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!
We just love the stories that lie behind many of the quilts you show us, and we especially love it when our fabrics come together with your memories – that is the beauty of quilting.
The highly talented Claudia Scheja of quilterei-werne in Werne, northwest Germany, had her memories triggered by the Oakshott Ruby Reds and has produced a real work of art:
my new Quilt “Tuscany Village” I have made from Oakshott fabrics. When I saw the beautiful Ruby Red fabrics I remembered a journey to Italy many years ago and got the idea for this quilt (140 x 140cm)
The quilt was first seen at the Open European Quilt Championships 2016 in Maastricht, Germany, where Claudia was a featured quilter.
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.
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.
Thanks to Janet for letting us know that Alyssa Lichner’s fantabulous design, Retro Rubies (using Oakshott Ruby Reds), is being featured in the Summer 2016 issue of Make It! Patchwork
Thanks to Rona Bebb for sharing her photos; guess who gets first choice of seating?
Rona tells us:
Oakshot meets Kaffe!
I pieced my own design and Isabel Hall did the long arm quilting
Helen Howes has shared with her on thoughts on creating Interpolations 3 which, as the name suggests, is part of a design series. You can read the story behind her work and see the complete collection (so far!) in the first of our new In the designer’s own words features.
In her latest exclusive design for Oakshott, Helen of HelenHowesTextiles has offset vibrant Ruby Reds against a subtle grey background of Lipari Pollara to stunning effect. These cottons take on a silk-like appearance – the result of combining different colour threads for warp and weft.
Interpolations 3 finishes at 30.5″ x 40.5″ and is available to buy now.
Once upon a time The Little Red Hen (aka Lynn Harris) fell in love with a pack of Ruby Reds and designed a lovely little quilt:
“The Ruby Oakshott quilt is finished and I thoroughly enjoyed the quilting process on this one. It was a delight to watch the fabrics move past the presser foot. I was mesmerized by the subtle color change of the fabrics as the machine moved them along.”
Then one day Elizabeth Walters spotted the pattern and knew she wanted to make it for her daughter and that the design would need enlarging. She spent a long time seeking advice and drawing up a new pattern:
She got in touch with Michael at Oakshott to source the Ruby Reds and has started work on the blocks:
We look forward to seeing the finished quilt and are so glad to have been of service:
“You are the most responsive merchant I have every encountered! … it will be interesting to see how it turns out. After talking with 3 quilters who mostly shook their heads and didn’t know how to advise me, I xeroxed 15 copies of the photo and started cutting and pasting. Made the squares 6″ and triangles 3″ instead of 5″ and 2.5″ to decrease the ‘busyness’ and designed it so I would like it for the top of the bed – then just kept adding. I’m sure I will shift colors as I go along but I am loving putting them together.”
Isn’t this a stunner, so vibrant! Well done to Jennifer Thornberry. She used a pattern called Arcadia Avenue from the ‘crazy creative Mom-Daughter duo who run on coffee’ and who trade as Sassafras Lane Designs in Colorado – you really need to check them out (but put your sunglasses on first!)
Jennifer’s choice of Oakshott Ruby Reds (two packs) with some blue-greens gives the pattern a whole new look. Here’s the just-finished quilt top:
Cathy Stoddart has sent in a photo of her glorious interpretation Elizabeth Hartman’s Rapid City block quilt pattern using Ruby Reds and some batiks. That should keep the bed warm!
Monika Huelsebusch in Germany has a wonderful eye for colour combinations and here’s the evidence:
Monica’s accompanying email says:
Thank you for these beauties!
I just want to say a big THANK YOU for your beautiful fabrics! The colors are so brilliant! I love how they go together.
From a bundle of Fat Eighths of Ruby Reds and Metro I made this wall hanging (90 cm x 100 cm) with the name GONE. It reminds me of someone special.
and this photo really shows the texture; so thank you, Monika.