Tag Archives: Canada

Poppyprint at large

Krista Hennebury of Poppyprint has been enjoying some island time, Vancouver way, spreading the word of her improv technique and:

I also finished up this special table runner for days that my stitch group, the Gathered Threads, come over! I used the same pattern as my Variegated Threads quilt (available in my Craftsy shop here) except that I sewed 7 spools side by side. I love it on my rustic pine dining table; the Oakshott fabrics are so vibrant. I’ll be teaching this as a workshop this coming weekend for the Blue Mountain Quilter’s Guild and I can’t wait to see how the students like working with their custom Oakshott kits!30684072816_43560db636

 

More Steps (with Chess!)

Krista Hennebury (poppyprintcreates.blogspot), who shared her photos of an Arctic cruiseworkshop using her Chess on the Steps and Fireweed designs, has sent us some pics of a workshop in Whistler, Canada – pan to shots of mountain peaks disappearing mistily into the distant miles; oops, sorry, back to indoors …

Krista was working with the Whistler Quilter’s Guild in British Columbia and says:

all of my students loved the Colourshotts! Not everyone bought kits, some used their own fabric, but here are some photos for you!

Sabrina contemplates her Fireweed colourway layout
Sabrina contemplates her Fireweed colourway layout
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Anita (l) and Ellen display their Midnight Sun colourway quilts

Just what look what a little improv practice can do:

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The Whistler Quilter’s Guild in glorious technicolour

 

Thanksgiving Canada

To celebrate our Canadian connections we are offering FREE or half price shipping on any orders for Canada placed before Tuesday 13 October, 9.00am UK time, 4am Toronto time, 2am Vancouver time!

For orders up to £99 normal shipping of £16 is reduced to £8;

for orders of £100 and over, shipping is FREE.

So whether you are celebrating  12th of October with a festive meal or a quiet getaway, get in a bit of shopping with Oakshott Fabrics!

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Congratulations to Leanne

Designer of the cool, crisp Oakshott Hint quilt, Leanne Chahley,  has won a ribbon at the Quilt Canada National Juried Show with her minimalist design Echoes:

Echoes-LeanneChahleyDo catch up on all her news and some really encouraging, useful and entertaining comments on why you should enter your quilts to these competitions on her blog: shecanquilt

and once again, CONGRATULATIONS LEANNE, keep on designing …

 

Oakshott in the Arctic

We’ve just heard from Krista Hennebury (award winning designer extraordinaire of Improv Under the Influence© fame, read her blog Poppyprint):

I thought you might enjoy seeing your divine fabric pictured in the Arctic beside a real honest-to-goodness igloo (okay, it was built for the Sunrise Festival welcoming back the sun on January 7th, no one is actually living in it, but it is a traditional igloo!). I was teaching Chess on the Steps in Inuvik, North West Territories in Canada’s Arctic last weekend and took the opportunity to bring some quilts for show and tell, including Lynne [Goldsworthy]’s Lonestar Circle she designed for my book Make It, Take It.

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You too could make Krista’s fabulous modern quilt; go to her blog page to read the fascinating story behind the design, which has previously featured as a Modern Quilt Guild pattern of the month. It was inspired by an unnamed antique quilt and Krista’s interpretation is a colour study using five related warm-coloured and five related cool-coloured Colourshotts.
The complete Quilt Kit containing the pre-cut fabrics and pattern is available to buy online from Oakshott Fabrics.

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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Christmas Indulgence 3

Over there amongst the Canadian snows (we assume!) Deborah Kemball has gone for a deep, warm colour:

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I would choose the Midnight Blue as a background for a handmade card because the Campion red and Zinnia green I would use for the motifs would shine against this deepest darkest blue.

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As for a sewing tool – a needle threader for aging eyes!

Hope you get your wish Deborah.

Steps to Chess on the Steps

Krista of Poppyprint in Canada has designed a fabulous modern quilt (featuring as pattern of the month in MQG‘s September newsletter). Her fascinating journey to the design, Chess on the Steps, is on her blog.

“This quilt was made entirely of the new Colourshott shot cottons …”

2014-10ChessOnTheSteps2“… The quilting was all done with free-form (unmarked) lines with my Pfaff IDT (built in walking foot).  I just followed seams in the piecing and went for it.  There are 7 coordinating colours of Aurifil 30 wt thread on the quilt.  Sewing with these shot cottons is so enjoyable as the colours are beautifully saturated – at times I feel like I’m working with sari silk!”

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Just in case you’re tempted here are the swatches for the colours used

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White Sand (COTX01), Black (COTX30), Charcoal (COTX29), Vintage Silver (COTX28), Midnight Blue (COTX23), Nectarine (COTX03), Russet (COTX04), Campion (COTX05), Bizzie Lizzie (COTX12) and Snapdragon (COTX06)

Oakshott in Canada

Susan Fletcher of Alderspring Design in British Columbia, Canada has just taken delivery of  the new Autumn range of Colourshott (thank you FedEx!):
2014-08SusanAlderspringSusan’s speciality is Sashiko. She shares the technique on her blog A Threaded Needle, which is also her retail site for Oakshott fabrics. She is now getting ready to introduce the range to you all at the Creative Stitches exhibitions in Edmonton (12-13 Sep) and Calgary (26-27 Sep).
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