Category Archives: Scandinavia

Locked to Scandinavia

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).

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The kit contains a fabric pack that provides for the quilt top and binding (not the backing) and the pattern and full instructions.

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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.

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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Take A Hint

Great to see the results of FoQ 2015 purchases from the Oakshott stand.

Well done to Rona Bebb for completing the Hint Quilt Wallhanging Kit, great to see photos which show the size and the quilting, and thanks for her kind words:

“They are lovely fabrics to work on, soon to buy more from you.”

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Looking forward to the next photos, as promised …

“Now to start on the Red pack.”

Sew Mama Sew Scandinavia Bloghop

Sew Mama Sew gathered six US bloggers to exercise their creativity on our Scandinavia collection, and what a variety they came up with:

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Oakshott echoes Sew Mama Sew’s sentiments:

We’d like to thank our talented challengers for showing us so many lovely possibilities with Oakshott Scandinavia. Please visit their sites to see more creativity!:

What’s not to love?

The very busy Karen Lewis has been doing some dreamy work in Leeds using Scandinavia on a kaleidoscope block (out of Joyce Gieszler’s book Then and Now Quilts).

Do visit her Karen Lewis Textiles blog to see more pics and her working process. She said things like:

I wanted to print a design that would leave a lot of the beautiful Oakshott fabric showing through

It is a paper pieced pattern which is a process I have actually grown to love

I settled on the idea of a matchstick spiral

I think I may be a convert to this method [for binding]…it used half the fabric…what’s not to love?

As for the original bundle of Scandinavia shot cottons…what a dream they were to print on and sew with…I will certainly be doing that again.

and here’s the final result:

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Lily’s Quilts International Bloghop with Scandinavia

Lynne Goldsworthy of Lily’s Quilts has brought together eight projects from eight fantastic designers based in the UK, the USA and Australia, using Oakshott Scandinavia.  They are going out over the next two weeks and all the hops are listed out below so you can come back to this post and see where to go to next:
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Lynne says:

Scandinavia is a line of shot cottons shot with cream so that they create a beautiful gentle palette and I am so excited to see what everyone is going to do with them.

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The blog hop stops are listed out below and I hope you enjoy the inspiration you find there. Bear in mind that different time zones may mean that the posts appear later on in the day.

4 May  – Sarah Sharp
5 May  – Heather Scrimnscher 
6 May  – Amy Sinibaldi
7 May  – Rossie Hutchinson
11 May – Elaine Poplin
12 May – Sarah Fielke
13 May – Nicholas Ball
14 May – Lori Landerberger

Using Scandinavia

Deborah Kemball (one of our favourite designers, based in Canada) has been beautifully inspired by the new Scandinavia collection and brought her fantastic contemporary appliqué skills to bear on a pair of perfect pillows.

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I find that I have moved away from red backgrounds into greys these days. Soft warm dove greys and rich charcoals make such scrumptious backgrounds to highlight the colours of the design.

… to say [Scandinavia] hit my chartreuse need bang on the head would be an understatement. Oh what lovely clean, pristine colours. The collection also includes the most perfect off white. I find white one of the problem colours in my work and rarely find the right white.  Whites tend to be too blue, too white or too cream.  This one is perfect. Gorgeous greys, soft pastels so clean and clear.

Sit back and relax:

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