Laureen has sent us this information (and very kind words) about her traditional American log cabin pattern of 12 inch light/dark blocks, which she has named Sunrise:
“The attached photos are just to show you what your fantabulous woven cotton fabrics have done for me. Here is my latest Oakshott cotton quilt.”
“I like your cottons which are astonishing in their depth of color and lustre. They make quilting to my mind quite painterly. Until I found your cotton I worked almost always in Japanese patterned fabrics. Now I am finding a whole new dimension in plain vibrant colors, with a sheen to them that never quits.”
The inspiration for this palette of eight calm, muted tones of vaporous blues, soft greys, milky whites and woody shades comes from the clean, bright, airy colours of stylish Scandinavian interiors and the ethereal quality of northern winter light.
Modern Quilt Guild member Judy Murphy upgraded her Janome 7700 to an 8900, invested in a whole roll of wool batting so she would always have some to hand, and sent us photos of her seriously lovely quilt, Off Course. Read all about the process (and gain some handy hints, particularly on binding and on the design process) on her blog, www.quiltparadigm.blogspot.co.uk
The New Colourshott fabrics Judy used are, for the background, Vintage Silver (COTX28), Charcoal (COTX29), Black (COTX30) and Amalfi (COTX32); the blues are Banda (COTX16), Timor (COTX17) and Celebes (COTX18); and the pinks/purples are Lilac (COTX19), Sweet Pea (COTX20) and Dusk (COTX21).
“The combo of the sheen on the Isocord and the colors of the Oakshotts is nothing short of amazing! Oh, and the weight of these cottons? They are as heavy as any of the other quality quilting cotton I use. It is not thin and it is not ‘see through.’ I cannot wait to make another quilt with Colourshotts”
This amazing new modern quilt has been created using Oakshott Colourshott (and Kona) fabrics by Michelle of Factotum of Arts in North Carolina, USA, and is just as delicious from front or back; can you say which is which?
Do have a look at her blog, factotum-of-arts.com, it’s full of inspirational pictures, quilts, tutorials and design tips – and keep fingers crossed that the Neighbourhood quilt is selected for this year’s Quiltcon in Texas!
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.
If 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. 🙂
“This quilt was made entirely of the new Colourshott shot cottons …”
“… 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!”
Just in case you’re tempted here are the swatches for the colours used
We first met Fiona across a crowded exhibition aisle in February 2010 and have been having fun with her approach to sewing ever since!
Fiona Pullen runs the online sewing directory as a central UK online platform for sewing businesses to promote themselves and as a one stop site for people who love sewing so they can find details of suppliers, sewing workshops, free projects, sewing techniques, industry news, competitions, events etc.
She gets 60-70,000 visitors a month so she gets plenty of offers to contribute content, particularly if it involves free fabric since they get to keep and enjoy what they make. For instance there’s a husband wearing this tie to work now and loving it.
This was one of two projects The Sewing Directory ran as a fabric challenge with Oakshott. Fiona shared the details of the fabrics on her site and invited people to submit ideas of what they would make with them. She then chose her two favourite ideas and sent them the fabric to make up their items and write the tutorials (go to her original post here).
The second project was a perfect little evening bag (instructions here) by Anna Wilson (you can find more projects from her on her blog www.awilson.co.uk or find her handmade products on Etsy.
We had a chat with Nina about how she keeps up her inspiration for the amazing collection of quilts she magics up in beautiful Bavaria, the southern part of Germany, some 130 km north-east of Munich. It turns out she only started quilting in 2009:
since when I keep attending classes with Claudia Pfeil, the well known German quilt artist in Krefeld. My curiosity led me to the quilt festival in Houston, Texas, where I came to know the style of Sue Patten and Jamie Wallen. I never run out of new ideas.
Three years ago the online-store 1001quiltstiche (quilt stitches) was added, and this is how I came to know and love the beautiful Oakshott fabrics. I sew quilts to decorate my stalls at fairs. Unfortunately there is not enough time to make more as I´m always excited about the stunning effect of these iridescent fabrics.
Under the name 1001quiltyou can find my Longarm Quilt Service in Ratisbon (Regensburg). On my APQS Millennium I quilt tops as wide as 270 cm. There are no limits to quilting designs, depending on style and appearance of the quilt top and according to my clients’ preferences I choose an appropriate design. I work freehand and with stencils.
Our mouth watered at the range of quilts you can see in her colourful gallery. Thanks for sharing Nina and nice to meet your helpmate:
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Unter dem Namen 1001quilt findet man meinen Longarm Quiltservice in Regensburg im schönen Bayern, ca. 130 km nordöstlich von München.
Auf meiner APQS Millennium quilte ich Tops bis zu einer Breite von 270 cm . Den Quiltmustern sind keine Grenzen gesetzt, je nach Stil und Ausdruck des Quilttops suche ich zusammen mit meinen Kundinnen ein geeignetes Quiltmuster aus. Ich arbeite freihand und mit Schablonen.
Seit 2009 besuche ich immer wieder Fortbildungen bei Claudia Pfeil, der bekannten deutschen Quiltkünstlerin in Krefeld, und meine Neugier auf weitere Möglichkeiten hat mich bis zum Quiltfestival in Houston, Texas reisen lassen, wo ich die Arbeitsweise von Sue Patten und Jamie Wallen kennenlernen konnte. Die Ideen gehen mir nie aus…
Vor 3 Jahren kam der Online-Shop 1001quiltstiche dazu, und dadurch habe ich die wunderschönen Oakshott-Stoffe kennen und lieben gelernt. Ich nähe Quilts für die Dekoration meiner Messestände (für mehr bleibt meist keine Zeit…) und bin jedes Mal begeistert von der umwerfenden Wirkung dieser schillernden Stoffe.
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