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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.

Take A Hint

Great to see the results of FoQ 2015 purchases from the Oakshott stand.

Well done to Rona Bebb for completing the Hint Quilt Wallhanging Kit, great to see photos which show the size and the quilting, and thanks for her kind words:

“They are lovely fabrics to work on, soon to buy more from you.”

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Looking forward to the next photos, as promised …

“Now to start on the Red pack.”

Pinwheels showcasing Oakshott at QuiltCon

UPDATE – soon the walls were in full colour:

Booth 520 is ready and waiting at QuiltCon, Austin, Texas. Do pop by and say hello to Maria who runs Pinwheels. Look out for more quilts that we know are coming for display…

2015-02PinwheelQuiltConFingers crossed that FedEx battle through the snow in Memphis to deliver the extra stock of Oakshott fabrics you are all lining up for!

Keep warm and enjoy the show.

The Oakshott Colourshott Blog Hop

Another exciting bloghop from Lily’s Quilts; do follow and see what the bloggers have created from a New Colourshott 10″ Square Pack of 27 colours by clicking on this button:

The Oakshott Colourshott Blog Hop


The first creation from myBearpaw features a truly detailed freehand foundation piecing tutorial; so feast your eyes on her sea urchins and then have a go. Or pop along to Pinwheels booth at QuiltCon, Austin, Texas to have a close up look.


Look out for the booklet we’ll create to bring them all together for you.

From Birmingham stall to Melbourne prize

What a great story from S-J Makes Quilts:

As a long-time quilt maker, first-time quilt competition entrant, I submitted my beloved quilt in for judging to the Royal Melbourne Show craft competition with much trepidation. Imagine my surprise (and delight) when I found out it won first place in its category (machine pieced, machine quilted).

Started out like any other quilt, ended up quite unlike any quilt I’d made before.


Read all about the work behind this modern ‘wonky log cabin’ quilt, all two square metres of it that started as a purchase from the Oakshott stand at the 2012 Festival of Quilts.

Knock Out Neighbourhood in Colourshott

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?NeighbourhoodBack_BiltmoreConservatory NeighbourhoodFront_BiltmoreConservatory

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!

Field of Poppies launch

We were contacted by Sarah Matlock in Jersey about supplying fabric for a great fundraising project she has devised for the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal.

We will be following the journey (which starts on Sunday 12 October 2014) as Sarah involves the community of Jersey in creating blocks for a quilt that will eventually be auctioned in spring 2015. Here is Sarah’s description of the start:

Pat Robson here on Jersey runs an amazing charity called “Art in the Frame” to support and promote artists.  Pat runs The Harbour Gallery which is a fabulous space acting as the hub and window for the Foundation.

This month, there is an exhibition entitled “Remembering” at the Gallery.  There are 100 pieces on display, all worked by local artists.  The exhibition is part of a six week long “celebration” of the 100th anniversary of the start of the First World War.  During the six weeks, there are various workshops going on, all with the theme of WWI.  My workshop is on Sunday and is entitled “Field of Poppies”.  Michael generously donated 20 x 0.5m pieces of his fabulous Colourshott fabrics and Madeira UK have given us quite a few reels of Aerofil thread.  I have spent the last few days putting together some blocks which I hope will inspire the delegates on Sunday to each make their own block which I will take away at the end of the day and make into a quilt which will tour each of the Islands’ twelve parishes plus other influential institutions such as the Library.  Next Spring, the quilt will be auctioned and we hope to raise a lot of money for the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal.  The delegates will each take home comprehensive notes and will hopefully learn some new techniques which, I hope, will lead them to want to experiment more with quilting.  The list of delegates includes some year 13 students studying textiles for their A Levels, some complete novices and some ladies with a limited amount of patchwork experience.  As I have been quilting for fourteen or more years, I am really excited to meet people who are interested in textiles but have little or no patchwork and quilting knowledge!  I am looking forward to their input and inspiration.

And here is a quick glimpse of those first five, unfinished, blocks:1st-five-blocks