Monthly Archives: May 2014

Ruby Leaves

“I really love using Oakshott – the colours are so beautiful and I find the way the fabrics catch the light fascinating.”

Catherine Chisholm has now finished her creation with Oakshott Ruby Reds in time to enter in the appliqué section of the Blogger’s Quilt Festival.  She’s shared the whole making process on her Knotted Cotton blog (complete with details about threads and binding).

Leaves Quilt in Ruby Reds
Leaves by Catherine Chisholm in Oakshott Ruby Reds

Sharing colour since 2010

We first met Fiona across a crowded exhibition aisle in February 2010 and have been having fun with her approach to sewing ever since!

Fiona Pullen runs the online sewing directory as a central UK online platform for sewing businesses to promote themselves and as a one stop site for people who love sewing so they can find details of suppliers, sewing workshops, free projects, sewing techniques, industry news, competitions, events etc.

She gets 60-70,000 visitors a month so she gets plenty of offers to contribute content, particularly if it involves  free fabric Emoji since they get to keep and enjoy what they make. For instance there’s a husband  wearing this tie to work now and loving it.


It was designed by keen crafter Miriam Faulkner.  You can find Miriam blogging at moremiriam. Instructions are on the sewing directory site.

This was one of two  projects The Sewing Directory ran as a fabric challenge with Oakshott. Fiona shared the details of the fabrics on her site and invited people to submit ideas of what they would make with them.  She then chose her two favourite ideas and sent them the fabric to make up their items and write the tutorials (go to her original post here).

The second project was a perfect little evening bag (instructions here) by Anna Wilson (you can find more projects from her on her blog or find her handmade products on Etsy.

sewing-directoryEvening Bag

German Longarm

(In German at bottom)

Using Lakes and Tweed
Using Lakes and Tweed

We had a chat with Nina about how she keeps up her inspiration for the amazing collection of quilts she magics up in beautiful Bavaria, the southern part of Germany, some 130 km north-east of Munich. It turns out she only started quilting in 2009:

since when I keep attending classes with Claudia Pfeil, the well known German quilt artist in Krefeld. My curiosity led me to the quilt festival in Houston, Texas, where I came to know the style of Sue Patten and Jamie Wallen. I never run out of new ideas.

Ruby Reds and grey
Ruby Reds and grey


Three years ago the online-store 1001quiltstiche (quilt stitches) was added, and this is how I came to know and love the beautiful Oakshott fabrics. I sew quilts to decorate my stalls at fairs. Unfortunately there is not enough time to make more as I´m always excited about the stunning effect of these iridescent fabrics.

At the fair
At the fair

Under the name 1001quilt you can find my Longarm Quilt Service in Ratisbon (Regensburg). On my APQS Millennium I quilt tops as wide as 270 cm. There are no limits to quilting designs, depending on style and appearance of the quilt top and  according to my clients’ preferences I choose an appropriate design. I work freehand and with stencils.

Our mouth watered at the range of quilts you can see in her colourful gallery. Thanks for sharing Nina and nice to meet your helpmate:

Quilting cat
Quilting cat

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Unter dem Namen 1001quilt findet man meinen Longarm Quiltservice in Regensburg im schönen Bayern, ca. 130 km nordöstlich von München.
Auf meiner APQS Millennium quilte ich Tops bis zu einer Breite von 270 cm . Den Quiltmustern sind keine Grenzen gesetzt, je nach Stil und Ausdruck des Quilttops suche ich zusammen mit meinen Kundinnen ein geeignetes Quiltmuster aus. Ich arbeite freihand und mit Schablonen.
Seit 2009 besuche ich immer wieder Fortbildungen bei Claudia Pfeil, der bekannten deutschen Quiltkünstlerin in Krefeld, und meine Neugier auf weitere Möglichkeiten hat mich bis zum Quiltfestival in Houston, Texas reisen lassen, wo ich die Arbeitsweise von Sue Patten und Jamie Wallen kennenlernen konnte. Die Ideen gehen mir nie aus…
Vor 3 Jahren kam der Online-Shop 1001quiltstiche dazu, und dadurch habe ich die wunderschönen Oakshott-Stoffe kennen und lieben gelernt. Ich nähe Quilts für die Dekoration meiner Messestände (für mehr bleibt meist keine Zeit…) und bin jedes Mal begeistert von der umwerfenden Wirkung dieser schillernden Stoffe.
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We’ve just had a photo of a gorgeous quilt top using a full range of earth elements shot cottons from Sarah at {no} hats in the house, who said:

I’m a bit partial to the (more underrated?) neutrals in your collection … so tell me, will you be introducing any browns/tans/etc. back into the lineup?

and our answer is:

We still have a few Earth colours left and are likely to be bringing back some earth and tan tones in Autumn 2015.

