Helen from Archie the Wonderdog blogspot used the Metro bundle:
“I was left with the ‘mystery’ bundle which … was revealed to be a ‘neutrals’ bundle. Not my usual stomping ground but I decided to decline the kind offers to swap (we hadn’t yet seen a photo of this bundle so I had no idea what I was going to get!) and accept the challenge … I’m glad I did”
and so are we.
Helen designed a small quilt cum block roll …
“used to keep pieces in the right place while you’re sewing and which rolls up to keep your pieces safe when you’re not using it) as I use them a lot when I’m hand piecing, as well as when I’m machine piecing. They’re very handy when you’ve got a block with lots of pieces which are the same shape but different colours, as you can carry it to the ironing board, press the seams you’ve just sewn and put the pieces back in the right place. It helps eliminate that moment when, after piecing the final seam, you hold up your block and realise that you’ve got the star points on backwards or two red pieces next to each other.”
See the full and fascinating tutorial (and photos of Archie!) on http://archiethewonderdog.blogspot.co.uk/2014/07/city-walk-oakshott-metro-project.html
New free pattern and step-by-step tutorial for the Modern Crosses quilt, as shown at the 2014 Festival of Quilts, is on the Without Pins website. It is shown here in its original Oakshott Air fabric (no longer available) along with a new colour-example made up as a cushion in Ruby Reds.
Design and samples by Heather Hasthorpe; photography and tutorial by Helen Howes; fabrics by Oakshott Fabrics
Charlotte of Displacement Activity got all poetic about Oakshott, in this case the new fat eighths we are calling Freesia:
As always, photographs just don’t do these fabrics justice – it’s impossible to see how they glow and shimmer unless you get to see them in person. I spent absolutely ages putting them in different orders, pairing them up and generally stroking them and can absolutely and confidently assert that they are at least five gazillion times more gorgeous in real life.
Then, as part of Lily’s Quilts Bloghop, she turned them into this:
full instructions for making Reflections on this page of Displacement Activity.
Nicky from Mrs Sew and Sow said:
“Oakshott really are among my favourite fabrics! I love the colours, the sheen they have, the feel of them and also how they quilt but this pattern makes use of the ability to use both sides of the woven fabric to make mirror blocks.”
She chose the Derwent fat eighths pack and designed a fantastic runner, using the dark blue fabric to create a lattice ‘sashing’, which gave her the name for her design, Trellis:
For full details of the pattern click on this link: http://mrsssewandsow.blogspot.co.uk/2014/07/oakshott-colourshott-bloghop.html
Oakshott have produced a range of Fat Eighth packs picking out a highlight (or accent) colour, given them an evocative name and priced them very competitively.
Thanks to a competition on Lily’s Quilts we’ve been able to bring you some inspirational designs to get you started.
Number 1: Brighton Rock. Sonia of Fabric and Flowers produced this runner and six coasters (click on this link for instructions)
Oakshott’s very own Michael spent time on the Pinwheel stand, which was selling Oakshott fabrics for 2015 (and is going to repeat the arrangement in 2016).
Don’t those packs and kits look great?
Having given us a sneak preview in July Heather Hasthorpe of Without Pins revealed all at the Festival of Quilts in August.
Of course, at Oakshott we love what she says about the materials she used for her Pallets runner
“I’ve also been playing around with some new cloth samples where there is a different colour on each side so that 6 pieces give you 12 colourways! How about that?”
Heather has now uploaded the pattern for the runner onto her website, which uses four Fat Eighths. Download the PDF pattern and then choose your own colour way:
Francesca Kay bought a bundle of Oakshott Lipari at the Festival of Quilts a few years ago and used them for Amish With a Twist, completed July 2014, hurrah!
This photomontage shows the front of the quilt and the freestyle hand quilting on front and back:
Follow a tea cosy and a voyage from South Carolina to Bath with Lizzie Lennard and Quiltville!
Where do those Oakshotts go to in free motion?
Each hyperlink will take you to somewhere fun …