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!
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.
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.
I also finished up this special table runner for days that my stitch group, the Gathered Threads, come over! I used the same pattern as my Variegated Threads quilt (available in my Craftsy shop here) except that I sewed 7 spools side by side. I love it on my rustic pine dining table; the Oakshott fabrics are so vibrant. I’ll be teaching this as a workshop this coming weekend for the Blue Mountain Quilter’s Guild and I can’t wait to see how the students like working with their custom Oakshott kits!
I used shot cotton for the flowers, because it has a lovely sheen and catches the light beautifully although it is difficult to capture the full glory of it in a photograph. The different colours in the warp and weft make it far less ‘flat’ than a standard coloured fabric.
Have you spotted our newest kit? mandy munroe exhibited her design at the Festival of Quilts in 2015:
Another of my “less is more” quilts … A restricted colour scheme (chosen in the winter), solid and low volume prints, lots of negative space and a split background. … “More” was added at the quilting stage by the amazing Rachael Dorr.
By proving that our new Scandinavia collection works equally well alone or in contrast with stronger colours we feel it is a perfect representation of the Danish concept of hygge – said to make homes nicer and people happier – which is why we’ve put together a kit for you (finished size 41″ x 41″ / 104 cm x 104 cm).
The kit contains a fabric pack that provides for the quilt top and binding (not the backing) and the pattern and full instructions.
The idea for this quilt I got almost 2 years ago during my vacation in Pennsylvania and Houston. In the gift shops in Pennsylvania I found a lot of items with “Advice from Nature” – animals, trees, flowers and much more giving advice, very funny advices but also very thoughtful ones (you find it also on the internet<http://shop.yourtruenature.com/>). I got the idea to make a quilt with advice for quilters, where all the utensils you use for a quilt give you advice – and I had a lot of fun creating these advices. This March I started the quilt, using a lot of my scraps from the Oakshott fabrics I have in my stash. I didn’t finish it in time for this year’s Festival of Quilts, but I plan to show it next year in Birmingham.