end of January

C&B Towers has shut down for a few days while the British winter does its worst – not the numbing polar blast our US friends are experiencing but grim enough that the best remedy is a steaming mug of coffee next to a warmed-up sewing machine and a nest of batting to keep out the draught.

At the Overseas Office however the sun is shining and the skies are blue….

We’ve both been very inspired by the Hannah Hauxwell quilts we talked about in our previous post.  Chris has drafted templates for one of the quilts,  Barbara has made test blocks and is now frantically rummaging through the Overseas Stash to find just the right fabrics to make some more.  We’ve also revisited our extensive  files of vintage quilts including some from the depths of The Cupboard at the Rural Office – we predict that several new patterns will be available before too long!  Here’s a quick glimpse of just two of The Cupboard quilts –

Both of these quilts are particular favourites of ours – the first one starts at the centre with a 4inch block and then grows out in traditional frame style with very simple pieced borders; the second one is far more elaborate with a centre panel of pieced blocks and a series of pieced borders.  We’ll show you some more of both quilts once Barbara returns to the Rural Office and rummages in The Cupboard.

And in other news, our Electric Quilt Doodles have been updated and you can download a colouring page here – feb doodle

Happy stitching!

 

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Totally time out

It has been a hectic few weeks since we were enjoying the fabulous Corner Patch retreat – so much so that we missed our monthly deadline for updating the Electric Quilt doodle page and also our regular update post.  In fact, we’ve been so busy that we can hardly remember what we’ve been doing, it’s all been rather a blur! – over at C&B Towers all activity has been restricted to early morning only in a bid to ‘beat the heat’ and the Rural Office has not fared much better.  Various computer tech issues have reared their little heads, mostly in the shape of unasked for updates to Windows 10 – complete frustration all round.  Barbara achieved her third annual Grand Tour teaching in Devon & Cornwall leaving Chris to start the planning for the next Corner Patch retreat (you can never start too soon!)   Lots and lots of projects are being progressed from the ‘Just Begun’ pile to the ‘Halfway’ pile and the ‘Almost Done’ pile is gradually building up.

So, we hope you are having a good summer too and getting lots of stitching done.  We thought you might like a quick re-run of a few of our favourite EQ doodles from previous years –  back soon!

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Flashback Friday

Flashback to one of our most popular classes ever – Grow Your Own Quilt.  Frame quilts are one of our favourite formats as they are so adaptable and almost infinite in their variety – a perfect teaching base.  Here are our first two tops made as samples for the first edition of this class –

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If we rummage through the archive vault at C&B Towers we may find a few action pictures taken in class…. this may take a while!