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Volcanic Vesuvius

The eighth and final stop in our Lipari blogshop (hosted by Lily’s Quilts) comes from Kitty Wilkin, intrepid Night Quilter in Maine, USA. She got really absorbed by Oakshott’s fabric story and so decided to go with the volcanic inspiration for her Vesuvius quilt.

This was my first time working with Oakshott fabrics, and they are so luxurious! They are a woven fabric and feel almost silky to the touch. They feel more substantial than other shot cottons I’ve used, and the Lipari line looks iridescent since the warp is black and the weft is a bright jewel tone. These fabrics come to life when you see them in person – photos truly don’t do them justice.

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I made my Vesuvius quilt with 60 degree triangles, to elicit the sharp peaks of the mountainous volcanoes. I pulled in some Ruby Red – Toledo for the molten focal triangle, and let the Lipari steal the show.

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Kitty’s blogpost is an excellent and thorough tutorial so you can be confident of ending up with as beautiful a finished quilt as Kitty’s own.

There is a heart rending coda to the story though … guess why it has been temporarily renamed:

For now, my Vesuvius Quilt (aka Max’s Fault Lines) is smoking and being buried by ash for a bit. It will rise again some day in the future.

We look forward to seeing Vesuvius in its new era.

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A great visual effect with this mini quilt called Prism Plant Pot from Quilts From the Attic. Nick is a truly creative fan of Oakshott fabrics and we love his designs. He says this one was arrived at:

“After much thought and lots of fabric petting”

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The blogpost will fill you with confidence to carry out paper piecing, blocking, quilting; and gives you all measurements and fabric info you’ll need to create this tangential piece.

All the fabrics were used out of the Lipari Fat Eighths pack for the blocks, but Nick kept back the Milazzo and Pollara for the background and side and acquired some extra Scandinavia Uppsala for the top.

He has certainly brought out the jewel-like qualities of this fabric collection.

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