New Year, new Doodles – and other plans

Happy New Year!  Hope you managed some quiet stitching time over the holidays.  C&B Towers has been a veritable hive of activity during the past few weeks from the Catering Department right up to the Executive Suite.  Even at the Rural Office the hum of a sewing machine could be heard, and now we’re both ready to start the new year with new classes and more plans than we can fit into our respective notebooks.  So here we are at the start of another exciting quilting year, the EQ Doodles page has a fresh selection of doodles for your delight – let’s make this year “Right from the Start”!”

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Late class report

Serious connection and technical problems in the Overseas IT Department have delayed us from reporting on our “Delectable Lanterns” class last Saturday.  But, better late than never –

We set a personal best time for setting up the room after the new caretaker forgot to open the hall for us.  Not the best start! After that problem was solved everything went really well and everyone seemed to have a good time with lots of chat, cutting, chat, coffee and tea, stitching, more chat, coffee and tea – in other words a typical C&B class!  Here are just a few of the pics we managed to take during a very busy day –

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Our next (and last) class for this year is “Christmas Capers” on Saturday 21 November – just over three weeks away. Where does the time go?

 

 

 

Quilt as you go – class report

We’re unforgivably late posting the report on Saturday’s class but better late than never!  Everyone seemed to have a really good time and lots of creative opportunities were identified as we demonstrated some simple-but-effective piecing and quilting techniques.  We are expecting to see a lot of cushions, bags and small quilts at the next Show & Tell session!

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Barbara had a hard time walking past the heap of blue strips above without reaching out a hand!

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It doesn’t look too exciting, but the demonstration of joining together quilted blocks was very well received, and we suspect that this method will be well-used in the future!

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Well done everyone – look forward to seeing what you make!

Dresden Jelly class

Lots of “oohs” and “aahhhs”  and excitement from a packed audience  during the initial demo on Saturday.  Lots of careful considering and cutting afterwards as everyone made a start on their individual projects.  Lots of tea, coffee, biscuits and cake too!  Chris made sure that all strip sets were cut  “the right way round” and kept everyone on track so a good time was had by all.  We are expecting a LOT of finished pieces to find their way back to a show and tell later this year! 

(Barbara is trying out the latest app update to post this report so we’re going to keep it really short and use composite pics as well.)





Dresden Jelly

Not much time for blogging at C&B Towers or at the Rural Office – everywhere you look there’s a heap (sorry, orderly pile) of fabric with scribbled plans and instructions on the top and the only noise is the constant hum of a sewing machine. Chris is trying to make sure that she keeps ahead of her very busy schedule of classes at The Corner Patch – Technique of the Month (2 sessions), Block of the Month (2 sessions) and a number of other single day classes.  Samples for each class = lots of cutting and stitching behind the scenes! Lots of finishing tops and quilting them too! Barbara is cutting fabric and batting to kit Hand Quilting classes in March as well as cutting stacks of  60degree diamonds from this lovely selection for a Tumbling Blocks project.

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We’ve had a special delivery of luscious Oakshott fabrics which need to be cut up and stitched back together for our 15th Birthday class.

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Our next Saturday class at Tittensor is Dresden Jelly – the class has been sold out for quite some time now, largely due we think to the silly title.  We think it’s going to be really good fun combining Jelly Roll strips and Dresden Plate blocks – here’s just a taster of things to come –

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