Out and About

Chris has been exploring the gardens and quilty things in Mid-Wales. Barbara has headed to Malvern to demonstrate and sell her quilting designs. If you’re going to Quilts UK! this weekend do pop by and say ‘hello’ to her.

To brighten up this brief post here’s a few of Chris’s photos from her Welsh Wanderings. First some quilts from the exhibition at the Welsh Quilt Museum in Lampeter

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2016-05-17 12.30.18 – do go if you get the opportunity. And don’t miss the chance to visit Calico Kate, the quilt shop a few doors down. But you will need to take your Flexible Friend (a.k.a. your plastic).

Other places to visit in the area are the National Wool Museum near Newcastle Emlyn which has a quilt exhibition on from May 18 – June 15 (bad timing on Chris’s part – missed it!) and Llanachaeron, a National Trust property (with lots of free woodland walks round about) near Aberaeron. Not to mention Jen Jones shop in Llanybydder,full of antique Welsh quilts and wool blankets to buy (details from the mueum). And if you like the Welsh wool blankets try to fit in a visit to Jane Beck near Tregaron.

Then there were the gardens – Llanachaeron and the National Botanic Garden near Carmarthen.

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Reunion day

We’re reporting in on our quest to find a date for a Reunion Day for our Saturday classes.  We found 2 Saturdays when the gaps in our respective diaries coincided but were very sad to discover that the village hall – scene of so much quilting mayhem – was not available for either date.  Much scurrying round to other potential venues, none of which quite matched up for various reasons  Grand Outcome is that we have decided to shelve Reunion plans for this year and try to book in a 2017 date now.  We reasoned that the hall itself had a big part to play in a Reunion Day – everyone knows where it is and we know how to set it up – and felt that it was really important that we should be back at Tittensor for such a special event.  So we now await confirmation of a date for next year and promise to let you know just as soon as we have that in hand.  Who knew it would be such a difficult task?!

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Doodles

Just to let you know that the May EQ Doodles have arrived on our Doodles page . . .  and then we had an idea.  Colouring-in for grown-ups is still all the rage and is supposed to be good for you, therapeutic and all that – and what are our Doodles but quilty colouring-in for grown-ups?

So to celebrate our flash of inspiration (!) we can now bring you –

the Chris and Barbara EQ Doodles colouring booklet.  Click on the link, download, print out the six pages then pour a mug of coffee or tea and reach for your colouring implements.

Chris got so carried away that we’ve added one of the current May quilt doodles as a single sheet to colour in as well.

Providing we remember (always a risk!) we’ll do a colouring page for one Doodle each month so that over the coming months you can print out and put together your own colouring-in book.

Now back to the coffee!

Gardening leave

We are both busy with projects of a horticultural nature – a splendid new terrace has been laid at C&B Towers and at the Spanish extension of the Rural Office the planned citrus mini orchard is almost complete. So there has been much scrubbing of hands before settling down to stitching!

No news yet regarding a C&B reunion class later this year – we’ve drawn a blank at our traditional venue for the two dates we have to choose from.  Undeterred, we are exploring other local options and will let you know just as soon as we have an alternative in place.

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Coming up soon, the British Quilt and Stitch Village show at Uttoxeter.  We’re visitors only this year, probably the Friday, and we’re looking forward to seeing the show from a different perspective. We might even sit and drink coffee for part of the time!

 

Doodle alert

Someone has stolen March.  If you should find a whole month lying neglected in a corner somewhere, please pack it up and return to C&B Towers.  We have both managed to keep our Instagram feeds ticking over with a few pics of classroom and sewing room activities – despite all the hoohah over changes to Instagram which has led to great flurries of social media activity and apps such as Ello.

We have new EQ Doodles for April – pop over and scroll through this month’s offering.  You may even spot the (almost deliberate) mistake – probably no prizes, but comment below if you find it..

Chris has been fully occupied with classes at The Corner Patch and re-laying paving stones.  Barbara has been continuing with the sewing room clearout and a lot of class preparation and finishing a few WIPs.

We are trying to secure a date for a C&B reunion class later this year at Tittensor Village Hall and we’ll let you know as soon as we get a confirmation.

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Heritage quilts

Chris has been beavering away in the IT Suite updating the Chris and Barbara website. It now sports a new drop-down menu for patterns with a separate page for our heritage quilts patterns. To buy these you have to visit our Payhip page (for the EU) or our Craftsy page but you can get a preview and information about the quilts on the new C&B page.

Some new patterns from Ann Jermey’s quilt collection have been added to the Payhip page (coming soon to Craftsy) and another quilt from Barbara’s collection has been added to both pages.

Ann’s quilts are this lovely1940s Windmill design (spot the mistake in it?)

Blue Windmillsand this little red and white quilt which (with our usual talent for stating the obvious) we have named Red Bricks.

bricks2Ann remade this quilt using some left over 2 and 1/2 inch strips in various reds and neutrals –

bricksThe quilt from Barbara’s collection is a Triple Sunflower. This is hand-pieced and Barbara has been remaking the block (but we don’t yet have a photo – or I can’t find it, Chris). One of these blocks would make a lovely cushion, or just make a few for a table runner.

DSCF3023The colours have faded somewhat – the green leaves and stems have all but disappeared – but it is still a lovely quilt.

More quilt patterns to come before too long, and maybe even some of Barbara’s quilting designs . . . !?