Tuscan Inspiration

We just love the stories that lie behind many of the quilts you show us, and we especially love it when our fabrics come together with your memories – that is the beauty of quilting.

The highly talented Claudia Scheja of quilterei-werne in Werne, northwest Germany, had her memories triggered by the Oakshott Ruby Reds and has produced a real work of art:

my new Quilt “Tuscany Village” I have made from Oakshott fabrics. When I saw the beautiful Ruby Red fabrics I remembered a journey to Italy many years ago and got the idea for this quilt (140 x 140cm)

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The quilt was first seen at the Open European Quilt Championships 2016 in Maastricht, Germany, where Claudia was a featured quilter.

Floral Impressions Appliqué

How many of us have admired the beautiful appliqué work of fantastic designer Deborah Kemball and lusted after emulating her?

We are delighted to say that Quilter’s Guild member Janice Lawson  has done just that, and what a bouquet.

She has sent us a couple of  photos of Floral Impressions cushions she has finished and said that she has also worked on a Floral Impressions quilt top, so we look forward to seeing that when it has been quilted.

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The Kemball appliqué  bug has obviously bitten since Janice contacted us about ordering specific Fat 8ths of 19 colours so that she can make a Midnight Garden quilt (quick peek of Deborah’s original if you click here!).  We can’t wait to see the results.

PS As a Guild member Janice is taking advantage of the 10% discount Oakshott Fabrics offer as part of the Quilters’ Guild of the British Isles Retailer Scheme.

Totally Totes

Since the whole point of creating Oakshott Fabrics in the beginning was to fashion a blended, colourful world we love it when a creative designer comes up with a project that uses that USP to its maximum!

In other words, there are three fantastic designs in three colourways – so one of them must suit your colour world, surely. The kits (available from the online shop) come with pattern and fabric at just £38 each and the finished size is W10″ x H14″ x D3″ / 25 cm x 36 cm x 8 cm (excluding handles)


That fantastic designer is Helen Butcher of Little Patch Pockets and she found herself inspired to create one tote; and then a second; and then a third:


I dropped my pin box, not for the first time, but the scattered sparkle of metallic slivers across the patchwork I was working on, and the table underneath, gave rise to an idea. By the time all the pins were picked up, I had designed this block. It is rarely that quick, however sometimes inspiration comes from the most unexpected places. Always worth keeping your eyes, and your mind, open.


This was the first of the three designs in this series and it grew out of a development of the traditional rail fence block. By setting the blocks on point you really get to see the full effect of the beautiful Oakshott fabric. I called it Jacob’s Ladder because it reminds me of a toy of that name I had as a child, a clever arrangement of wooden pieces joined by ribbons which cascaded when held correctly.


I have always liked half square triangles, the design possibilities are endless. But I like to give an old idea a new twist so I added the floating inset squares to give little flashes of unexpected colour to the otherwise uniform side of this block. The name sprang from the shape of the triangles which made me think of the pointe shoes worn by ballet dancers.

Advice for Quilters

Ingrid Huber (see her Trips Around the Silk Route, April 2016) has been busy again:


The idea for this quilt I got almost 2 years ago during my vacation in Pennsylvania and Houston. In the gift shops in Pennsylvania I found a lot of items with “Advice from Nature” – animals, trees, flowers and much more giving advice, very funny advices but also very thoughtful ones (you find it also on the internet<http://shop.yourtruenature.com/>). I got the idea to make a quilt with advice for quilters, where all the utensils you use for a quilt give you advice – and I had a lot of fun creating these advices. This March I started the quilt, using a lot of my scraps from the Oakshott fabrics I have in my stash. I didn’t finish it in time for this year’s Festival of Quilts, but I plan to show it next year in Birmingham.


Design to move your soul

Have you seen these beautiful modern designs from Bosna Quilt in Bregenz, Austria?


This work is testimony  to cooperation between women from different worlds. The workshop came into being in 1993 during the Bosnian war, at the Galina refugee hostel in Vorarlberg, Austria. The unique textile creations are designed by Lucia Lienhard-Giesinger in Bregenz and are then hand-sewn by eleven women in Goražde and Sarajevo. After more than 20 years, the Bosna Quilt Werkstatt (Workshop) has found a home in Bregenz: if you want to see Bosna Quilts, there is now a place to do so. But they will still be shown in exhibitions.


Anybody going? There are four beautiful booklets available to purchase if you can’t get there in person.


Julia’s Celebration

Oakshott founder, Julia, has finally had time to create her longstanding quilting ambition to combine Oakshott and Liberty fabrics:


The Quilt is called Celebration. Made for my elder granddaughter who was 21 in February 2016.

Daisy was thrilled to bits with it.  She had a vague idea of what I was doing as I had run it by her before she left. However it was only as I was laying it all out that I came up the idea of putting five of the four-patch colours together to form a cross, as this seems to be a popular design at the moment.


This was the first time that I had made a large quilt, which fulfilled my long ago dream of having our own shot colours to match the Liberty prints.  When I first entered the Quilting  world, after returning from our many years out in India, I had started to collect Liberty fabrics.  However I could not find colours to blend in with the prints.  I knew shot colours would be the answer, luckily my son (Michael), had become involved with importing handwoven furnishing fabric from India. Using the same co-operative of weavers my father had used after he, so-called, retired from India.

So a ‘Mum’s project ‘ was born.  It took almost three years before we were happy with the colours and the weave. Then, I was kept busy making sample quilts to show off all the colours.

(Sadly some of these were not returned. If anyone knows of their whereabouts we would be very happy to have them back. They all have a label on the back saying ‘Property of Oakshott and Co Ltd, please return’.)

Along with Michael, I helped to choose the colours for our various ranges which all gradually developed over the years.

Life was busy as I was also helping out where I could in the warehouse and the various quilt shows.  We had to eventually take the decision to change from hand loom to power loom, as the weavers were retiring and the young were not interested.  This has developed into our wonderful new quality, which everyone is happy with. The time came for me to ‘slow down’ and work from home.

Now was the time to use up my old collection of Liberty and the many lovely colours which we had developed.  I had a lot of fun matching up the colours.  In fact, was quite carried away and the quilt for Daisy turned out much larger than I had originally planned!  The Quilt was longarm quilted by Mandy Parks, with a lovely daisy pattern.



There were still many four patches left, some of which have now been made into a quilt for a great niece – watch this space as they say. It has gone off to be quilted – again by Mandy Parks.