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 22, 2014We are mega-excited by the prospect of a new bloghop using Oakshott's New Autumn Fat Eighths Packs that Lily's Quilts is running:These colours are so warm and vibrant that they make a mosaic of all the seasons (sorry Stanley*!), which is enough to drive you back to the quilting table to capture all that is best in autumn.This is a quick peek of the design for Fabric and Flowers' Falling Vista lap quilt, visit her blog for the final view and a tutorial.and see more of the large quilt called Autumn Columns produced by Rossie, again with a tutorial.*(see Stanley Horowitz’ verse: ‘Winter is an etching, spring a watercolor, summer an oil painting, and autumn a mosaic of them all.)Read more
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