Monthly Archives: April 2014

We’ve just heard that Amish Stars (once called Swooning with Oakshotts), a quilt made by Live a Colourful Life has raised $3,500 at auction.

Amish Stars at auction
Amish Stars at auction
Rusty Reg and Milly Mauve by Sue Hazell
Rusty Reg and Milly Mauve by Sue Hazell

Sue Hazell designed these patchwork bears using Oakshott Colourwraps (these are eight fat eighths). Buy them from her direct at

Lakes and Tents

We love this use of the Lakes range, it brings out their stronger elements. Val teaches hand appliqué in British Columbia/Alberta [Canada]:

“I made this for a presentation on the work of the Tentmakers of Cairo. I spent a lot of time in the Middle East and took a class with Jenny Bowker and am fascinated by the work. The pattern is by Ahmed Atef Fattoh / Hany Fattoh Shop from the book The Ancient Art of Appliqué – patterns from the tentmakers of Cairo, published by AQS. The tentmakers have given patterns to the book and share the royalties, so hopefully promoting the book helps a little as tourism in Egypt has taken a hit.

Oakshott appliques beautifully so I sell it to my appliqué groups. I wanted to showcase Lakes and this was a perfect project as the tentmakers use solid colours. I haven’t quilted it yet as I can’t decide what I want to do with it.”

A Tentmakers of Cairo pattern
A Tentmakers of Cairo pattern

If anybody has any ideas on what to do next share them with us here or with Val on

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!).

Lap Quilt
Brigitte Gillespie’s Lap Quilt

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 .”

It’s lovely to see Sew Mama Sew have got a tutorial for a half square triangle pillow as a free download .

Sew Mama Sew's Oakshott Half Square Triangle Pillow
Sew Mama Sew’s Oakshott Half Square Triangle Pillow 

Shott up

A Charm Pack of Colourshott colours

The backbone of our collections, the Colourshott range, has gone even more ‘premier’ with a slightly heavier weave in a 54″ width and with an extra 27 colours! We are planning to re-introduce the fantastic Colourbox (containing all 57 colours) for Christmas.

Fat Quarterly have had a sneak preview and are running a competition. have a wonderful explanation of shot cottons.