via the new website but it’s much more fun to visit in person because then you can savour all the lovely new stock that seems to be arriving almost daily…

In no particular order here are a few pics of the classes and just a taste of the fabric on the shelves

wonky stars H














wonky stars W




















One of Barbara’s favourite hand stitching essentials is in plentiful (and inexpensive) supply – only £3 for a lifetime of happy sewing!


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Meadowside Designs

One chunk of the mighty C&B Empire that is expanding rapidly is Meadowside Designs – yes, we know it doesn’t sound like it might be related but that might even be a good thing!  Chris has spent hours and hours, possibly even days (felt more like months actually – Chris) writing patterns, doing diagrams, checking measurements, uploading patterns and updating the Meadowside Craftsy site too.  There are now 20+ patterns available as instant download pdfs on the Meadowside website, and 20+ patterns similarly available at Craftsy. Not all of them are Chris’s (or even Barbara’s) as some have come from our good friend Ann Jermey.


this little piggy 1Christmas runner style


Just started on the blog is a Mystery Quilt for Christmas – so if you’ve missed our Mystery Mondays you can try the one (on Mondays) over at Meadowside.

Plus there’s a free Block of the Month program posted on the blog. It started in July but there’s still time to catch up if you wanted to collect them all.

autumn star sampler

And, as if that weren’t enough, on previous Mondays (and will be once more after the Mystery Quilt finishes) there have been free patterns to download from the blog for a variety of simple blocks.

Lots more patterns are lined up for the weeks ahead – follow the Meadowside blog to keep in touch with what’s new as it becomes available.  Chris has just disappeared into the IT Suite to finish another pattern …


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