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Wedded Bliss

Lesley’s niece and new husband should be well warmed by the colours, the fabulous work and the loving wishes that went into this beautiful wedding quilt.

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Thanks for sharing your work Lesley.

PS We’ve had a few requests for the pattern, here is Lesely’s reply:

The pattern I used is called ‘Around the Twist’ from an old book called ‘Template -Free Quiltmaking Book 1’ by Trudie Hughes published by that Patchwork Place. It’s still available very cheaply on Amazon. I did the 5-colour version. Its actually a very easy quilt to piece. There are only two blocks, a snowball and a twist. I noticed there was a similar pattern by the Lintotts called ‘Interlocking Chains” in issue 15 of Todays Quilter.

Planned Improv

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).


Patchwork Pennant

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,


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!

Shott in the Dark


This bold, graphic design called Shott in the Dark was created by Anne Williams, editor of The Quilter. What a wonderful illustration of our New Colourshott 01-30 shades in all their glory. Presented as a Mystery Row quilt over four issues of The Quilter, amazingly it uses just one F8ths Pack.

If you’re going to the Guild Conference at the Harrogate International Conference Centre from 24-26 April 2015, look out for the display of readers’ Mystery Row quilts. It’ll be fascinating to see how varied they are and the spin their makers have put on the basic pattern!

Oakshott in the Arctic

We’ve just heard from Krista Hennebury (award winning designer extraordinaire of Improv Under the Influence© fame, read her blog Poppyprint):

I thought you might enjoy seeing your divine fabric pictured in the Arctic beside a real honest-to-goodness igloo (okay, it was built for the Sunrise Festival welcoming back the sun on January 7th, no one is actually living in it, but it is a traditional igloo!). I was teaching Chess on the Steps in Inuvik, North West Territories in Canada’s Arctic last weekend and took the opportunity to bring some quilts for show and tell, including Lynne [Goldsworthy]’s Lonestar Circle she designed for my book Make It, Take It.

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You too could make Krista’s fabulous modern quilt; go to her blog page to read the fascinating story behind the design, which has previously featured as a Modern Quilt Guild pattern of the month. It was inspired by an unnamed antique quilt and Krista’s interpretation is a colour study using five related warm-coloured and five related cool-coloured Colourshotts.
The complete Quilt Kit containing the pre-cut fabrics and pattern is available to buy online from Oakshott Fabrics.

Lavender secret is out

Nicky, of mrsssewandsow.blogspot, has had her Lavender Knots quilt published in Quilt Now. She says:

Your Oakshotts really make the impact from afar and draw the eye in for a closer look at the more detailed Liberty fabrics.  So thrilled it works at a distance and close up.  Liberty and Oakshott make for a winning team!  Hope you like it.

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Nicky said:

They were a joy to work with! Looking forward to seeing Scandinavia* when it comes out.

*What is this rumour? Hang on in there, more to follow about an exciting new collection soon…