Kate Evans bought some Charm Packs (Lakes, Ruby Reds and Colourshott) from Oakshott and waited for inspiration to strike. She has now finished a charming bed runner and filled us in on her work process:
I guess the fabrics were the initial inspiration for the project. I had been wondering what to do with the beautiful Oakshott charm packs I’d bought for quite a while and came up with the idea of applique flowers where each petal is a slightly different shade. The different colours in the ranges complement each other so well and really seem to bring life to applique work.
I cut the petals using a heart shaped die on my Sissix machine and started with one 10″ square from an assortment of Moda Whispers Muslin Mates that were in my stash. Each flower was appliqued using a matching variegated thread. Pleased with the result, I completed 6 more squares, then put them all in a box for a while whilst I wondered what to do with them.
I eventually added some of Oakshott’s Lyon and Nimes fabrics (which I believe are now discontinued*) which worked really well with the Lakes, Ruby Reds and Colourshott charm packs I’d used for the petals. I added a 5″ (finished) border to the row of 7 squares and made the backing and binding from different lengths of Lyons and Nimes.
The quilting is very simple, consisting of 5 rows of shadow stitching in blue on the border around the centre panel and one row in white around each of the 7 squares that make up the panel.
If this inspires you, let us see your finished result.
*but the Oakshott range has expanded since then, so you’ll find something to suit – promise!
What more could you want to beat the shorter winter days?
If you subscribe to Simply Moderne and read magazine issue 5 you might have spotted the scrumptious new design by Krista Hennebury (she of Chess on the Steps and Improv Under the Influence fame) using ALL the Oakshott Colourshott range.
We are lucky enough to be selling the kit for this beauty, called Variegated Threads:
and if you need any more inspiration then have a read of Krista’s blog on the development of this piece – and how flexible it is (make a runner, make it bigger and smaller, have fun with the background). Most of all, it is a great introduction to improv techniques.
If you go to the Festival of Quilts on 11-14 August at the NEC, you’ll be able to actually see it up close on stand G21 (with Pinwheels).
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Thanks to Nancy in the USA for sending us a photo of her finished Colors Crossing quilt showing her great use of
reds and blues from the last holiday sale.
and thanks for saying:
I love your fabric!
We can’t wait to see what Nancy is going to do with the Forest Fruits Pack she ordered!
The Little Red Hen has combined the Lipari Fat Eighths pack with 18 colours from a Colourshott 31-57 Fat Eighths pack – which have given the project quite a ‘wow’ colour spectrum:
“You really must see this fabric in person to fully appreciate its beauty. It is very difficult to capture with a camera.”
and if you go to the blog you’ll see some great close-ups of the quilting and pattern.
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Thanks to Nancy Feve for a look-in to her creative process. She took advantage of an Oakshott sale of packs in reds and blues and here is her colour placement sample, yet to be quilted (we look forward to the next instalment).
Don’t those colours shine?
Do pop over to Quilt Paradigm for the story of Judy Murphy’s fantastically colourful quilt “Nod to Gee’s Bend”:
If you are interested in some history of Gee’s Bend then do pop over to Wikipedia