• Primordial, iridescent New Lipari

    March 25, 2016

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    New Lipari perfectly captures the primordial beauty of the Aeolian islands. Its luminous colours mirror cobalt seas, lush greenery, pink bougainvillea and shimmering sun; a beauty shot through with dark, fine-grained volcanic rock and black sand. The rich, soft drape of this 54" wide fabric with its black warp and 18 lustrous wefts offers you distinctive, iridescent jewel tones to work with; see what inspired Oakshott Fabrics to create this collection.
    Designers are describing this collection as:
    'luscious' 'dynamic' 'stunning'
    New Lipari is available as cut lengths and in a choice of pre-cut packs, including Fat 8ths, Fat Quarters, Half Metre Blocks and 5” Squares. The 5" Labelled Sample Swatch comes with a £5 Gift Voucher - now there's temptation!
    And if it's inspiration you need, then look no further than our selection of Quilting Kits, created exclusively for us by some of the world's leading designers.
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  • Purple Days

    March 04, 2016

    Purple combines the calm stability of blue with the fierce energy of red. It's often associated with royalty, nobility, luxury and power. Purple can represent wealth, creativity, wisdom, grandeur, devotion, peace, mystery, independence and magic. We love designer Helen Howes' use of purple in her Interpolations 3a / Inpurpleation Quilt (shown here in progress): Interpolations3a-Inpurpleation_in-progress_HelenHowes If you're inspired, read the story behind her design and to make the project download the pattern from Helen Howes Textiles. To celebrate the UK's Mothering Sunday on 6 March 2016 we are offering 20% OFF selected purples up until 9am UK time on Monday 7 March. Use the promotional code MUM16 at the checkout when you purchase any of these selected purples from the Colourshott collection (just click on your chosen swatch to shop):

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  • 2016 MAQF Best Use of Color

    March 01, 2016

    Congratulations to Mary Menzer who won 'Best Use of Color' for 'Quilt it Wright' in the Mid Atlantic Quilt Festival, February 2016.
    "This is my all Oakshott quilt inspired by Frank Lloyd Wright. I love my Oakshotts!  Thanks for making a great product."
    MaryMenzer-MAQS-Winner ... and thanks Mary for making such great use of them. Read all about Mary's making journey and get some fantastic tips from her great five part description at  FairlyMerry blog where she describes her whole improv process, piecing, threads, basting, quilting, re-jigging, binding, and so on. Read more
  • The Journey of the Ruby Red Quilt

    November 16, 2015

    Once upon a time The Little Red Hen (aka Lynn Harris) fell in love with a pack of Ruby Reds and designed a lovely little quilt:
    "The Ruby Oakshott quilt is finished and I thoroughly enjoyed the quilting process on this one. It was a delight to watch the fabrics move past the presser foot. I was mesmerized by the subtle color change of the fabrics as the machine moved them along."
    LittleRedHenQuilt Then one day Elizabeth Walters spotted the pattern and knew she wanted to make it for her daughter and that the design would need enlarging. She spent a long time seeking advice and drawing up a new pattern:RubyQuilt She got in touch with Michael at Oakshott to source the Ruby Reds and has started work on the blocks: RubyQuiltSquares We look forward to seeing the finished quilt and are so glad to have been of service:
    "You are the most responsive merchant I have every encountered! ... it will be interesting to see how it turns out. After talking with 3 quilters who mostly shook their heads and didn't know how to advise me, I xeroxed 15 copies of the photo and started cutting and pasting. Made the squares 6" and triangles 3" instead of 5" and 2.5" to decrease the 'busyness' and designed it so I would like it for the top of the bed – then just kept adding. I'm sure I will shift colors as I go along but I am loving putting them together."
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  • Aruba Competition Comments

    November 06, 2015

    COTXAR_ArubaPacks2Thank you to everyone who entered our Aruba Competition (nearly 500 of you; based in the Antipodes, North America and all round Europe and Scandinavia).
    les couleurs de cette collection sont toniques et merveilleuse!
    We were thrilled with the response and touched by your many wonderful comments. We did wonder how some of you coped while you were waiting to hear:
    Fingers and toes are all crossed :-)
    The little packs of sunshine are of course named after the Caribbean island.
    A great choice for naming a gorgeous fabric collection after.
    Brilliantly named collection - the colours capture sunshine on brightly coloured clothing and sea! Love it!
    And you agreed that as we head into our northern winter, we appreciate the vibrant colours of the Caribbean.
    these colors are amazing – perfect for winter sewing (bright and sunny always helps during snowy, cold winters here)
    Love these shimmering colors.
    We're sorry only three of you could win but delighted to announce that you were: 1st Prize of an Aruba Fat Quarter Pack to Marilyn Hagopian
    2nd Prizes of Aruba Fat 8ths Packs to Elaine Armstrong and Denise Davies
    If you didn't win but were inspired by these little packs of sunshine, you can get your hands on our Aruba Fat 8ths and Fat Quarter Packs here.
    Thanks for saying lots of:
    gorgeous, wonderful, lovely
    and we've never seen so many exclamation marks!!!Aruba-bolts-crop_web
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