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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Quilt-along

If you’re feeling in need of something to sew and missing the Chris and Barbara Tittensor workshops you could try heading over to the Meadowside Designs blog where a new Block of the Month quilt-along is starting. The Requirements were posted earlier today and there will be a block or instructions each month for the next year. In between those there will be the usual Simple Block instructions each month as well with ideas for quilts using each block. And all for free!

Dancing Blocks is the name of the Quilt-along wall-hanging which will finish at about 50 inches square.

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Doodles

Just to let you know that the May EQ Doodles have arrived on our Doodles page . . .  and then we had an idea.  Colouring-in for grown-ups is still all the rage and is supposed to be good for you, therapeutic and all that – and what are our Doodles but quilty colouring-in for grown-ups?

So to celebrate our flash of inspiration (!) we can now bring you –

the Chris and Barbara EQ Doodles colouring booklet.  Click on the link, download, print out the six pages then pour a mug of coffee or tea and reach for your colouring implements.

Chris got so carried away that we’ve added one of the current May quilt doodles as a single sheet to colour in as well.

Providing we remember (always a risk!) we’ll do a colouring page for one Doodle each month so that over the coming months you can print out and put together your own colouring-in book.

Now back to the coffee!

Workshop Reminder

The first workshop of the new term is nearly upon us – next Saturday, September 12th. Please don’t forget if you have booked a place! The Needs list is here and you will be making something that could look a bit like this –

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In case you are wondering what to do with yourselves when we stop our workshops at Tittensor at the end of the year – there is a Block of the Month starting on our sister blog Meadowside Designs this week. The first post with a picture of the quilt and a link to the requirements list is here.

Plans . . . and Uttoxeter quilt show

We may not be teaching at Tittensor Village Hall after 2015 but we do have plenty of plans to keep ourselves (and you) busy with lots of stitching projects and patterns.

We will be launching a range of patterns based on Barbara’s extensive collection of vintage quilts. Quilts from other private collections will be added in due course. Predictably, with our usual flair for the obvious, we have called this collection – Heritage Quilts. To begin with you can find them listed and for sale on our Payhip page. Buying the patterns is easy – choose your pattern, click on the ‘buy’ button and you’ll be taken to a secure page to cough up your fiver (yes, they are only £5) via Pay Pal or debit/credit card. You will then get an email link to download and print your chosen pattern(s).

The first pattern – a Hexagon Medallion – will be available as a print-out to buy at the Quilt Show this weekend and both the original and Barbara’s remake will be on display.

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The patterns are also available via Craftsy for those who prefer to use this site. The first three patterns have been uploaded and more will follow soon.

Do come and see us at Uttoxeter – we will be upstairs in the main building (stand 74) this year – see what we’re up to, look at some quilts, maybe buy a pattern, or two, or pick up our Free Pattern.

 

Free Pattern

We’re at Sandbach today for the annual grand Fabric Sale and quilt show. While we’re there we thought we would have a quick giveaway – a Limited Edition free pattern for one of Barbara’s big quilts.

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We’ve only printed a few (circumstances totally beyond our control!) so these will be on a ‘first come, first served’ basis. But then we thought of all you folk too far away to get to Sandbach for the day and decided to offer it as a free download for today only – it will disappear by tomorrow (if I remember – Chris).

So, if you come to the Sandbach show, do drop by to say ‘hello’ and pick up a free pattern if we still have one available; otherwise you can use the link below to download your copy before it’s too late!

Sorry, the pattern has now gone – but there may be another one (or even the same one, we haven’t decided!) for the Uttoxeter Show in April.

Free pattern for Christmas

Just in case you’re sitting there wondering what to do with yourself in the next couple of days (ha!) we thought we’d offer you a free Xmas pudding pattern to play with. This is very quick, very easy and ideal to give to the younger quilters/crafters in the family as well. All you need is some felt, a little bit of wadding and some thread; and maybe a red bead or two.

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Chris first made these a good many years ago with Young Quilters at the Knitting and Stitching Show in Harrogate where they proved a great hit not only as tree decorations but also as festive ear-rings!  So much more subtle than a Christmas sweater don’t you think?

At C&B Towers, hub of our global empire, there is a constant hum of activity as Christmas preparations gather momentum – lots of downloads of other Christmassy patterns from Meadowside Designs and also Craftsy.  Christmas quilts and wallhangings bedeck the halls and there are “To Do in 2015” lists strung up all around the IT suite.  Over at the Rural Office some seasonal decorating is in evidence despite the usual “Bah humbug” mutterings of just wanting everyone to go away and be left to get on with proper sewing.  There have also been rumours (so far unverified) that a European office will be operational next year.  Will we find time to stop and have a Christmas break?