Tag Archives: appliqué

Colourshott Memory Game

Earlier this year we marvelled at the eight stunning designs that came out of a bloghop run by Lynne Goldsworthy (see the individual ones in earlier posts). Now we have drawn them together into one of our FREE ezines so you can choose which design to start with! Each quilt uses a selection from the 27 vibrant colours in a 10″ Square Pack of Colourshott 31-57 and the booklet tells you a bit about each designer and gives you the link to their pattern tutorial (covering topics like foundation piecing, 60 degree and half rectangle triangles, hourglass blocks, bias tape for appliqué, 6-patch trip around the world block).

So download the booklet here (or from the Instant Colour page, where you will find the others in the series) and meanwhile, have a go at matching the squares from each quilt off the front cover design:


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.

Applique pillow_Deborah Kemball_close up_small
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:

Applique pillows_Deborah Kemball_on chair-small


Folk Tile for Bloghop

… and last but not least for this bloghop:

The Oakshott Colourshott Blog Hop

“I asked them to chose the background colour for me and received purple so I decided to use a design that I have been toying with for a while based on a 6-patch trip around the world block. It reminds me of a tiled floor with a folk art feel about it.”

Quilt Jane from  Brisbane, Australia, has drawn some really appreciative comments on her blog for this masterpiece of brilliant colour. Love the Electra fabric as background for the  Colourshott 10 inch squares (and the use of a charm pack for the flower appliqué pieces).

Very clear tutorial with templates for the appliqué and block assembly, thanks Jane. We’ll leave her with the last word (applicable to all these gorgeous creations):

“label and give it to someone you love”

That (Colourshott) Crazy Eight Wallhanging

The Oakshott Colourshott Blog Hop
I had never sewn with Oakshott previously and I also wanted to try bias tape for appliqué so I incorporated both in this project. I learned Oakshott is wonderful!

CrazyEightQuiltMary on Lake Pulaski has devised a clear tutorial on appliqué. She chose Amalfi as her background for the  Colourshott 10 inch squares.

Those colourful Crazy Eights make us think of spinning maple seeds.


New Autumn Warmth and Inspiration

Sometimes you need a little warm colour, sometimes you need a little helpful inspiration; we know you’ll find both in our FREE New Autumn Fat 8th booklet. It’s available to download from the Instant Colour page, on the Oakshott Fabrics shop website, and here if you click on the booklet cover:


There are six great quilts (and one tote) to think about making and seven great blogs to read for inspiration and instruction. Download and enjoy!

Have a look at the New Autumn collection in the Oakshott Fabrics online shop.


New Colourshott Fat Eighths Picks: New Forest

We got a sneak preview of SusanClaire’s design for the New Forest bundle before the FoQCOTXF8P05_Colourshott_NewForest_FatEighthsPack

While she provides a full tutorial on her Gourmet Quilter blog there is plenty of scope for your own creativity in the layout:

2014-07ThatLockGateDo send us photos of your finished Lock Gate, we’d love to admire and compare.


New Colourshott Fat Eighths Picks: Freesia

Charlotte of Displacement Activity got all poetic about Oakshott, in this case the new fat eighths we are calling Freesia:

As always, photographs just don’t do these fabrics justice – it’s impossible to see how they glow and shimmer unless you get to see them in person. I spent absolutely ages putting them in different orders, pairing them up and generally stroking them and can absolutely and confidently assert that they are at least five gazillion times more gorgeous in real life.


Then, as part of Lily’s Quilts Bloghop, she  turned them into this:



full instructions for making Reflections on this page of  Displacement Activity.

Ruby Leaves

“I really love using Oakshott – the colours are so beautiful and I find the way the fabrics catch the light fascinating.”

Catherine Chisholm has now finished her creation with Oakshott Ruby Reds in time to enter in the appliqué section of the Blogger’s Quilt Festival.  She’s shared the whole making process on her Knotted Cotton blog (complete with details about threads and binding).

Leaves Quilt in Ruby Reds
Leaves by Catherine Chisholm in Oakshott Ruby Reds