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Flashback Friday

Flashback this week to our very popular Mystery class based on a local tiled porch floor – we have been asked so often for the pattern that it is now available over at our sister site Meadowside Designs.

finished quilt afinished mysteryIMG_4124Sue and Mairie compare mystery quilts

Or you can head direct to the pattern page on our Payhip site – the pattern is available for £4 with full colour step-by-step diagrams and a photo of the original doorstep we took the pattern from.

classes, Teaching

All go for a New Year

We’re running somewhat behind schedule in wishing you all a Happy New Year filled with quilting delights, but here we are back in full swing at C&B Towers.  Lots of good things and exciting plans for this year, here’s a quick glimpse of the start –

We’re delighted to report that the Dresden Jelly class on Saturday 21 February is already full with a waiting list – for those of you who have booked your place on this class the all-important Requirements List is now available on our website.

From February to September we’ll be posting a Block of the Month  for a quilt-as-you-go project – start rummaging through your stash now!  A reminder that there’s just time to get caught up with and continue the current Meadowside Block of the Month which you’ll find over at Meadowside Designs. Just click on the tag ‘Block of the Month’ below the posts to get all the blocks.  The requirements were posted on June 3rd.

If you are anxious to get a quilting, fabric and bargain fix this month make a note of the new venue for the popular one day Quilters Fabric Sale – Sandbach High School, Middlewich Road, Sandbach CW11 3NT  this time, more space inside, more parking outside,  Sunday 25 January 10am – 4pm.  We’ll be there along with other demonstrators, exhibitors and traders – it’s always a really good day.

Several of Chris’s quilts will be appearing in UK quilting magazines this year and our “Right from the Start” cover quilt (which Barbara made way back in the mists of time) is on the cover of the current issue of Patchwork & Quilting magazine.  Over the years we’ve had a lot of requests for the instructions for this quilt so we’re very pleased that it has been featured as a project with instructions written by Chris.

We are putting finishing touches to the first batch of a series of quilt patterns which we hope to have available online before too long.  A second series of patterns is well under way too, and a startup list made for a third.  This has kept us very busy in the background of 2014 and it’s something we’re rather excited about – more breathless details to follow.

In addition to our Saturday classes at Tittensor Chris is teaching Block of the Month and Technique of the Month classes at The Corner Patch in Eccleshall and probably a lot more besides.  Barbara will be at The Corner Patch too with some evening and some full day hand stitching classes.

Like many other quilters out there we’re also reviewing our various heaps/stacks/boxes of Works in Progress or Stuff Unfinished – maybe we should set aside some time to get one or two completed… it’s going to be a busy year!








Block A Week, Free patterns, Mystery Monday, Piecing, Sew along Sampler

Meadowside Designs

One chunk of the mighty C&B Empire that is expanding rapidly is Meadowside Designs – yes, we know it doesn’t sound like it might be related but that might even be a good thing!  Chris has spent hours and hours, possibly even days (felt more like months actually – Chris) writing patterns, doing diagrams, checking measurements, uploading patterns and updating the Meadowside Craftsy site too.  There are now 20+ patterns available as instant download pdfs on the Meadowside website, and 20+ patterns similarly available at Craftsy. Not all of them are Chris’s (or even Barbara’s) as some have come from our good friend Ann Jermey.


this little piggy 1Christmas runner style


Just started on the blog is a Mystery Quilt for Christmas – so if you’ve missed our Mystery Mondays you can try the one (on Mondays) over at Meadowside.

Plus there’s a free Block of the Month program posted on the blog. It started in July but there’s still time to catch up if you wanted to collect them all.

autumn star sampler

And, as if that weren’t enough, on previous Mondays (and will be once more after the Mystery Quilt finishes) there have been free patterns to download from the blog for a variety of simple blocks.

Lots more patterns are lined up for the weeks ahead – follow the Meadowside blog to keep in touch with what’s new as it becomes available.  Chris has just disappeared into the IT Suite to finish another pattern …

possibilities, Projects

Plans and patterns

Chris has been burning a lot of midnight oil for the past couple of weeks working on a new website “Meadowside Designs.  Now that the site is up and running she is busy loading it with patterns for all sorts of quilts, large and small, putting new patterns together and collecting ideas for future patterns.  The snazzy thing about all this is that the patterns are “pay and download” – no waiting for emails and attachments, or even snail mail, so it’s instant gratification!  The best-selling pattern so far features owls – always a favourite, and the pattern she’s just uploaded this week features pigs (some sort of theme going on here? – Barbara)

owls in a tree

this little piggy 1

There is even a cunning plan to get Barbara to turn over some of her vintage quilts for patterns, and maybe even a few quilting designs and motifs.  Barbara suspects this will involve deadlines and perhaps some sort of bribery by chocolate…  meanwhile the list of potential pattern contributors seems to grow daily ….  If you follow the Meadowside blog you’ll get some of the background info on the patterns as they become available.