Category Archives: International

Autumn from Gloucester to Switzerland

Oakshott Fabrics was a 2015 holiday drop off point for Bettina from Switzerland, who has sent us pics of her Autumn-Quilt, saying:

These fabrics are lovely to work with and I am very pleased with the result.

Look at that colour flow,


and look at those leaves.DSC03052

Thanks Bettina, glad your visit was so productive – and drop in again when you are next in Gloucestershire.

The Flight Goes On

Mary Menzer says:

Still winning ribbons because it’s made from the best!
Judges Choice ribbon at the AQS show in Padacuh.

Oakshott Fabrics say:

and its thanks to our superlative designers that the fabrics get to look so good. Congratulations Mary! (and by the way fresh stocks of Autumn are arriving in May).

and here is a pick of the be-ribboned Flight Path (click here to go to Mary’s blogspot on the making) or download the booklet we created that contains eight makes with the Autumn Fat Eighths packs


More Steps (with Chess!)

Krista Hennebury (poppyprintcreates.blogspot), who shared her photos of an Arctic cruiseworkshop using her Chess on the Steps and Fireweed designs, has sent us some pics of a workshop in Whistler, Canada – pan to shots of mountain peaks disappearing mistily into the distant miles; oops, sorry, back to indoors …

Krista was working with the Whistler Quilter’s Guild in British Columbia and says:

all of my students loved the Colourshotts! Not everyone bought kits, some used their own fabric, but here are some photos for you!

Sabrina contemplates her Fireweed colourway layout
Sabrina contemplates her Fireweed colourway layout
Anita (l) and Ellen display their Midnight Sun colourway quilts

Just what look what a little improv practice can do:

Whistler Quilters Guild-BC
The Whistler Quilter’s Guild in glorious technicolour


Sew Mama Sew Scandinavia Bloghop

Sew Mama Sew gathered six US bloggers to exercise their creativity on our Scandinavia collection, and what a variety they came up with:

FishMuseumCircus MaryOnLakePulaski NeverJustJennifer QuiltyHabit SaltyOat StudioloCaseyyork_gustavianbabyquilt

Oakshott echoes Sew Mama Sew’s sentiments:

We’d like to thank our talented challengers for showing us so many lovely possibilities with Oakshott Scandinavia. Please visit their sites to see more creativity!:

 I have recently completed a quilt in Oakshott cottons which did very well at the quilt show in Melbourne – I thought you might like to have a look at it. This quilt has also been juried into the Houston Quilt Show later this year. It was a pleasure quilting the Oakshott fabrics

We’ve got a small detail to show you that highlights the wonderful Trapunto work:

Detail from Sanderson's Apprentice, First in Longarm category at the Melbourne Craft and Quilt Fair 2014
Detail from Sanderson’s Apprentice, First in Longarm category at the Melbourne Craft and Quilt Fair 2014

Designer Chatt: SusanClaire of Gourmet Quilter, NZ

When we heard that SusanClaire – the fantabulous designer and maker of the Lock Gate quilt – had forsaken her idyll in New Zealand for a few months exploring English waterways and visiting the Quilter’s Haven we grabbed the chance of a chat.

To begin at the beginning:

  • she’s been sewing since she was five years old, but the teddy she embroidered and the doll’s clothes she made have long gone;
  • as part of a travelling family she covered the globe (on holiday from boarding school, which she went to aged eight); but got off the family train in Australia, where she met her husband with whom she emigrated to New Zealand aged 20;
  • she’s been teaching sewing and quilting for 30 years and lives over the shop/studio/classroom south of Wellington, where she still runs classes on demand;
  • her small shop offers fabrics and patterns (and has been online for patterns some years now, so don’t despair that she’s not actually there).
GourmetQuilter SusanClaire on the roof of her barge in Paddington Basin
GourmetQuilter SusanClaire on the roof of her barge in Paddington Basin

Inspirational bits:

  • have machine will travel; SusanClaire uses a Bernina 550QE on a SewEzi sewing table (see picture, looks like a giant quilt hung up behind her), and she obviously wouldn’t be without it [anybody out there travelled further with their machine?];
  • she loves to use a whole variety of new fabrics, no old bits in her stash then; and isn’t it great when passion and business come together?
  • a notebook with square paper accompanies her everywhere and she is forever scribbling and doodling – especially when she wakes up at midnight and wants to do something;
  • she’s also a great fan of  Electric Quilt software when it comes to designing.

Why is SusanClaire the Gourmet Quilter? Because her chosen craft is:

Fat free, sugar free, cholesterol free and full of fibre.