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The Flight Goes On

Mary Menzer says:

Still winning ribbons because it’s made from the best!
Judges Choice ribbon at the AQS show in Padacuh.

Oakshott Fabrics say:

and its thanks to our superlative designers that the fabrics get to look so good. Congratulations Mary! (and by the way fresh stocks of Autumn are arriving in May).

and here is a pick of the be-ribboned Flight Path (click here to go to Mary’s blogspot on the making) or download the booklet we created that contains eight makes with the Autumn Fat Eighths packs


2016 MAQF Best Use of Color

Congratulations to Mary Menzer who won ‘Best Use of Color’ for ‘Quilt it Wright’ in the Mid Atlantic Quilt Festival, February 2016.

“This is my all Oakshott quilt inspired by Frank Lloyd Wright. I love my Oakshotts!  Thanks for making a great product.”


… and thanks Mary for making such great use of them.

Read all about Mary’s making journey and get some fantastic tips from her great five part description at  FairlyMerry blog where she describes her whole improv process, piecing, threads, basting, quilting, re-jigging, binding, and so on.

Diamond Winner

We’ve heard from one of our 2015 prize draw winners with a photo of a recently completed quilt made from Oakshott fabrics bought at the FOQ in 2014 (looking forward to seeing the results of her fabric choices this year):

“I really like using your fabrics and will be looking on the web site to see what to get. Many thanks again” Vivienne Hansell

With thanks to Laura Welkin for sharing both her good news and her picture:

This is my miniature quilt, Dancing Dahlia. It measures 15″x15″. It received a first at the AQS Paducah and a second place at the NQA Show. The dark blue fabric and the green background fabric are both Oakshott cottons. I have been told a few times that the green fabric seems to glow!

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I discovered your fabric in the Pinwheels vendor booth at the Paducah show in 2014. I instantly fell in love with a bright blue and bright green. I only purchased half yards of each, so I had to make a small quilt. I entered the quilt in the 2015 Paducah show and received a first place in the miniature category! The question I am asked the most about the quilt is, “What fabric is the green background?” A judge’s comment from the NQA Show stated, “Use of silk fabric makes this small piece glow.” Many do think it is silk.
I found some eighth yard pieces on Etsy, so I am currently making another miniature with some of your violet fabrics as the background. Can’t wait to finish this one!
Thank you for making such beautiful fabric!

Top of the Quick Makes

Our newsletter readers were invited to vote for their top two favourite New Colourshott Quick Makes packs and the votes came in for Freesia as a clear winner, followed neck and neck by Derwent and Orchid:

Quick Makes Fat 8ths Freesia Mini Pack
Quick Makes Fat 8ths Derwent Mini Pack
Quick Makes Fat 8ths Orchid Mini Pack

Congratulations to Wendy Dorey, Mary Charman and Sheila Musson for winning their favourite packs. P.S. don’t forget to show us all what you made.

Which delicious bundle of eight vibrant colours would you have chosen?Oakshott Colourshott F8 Mini Packs_groupsm

Lakes challenge

Thanks Jessica of Quilty Habit for your poetic words about Lakes, “shimmery wonderfulness” for a start!

Also thanks for posting such great instructions for a gorgeous table runner she designed as part of Sew Mama Sew‘s Oakshott Challenge (highlights being released 22-25 October).

Shot cottons change colors in the light – you have to see it to really believe it. I love these Oakshott fabrics because they are a bit thicker and easier to work with than quilting cotton (in my opinion). Plus, they have more dimensionality than regular solid quilting cotton. So, so pretty. Plus, these colors were my favorites – purples to pinks to a wide range of blues. Mmm.

2014-10JessicatablerunnerIf you want to see more pictures, learn about traditional blocks, half-square/half-rectangle triangles (HST/HRT), marking radiating stars, improvisational curves, threads, double-siding … then do go to the tutorial on her blog.

You can see (pics on blog) how the Oakshott colors change depending on the light and where you stand in the room. Seriously amazing! Oh, and I love how the quilting from the front made hexagons on the back. 🙂

Butterly Flickr

Thanks to Juliet of The Tartanwiki for running her Butterfly Challenge

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Have a look at the winners on Flickr and their blogs:

On a Gossamer Wing by Lisa in the USA as the winner of the Oakshott Cotton Fat Eighth Lipari bundle.

Mara of Secretly Stitching in Greece won the the Oakshott Cotton Fat Eighths Lakes bundle.

Jamie k.b. won the tartankiwi patterns and a little something from Juliet.

Flutter your creativity

Another Kiwi connection has been having fun with Lakes, log cabins and butterflies!

I sat down with some scraps from my Lakes bundle and sewed a wonky logcabin version of my butterfly pattern. It was unlike any version of the pattern that I had sewn before and I immediately fell in love with it all over again.

Lakes, logcabin and butterfly

In fact, so much fun she’s come up with a fantastic Butterfly Challenge for everybody to participate in.

As I looked at the block, it got me thinking about how much I love playing with established patterns and giving them a new twist. I also love seeing what other people do with my patterns, so I threw the two ideas together and spontaneously decided to run The Butterfly Challenge on my blog in the month of August.


Full details on her Tartanwiki blog. Thanks Juliet

(who said: your awesome fabrics have yet again inspired me!)

and we look forward to featuring the results (whatever material is used!)