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 . . . !?

Samples samples everywhere

“Quietly productive” is the phrase that best sums up the past couple of weeks. Indeed Chris has been so productive that she seems to be almost half a year ahead of herself with class samples, worksheets and magazine projects.  We always forget to mention it here but you can often find a project by Chris in the UK quilting press – you’ll find her regular column “Wandering the Web” in Patchwork & Quilting magazine in addition to projects in Popular Patchwork and Fabrications magazines.  Chris’s classes this year at The Corner Patch are nearly all full – she’s teaching Block of the Month (two variations – this one –

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2015-10-30 10.25.01Technique of the Month – for instance in April its rotary cutting and making either a Rail Fence –

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2016-01-13 14.19.36plus Rollover Quilt of the Month – make 9 blocks, use 5 and save 4 for next time. Here’s the first quilt –

2015-08-16 19.07.07Over at the Rural Office Barbara has been busy with samples for her new class also at The Corner Patch – Hand Stitched Sampler.  You can keep up with her progress on Instagram – when she finally gets Windows 10 to talk nicely to her iPhone via her laptop we’ll be able to show you some of the pictures already posted on Instagram.  During one of the January tidy up sessions we found a set of sample blocks we’d almost forgotten about –

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IMG_5636Nine blocks in all from one of our Evening Classes several years ago.  We think it might be time to put them to work again – perhaps a Block of the Month, perhaps a Saturday SewAlong, maybe another Mystery series? Let us know if you would be interested in seeing something along these lines.

New Year, new Doodles – and other plans

Happy New Year!  Hope you managed some quiet stitching time over the holidays.  C&B Towers has been a veritable hive of activity during the past few weeks from the Catering Department right up to the Executive Suite.  Even at the Rural Office the hum of a sewing machine could be heard, and now we’re both ready to start the new year with new classes and more plans than we can fit into our respective notebooks.  So here we are at the start of another exciting quilting year, the EQ Doodles page has a fresh selection of doodles for your delight – let’s make this year “Right from the Start”!”

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