It’s that change of season time again – clocks going back, shorter days and hectic activity in house and garden to clear and tidy before settling in for winter. Chris has been dividing her time between the classroom at The Corner Patch and the garden at C&B Towers, with great results in both locations. Barbara has been hacking clearings in the jungle garden that has, at times, threatened to envelop The Rural Office and carrying large bags out of the building and depositing them at the local charity shops, Project Linus and the local tip. Not much time for indulgent sewing for ourselves – but happy students, tidier gardens and houses.
Eagle-eyed readers will have spotted that the EQ Doodles page has been updated for October – if you hadn’t noticed then now is the time to click over and take a look at this month’s offering.
And if you want to try the quilt for yourself you can download a Quilt to Colour here.
And for few Autumnal colour ideas we looked around our gardens –
If you’re feeling in need of something to sew and missing the Chris and Barbara Tittensor workshops you could try heading over to the Meadowside Designs blog where a new Block of the Month quilt-along is starting. The Requirements were posted earlier today and there will be a block or instructions each month for the next year. In between those there will be the usual Simple Block instructions each month as well with ideas for quilts using each block. And all for free!
Dancing Blocks is the name of the Quilt-along wall-hanging which will finish at about 50 inches square.
Just a quick post to say our September Doodles are to be found (where else?) over on our Doodles page. This month we’ve played around with some settings for Goose in the Pond, a favourite traditional block, but left the choice of colour up to you. You can download your own Doodle to colour here. Don’t forget that you can print it out as many times as you like and you could even cut it up and rearrange the blocks (or the units) to make your own unique design. We’d love to see them!
The block we have chosen this month also features in one of Barbara’a vintage quilts and if you wish to recreate it you can find the pattern here or here. A full listing of all our Heritage Quilt patterns can be found on our website.
Chris has broken her own production record and turned out THREE quilts in what seems like less than a week!! Little food has been shopped or consumed at C&B Towers, much midnight oil has been burned and there are bits of thread everywhere. However, she is now almost fully prepared for classes at The Corner Patch in 2017 – can you believe the lists are filling already?! Here is one of the intermediate-level Block of the Month quilts recently delivered to the shop –
All quiet at the Rural Office – Barbara had to make an emergency return from the Overseas Branch and is now fully engaged with nursing duties as her husband begins a slow recovery from serious illness. Hopefully there will be some sewing time.
Rumour has it that it is now summer – the weather obviously wasn’t listening. Barbara has sensibly decamped to the Overseas Office and is busy stitching in the sun (or the shade?). Chris meanwhile is exploring the highways and byways of Britain visiting assorted friends and relatives.
However, you will be pleased to note (possibly) that we have taken time out to do some doodles for August. This month’s block is a variation of Rolling Star and over on the doodles page you will find various ways of putting the block into a quilt – grey scale only this month.
And, because it is holiday time and probably raining we have provided you with two doodles to colour this month. So grab your pens or pencils, find a comfy chair and a glass of something and enjoy a little bit of creative downtime. Download your August EQ Doodles here.
Who knows where the year has gone? It was only last week we were writing the June doodles page. Wasn’t it? And now it seems to be July. Once again we have provided a free downloadable Quilt to Colour for you based on our Doodle of the Month. Have a look at the Doodles page for this month’s ideas.
Download your Quilt to Colour here.
Our doodles this month include Log Cabin and Dresden Plate blocks.
Perhaps you never thought of putting them together? Now’s your chance to colour one in and play with the possibilities.Here is just one (colourful) idea – plenty more ideas on the Doodles page. Over on that page we tend to keep to greyscale and pastel colours just to give you an idea of the changes you can make with light, medium and dark shades. Here in the blog post we go mad with rainbow colour.
Who’s to say you can’t cut up your printout and move the blocks around to make something different as well. You can’t do that with so easily with a colouring book!
Download your Quilt to Colour here.
Despite a lack of broadband at the Rural Office we have managed to get a Doodles page together for you this month and post it from the IT Suite at C&B Towers. Hopefully normal service will have been resumed by next month – how long can it take to fix a ‘fault on the line’??!
This month’s doodles feature two simple blocks. We’ve put them together on-point for the colouring page to download and given you an example in greyscale on the Doodles page. The other examples show the blocks just put together , not on-point, no sashing, just changes of colour and blurring of the block outlines.
See what you can come up with on your Doodle sheet. Here’s a couple more greyscale ideas to start you off.
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 –
– 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.
Just two photos as I think I’ve brightened this post up quite enough! Time to go back to work now.