We seem to have reached the last month of this year in somewhat of a rush. There may be snowflakes falling across the blog pages but we haven’t yet managed to acquire much festive spirit. Barbara is packing up her desk at the Overseas Office ready to make a quick return to the Rural Office and Chris is hurtling around at C&B Towers putting the finishing touches to class plans, Web Wandering, class samples and other essentials.
Breaking news of the gloomy sort is that our beloved HQ may soon be closing its doors so we are going to have do undertake extensive research to find a replacement. For more than 10 years it has been our preferred venue for coffee, lunches, executive meetings and general hideout – a very hard act to follow. Fingers crossed that it is one of those rumours that occasionally sweep through the town but turn out not to be that accurate.
Our Electric Quilt doodles page has been updated – you can find a printable download for a colouring page here.
Tentative steps are being taken this week to host internet linked classes at The Corner Patch. Barbara has been connecting wires to cameras and laptops and turning a bedroom in the Overseas Office into a mini studio – the not-yet-finished quilt on the bed looked rather fetching (and seasonal) –
Seasonal greetings and happy stitching to one and all.
One of our high level executive meetings at HQ last month generated a lot of furious scribbling in notebooks – to-do lists, class topic lists, ideas lists, lists of lists, and lots of impromptu diagrams and quilt plans. And then we had the bright (?) idea that we might, from time to time, share a glimpse into our notebooks right here on the blog. Just because we could. So, striking while the proverbial iron is still warmish, here’s the first showing of Barbara’s current notebook, somewhat battered and dog-eared and a random taste of what it contains –
We have had many requests for the return of our weekly Mystery Monday feature and we’re planning on reviving this excellent tradition very soon – it may be a brand new Mystery or one from the archives, we haven’t decided yet – but a Mystery there will be. We went rummaging through the archives in the basement of C&B Towers and had the greatest difficulty in finding any suitable images to post here for Mystery Monday so no encouraging pictures as yet – just have to wait for the real thing to show up.
The Overseas Office is starting to show signs of activity – the first projects look like being English Paper Piecing (EPP) with a hexagonal flavour….
Chris is busy with plans and samples for next year’s classes and was heard muttering something about “houses, houses ….” And of course, lots of houses in our area have lovely Minton tile floors …
Our EQ doodles page has been refreshed and – do click over and take a look at this month’s offering. You’ll find a free colouring page to download here – EQ doodle November.
This is the month of “getting stuff done” – maybe. We are having a high level committee meeting at HQ next week where lists and plans will be presented and approved. Barbara is returning from the Overseas Office specifically for this event (and also to teach some classes at The Corner Patch) and C&B Towers will be closed for the day. Chris is almost fully occupied with her various weekly classes at The Corner Patch (follow @chrisfranses on Instagram for pictures and updates ) and monthly Web Wandering for P&Q magazine.
At the top of this post is one of our Electric Quilt doodles from last October – all suitable autumnal tones and Flying Geese. This month’s doodles are rather different both in style and colourway – check them out on our dedicated page. Click on this link for a downloadable doodle to colour in EQ Doodle Oct
In other news we are hoping to make a special trip to the Jen Jones Quilt Museum before it closes its doors forever at the end of this year. We have made several pilgrimages to Jen’s over the years, starting way back in 1991 – seems like only yesterday! Below is one of our favourite quilts from Jen’s amazing collection – so graphic and stylish don’t you think?
After what seemed like a never-ending winter followed by one of the longest summers we can remember our thoughts are now set on a busy autumn programme of classes and projects. At C&B Towers renovations to an adjacent property are a noisy disruption to the calm required for creativity (and gardening) – all staff have been given leave of absence so Chris is manning the fort (almost literally) armed with noise-cancelling headphones. Barbara has taken off, yet again, for the peace and quiet of the Overseas Office. Maybe what we really need is somewhere that would be a Not-Overseas-C&B Towers, with all the benefits of both locations and none of the drawbacks.
Chris’s classes at The Corner Patch in Eccleshall begin this month, Barbara’s classes are scheduled for October. Samples and worksheets are being put together even as this page goes to press, new EQ doodles are posted on our Doodles page (you can download a colouring sheet here) and notebooks and lists are being consulted. It really feels like autumn!!
Mini Star Sampler quilt top for one of Barbara’s Corner Patch classes –
Rick Rack Star block for October –
A Star Sampler from EQ, recently “discovered” in Barbara’s files. Fabrics might be being selected at this very moment…… just when another project is the last thing you need!
Chris’s next Block of the Month – starting next week – at The Corner Patch is on display on the shop wallRemember Chris’s regular Wandering the Web feature in P&Q magazine, also take a look at the UKQU website and Facebook presence. Happy stitching!
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.
If it’s February it must be just a bit nearer longer days and shorter nights and maybe better light to sew by (although it goes without saying that our sewing spaces are wonderfully illuminated with the very best of task lighting….).
Chris has had such a busy start to the year with a full schedule of classes at The Corner Patch – not that much humming of sewing machines over at C&B Towers, just the whirr and clatter of the printing press as worksheets are put together.
From the Overseas Office there are reports of lots of silent sewing/quilting but very little pictorial evidence so far. However, you will note that certain C&B traditions are being upheld –
In other news our Electric Quilt Doodles page has been updated for the month – why not click over and take a look? And download the colouring sheet for a quiet coffee break.
Log Cabin – probably our all-time favourite (Chris wrote a book on this block too) – same block, lots of ways to set and arrange, hugely satisfying!