We are Chris Franses and Barbara Chainey. We quilt, we teach, we plan, we write, we design, we do a little bit of everything to do with patchwork and quilting. We’re both published authors and have written for the UK quilting press for a number of years – Chris has been Assistant Editor of Patchwork & Quilting magazine. We’ve walked our dogs and bounced ideas off each other for more than two decades – which is rather frightening! Chris has a science background, Barbara is non-science. Chris uses bright colours, Barbara seldom does. Chris is strictly a machine quilter, Barbara does both and is known nationally for her hand quilting. We teach together and individually – our “together” classes are held at a local village hall and you can find our complete programme and information (and even book your place) at www.chrisandbarbara.co.uk. There are usually 8 or 9 of these local Saturday classes each year and we have been surprised just how far people will travel – it must be the cake and biscuits! Information for Barbara’s classes and teaching diary should be on her website www.barbarachainey.com
Both of us are long-time Electric Quilt fans. Barbara started with EQ and Chris joined in with EQ2 – or was it EQ3? Anyway, we both use this great program to design and plan quilts, blocks, for teaching handouts, diagrams for articles and books. A lot of the time we just doodle with it, making on-screen quilts that will never get stitched but having a lot of creative fun all the same. We put some of our doodles on their own page and, one of these days, we may get around to actually making one or two of them! We’ve taught classes and done many demonstrations of this lovely program – we would even leave home to come and teach your group!
A couple of years ago we co-authored a book “Right from the Start” (Traplet Publishing) which was based on a very successful series of articles we had written for Patchwork & Quilting magazine – it looks like this
We’re told it has sold, and continues to sell, very well and is a favourite recommendation for beginners from a number of quilt shops. We’re thrilled! Although we don’t make a regular practice of travelling to teach, we may be persuaded to leave our respective sewing rooms and teach for your shop or group.