Chris’s classes at The Corner Patch come to an end this week until September and Barbara won’t be teaching until the Autumn either, so some of you may be feeling a bit bereft and short of something to sew over the summer.
Of course, there is the Retreat on June 22nd to look forward to (contact Jane for details of any last minute places), but it only lasts a weekend.
But, as ever, C&B have the answer! Over on our sister blog Meadowside Designs a new Mystery Quilt is starting this Sunday (June 17th). You can read a little more about it on the blog now.
… but we’re not convinced. This year is rushing by and we think someone has forgotten to include spring in the plans. The Rural Office is surrounded by tall meadow rather than lawn as it has been too wet to mow, days of strong cold wind at the Overseas Office and all staff at C&B Towers have been issued with new raincoats and wellingtons.
Chris did manage to escape and take a few days to enjoy gardens and tulips –
Somewhere in her travels Chris managed to pick up a mystery virus which has confined her to C&B Towers for several days – we’re hoping that it will disappear as quickly as it arrived.
Meanwhile, at the Overseas Office, Barbara spotted a new resident –
- a little stitching has been achieved –
And the most neglected sewing machine ever was spotted in a reclamation yard –
This is probably a timely reminder for us to clean out and oil all our machines and give them an appreciative pat!
Our Electric Quilt Doodles for this month are mega simple, so no downloadable pdf – but do click over and take a look at our May offerings.
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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.
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.
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!
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 –
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.
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.
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.