Category Archives: Packs

Time and Charm

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!

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!

New Lakes ripples across quilt projects

Whether or not you enter this month’s prize draw for a Lakes Fat 8ths Pack, do join us in celebrating the arrival of the New Lakes collection by making one of the amazing designs we can offer from Lynne Goldsworthy and Helen Howes.

The Lakes Table Runner has been designed by Lynne Goldsworthy (and coloured by Helen Howes) and the pack contains the pattern and a Lakes Fat 8ths Pack and the finished size is 53″ x 18″ / 135 cm x 46 cm

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Alternatively, you may like a bit of a chunkier project. Have a go at City Lights by Helen Howes. She originally designed it for Ruby Reds, but as you can see it has a certain éclat in Lakes as well:

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The pack contains a Lakes Fat 8ths Pack, a Ruby Reds 5″ Square Charm Pack and the instructions. The backing fabric will need to be bought separately. The finished size is 47″ x 47″ / 120 x 120 cms.
You could go on in Lakes with a Ripples quilt and a Shoreline quilt:
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Or one of the six special designs that came out of Sew Mama Sew’s Oakshott Lakes Table Linens Challenge; mats, runners and napkins. Read all about them and introduce some iridescent blues into your home by downloading the free Lakes Table Linens ChallengePDF booklet.
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Oakshott Monthly Prize Draw for Ruby Reds

Seize your chance to win this sizzling Fat 8ths Pack of New Ruby Reds.

Click on the image to enter. Entries must be received by 17 July 2016. One entry allowed per person.
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From pink to blood-red and deep crimson, our New Ruby Reds ooze romance and passion, glinting like their gemstone namesakes. They’re as passionate and seductive, mysterious and misunderstood as the culture of Spain, their inspiration.

New Ruby Reds are available as cut lengths and in a choice of pre-cut packs, including Fat 8ths, Fat Quarters, Half Metre Blocks and 5” Squares.RubyReds_HomePage2

Lipari bloghop: 2

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.

May Prize Draw

Win this exotic bundle of Spice Fat 8ths.

Click on the image to enter. Entries must be received by 22 May 2016. One entry allowed per person.

Oakshott Spice Prize Draw
You’ll love the depth and intensity of these shades, picked from our ever-popular Colourshott collection. And their dense weave means the fabrics are a delight to work with.
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We even offer inspiration in the form of this fabulous Sunset quilt designed by Trudi of Trudi-Quilting Prolifically.

If you love this Spice bundle, then check out our Multicolour Picks for more fun combinations of fabulous shades that work beautifully together.

Last month’s winner…
Congratulations to Joan Dobson who won last month’s Prize Draw, this Moss Fat Quarter Pack of delightfully fresh spring greens.

We can’t wait to see what she’ll make with it!
Your information will be held as confidential and will not be shared with anyone else. By entering the Prize Draw, you agree to our Competition Terms and Conditions.