Category Archives: Hanging

Moonlight and Starlight

Designer Helen Butcher, of Little Patch Pockets, has been going all starry-eyed over a bespoke collection of Oakshott  Fat Quarter Packs we’ve called Moonlight and Starlight.

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Helen said that the Moonlight Pack (on left) reminded her of:

balmy summer evenings at sea with no sound but the ripple of waves against the hull.

While the strong contrasts of Starlight (on right)

evoked thoughts of bright moonlight transforming everyday objects into things unfamiliar and strange.

And she came with three stunning projects for you to indulge in: the Moonlight Serenade Cushion (and the kit makes three cushions); the Moonlit Sea Wallhanging; and the Cubitz Starlight Quilt.

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Moonlight Serenade Cushion Kit
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Moonlit Sea Wallhanging Kit
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Cubitz Starlight Quilt Kit

Happy dreams!

Free patterns for Scandinavia

Download a free booklet  of Seven Schemes for Scandinavia. Seven whimsical designs use a Scandinavia Fat Quarter Pack and the bloggers (who answered a call from Lily’s Quilts) have produced a tutorial and giveaway templates/patterns, as appropriate. So get whimsical with:

Scandi Windmill, Sarah of {no} hats in the house used a traditional block and added a freesia pack
Hop House Pillow, a whimsical house from Amy of nanaCompany
Saskia, Rossie of r0ssie.blogspot brightened up her winter with a baby quilt
Seminole Piecework, Elaine of messygoat shares her pre-table runner wedding dress story
Sewing Pouches, Sarah of the last piece reined in applique ambition for speed and simplicity
Mountains from a Mole Hill, Nicholas of Quilts from the Attic was inspired by Scandinavian landscapes
On the Wings of Love, Lori Landenberger of SewPsyched in Anchorage, Alaska went baby sized

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See the patterns page for more free downloads.

Lipari Moving Heaven and Earth

Stop seven on the Lipari bloghop belongs to Elisabeth Vaughan of Shark’s Dinner who created her own design using paper piecing and appliqué and has come up with a wallhanging rather than a quilt.

The Oakshotts look different in different lights, they are absolutely fascinating. I’ve hung my  ‘Heaven and Earth’ wallhanging over my bed and I love how it goes from very dark to shimmering like a jewel depending on the time of day.

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Elisabeth’s design is ideal for re-sizing to suit your needs and you can download the persimmon templates from her blog, which also gives you all the instructions you’ll need to create your own moment of heaven.

She chose Lipari Marina as her backing fabric:

but no batting and no quilting. I was worried that it would make the wallhanging too rigid and then it wouldn’t shimmer in the light as much.

Aruba Nine-Patch Wall Hanging

Once again ace designer Lynne Goldsworthy of LilysQuilts has come up with a stunner, this time using the Aruba Fat Eighths Pack. This traditional design has a decidedly modern feel and the new kit has been christened  Aruba Nine-Patch Wall Hanging

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Lynne loves:

‘the effect of a nine-patch on point, creating an Irish chain and the interesting play and contrast when the same block is used together in two different ways.’

Buy the kit and pattern from Oakshott Fabrics (includes all the fabric for quilt top and binding); the finished size is 40 inches/1 metre square.

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Pop on over to read the story of this Star of Bethlehem block (English paper pieced and using an Oakshott Fat 8th pack) and see more pics from Jo Avery at myBearpaw,

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who said:

“The tassel was made to match. It was a lovely project to work on, as always the Oakshott was a joy to work with, and I particularly like the ‘tab’ hanging loops. This could easily be adapted to make a cushion or a square mini quilt.”

Alternatively, buy the November 2015 issue of Popular Patchwork in which it features!

What’s not to love?

The very busy Karen Lewis has been doing some dreamy work in Leeds using Scandinavia on a kaleidoscope block (out of Joyce Gieszler’s book Then and Now Quilts).

Do visit her Karen Lewis Textiles blog to see more pics and her working process. She said things like:

I wanted to print a design that would leave a lot of the beautiful Oakshott fabric showing through

It is a paper pieced pattern which is a process I have actually grown to love

I settled on the idea of a matchstick spiral

I think I may be a convert to this method [for binding]…it used half the fabric…what’s not to love?

As for the original bundle of Scandinavia shot cottons…what a dream they were to print on and sew with…I will certainly be doing that again.

and here’s the final result:

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Gone in Ruby Reds and Metro

Monika Huelsebusch in Germany has a wonderful eye for colour combinations and here’s the evidence:

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Monica’s accompanying email says:

Thank you for these beauties!
I just want to say a big THANK YOU for your beautiful fabrics! The colors are so brilliant! I love how they go together.
From a bundle of Fat Eighths of Ruby Reds and Metro I made this wall hanging (90 cm x 100 cm) with the name GONE. It reminds me of someone special.

and this photo really shows the texture; so thank you, Monika.
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