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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.

A new quilting magazine out this June, The Craft Network Quilting, asked Lynne Goldsworthy about her fave contacts – and isn’t it great? Oakshott is one of them:

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The mag is available from all the usual retailers.

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.

What’s in a name?

Wow! Elizabeth Green sent this in as a thank you “for prompt dispatch of backing fabrics” [you’re welcome!] with the caveat that it is only the quilt top and a photo on a iPad:

“hand quilting it will change the colours again by adding a slight 3D effect – that will take months to complete, I usually reckon a year from start to finish for a bed quilt.”

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We still think it is fantastic and love the backstory:

“The variation in colour is unbelievable. Having got here by accident as it were I have now decided to make this one truly reversible although still keeping to the original idea of hand quilting in the ditch to carry the log cabin design through. “

Elizabeth is still to name it and is mulling through ‘Firestorm’ or ‘Petra’ or ‘Firecrest’ or ‘Redstart’. She is hoping to have completed it in time for her group’s (Romsey Quilters) exhibition in 2017. The title of which is “Mock not ambition” when the entries will be seen in Romsey Abbey, suspended high between the nave arches. Sounds incredible.

We are really looking forward to the next instalment and will wish Elizabeth luck then!

Ruby Red runner

I adapted the Modern Blocks pattern for the red fat 8th pack to create something that fitted my long table. The runner is 73″ x 12″. I absolutely LOVE the colours – thanks!!!

Posted by Kate Thomas on Friday, February 19, 2016

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