Category Archives: Quilting

Julia’s Celebration

Oakshott founder, Julia, has finally had time to create her longstanding quilting ambition to combine Oakshott and Liberty fabrics:

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The Quilt is called Celebration. Made for my elder granddaughter who was 21 in February 2016.

Daisy was thrilled to bits with it.  She had a vague idea of what I was doing as I had run it by her before she left. However it was only as I was laying it all out that I came up the idea of putting five of the four-patch colours together to form a cross, as this seems to be a popular design at the moment.

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This was the first time that I had made a large quilt, which fulfilled my long ago dream of having our own shot colours to match the Liberty prints.  When I first entered the Quilting  world, after returning from our many years out in India, I had started to collect Liberty fabrics.  However I could not find colours to blend in with the prints.  I knew shot colours would be the answer, luckily my son (Michael), had become involved with importing handwoven furnishing fabric from India. Using the same co-operative of weavers my father had used after he, so-called, retired from India.

So a ‘Mum’s project ‘ was born.  It took almost three years before we were happy with the colours and the weave. Then, I was kept busy making sample quilts to show off all the colours.

(Sadly some of these were not returned. If anyone knows of their whereabouts we would be very happy to have them back. They all have a label on the back saying ‘Property of Oakshott and Co Ltd, please return’.)

Along with Michael, I helped to choose the colours for our various ranges which all gradually developed over the years.

Life was busy as I was also helping out where I could in the warehouse and the various quilt shows.  We had to eventually take the decision to change from hand loom to power loom, as the weavers were retiring and the young were not interested.  This has developed into our wonderful new quality, which everyone is happy with. The time came for me to ‘slow down’ and work from home.

Now was the time to use up my old collection of Liberty and the many lovely colours which we had developed.  I had a lot of fun matching up the colours.  In fact, was quite carried away and the quilt for Daisy turned out much larger than I had originally planned!  The Quilt was longarm quilted by Mandy Parks, with a lovely daisy pattern.

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There were still many four patches left, some of which have now been made into a quilt for a great niece – watch this space as they say. It has gone off to be quilted – again by Mandy Parks.

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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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Free patterns for Scandinavia

Download a free booklet  of Seven Schemes for Scandinavia. Seven whimsical designs use a Scandinavia Fat Quarter Pack and the bloggers (who answered a call from Lily’s Quilts) have produced a tutorial and giveaway templates/patterns, as appropriate. So get whimsical with:

Scandi Windmill, Sarah of {no} hats in the house used a traditional block and added a freesia pack
Hop House Pillow, a whimsical house from Amy of nanaCompany
Saskia, Rossie of r0ssie.blogspot brightened up her winter with a baby quilt
Seminole Piecework, Elaine of messygoat shares her pre-table runner wedding dress story
Sewing Pouches, Sarah of the last piece reined in applique ambition for speed and simplicity
Mountains from a Mole Hill, Nicholas of Quilts from the Attic was inspired by Scandinavian landscapes
On the Wings of Love, Lori Landenberger of SewPsyched in Anchorage, Alaska went baby sized

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See the patterns page for more free downloads.

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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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,

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

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.

Thanks to Nancy in the USA for sending us a photo of her finished Colors Crossing quilt showing her great use of

reds and blues from the last holiday sale.

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and thanks for saying:

I love your fabric!

We can’t wait to see what Nancy is going to do with the Forest Fruits Pack she ordered!