March EQ Doodles

March already – Spring is on the way and so are new Doodles. Have a look at the Doodles page to see what we have come up with this month and download your own version to colour here.

Somehow, although the February Doodles Quilt to Colour page was done and ready, we managed not to put it in a blog post all month. (Our Doodle Director has been taken to task!)  So, with many apologies, you can download the February Doodle here.

The joy of these colouring pages is that not only can you print out as many as you want to colour but you can also cut them up and re-arrange the blocks to see what new patterns you can come up with. Perhaps you could try combining blocks from February with the March block? Here’s just one suggestion –

mixed-doodleIf you are need of a project or some more ideas why not hop over to the Meadowside Designs blog and download some of the free block patterns from there. You will find links to all the blocks on the Tutorials page; and a Block of the Month is also running.

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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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November !!

November has definitely crept upon us – a glorious colourful October and now it seems it’s a race to a certain event beginning with “C”…..  Barbara has taken off to the International Office in Spain for a few weeks with more stitching projects than you can imagine and Chris is rushing between teaching classes at The Corner Patch and getting a million and nine important garden tasks ticked off the list.  Over on the Doodles page there is a whole new block and quilt settings for this month – we were feeling a little gloomy when putting this page together so it’s mostly greyscale to match our mood!  Obviously more caffeine is required….

The quilt-to-colour page has taken a little longer to arrive . . . but thanks to plenty of caffeine and cake at the Bradley Quilts & More Show over the weekend Chris has got her act together and done one. You can download it here. Don’t forget that you can print it out as many times as you like – you may want to with this one as, although it looks a bit ho-hummish (is that a word? – Barbara), once you start colouring those squares you can find all sorts of entertaining patterns.

By way of a bit of colour inspiration (as if you needed it!) here’s a picture from a couple of months ago of a Canna bought as a bargain ‘dead’ plant – amazing what a new pot, compost and a bit of water can do. The plant equivalent of caffeine and cake perhaps?!

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October!!

It’s that change of season time again – clocks going back, shorter days and hectic activity in house and garden to clear and tidy before settling in for winter.  Chris has been dividing her time between the classroom at The Corner Patch and the garden at C&B Towers, with great results in both locations.  Barbara has been hacking clearings in the jungle garden that has, at times, threatened to envelop The Rural Office and carrying large bags out of the building and depositing them at the local charity shops, Project Linus and the local tip.  Not much time for indulgent sewing for ourselves – but happy students, tidier gardens and houses.

Eagle-eyed readers will have spotted that the EQ Doodles page has been updated for October – if you hadn’t noticed then now is the time to click over and take a look at this month’s offering.

And if you want to try the quilt for yourself you can download a Quilt to Colour here.

And for few Autumnal colour ideas we looked around our gardens –

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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.

Electric Quilt doodles for August

Rumour has it that it is now summer – the weather obviously wasn’t listening. Barbara has sensibly decamped to the Overseas Office and is busy stitching in the sun (or the shade?). Chris meanwhile is exploring the highways and byways of Britain visiting assorted friends and relatives.

However, you will be pleased to note (possibly) that we have taken time out to do some doodles for August. This month’s block is a variation of Rolling Star and over on the doodles page you will find various ways of putting the block into a quilt – grey scale only this month.

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And, because it is holiday time and probably raining we have provided you with two doodles to colour this month. So grab your pens or pencils, find a comfy chair and a glass of something and enjoy a little bit of creative downtime. Download your August EQ Doodles here.

Electric Quilt doodles for July

Who knows where the year has gone? It was only last week we were writing the June doodles page. Wasn’t it? And now it seems to be July. Once again we have provided a free downloadable Quilt to Colour for you based on our Doodle of the Month. Have a look at the Doodles page for this month’s ideas.

Download your Quilt to Colour here.

Our doodles this month include Log Cabin and Dresden Plate blocks.

log cabindresden platePerhaps you never thought of putting them together? Now’s your chance to colour one in and play with the possibilities.Here is just one (colourful) idea – plenty more ideas on the Doodles page. Over on that page we tend to keep to greyscale and pastel colours just to give you an idea of the changes you can make with light, medium and dark shades. Here in the blog post we go mad with rainbow colour.

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Download your Quilt to Colour here.