Category Archives: Lipari

Lipari at the Opera

When the costume department of the Staatsoper Hamburg bought some Lipari Dattilo from us we were curious as to how they were going to use it, so it was great to be sent some photos of it on stage. Love the shot effect under the lights in this production of Das Lied von der Erde – a ballet by John Neumeier.

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If you want to read about the production, The Song of the Earth, then the Staatsoper’s website is www.staatsoper-hamburg.de

50 Shades of Serendipity

We are so glad that Kate has shared her piece of serendipity with us. She bought the pattern and fabric colour pack for 50 Shades + Grey Quilt (designed exclusively for Oakshott by Lynne Goldsworthy of LilysQuilts) and then:

I thought you might like to see my version of 50 shades which came about through that classic error of not reading the pattern carefully!!

and lo! A whole new quilt is born …

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Volcanic Vesuvius

The eighth and final stop in our Lipari blogshop (hosted by Lily’s Quilts) comes from Kitty Wilkin, intrepid Night Quilter in Maine, USA. She got really absorbed by Oakshott’s fabric story and so decided to go with the volcanic inspiration for her Vesuvius quilt.

This was my first time working with Oakshott fabrics, and they are so luxurious! They are a woven fabric and feel almost silky to the touch. They feel more substantial than other shot cottons I’ve used, and the Lipari line looks iridescent since the warp is black and the weft is a bright jewel tone. These fabrics come to life when you see them in person – photos truly don’t do them justice.

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I made my Vesuvius quilt with 60 degree triangles, to elicit the sharp peaks of the mountainous volcanoes. I pulled in some Ruby Red – Toledo for the molten focal triangle, and let the Lipari steal the show.

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Kitty’s blogpost is an excellent and thorough tutorial so you can be confident of ending up with as beautiful a finished quilt as Kitty’s own.

There is a heart rending coda to the story though … guess why it has been temporarily renamed:

For now, my Vesuvius Quilt (aka Max’s Fault Lines) is smoking and being buried by ash for a bit. It will rise again some day in the future.

We look forward to seeing Vesuvius in its new era.

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.

Lipari for Father’s Day

Sixth stop on the Lipari bloghop is to Leigh Laurel Studios whose inspiration has come from her Dad’s enjoyment of crosswords – great idea! It is also great to see the Lipari Fat Eighths Pack with the background fabrics Leigh chose:

Don’t you want to just dive into this pile?

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I added four neutral Oakshott fabrics to help the colors pop, and chose Jay McCarroll’s Center City fabric by Free Spirit as the backing — a sort of silly nod to the years my spent as an architect. It’s a simple quilt of 5″ squares, so it’s a great project for beginning quilters.LeighLaurelCrossword

It was hard to stop quilting, but I’m glad I quit when I did. It’s truly soft and the fabric is the star.

Leigh’s blog is also a tutorial.

Quilty Habit’s Reflections

Jessica of Quilty Habit, for her third design with Oakshott fabrics (and the fifth in the Lipari Blogshop hosted by Lily’s Quilts) , has produced:

“Reflection” … a play on repeating blocks, combined with negative space and a diagonal layout. Every block is in the same place on either side of the quilt, and each side is quilted identically.

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This strong modern quilt uses Lipari Stromboli for the back, volcanic!

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For full details of Jessica’s methods and approach do visit her blog post and tutorial; http://www.quiltyhabit.com/2016/05/reflection-modern-quilt-tutorial-for.html

Here’s a reminder of the whole bloghop

5 May     Allison Dutton       allison-sews.blogspot.com
10 May   Nicholas Ball         quiltsfromtheattic.wordpress.com 
12 May   Helen Purvis          archiethewonderdog.blogspot.com
17 May   Lynn Harris            thelittleredhen.typepad.com
24 May   Jessica Skultety      www.quiltyhabit.com 
26 May   Karin Jordan           www.leighlaurelstudios.com
31 May   Elisabeth Vaughan  sharksdinner.com
2 June   Kitty Wilkin           nightquilter.com

Crepuscular bloghop

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:

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“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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A great visual effect with this mini quilt called Prism Plant Pot from Quilts From the Attic. Nick is a truly creative fan of Oakshott fabrics and we love his designs. He says this one was arrived at:

“After much thought and lots of fabric petting”

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The blogpost will fill you with confidence to carry out paper piecing, blocking, quilting; and gives you all measurements and fabric info you’ll need to create this tangential piece.

All the fabrics were used out of the Lipari Fat Eighths pack for the blocks, but Nick kept back the Milazzo and Pollara for the background and side and acquired some extra Scandinavia Uppsala for the top.

He has certainly brought out the jewel-like qualities of this fabric collection.

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Lily’s Quilts bloghop with Oakshott Lipari

We’ve been waiting on tenterhooks to announce a new blogshop hosted by Lily’s Quilts with eight talented quilt-bloggers using a Lipari Fat Eights Pack

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First up is Allison Dutton of allison-sews.blogspot.com, so hop on over to see what led up to her making, guess what …

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Here’s a diary of the blogs for you to follow:

5 May     Allison Dutton       allison-sews.blogspot.com
10 May   Nicholas Ball         quiltsfromtheattic.wordpress.com 
12 May   Helen Purvis          archiethewonderdog.blogspot.com
17 May   Lynn Harris            thelittleredhen.typepad.com
19 May   Kitty Wilkin           nightquilter.com
24 May   Jessica Skultety      www.quiltyhabit.com 
26 May   Karin Jordan           www.leighlaurelstudios.com
31 May   Elisabeth Vaughan  sharksdinner.com

Find out more about the inspiration for this collection here.