Monthly Archives: October 2016

First Come First Served

UPDATE: well done to first off the blocks Cath B.; hope you enjoy the show.

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We have a pair of free tickets to give away for the Knitting & Stitching Show in Harrogate 24-27 November 2016. First to email michael@oakshottfabrics.com gets the present!2016-10-31free-tickets

Locked to Scandinavia

Have you spotted our newest kit? mandy munroe exhibited her design at the Festival of Quilts in 2015:

Another of my “less is more” quilts … A restricted colour scheme (chosen in the winter), solid and low volume prints, lots of negative space and a split background. … “More” was added at the quilting stage by the amazing Rachael Dorr.

By proving that our new Scandinavia collection works equally well alone or in contrast with stronger colours we feel it is a perfect representation of the Danish concept of hygge –  said to make homes nicer and people happier – which is why we’ve put together a kit for you (finished size 41″ x 41″ / 104 cm x 104 cm).

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The kit contains a fabric pack that provides for the quilt top and binding (not the backing) and the pattern and full instructions.

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Tuscan Inspiration

We just love the stories that lie behind many of the quilts you show us, and we especially love it when our fabrics come together with your memories – that is the beauty of quilting.

The highly talented Claudia Scheja of quilterei-werne in Werne, northwest Germany, had her memories triggered by the Oakshott Ruby Reds and has produced a real work of art:

my new Quilt “Tuscany Village” I have made from Oakshott fabrics. When I saw the beautiful Ruby Red fabrics I remembered a journey to Italy many years ago and got the idea for this quilt (140 x 140cm)

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The quilt was first seen at the Open European Quilt Championships 2016 in Maastricht, Germany, where Claudia was a featured quilter.

Floral Impressions Appliqué

How many of us have admired the beautiful appliqué work of fantastic designer Deborah Kemball and lusted after emulating her?

We are delighted to say that Quilter’s Guild member Janice Lawson  has done just that, and what a bouquet.

She has sent us a couple of  photos of Floral Impressions cushions she has finished and said that she has also worked on a Floral Impressions quilt top, so we look forward to seeing that when it has been quilted.

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The Kemball appliqué  bug has obviously bitten since Janice contacted us about ordering specific Fat 8ths of 19 colours so that she can make a Midnight Garden quilt (quick peek of Deborah’s original if you click here!).  We can’t wait to see the results.

PS As a Guild member Janice is taking advantage of the 10% discount Oakshott Fabrics offer as part of the Quilters’ Guild of the British Isles Retailer Scheme.

Totally Totes

Since the whole point of creating Oakshott Fabrics in the beginning was to fashion a blended, colourful world we love it when a creative designer comes up with a project that uses that USP to its maximum!

In other words, there are three fantastic designs in three colourways – so one of them must suit your colour world, surely. The kits (available from the online shop) come with pattern and fabric at just £38 each and the finished size is W10″ x H14″ x D3″ / 25 cm x 36 cm x 8 cm (excluding handles)

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That fantastic designer is Helen Butcher of Little Patch Pockets and she found herself inspired to create one tote; and then a second; and then a third:

NEEDLES AND PINS

I dropped my pin box, not for the first time, but the scattered sparkle of metallic slivers across the patchwork I was working on, and the table underneath, gave rise to an idea. By the time all the pins were picked up, I had designed this block. It is rarely that quick, however sometimes inspiration comes from the most unexpected places. Always worth keeping your eyes, and your mind, open.

JACOB’S LADDER

This was the first of the three designs in this series and it grew out of a development of the traditional rail fence block. By setting the blocks on point you really get to see the full effect of the beautiful Oakshott fabric. I called it Jacob’s Ladder because it reminds me of a toy of that name I had as a child, a clever arrangement of wooden pieces joined by ribbons which cascaded when held correctly.

EN POINTE

I have always liked half square triangles, the design possibilities are endless. But I like to give an old idea a new twist so I added the floating inset squares to give little flashes of unexpected colour to the otherwise uniform side of this block. The name sprang from the shape of the triangles which made me think of the pointe shoes worn by ballet dancers.