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…








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.

Late class report

Serious connection and technical problems in the Overseas IT Department have delayed us from reporting on our “Delectable Lanterns” class last Saturday.  But, better late than never –

We set a personal best time for setting up the room after the new caretaker forgot to open the hall for us.  Not the best start! After that problem was solved everything went really well and everyone seemed to have a good time with lots of chat, cutting, chat, coffee and tea, stitching, more chat, coffee and tea – in other words a typical C&B class!  Here are just a few of the pics we managed to take during a very busy day –










Our next (and last) class for this year is “Christmas Capers” on Saturday 21 November – just over three weeks away. Where does the time go?




Requirements lists for classes

Barbara is back from her adventures teaching on a cruise (the world is still swaying slightly beneath her feet) so a high-level meeting at HQ was convened to restore caffeine levels and some semblance of normality.  Major outcome of the meeting is that we have managed to finalise the Needs Lists for the remaining two classes of this year and these are now available on our website. (Thanks once again to the IT department at C&B Towers). You can also download the Needs Lists using the links below.



December 2013 4

The EQ doodle has no connection with our Christmas Capers class – we just fancied adding a touch of festive colour at this point!

So, back to lots of class preparation for both of us – Chris has a very full programme at The Corner Patch and Barbara will be experiencing the full joys of the UK road network for the next few weeks as she travels to give talks and classes in a wide range of locations.

Double Delight workshop

We all survived a rocky start to the workshop – Chris and Helen arrived to set up the room only to discover about 30 children taking an exam. The hall had been double-booked. Cue frantic calls to assorted members of the Hall committee who all seemed to be away or out. Eventually we agreed with the exam invigilator that they would move to the small room at 10.30 (when the exam finished and they would discuss the results). So in the meantime (once keys had been located) we squished into the small room with our tea and biccies and tried to chat quietly amongst ourselves – show-and-tell filled a little time – until we were able to relocate.

But despite all these set-backs (and did we mention the weather? – torrential rain and flooding on the roads) by the time Chris arrived back in the main hall with her boxes everyone had rallied round and set up all the tables and sorted themselves out ready to start.

Double Delight featured two blocks which created a secondary pattern when put together. Both had three-triangle units (of different sizes and orientation to add to the confusion) and one had a partial seam – a new technique to many but easily mastered. A few blocks were put up on Instagram earlier but here’s a few more.

First, two tops which were completed in the day (one even had the start of a border, but Chris didn’t get a photo of that) despite the late start.

Helen's DD quilt topSue's DD quilt topAnd some sets of blocks (or half-tops perhaps?)

Linda's blocksLynns blocksRuth's blocksSheila's blocksWith apologies to all those whose blocks were equally splendid and colourful but haven’t been featured. But we could do another post later . . . This is what we both love about these workshops – everyone starts off with the same worksheet and fabrics labelled A, B, C and D and we get 20 different and stunning results. We’re really looking forward to seeing the completed (but not necessarily quilted!) tops next month. No pressure, folks.

Further thanks to Ann Jermey, our Apprentice Gopher, for stirling work in the kitchen! She’s been promoted to Certified Gopher (the certificate is in the post, Ann).

Workshop Reminder

The first workshop of the new term is nearly upon us – next Saturday, September 12th. Please don’t forget if you have booked a place! The Needs list is here and you will be making something that could look a bit like this –


In case you are wondering what to do with yourselves when we stop our workshops at Tittensor at the end of the year – there is a Block of the Month starting on our sister blog Meadowside Designs this week. The first post with a picture of the quilt and a link to the requirements list is here.