It has been a hectic few weeks since we were enjoying the fabulous Corner Patch retreat – so much so that we missed our monthly deadline for updating the Electric Quilt doodle page and also our regular update post. In fact, we’ve been so busy that we can hardly remember what we’ve been doing, it’s all been rather a blur! – over at C&B Towers all activity has been restricted to early morning only in a bid to ‘beat the heat’ and the Rural Office has not fared much better. Various computer tech issues have reared their little heads, mostly in the shape of unasked for updates to Windows 10 – complete frustration all round. Barbara achieved her third annual Grand Tour teaching in Devon & Cornwall leaving Chris to start the planning for the next Corner Patch retreat (you can never start too soon!) Lots and lots of projects are being progressed from the ‘Just Begun’ pile to the ‘Halfway’ pile and the ‘Almost Done’ pile is gradually building up.
So, we hope you are having a good summer too and getting lots of stitching done. We thought you might like a quick re-run of a few of our favourite EQ doodles from previous years – back soon!
Chris’s classes at The Corner Patch come to an end this week until September and Barbara won’t be teaching until the Autumn either, so some of you may be feeling a bit bereft and short of something to sew over the summer.
Of course, there is the Retreat on June 22nd to look forward to (contact Jane for details of any last minute places), but it only lasts a weekend.
But, as ever, C&B have the answer! Over on our sister blog Meadowside Designs a new Mystery Quilt is starting this Sunday (June 17th). You can read a little more about it on the blog now.
Just to announce the arrival of our EQ Doodles for this month and also to remind you that there are still one or two places available on The Corner Patch Retreat later this month. Only yesterday, or so it seems, we were sitting with Jane making plans for this retreat and now it’s just a couple of weeks away. We’re really looking forward to reprising our tandem teaching on the Saturday of the retreat, it will be quite like old times!!
If you want a colouring page for the doodles to while away a few sunny minutes in the garden (in between the thunderstorms) you can download one here.
It’s very nearly June. Already. We’ve just been enjoying ourselves too much. Barbara has been supervising operations at the Overseas Office and getting some hand-stitching done while Chris has been reconfiguring the grounds at C&B Towers – a new pond has been dug and is being planted.
Added to this has been the excitement of walking in Teesdale and discovering all the wonderful plants to be found there (not to mention the lovely gardens and plant nurseries).
But . . . as mentioned earlier, it is nearly June and all these fun and games have to stop. We are booked to do the Corner Patch Retreat. Worksheets need to be written. Samples need to be made up. We are getting there. Slowly. Layer Cakes have been cut up and joined back together again (and even joined together and then cut up!), a couple of existing quilts have been unearthed . . .
In addition to the Chris and Barbara Workshop on the Saturday (this may be the last one we do – your final opportunity to experience the fun) Barbara will be delving into The Cupboard and bringing a selection of her antique quilts to talk about on Saturday evening (another opportunity not to be missed).
On Friday evening . . . , well, you’ve heard of the Jelly Roll Race, . . . the Corner Patch present The Log Cabin Race. A lot of fun and a great way to meet everyone. And on the Sunday is an opportunity to learn the basics of hand quilting or machine quilting, whichever you prefer.
We hope to see you in Yarnfield on June 22nd – 24th, meeting friends old and new!
… but we’re not convinced. This year is rushing by and we think someone has forgotten to include spring in the plans. The Rural Office is surrounded by tall meadow rather than lawn as it has been too wet to mow, days of strong cold wind at the Overseas Office and all staff at C&B Towers have been issued with new raincoats and wellingtons.
Chris did manage to escape and take a few days to enjoy gardens and tulips –
Somewhere in her travels Chris managed to pick up a mystery virus which has confined her to C&B Towers for several days – we’re hoping that it will disappear as quickly as it arrived.
Meanwhile, at the Overseas Office, Barbara spotted a new resident –
- a little stitching has been achieved –
And the most neglected sewing machine ever was spotted in a reclamation yard –
This is probably a timely reminder for us to clean out and oil all our machines and give them an appreciative pat!
Our Electric Quilt Doodles for this month are mega simple, so no downloadable pdf – but do click over and take a look at our May offerings.
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We’ve changed all the clocks and moved forward an hour but, in the UK, we don’t appear to have changed the winter weather. Chris has been marooned in the Executive Suite at C&B Towers watching the rain, cold and wind sweep over the surrounding park grounds and Barbara has got so cheesed off with snow rain and cold that she has packed up and left for the Overseas Office where everything is a little brighter and considerably warmer. . .
. . . and the desk is already in use –
Tucked away out of sight at the Overseas Office are many project bags, plus books, fabric and other sewing basics (chocolate and caffeine perhaps? – Chris). In fact the Overseas Office will soon be as well stocked as the Rural Office and C&B Towers, we just need to persuade the staff there to sit down and actually use it and make stuff/finish up some of those projects…
Lots of stitching in store for both of us this month as we make samples and storyboards for our Chris&Barbara day at The Corner Patch retreat – Chris started on one of her class samples and suddenly found herself finishing up a quilt top that wasn’t on the list (as you do). Barbara has fabric to starch, press and cut into a small stack of 10inch squares before she can start her share of the samples and then a whole new Layer Cake can be opened and used. And rumour has it that a certain Singer Featherweight might be taken out of it’s box and put to work alongside Chris’s trusty vintage Singer machine.
We’ve refreshed the Doodle page so do click over and take a look at this month’s offering and to download a free colouring sheet (if Barbara has managed to conquer some of the “issues” with Links – Chris thinks it might just be an ageing brain, but the link is now added). EQ Doodle April
This winter seems to have lasted for quite some time and we’re more than ready for spring. Barbara is counting off the days until she heads south at the end of this month to open up the Overseas Office. C&B Towers has remained fully operational throughout the extreme weather although the Catering and Refreshments Suite has been much in demand and staff have been working long hours to meet the need.
We both have classes at The Corner Patch this month. Barbara will be teaching the first sessions of a Hand Stitched Sampler, plus a hand quilting class and a Star Sampler class session
and Chris will be teaching her regular Block of The Month and Technique of the Month classes on Thursdays and Saturdays. Our planning is well under way for the Corner Patch Retreat in June which is a good thing as time is going so quickly that it will be June before you have chance to blink. Don’t miss out on this event – book your place now!
We’ve updated the Doodles page to reflect a new month (even if we are a few days late!) and kept everything very simple, no commentary, no colouring page download – just a few doodles using our favourite Electric Quilt design program.