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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A few finishes

Here at C&B Towers we are mostly unaffected by the festive madness that takes over in December.  The Planning Department is a positive hive of activity as preparations get under way for our individual January classes.  So while printers and sewing machines are humming and churning out paperwork and samples we thought it would be a good time to take a quick look at a few finishes we’ve seen at the lunchtime Show & Tell breaks at our Tittensor classes.  Unattributed and not in chronological order here’s our first selection – there may be more to follow.

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Now back to planning! or perhaps a little procrastination………………

 

 

Christmas Capers – class report

Just when we thought we had experienced pretty much every hitch possible with regard to hiring a hall and turning it into a classroom for q day – we found a new one!  Arriving in good time for our Christmas Capers class we very quickly had to work out a whole new car park strategy, turning our two cars into a blockade to prevent everyone from driving and walking over thick black ice.  Fortunately we managed to get this done before anyone else arrived – phew!

It was a full house again for our last Saturday class of the year at Tittensor – and the end of fifteen years of Chris & Barbara Saturday classes.  Chris mapped out the plan for the day, did the cutting demo and conducted the first part of the proceedings in her best Big Voice and the cutting and capering began.  After much swapping and cutting and passing left and cutting and passing right and cutting everyone had a good selection of festive fabrics to work with.  Choosing blocks from several options on the worksheet it was then time to settle down to serious piecing.  Coffee, tea, biscuits, cake and mince pies were on hand to help concentration and in next to no time table runners and toppers were being produced…

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So, despite the icy beginning, we all had a great time – lots of chat, lots of Show & Tell at lunch, and good company.  Our thanks to everyone who has supported the Saturday classes over the years – we are making lots of plans for 2016 and there just might be a one-day reunion class at Tittensor.  We’ll be sure to let you know!  In the next few posts we’ll look back at some of the quilts that have been made from the Saturday classes.  Stay tuned to this station for updates and further news.  Happy stitching!

Christmas Capers

On Saturday we will have our last workshop at Tiitensor Village Hall this year. There may be the occasional one-off from time to time over the coming years, so keep an eye out for an email, or post here.

We have had a couple of last-minute cancellations for Saturday’s Christmas Capers so if you would like to come please get in touch in the usual way – first come . . .

The Needs List is up on the website, but basically bring fat quarters of Christmas-colours (red, green, white/cream). The basic idea is that we will all swap strips of our reds and greens so everyone goes home with a little reminder of those they’ve met over the years at Tittensor (and, indeed, Swynnerton).  

As for what you will be making with those strips and fat quarters – here’s a sneak preview of just one of the several ideas and designs we have come up with, all of which will be included in the worksheet (in full glorious technicolor!)

Xmas capersWe look forward to seeing you all on Saturday – Barbara is bringing mince pies as well as the usual chocolate biscuits and we hope to have the computer up and running with a slide show of photos from classes over the last 15 years.