Meanwhile feast your eyes on her quilt top and read full details of how Sarah achieved the gradation of colour on the blog:

Gradient fill; Layer cake
Gradient fill; Layer cake

We simply love the Ruby Reds!

Ruby Reds in Circles and Crescents
Ruby Reds in Circles and Crescents

Say Jutta and Anka of They wrote to us in English and German so we thought we’d publish both and add Italian  for good measure (anybody else out there want to contribute translations, of this or other posts?)

After a tour through the city of Bath and a subsequent visit to the Oakshott Warehouse where Michael and his wife welcomed us in summer 2013, the idea for this wallhanging was born. It is called Circles & Crescents and was designed to use the entire Ruby Red collection. Although the quilt includes many curved Drunkard’s Path seams, it is a lot easier to make than it appears. You will find a detailed pattern on our website (Quilt around the World members can download it for free) and a kit including pattern and all the precut pieces in our webshop (in collaboration with Quilthouse Purgstall, Austria). If you prefer to do the cutting yourself, we suggest that you buy the Ruby Reds fat quarter pack. This gives you a little extra fabric for smaller projects and leaves some margin for cutting accidents.

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For readers of Deutsch:

Wir sind absolut begeistert von den Ruby Reds!“]

Nach einer Stadtführung durch Bath, dem berühmten Kurort im Westen von England, haben wir Oakshott Fabrics im Sommer 2013 einen Besuch abgestattet, wo wir von Michael und seiner Frau sehr freundlich empfangen wurden. Hier ist die Idee für diesen Wandbehang entstanden. Er heißt KreisRund und spielt auf die runden und halbrunden Plätze an, die so charakteristisch sind für Bath. In dem Quilt ist die gesamte Ruby-Red-Kollektion verarbeitet. Obwohl jedes Element im Quilt eine gebogene Naht hat, ist das Nähen sehr viel einfacher, als man denkt. Auf unserer Webseite haben wir eine ausführliche Anleitung für den Quilt (Mitglieder von Quilt around the World können das PDF kostenlos herunterladen). Außerdem haben wir in Zusammenarbeit mit dem Quilthouse Purgstall in Österreich eine Materialpackung zusammengestellt, die die Anleitung und alle vorgeschnittenen Einzelteile enthält. Wenn Sie die Teile lieber selbst zuschneiden möchten, empfehlen wir die Fat-Quarter-Packung der Ruby Reds. So haben Sie noch ein wenig Stoff übrig für kleinere Projekte und ein wenig Reserve, falls etwas beim Zuschneiden daneben gehen sollte.[/expand]
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For readers of /italiano:

Ci piace tantissimo il Ruby Red.“]

In seguito ad un giro nella cittá di Bath e una visita al Magazzino Oakshott dove Michael e la moglie ci hanno hospitati nell’estate di 2013, fu nato il concetto di quest’arazzo.  Si chiama Circles and Crescents (Circoli e Falci). Benché la trapunta contiene molte cucitare curvate “Drunkards Path” é molto meno difficile da fare che non sembrerebbe.  Troverete un disegno dettagliato sul nostro sito (i soci di Quilt around the World possono scaricarlo gratuitamante) o potrete ottenere un corredo contenente il disegno e tutti i pezzi pretagliati dal nostro web-shop (colla collaborazione di Quilthouse Purgstal, Austria).  Se preferireste voi stessi fare il taglio suggeriremo che compraste il Ruby Red fat pack.  Questo vi offre un po’ di stoffa addizionale per altri progetti piú piccoli e lascia qualche margine per errori nel taglio.[/expand]

Our mouths watered at the sight of Kerry’s clothing adventures with our new Calluna Herringbone fabric. There’s info and pics on and detailed making instructions on verykerryberry.blogspot

Kerry Berry in Calluna Herringbone
Kerry Berry in Calluna Herringbone

The Calluna  Herringbone is what I would describe as a shirting weight.  Imagine a beautiful, quality men’s shirt, from the sort of gentlemen’s outfitters that sells brightly coloured socks and cashmere sweaters- that is the weight of Calluna.  It is light to medium weight, perfect for shirts and dresses.  It is soft and the weave produces a two tone effect with a light colour on one side and a darker version on the other so perfect for contrast details like the button plackets, collar stands, cuffs and pockets on this dress.

Oakshott Fabrics Calluna Herringbone 01
Oakshott Fabrics Calluna Herringbone 01