Monthly Archives: April 2015

Special offer to Quilters’ Guild members

Here at Oakshott we’ve long cherished our association with the Quilters’ Guild and many of its members. Handmade has never been hotter and the Guild plays a vital role in promoting patchwork and quilting skills. We believe there’s a special humanity about handmade pieces – they evoke warm, fuzzy feelings in a way that mass-produced items never can.
So the next step seemed logical…

Special offer for Guild Members
Quilters Guild Discount Logo

Exciting news: you can now save 10% when you order online and spend £20 or more (excluding shipping).
All you’ll need is the special discount code to enter at the checkout (you’ll find it in the Members Area of the Guild website). Happy shopping!
Full details here >>

More about the Quilters’ Guild and the benefits of membership >>

Shott in the Dark

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This bold, graphic design called Shott in the Dark was created by Anne Williams, editor of The Quilter. What a wonderful illustration of our New Colourshott 01-30 shades in all their glory. Presented as a Mystery Row quilt over four issues of The Quilter, amazingly it uses just one F8ths Pack.

If you’re going to the Guild Conference at the Harrogate International Conference Centre from 24-26 April 2015, look out for the display of readers’ Mystery Row quilts. It’ll be fascinating to see how varied they are and the spin their makers have put on the basic pattern!

Careful with curves

“I have at last finished this quilt made from your lovely fabrics. I am only sorry I did not get it professionally photoed as it  does not do your Oakshott fabrics justice.”  Caroline Lloyd

2015-04CarolineLloydIt is certainly a lovely result! We had a quick chat with Caroline about how she approached this project and gathered the following pertinent facts:

  • the design is all Caroline’s own and came out of her interest in curved seams and her curiosity about how to work on a large curved scheme;
  • cutting and placing those curves needs careful attention since it is very easy to go wrong;
  • the seams were machined together but the quilting was by hand;
  • it took Caroline three years to finish after purchasing the fabrics because she found she needed whole chunks of day to be able to concentrate on getting the curves right.

Thank you for sharing.

 

Colourshott Memory Game

Earlier this year we marvelled at the eight stunning designs that came out of a bloghop run by Lynne Goldsworthy (see the individual ones in earlier posts). Now we have drawn them together into one of our FREE ezines so you can choose which design to start with! Each quilt uses a selection from the 27 vibrant colours in a 10″ Square Pack of Colourshott 31-57 and the booklet tells you a bit about each designer and gives you the link to their pattern tutorial (covering topics like foundation piecing, 60 degree and half rectangle triangles, hourglass blocks, bias tape for appliqué, 6-patch trip around the world block).

So download the booklet here (or from the Instant Colour page, where you will find the others in the series) and meanwhile, have a go at matching the squares from each quilt off the front cover design:

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Oakshott in the Arctic

We’ve just heard from Krista Hennebury (award winning designer extraordinaire of Improv Under the Influence© fame, read her blog Poppyprint):

I thought you might enjoy seeing your divine fabric pictured in the Arctic beside a real honest-to-goodness igloo (okay, it was built for the Sunrise Festival welcoming back the sun on January 7th, no one is actually living in it, but it is a traditional igloo!). I was teaching Chess on the Steps in Inuvik, North West Territories in Canada’s Arctic last weekend and took the opportunity to bring some quilts for show and tell, including Lynne [Goldsworthy]’s Lonestar Circle she designed for my book Make It, Take It.

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You too could make Krista’s fabulous modern quilt; go to her blog page to read the fascinating story behind the design, which has previously featured as a Modern Quilt Guild pattern of the month. It was inspired by an unnamed antique quilt and Krista’s interpretation is a colour study using five related warm-coloured and five related cool-coloured Colourshotts.
The complete Quilt Kit containing the pre-cut fabrics and pattern is available to buy online from Oakshott Fabrics.