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Totally Totes

Since the whole point of creating Oakshott Fabrics in the beginning was to fashion a blended, colourful world we love it when a creative designer comes up with a project that uses that USP to its maximum!

In other words, there are three fantastic designs in three colourways – so one of them must suit your colour world, surely. The kits (available from the online shop) come with pattern and fabric at just £38 each and the finished size is W10″ x H14″ x D3″ / 25 cm x 36 cm x 8 cm (excluding handles)

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That fantastic designer is Helen Butcher of Little Patch Pockets and she found herself inspired to create one tote; and then a second; and then a third:

NEEDLES AND PINS

I dropped my pin box, not for the first time, but the scattered sparkle of metallic slivers across the patchwork I was working on, and the table underneath, gave rise to an idea. By the time all the pins were picked up, I had designed this block. It is rarely that quick, however sometimes inspiration comes from the most unexpected places. Always worth keeping your eyes, and your mind, open.

JACOB’S LADDER

This was the first of the three designs in this series and it grew out of a development of the traditional rail fence block. By setting the blocks on point you really get to see the full effect of the beautiful Oakshott fabric. I called it Jacob’s Ladder because it reminds me of a toy of that name I had as a child, a clever arrangement of wooden pieces joined by ribbons which cascaded when held correctly.

EN POINTE

I have always liked half square triangles, the design possibilities are endless. But I like to give an old idea a new twist so I added the floating inset squares to give little flashes of unexpected colour to the otherwise uniform side of this block. The name sprang from the shape of the triangles which made me think of the pointe shoes worn by ballet dancers.

Saturated colour

Feast your eyes on sumptuous woven textiles from rising star of UK textile design, Margo Selby. Margo’s trademark three-dimensional fabrics result from a combination of innovative hand-woven constructions and industrial machinery.

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Margo’s work is sometimes described as ‘quilterly’ and her love of saturated colour fits right in with our own ethos. So, up until Monday 4 April 2016 (9.00am UK time) you can claim 20% off Margo Selby products by using the coupon code OAKSHOTT at the checkout on www.margoselby.com.* If you haven’t got to this post until after that date you still need to check out her fantastic range of furnishing fabrics, bedlinen, jackets, scarves, rugs, towels, throws, art, and her famous cushions:

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*Furniture, carpets and the Osborne & Little collection are excluded from this offer. See offer on Oakshott website.

Backgrounds from Oakshott

20% off selected Colourshotts for 1 week only 

(use promo code BACK20 at the checkout before Monday 7 March, 9.00am UK time)

Choosing the perfect background for your design will showcase it for the best effect. Like a picture frame, it can tone down a brightly coloured piece or make a more neutral palette appear bolder. The background may be required to take a back seat or perhaps to create a presence. So we’ve selected nine favourites for you to invest in now – and send us your photos in the future!

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Click on the picture go straight to the Oakshott Fabrics shop.

Memories in Aruba

What a fantastic way to show off Oakshott’s trademark shot cotton weave using a traditional block and an Aruba Fat Quarter Pack. Rita Hodge of RedPepperQuilts chose this block because

 ‘the directional piecing creates a beautiful luminous, iridescent effect.’

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The quilt’s finished size is 60 inches/1.5 metres square and the pattern is available from RedPepperQuilts Etsy Store and Pattern Store. 
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The Journey of the Ruby Red Quilt

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.”

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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:RubyQuilt

She got in touch with Michael at Oakshott to source the Ruby Reds and has started work on the blocks:

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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.”

Sassafras Lane using Ruby Reds

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:

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