We’ve changed all the clocks and moved forward an hour but, in the UK, we don’t appear to have changed the winter weather. Chris has been marooned in the Executive Suite at C&B Towers watching the rain, cold and wind sweep over the surrounding park grounds and Barbara has got so cheesed off with snow rain and cold that she has packed up and left for the Overseas Office where everything is a little brighter and considerably warmer. . .
. . . and the desk is already in use –
Tucked away out of sight at the Overseas Office are many project bags, plus books, fabric and other sewing basics (chocolate and caffeine perhaps? – Chris). In fact the Overseas Office will soon be as well stocked as the Rural Office and C&B Towers, we just need to persuade the staff there to sit down and actually use it and make stuff/finish up some of those projects…
Lots of stitching in store for both of us this month as we make samples and storyboards for our Chris&Barbara day at The Corner Patch retreat – Chris started on one of her class samples and suddenly found herself finishing up a quilt top that wasn’t on the list (as you do). Barbara has fabric to starch, press and cut into a small stack of 10inch squares before she can start her share of the samples and then a whole new Layer Cake can be opened and used. And rumour has it that a certain Singer Featherweight might be taken out of it’s box and put to work alongside Chris’s trusty vintage Singer machine.
We’ve refreshed the Doodle page so do click over and take a look at this month’s offering and to download a free colouring sheet (if Barbara has managed to conquer some of the “issues” with Links – Chris thinks it might just be an ageing brain, but the link is now added). EQ Doodle April
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.
We’re late in wishing everyone all the best for 2018 – far too much Christmas and assorted merrymaking at both C&B Towers and the Rural Office. Now we can look forward to a very interesting and busy year of planning and stitching (not to mention the coffee). Chris has lots of classes booked at The Corner Patch, her monthly Wandering the Web column and quilts appearing in magazines, Barbara has classes at The Corner Patch and a mountain of UFOs to work through while she is in charge of the Overseas Branch.
One thing we are both very excited about is the Grand Quilting Retreat in June to celebrate 5 years of The Corner Patch – we’re going to be teaching over the weekend and generally having a good time. Jane has opened the bookings list so if you want to be part of this super event get in touch via the website or email jane@thecornerpatch . If you are signed up for Jane’s Newsletter you will have seen the following ad –
Friday 22nd, Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th June
Yarnfield Training and Conference Centre, ST15 0NL
Spend a fun-filled weekend in the relaxing Staffordshire countryside, patchwork and quilting with expert teachers Chris Franses and Barbara Chainey.
All meals and accommodation are included.
For more information e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or ring 01785 859360
Barbara has also made plans for a small handstitching retreat in May at the Overseas Branch – email email@example.com for dates and details.
And as if this all weren’t enough there’s an exciting new website due to launch on January 9th – ukqu.co.uk – if you register before that date then you will be entered for a prize draw to win a truly mega prize. Once the website launches you will find all sorts of things happening there – a Block of the Month, a Mystery Quilt, online shopping, hints and tips, guest bloggers each month (including Chris) and more. Registration is free so go and sign up, you have nothing to lose. You’ll find more information on their Facebook page – but again you need to register to join in the fun.
In the meantime Barbara has managed to do some January EQ Doodles and there is the usual colouring sheet to download as well.
EQ doodle Jan
Another two blocks for you this month – All Kinds and Paducah Peony.
We also have a Summer Special to help you while away that time lazing on a sunny beach (we can but dream) – not one, not two but three colouring sheets to download. Sheet One is a combination of the two blocks and the others are the blocks straight set on their own. Don’t forget that you can have a lot of extra fun by cutting up the sheets and rearranging the blocks. Try putting them on point, or overlapping them perhaps? Download All Kinds here and Paducah Peony here.
EQ Doodle Aug 2017
EQ Doodle Aug a 2017
EQ Doodle Aug b 2017
This month’s doodles feature those two favourites – Log Cabin and Courthouse Steps, together with Southern Star.
The colouring page is a simple 9-block set with the Southern Star block in the middle. You can download it here. Remember that you can print out the colouring page multiple times and then cut it up, rearrange the blocks, design your own layout to colour, as well as colouring in the layout we’ve given you. We reckon that more than half the fun of patchwork is playing around with the design and colour part – so put your feet up, have a cuppa and get colouring.
The EQ Doodles have been posted from the Overseas Office and Chris has been coaxed in from the garden at C&B Towers to make a colouring page for you. (it helps that it is raining this morning – Chris) The Summer Winds block seemed very appropriate for this time of year and it has been paired with the simple nine-patch Hour Glass block.
Download your colouring sheet here. Remember you can print it out as often as you like, cut it up, play around with it . . .
Have a look at the Doodles page to see what we came up with.
So how did May creep up so quickly when some of us hadn’t even realised it was April??! All of which means that the May EQ Doodles are there ready to look at and the colouring page has been done as well. You can download it here. But, having not noticed April coming (and going again), there was no Doodle colouring page to download last month – so here it is at last. Just too much excitement in the gardens of C&B Towers, I fear: new flower beds and paths to create, seedlings to prick out, plants to pot on, shrubs to prune, summer bulbs to plant . . . .
Here’s a reminder of last month’s Doodle –
Don’t forget you can photocopy the colouring pages and cut them up to create your own new designs.
And for colour inspiration –
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 –
If 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.
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!
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.
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?!