• Improv FMQ

    July 03, 2014

    "I have really loved working with your delicious Oakshotts"
    [caption id="attachment_219" align="aligncenter" width="800"]element close-up of Cahty Underhill's improv quilt Close-up element from Cathy Underhill's improv quilt[/caption] A wonderful lesson in free motion embroidery and improvised quilting from Cabbage Quilts using the Impressions range. This is just one element!   Read more
  • Ruby Reds on Harris

    June 10, 2014

    Mairi Wheeler has taken her Ruby Reds on holiday to the wilds of Harris. As she says: This is when being an OAP has its advantages." 2014-06Mairi Wheeler
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  • Pink Calluna Cami

    May 07, 2014

    Our mouths watered at the sight of Kerry's clothing adventures with our new Calluna Herringbone fabric. There's info and pics on lilysquilts.blogspot.co.uk and detailed making instructions on verykerryberry.blogspot [caption id="attachment_116" align="aligncenter" width="150"]Kerry Berry in Calluna Herringbone Kerry Berry in Calluna Herringbone[/caption]
    The Calluna  Herringbone is what I would describe as a shirting weight.  Imagine a beautiful, quality men's shirt, from the sort of gentlemen's outfitters that sells brightly coloured socks and cashmere sweaters- that is the weight of Calluna.  It is light to medium weight, perfect for shirts and dresses.  It is soft and the weave produces a two tone effect with a light colour on one side and a darker version on the other so perfect for contrast details like the button plackets, collar stands, cuffs and pockets on this dress.
    [caption id="attachment_117" align="aligncenter" width="300"]Oakshott Fabrics Calluna Herringbone 01 Oakshott Fabrics Calluna Herringbone 01[/caption] Read more
  • Full of Beans

    April 30, 2014

    Victoria Findlay Wolfe used Lipari (on the left) and Italy (on the right) [caption id="attachment_78" align="aligncenter" width="300"]Bumblebeansinc.blogspot uses Lipari and Italy Bumblebeansinc.blogspot uses Lipari and Italy[/caption]
    Teaching is great fun, but I get so many ideas watching everyone else that it kills me that I don't get to sew! So! I came home and HAD TO MAKE SOMETHING with these pretties."
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  • In the Lap of Colour, Brigitte Gillespie

    April 28, 2014

    Thanks to Brigitte Gillespie for sending us a photo of her 'leftovers'! Otherwise known as an Itsy-Bits and Wonky Strips Lap Quilt (quote also in French, see below!). [caption id="attachment_30" align="aligncenter" width="533"]Lap Quilt Brigitte Gillespie's Lap Quilt[/caption] This is the background from Brigitte:
    "I started it while demonstrating how to use up small scraps at our annual fabric sale in Farnham [Surrey, UK] last January. I used the leftovers from a quilt made with the Oakshott fabrics and the sashing is more leftovers from another quilt. The border and the backing is Jinny Beyer fabric, which I bought from the reduced range at Midsomer Quilting. It is my fifth lap quilt made with scraps. I learnt the technique, called Itsy-Bits and Wonky Strips, from Paula Doyle when she came to visit my local group a few years ago. In this lap quilt, I only used straight strips which gives it a more architectural look. It is longarm quilted on my Millenium APQS with a variegated thread (Rainbows by Superior Threads). I love the Oakshott range of fabrics as they catch the light and the quilting gives them another beautiful dimension."
    "Cet ouvrage a vu le jour au cours d’une animation sur la récupération de chutes de tissus lors de notre exposition annuelle à Farnham, Surrey, GB.  Les chutes proviennent d’un projet réalisé avec les tissus Oakshott. Les bandes entre les blocs, d’un autre projet. Pour la bordure et le dos, j’ai utilisé un tissu de Jinny Beyer acheté chez Midsomer Quilting. C’est mon cinquième patchwork réalisé avec des chutes de tissus. J’ai appris la technique « Itsy Bits and Wonky Strips » de Paula Doyle lorsqu’elle est venue animer un stage à Farnham Quilters il y a quelques années. Dans cet ouvrage, je n’ai utilisé que des chutes rectangulaires ce qui lui donne une structure architecturale. Je l’ai matelassé avec ma longarm Millenium APQS et j'ai utilisé un fil bigarré Rainbows de Superior Threads. J’adore les tissus Oakshott car ils reflettent la lumière et donnent une autre dimension au matelassage ." Read more