Wedded Bliss

Lesley’s niece and new husband should be well warmed by the colours, the fabulous work and the loving wishes that went into this beautiful wedding quilt.

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Thanks for sharing your work Lesley.

PS We’ve had a few requests for the pattern, here is Lesely’s reply:

The pattern I used is called ‘Around the Twist’ from an old book called ‘Template -Free Quiltmaking Book 1’ by Trudie Hughes published by that Patchwork Place. It’s still available very cheaply on Amazon. I did the 5-colour version. Its actually a very easy quilt to piece. There are only two blocks, a snowball and a twist. I noticed there was a similar pattern by the Lintotts called ‘Interlocking Chains” in issue 15 of Todays Quilter.

Poppyprint at large

Krista Hennebury of Poppyprint has been enjoying some island time, Vancouver way, spreading the word of her improv technique and:

I also finished up this special table runner for days that my stitch group, the Gathered Threads, come over! I used the same pattern as my Variegated Threads quilt (available in my Craftsy shop here) except that I sewed 7 spools side by side. I love it on my rustic pine dining table; the Oakshott fabrics are so vibrant. I’ll be teaching this as a workshop this coming weekend for the Blue Mountain Quilter’s Guild and I can’t wait to see how the students like working with their custom Oakshott kits!30684072816_43560db636

 

Knotted Cotton’s Anemones

Just a quick catch-up with our friend Catherine at Knotted Cotton; she used Oakshott purples as a reflection of her love of flowers. Have look at her full story on:

Four in Art 3: Colour/Purple Passion – “Anemones”

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I used shot cotton for the flowers, because it has a lovely sheen and catches the light beautifully although it is difficult to capture the full glory of it in a photograph.  The different colours in the warp and weft make it far less ‘flat’ than a standard coloured fabric.

Moonlight and Starlight

Designer Helen Butcher, of Little Patch Pockets, has been going all starry-eyed over a bespoke collection of Oakshott  Fat Quarter Packs we’ve called Moonlight and Starlight.

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Helen said that the Moonlight Pack (on left) reminded her of:

balmy summer evenings at sea with no sound but the ripple of waves against the hull.

While the strong contrasts of Starlight (on right)

evoked thoughts of bright moonlight transforming everyday objects into things unfamiliar and strange.

And she came with three stunning projects for you to indulge in: the Moonlight Serenade Cushion (and the kit makes three cushions); the Moonlit Sea Wallhanging; and the Cubitz Starlight Quilt.

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Moonlight Serenade Cushion Kit
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Moonlit Sea Wallhanging Kit
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Cubitz Starlight Quilt Kit

Happy dreams!

First Come First Served

UPDATE: well done to first off the blocks Cath B.; hope you enjoy the show.

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We have a pair of free tickets to give away for the Knitting & Stitching Show in Harrogate 24-27 November 2016. First to email michael@oakshottfabrics.com gets the present!2016-10-31free-tickets

Locked to Scandinavia

Have you spotted our newest kit? mandy munroe exhibited her design at the Festival of Quilts in 2015:

Another of my “less is more” quilts … A restricted colour scheme (chosen in the winter), solid and low volume prints, lots of negative space and a split background. … “More” was added at the quilting stage by the amazing Rachael Dorr.

By proving that our new Scandinavia collection works equally well alone or in contrast with stronger colours we feel it is a perfect representation of the Danish concept of hygge –  said to make homes nicer and people happier – which is why we’ve put together a kit for you (finished size 41″ x 41″ / 104 cm x 104 cm).

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The kit contains a fabric pack that provides for the quilt top and binding (not the backing) and the pattern and full instructions.

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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.