Design to move your soul

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

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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.

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

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Julia’s Celebration

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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New Quilt Designs Reveal

11-14 August
NEC, Birmingham, UK
Come and see our colours in all their glory and feel our new rich, soft drape. We promise a feast for the senses!
There’ll be Special Show Prices and a few surprises …
Find us in the catalogue under ‘P’ for Pinwheels.
To tempt you further, here’s a flavour of the NEW quilt designs that you’ll find on our stand.
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New Lakes ripples across quilt projects

Whether or not you enter this month’s prize draw for a Lakes Fat 8ths Pack, do join us in celebrating the arrival of the New Lakes collection by making one of the amazing designs we can offer from Lynne Goldsworthy and Helen Howes.

The Lakes Table Runner has been designed by Lynne Goldsworthy (and coloured by Helen Howes) and the pack contains the pattern and a Lakes Fat 8ths Pack and the finished size is 53″ x 18″ / 135 cm x 46 cm

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Alternatively, you may like a bit of a chunkier project. Have a go at City Lights by Helen Howes. She originally designed it for Ruby Reds, but as you can see it has a certain éclat in Lakes as well:

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The pack contains a Lakes Fat 8ths Pack, a Ruby Reds 5″ Square Charm Pack and the instructions. The backing fabric will need to be bought separately. The finished size is 47″ x 47″ / 120 x 120 cms.
You could go on in Lakes with a Ripples quilt and a Shoreline quilt:
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Or one of the six special designs that came out of Sew Mama Sew’s Oakshott Lakes Table Linens Challenge; mats, runners and napkins. Read all about them and introduce some iridescent blues into your home by downloading the free Lakes Table Linens ChallengePDF booklet.
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