• Lakes on a table

    October 15, 2014

    Mary 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. 2014-10-14napkins2 Read more
  • Lakes challenge

    October 14, 2014

    Thanks 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.
    2014-10JessicatablerunnerIf 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. :)
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  • Steps to Chess on the Steps

    October 08, 2014

    Krista of Poppyprint in Canada has designed a fabulous modern quilt (featuring as pattern of the month in MQG's September newsletter). Her fascinating journey to the design, Chess on the Steps, is on her blog.
    "This quilt was made entirely of the new Colourshott shot cottons ..." 2014-10ChessOnTheSteps2"... The quilting was all done with free-form (unmarked) lines with my Pfaff IDT (built in walking foot).  I just followed seams in the piecing and went for it.  There are 7 coordinating colours of Aurifil 30 wt thread on the quilt.  Sewing with these shot cottons is so enjoyable as the colours are beautifully saturated - at times I feel like I'm working with sari silk!"
    2014-10ChessOnTheSteps small Just in case you're tempted here are the swatches for the colours used SwatchChessOnSteps White Sand (COTX01), Black (COTX30), Charcoal (COTX29), Vintage Silver (COTX28), Midnight Blue (COTX23), Nectarine (COTX03), Russet (COTX04), Campion (COTX05), Bizzie Lizzie (COTX12) and Snapdragon (COTX06) Read more
  • Ruby Leaves

    May 30, 2014

    "I really love using Oakshott - the colours are so beautiful and I find the way the fabrics catch the light fascinating."
    Catherine Chisholm has now finished her creation with Oakshott Ruby Reds in time to enter in the appliqué section of the Blogger's Quilt Festival.  She's shared the whole making process on her Knotted Cotton blog (complete with details about threads and binding). [caption id="attachment_168" align="aligncenter" width="900"]Leaves Quilt in Ruby Reds Leaves by Catherine Chisholm in Oakshott Ruby Reds[/caption] Read more
  • 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