October 15, 2014Mary Claire of Remember Wren was inspired by a rolled hem! Who would believe such a mundane sounding object could open up such a rainbow of creativity, as will be revealed if you visit her blog to brush up on your skills. Thanks Mary Claire for taking part in the Sew Mama Sew challenge (and being so enthused by the Oakshott Lakes fabric, of course) that table linen is almost making us think of Christmas. Read more
October 14, 2014Thanks Jessica of Quilty Habit for your poetic words about Lakes, "shimmery wonderfulness" for a start! Also thanks for posting such great instructions for a gorgeous table runner she designed as part of Sew Mama Sew's Oakshott Challenge (highlights being released 22-25 October).
Shot cottons change colors in the light - you have to see it to really believe it. I love these Oakshott fabrics because they are a bit thicker and easier to work with than quilting cotton (in my opinion). Plus, they have more dimensionality than regular solid quilting cotton. So, so pretty. Plus, these colors were my favorites - purples to pinks to a wide range of blues. Mmm.If you want to see more pictures, learn about traditional blocks, half-square/half-rectangle triangles (HST/HRT), marking radiating stars, improvisational curves, threads, double-siding ... then do go to the tutorial on her blog.
You can see (pics on blog) how the Oakshott colors change depending on the light and where you stand in the room. Seriously amazing! Oh, and I love how the quilting from the front made hexagons on the back. :)Read more
September 22, 2014Thanks to Juliet of The Tartanwiki for running her Butterfly Challenge Have a look at the winners on Flickr and their blogs: On a Gossamer Wing by Lisa in the USA as the winner of the Oakshott Cotton Fat Eighth Lipari bundle. Mara of Secretly Stitching in Greece won the the Oakshott Cotton Fat Eighths Lakes bundle. Jamie k.b. won the tartankiwi patterns and a little something from Juliet. Read more
August 01, 2014At this year's Festival of Quilts on 7-10 August you can stock up on your Oakshott Fabrics at either Stand G21, Pinwheels, or Stand N4, The Bramble Patch. [caption id="attachment_318" align="aligncenter" width="490"] Oakshott packs of Lakes, Ruby Red and Lipari at the 2013 Festival of Quilts[/caption]
See more about this year's Festival of Quilts on their website.Read more
July 28, 2014Another Kiwi connection has been having fun with Lakes, log cabins and butterflies!
I sat down with some scraps from my Lakes bundle and sewed a wonky logcabin version of my butterfly pattern. It was unlike any version of the pattern that I had sewn before and I immediately fell in love with it all over again.In fact, so much fun she's come up with a fantastic Butterfly Challenge for everybody to participate in.
As I looked at the block, it got me thinking about how much I love playing with established patterns and giving them a new twist. I also love seeing what other people do with my patterns, so I threw the two ideas together and spontaneously decided to run The Butterfly Challenge on my blog in the month of August.Full details on her Tartanwiki blog. Thanks Juliet
(who said: your awesome fabrics have yet again inspired me!)and we look forward to featuring the results (whatever material is used!) Read more