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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Fabulous fabrics

With all our focus this week on the Basically Bags class there has been a certain amount of foraging through our stashes for samples.   Barbara’s trawl reminded her that she has yet to do anything with this glorious Liberty fabric –

which was a birthday gift from her daughter.   Barbara suspects that said daughter is quite anxious to receive some of the fabric back, in an altered state, for example a book cover or a laptop case.  The stash trawl later turned up two Oakshott fabrics which seem to work really well with it, so another little heap has been left out on the worktable to be dealt with next week.

Earlier this month Barbara was given a colourful scarf length of Indian printed cotton – more than enough to turn the mind to sunnier, warmer days, and possibly some quilting/stitching designs …

In the general rummaging that has been going on Barbara was also reminded that she has never got around to doing anything with this delightful small vintage piece of patchwork –

the intention was to re-make it using reproduction fabrics and perhaps produce a pattern – who knows, this may yet happen! (and pigs might fly! – Chris)  The fabrics in this piece are limited in number but are quite delightful in themselves

And, as for more up-to-date fabrics, we are thrilled to see that Quilters Trading Post in Whitchurch have their new website up and running – www.quilterstradingpost.com – well done Emma!