November !!

November has definitely crept upon us – a glorious colourful October and now it seems it’s a race to a certain event beginning with “C”…..  Barbara has taken off to the International Office in Spain for a few weeks with more stitching projects than you can imagine and Chris is rushing between teaching classes at The Corner Patch and getting a million and nine important garden tasks ticked off the list.  Over on the Doodles page there is a whole new block and quilt settings for this month – we were feeling a little gloomy when putting this page together so it’s mostly greyscale to match our mood!  Obviously more caffeine is required….

The quilt-to-colour page has taken a little longer to arrive . . . but thanks to plenty of caffeine and cake at the Bradley Quilts & More Show over the weekend Chris has got her act together and done one. You can download it here. Don’t forget that you can print it out as many times as you like – you may want to with this one as, although it looks a bit ho-hummish (is that a word? – Barbara), once you start colouring those squares you can find all sorts of entertaining patterns.

By way of a bit of colour inspiration (as if you needed it!) here’s a picture from a couple of months ago of a Canna bought as a bargain ‘dead’ plant – amazing what a new pot, compost and a bit of water can do. The plant equivalent of caffeine and cake perhaps?!

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October!!

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 –

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Quilt-along

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.

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September Doodles

Just a quick post to say our September Doodles are to be found (where else?) over on our Doodles page.  This moSeptember 16 blocknth 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.

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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 –

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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.

Electric Quilt doodles for August

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.

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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.

Electric Quilt doodles for July

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.

log cabindresden platePerhaps 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.

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Download your Quilt to Colour here.

Electric Quilt Doodles for June

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.

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