Definitely autumn

Extra high activity levels at C&B Towers and the Rural Office – a full schedule of classes at The Corner Patch and all the preparation and packing/unpacking that involves, plus intensive gardening duties at both locations.  The English summer has been sufficiently watery to promote lots of lovely lush hedge, shrub and tree growth, all of which requires putting into good shape before the winter.  Old fruit trees have unexpectedly broken and fallen in the strong winds and generally there is a LOT of very serous tidying to do.  The sort of tidying that involves filling many bags with garden waste and making lots of trips to dispose of same.  So stitching has taken a little bit of a back seat and it was with some horror that we realised October had started without a new set of EQ Doodles.  And no time to do a lovely new collection.  But, if you click over to our Doodles page you will find that we have posted some selected doodles from previous Octobers so you won’t be totally lacking for seasonal inspiration.  And, just for good measure here are a couple of doodles in sort of seasonal colouring –

May 2014 4

four patch sampler 3

But we have done a Doodle Colouring page that has nothing to do with any of the above quilts – you’re on your own. You can download it here and we can tell you that it contains two different Autumn Leaf blocks and one called Autumn Tints Around. So find those brown, red, orange, yellow (and even green) pencils and enjoy a quiet five minutes of autumnal colouring.

 

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September doodles

It seems ridiculously early to be posting our September Doodles especially as summer has been rather limited this year.  However, September it is and doodles there are, so do click over and take a look. The colouring page is ready to download here as well.

Chris is gearing up for a new term of classes at The Corner Patch and has also been very busy creating a stunning new quilt (not sure if this is top secret or not but maybe she’ll release a sneak peek…. Barbara).

Oh ok – Here’s a quick snapshot of it laid out ready to pin the layers together (as its already appeared on Instagram . . . .! Chris). It may also appear at some point as a pattern in our Minton Floor Tile series . . .

Of course what Chris should have been doing is making this coming term’s workshop samples and next year’s Block of the Month etc but somehow the summer has vanished, classes start again at the weekend (Sept 2nd) and very little of what really needed to be done has been achieved.

Barbara has been heroically (!) staffing our Overseas Office in temperatures of 30degrees plus and stitching samples for her upcoming classes.  We have a number of Important Plans on the agenda for discussion at our next meeting at Headquarters so it’s a very exciting time all round.  Happy stitching!

Click on this link to download a colouring sheet of one of this month’s Doodles –

Sept EQ Doodle

August – EQ Doodles

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

 

July and EQ Doodles

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.

 

June EQ Doodles

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.

 

May EQ Doodles

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 –