Monthly Archives: October 2014

Quick Makes Fat Eighths

To celebrate the launch of the New Colourshott Fat 8ths Mini Packs (Rio, Spice, Freesia, Orchid, Brighton Rock, Derwent, Metro, New Forest – the names are enough to make you drool) we teamed up with Lynne Goldsworthy of and eight talented quilter/bloggers and here’s a montage of the Quick Make delights they came up with:


Their eight stunning, FREE, designs have been brought together in a Quick Makes booklet for you to download. Each design has been fully illustrated, with comments from the designer, a list of materials and a link to the tutorial. Just click on the picture below to download the PDF.

Quick Makes-front-cover

Keep an eye out for more booklets in this series in these posts and on the Instant Colour page where you’ll also find a list of Kits.


Knock Out Neighbourhood in Colourshott

This amazing new modern quilt has been created using Oakshott Colourshott (and Kona) fabrics by Michelle of Factotum of Arts in North Carolina, USA, and is just as delicious from front or back; can you say which is which?NeighbourhoodBack_BiltmoreConservatory NeighbourhoodFront_BiltmoreConservatory

Do have a look at her blog,, it’s full of inspirational pictures, quilts, tutorials and design tips – and keep fingers crossed that the Neighbourhood quilt is selected for this year’s Quiltcon in Texas!

A Cascade of Lakes

Inspired by the colours of the Oakshott fat quarter pack ´Lakes´, and the way in which the material gives two different colourways, this log cabin quilt was created to make full use of the shot effect.

Quilt 2

The quilt is called ´Cascade´ and was hand-made by a first year student of Maria Broers from the Carol Cox quilt shop in the Netherlands. The quilt top was made using one Oakshott fat quarter pack for the log cabin blocks and the inner border, plus an additional 1½ meters of the colour ´Brienz´ for the outer border and binding. The quilt measures approximately 125 cm x 145 cm, made up of 20 cm blocks, a 4 cm inner border and an 8 cm outer border.

Sew Many Lakes

Sew Mama Sew’s Oakshott Lakes Table Linens Challenge is completed and published and an Oakshott giveaway offered. It’s great to see these designers loving the richness of the fabric as much as we do, and using its shot effect so creatively – and just from one Fat 8ths Pack.


Visit their sites for full details on how they approached the challenge, tutorials and the latest from these talented, enthusiastic designer/bloggers:

New Autumn Mosaic

We are mega-excited by the prospect of a new bloghop using Oakshott’s New Autumn Fat Eighths Packs that Lily’s Quilts is running:

The Oakshott Autumn Blog Hop
These colours are so warm and vibrant that they make a mosaic of all the seasons (sorry Stanley*!), which is enough to drive you back to the quilting table to capture all that is best in autumn.
This is a quick peek of the design for  Fabric and Flowers’ Falling Vista lap quilt, visit her blog for the final view and a tutorial.
Autumn Trees Layout
and see more of the large quilt called Autumn Columns produced by Rossie, again with a tutorial.
*(see Stanley Horowitz’ verse: ‘Winter is an etching, spring a watercolor, summer an oil painting, and autumn a mosaic of them all.)

Lakes on a table

Mary Claire of Remember Wren was inspired by a rolled hem! Who would believe such a mundane sounding object could open up such a rainbow of creativity, as will be revealed if you visit her blog to brush up on your skills. Thanks Mary Claire for taking part in the Sew Mama Sew challenge (and being so enthused by the Oakshott Lakes fabric, of course) that table linen is almost making us think of Christmas.


Lakes challenge

Thanks Jessica of Quilty Habit for your poetic words about Lakes, “shimmery wonderfulness” for a start!

Also thanks for posting such great instructions for a gorgeous table runner she designed as part of Sew Mama Sew‘s Oakshott Challenge (highlights being released 22-25 October).

Shot cottons change colors in the light – you have to see it to really believe it. I love these Oakshott fabrics because they are a bit thicker and easier to work with than quilting cotton (in my opinion). Plus, they have more dimensionality than regular solid quilting cotton. So, so pretty. Plus, these colors were my favorites – purples to pinks to a wide range of blues. Mmm.

2014-10JessicatablerunnerIf you want to see more pictures, learn about traditional blocks, half-square/half-rectangle triangles (HST/HRT), marking radiating stars, improvisational curves, threads, double-siding … then do go to the tutorial on her blog.

You can see (pics on blog) how the Oakshott colors change depending on the light and where you stand in the room. Seriously amazing! Oh, and I love how the quilting from the front made hexagons on the back. 🙂