February update

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 –

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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.

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December already?!

The December EQ doodles have arrived even if Father Christmas hasn’t yet. However we have brought you a bumper colouring pack this month rather than just a sheet. You can download it here. As ever you can print it off as many times as you like, cut it up and re-arrange the blocks to make your quilt designs and generally have fun (in between wrapping presents, basting the turkey, peeling sprouts . . . .).

In breaking news (drum roll) one of our Minton tile patterns will be in the January issue of British Patchwork and Quilting magazine due out mid-December. This one was based on a tiled floor in Uttoxeter and is double bed size.

(Barbara thinks this is one really smart quilt that would look great in any colour way and is thrilled that yet another of Chris’s quilts will appear in print. )

Looking ahead to next year –

News reaches us from the Overseas Office that Barbara is planning a Hand Stitching Retreat there in May 2018 – you’ll find an email link for further info on her website and blog.

Chris has an exceptionally full programme of classes throughout 2018 at The Corner Patch – Block of the Month, Technique of the Month and more besides – details and pics on The Corner Patch website.

Barbara will be deserting the Overseas Office in March, June and October for a mini series of hand stitching classes at The Corner Patch – dates have been fixed and the samples almost finished.

We are also looking forward to being a part of The Corner Patch’s first quilting retreat in June – this will be one event not to be missed!

So, busy times ahead – in the meantime all the staff at C&B Towers, the Rural Office and the Overseas Office wish you a merry Christmas and an excellent New Year.

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 –

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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.