January 23, 2015The Lakes collection is a wonderful evocation of crisp, clear winter sunshine on bright, frosty days, and the Sew Mama Sew Lakes Table Linen Challenge produced some lovely designs to bring that vibrancy into your house. We've put the six designs into a free booklet for you to download, either click here, go to the Instant Colour page and browse the whole booklet collection, or go to the Oakshott Fabrics shop website and check out the fabrics (all these designs can be made with a Lakes Fat 8ths pack of 16 colours). Read more
October 23, 2014Sew Mama Sew's Oakshott Lakes Table Linens Challenge is completed and published and an Oakshott giveaway offered. It's great to see these designers loving the richness of the fabric as much as we do, and using its shot effect so creatively – and just from one Fat 8ths Pack. Visit their sites for full details on how they approached the challenge, tutorials and the latest from these talented, enthusiastic designer/bloggers:
- Mary Claire King of Remember Wren
- Michelle White of Falafel and the Bee
- Jessica Skultety of Quilty Habit
- Nicole Neblett of mama love quilts
- Sara Peterson of knottygnome crafts
- Anjeanette Klinder
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
August 19, 2014Nicky from Mrs Sew and Sow said:
"Oakshott really are among my favourite fabrics! I love the colours, the sheen they have, the feel of them and also how they quilt but this pattern makes use of the ability to use both sides of the woven fabric to make mirror blocks."She chose the Derwent fat eighths pack and designed a fantastic runner, using the dark blue fabric to create a lattice 'sashing', which gave her the name for her design, Trellis: For full details of the pattern click on this link: http://mrsssewandsow.blogspot.co.uk/2014/07/oakshott-colourshott-bloghop.html Read more
August 18, 2014Having given us a sneak preview in July Heather Hasthorpe of Without Pins revealed all at the Festival of Quilts in August. Of course, at Oakshott we love what she says about the materials she used for her Pallets runner
"I've also been playing around with some new cloth samples where there is a different colour on each side so that 6 pieces give you 12 colourways! How about that?"Heather has now uploaded the pattern for the runner onto her website, which uses four Fat Eighths. Download the PDF pattern and then choose your own colour way: Read more