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Is the quilting world ready for Scandinavia?

Scandinavia is the name of Oakshott Fabrics’ newest shot cotton collection.

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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.

We’ve had great fun drawing up a Scandinavia board on Pinterest full of images that echo these luminous colours.

To celebrate the launch of Scandinavia Leanne Chahley  designed this beautiful  quilt/wallhanging (given a sneak preview at QuiltCon in Texas) called Hint:

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We love the graphic shapes and the texture the quilting gives the fabrics.

The kit for Hint is available in two sizes (40″ x 40″ / 102 cm x 102 cm or 84″x 84″ / 213 cm x 213 cm) complete with the fabric (enough for front and back) and a pattern booklet with template.

We hope you enjoy banishing the winter doldrums with these luscious Nordic lights.

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!)

Invest in colour

The wonderful Oakshott Warehouse Sale is on Friday 4 and Saturday 5 July 2014

Come and bag a bargain:

or several – and help us make space for our new Autumn deliveries!

  • Iridescent 100% cotton Quilting Fabrics
  • Special unrepeatable bundles
  • Soft Furnishing fabrics

are all reduced to clear.

Lakes

New arrivals

Additions to our New Colourshott and Lakes collections will be available to see and buy, and why not take a sneak preview of our new quilt designs from Lynne Goldsworthy, Amy Friend and more.

Join us at 19 Bamel Way, Gloucester Business Park, Brockworth, Gloucester, GL3 4BH

Further information from 01452 371571

Oakshott Across France

The wonderfully enthusiastic (and talented) Jacqueline Marangos not only uses and designs with Oakshott fabrics but sells them at festivals and exhibitions round France.

She has produced this beautiful little bag in Ruby Reds (kit available):

Jacqueline Marangos bags Ruby Reds
Jacqueline Marangos bags Ruby Reds

English-speaking, button-mad Jacqueline runs L’Aigulle Boutique in Burgundy and has taken Oakshott fabrics to Nantes and Paris and in July (4-6) she will be at the Festival du Lin in Normandy.

[expand title=”Jacqueline de L’Aiguillée Boutique vend les tissus Oakshott en ligne et serait heureuse de vous renseigner. Read more in French.“] Visitez son site sur www.aiguilleeboutique.com

Avez-vous remarqué que cette année les couleurs sont vives et éclatantes comme pour chasser la grisaille de l’hiver. Cela change de nos beiges et noirs que nous aimons tant.  Des vestes, manteaux, bijoux, chaussures sont de toutes les teintes gaies et colorées et, oui, il y en a aussi pour la « quilteuse ».   Oakshott tissus pour patchwork vient de sortir 57 couleurs chatoyantes dans la gamme Colourshott, parfaites pour le patchwork et l’habillement.  

“Est-ce que c’est de la soie”? demandent 50 fois par jour des clients à l’Aiguillée en Fête ou Pour l’Amour du Fil à Nantes, tellement les tissus Oakshott ont un aspect soyeux et irisé. Non le tissu Oakshott c’est du coton,  100% tissé à la main en Inde, créé par  Michael Oakshott un anglais qui a grandi là bas. Il fabrique ces tissus dans le cadre d’un commerce équitable.
57 nouveaux coloris saluent le printemps avec une nouvelle  largeur  de 137 cm et un grammage légèrement supérieur ce qui vous permettra de faire non seulement du patchwork mais également de la couture.

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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

Sharing colour since 2010

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 Emoji 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.

sewing-directoryTie-sharable

It was designed by keen crafter Miriam Faulkner.  You can find Miriam blogging at moremiriam. Instructions are on the sewing directory site.

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.

sewing-directoryEvening Bag

German Longarm

(In German at bottom)

Using Lakes and Tweed
Using Lakes and Tweed

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.

Ruby Reds and grey
Ruby Reds and grey

 

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.

At the fair
At the fair

Under the name 1001quilt you 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:

Quilting cat
Quilting cat

[expand title=”1001quilt – Longarm Quilt Service, Nina Reingruber“]
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.
Weitere Infos unter
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Our mouths watered at the sight of Kerry’s clothing adventures with our new Calluna Herringbone fabric. There’s info and pics on lilysquilts.blogspot.co.uk and detailed making instructions on verykerryberry.blogspot

Kerry Berry in Calluna Herringbone
Kerry Berry in Calluna Herringbone

The Calluna  Herringbone is what I would describe as a shirting weight.  Imagine a beautiful, quality men’s shirt, from the sort of gentlemen’s outfitters that sells brightly coloured socks and cashmere sweaters- that is the weight of Calluna.  It is light to medium weight, perfect for shirts and dresses.  It is soft and the weave produces a two tone effect with a light colour on one side and a darker version on the other so perfect for contrast details like the button plackets, collar stands, cuffs and pockets on this dress.

Oakshott Fabrics Calluna Herringbone 01
Oakshott Fabrics Calluna Herringbone 01