Flashback Friday

Flashback to one of our most popular classes ever – Grow Your Own Quilt.  Frame quilts are one of our favourite formats as they are so adaptable and almost infinite in their variety – a perfect teaching base.  Here are our first two tops made as samples for the first edition of this class –

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If we rummage through the archive vault at C&B Towers we may find a few action pictures taken in class…. this may take a while!

Flashback Friday

Flashback this week to our very popular Mystery class based on a local tiled porch floor – we have been asked so often for the pattern that it is now available over at our sister site Meadowside Designs.

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Or you can head direct to the pattern page on our Payhip site – the pattern is available for £4 with full colour step-by-step diagrams and a photo of the original doorstep we took the pattern from.

New Year etc

All set for another busy year – C&B Towers is the usual hive of activity and the Rural Office is temporarily closed in favour of our Overseas Office where skies are blue. Chris has a full schedule of classes at The Corner Patch, samples are done, worksheets written and everything ready to go.  Barbara is almost ready for a slightly less busy time (too much time at the Overseas Office! – Chris), some samples are done, some worksheets written and everything will be ready to go in time for the first 3D class also at The Corner Patch. We are teaching 4 different 3D patchwork patterns – stitching by hand with Barbara  stitching by machine with Chris, separate half day sessions on the same day.  We’re really looking forward to it!

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Our EQ Doodle page has also been updated so do click over and take a look – we particularly like Doodle Six this time around. If you would like to play around with this month’s doodle you can download the colouring sheet here. Don’t forget that you can print it out as many times as you like and then cut it up and rearrange the blocks to suit yourself.

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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.

Reunion day

We’re reporting in on our quest to find a date for a Reunion Day for our Saturday classes.  We found 2 Saturdays when the gaps in our respective diaries coincided but were very sad to discover that the village hall – scene of so much quilting mayhem – was not available for either date.  Much scurrying round to other potential venues, none of which quite matched up for various reasons  Grand Outcome is that we have decided to shelve Reunion plans for this year and try to book in a 2017 date now.  We reasoned that the hall itself had a big part to play in a Reunion Day – everyone knows where it is and we know how to set it up – and felt that it was really important that we should be back at Tittensor for such a special event.  So we now await confirmation of a date for next year and promise to let you know just as soon as we have that in hand.  Who knew it would be such a difficult task?!

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