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Totally Totes

Since the whole point of creating Oakshott Fabrics in the beginning was to fashion a blended, colourful world we love it when a creative designer comes up with a project that uses that USP to its maximum!

In other words, there are three fantastic designs in three colourways – so one of them must suit your colour world, surely. The kits (available from the online shop) come with pattern and fabric at just £38 each and the finished size is W10″ x H14″ x D3″ / 25 cm x 36 cm x 8 cm (excluding handles)


That fantastic designer is Helen Butcher of Little Patch Pockets and she found herself inspired to create one tote; and then a second; and then a third:


I dropped my pin box, not for the first time, but the scattered sparkle of metallic slivers across the patchwork I was working on, and the table underneath, gave rise to an idea. By the time all the pins were picked up, I had designed this block. It is rarely that quick, however sometimes inspiration comes from the most unexpected places. Always worth keeping your eyes, and your mind, open.


This was the first of the three designs in this series and it grew out of a development of the traditional rail fence block. By setting the blocks on point you really get to see the full effect of the beautiful Oakshott fabric. I called it Jacob’s Ladder because it reminds me of a toy of that name I had as a child, a clever arrangement of wooden pieces joined by ribbons which cascaded when held correctly.


I have always liked half square triangles, the design possibilities are endless. But I like to give an old idea a new twist so I added the floating inset squares to give little flashes of unexpected colour to the otherwise uniform side of this block. The name sprang from the shape of the triangles which made me think of the pointe shoes worn by ballet dancers.

Primordial, iridescent New Lipari

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New Lipari perfectly captures the primordial beauty of the Aeolian islands. Its luminous colours mirror cobalt seas, lush greenery, pink bougainvillea and shimmering sun; a beauty shot through with dark, fine-grained volcanic rock and black sand.

The rich, soft drape of this 54″ wide fabric with its black warp and 18 lustrous wefts offers you distinctive, iridescent jewel tones to work with; see what inspired Oakshott Fabrics to create this collection.

Designers are describing this collection as:
‘luscious’ ‘dynamic’ ‘stunning’
New Lipari is available as cut lengths and in a choice of pre-cut packs, including Fat 8ths, Fat Quarters, Half Metre Blocks and 5” Squares. The 5″ Labelled Sample Swatch comes with a £5 Gift Voucher – now there’s temptation!
And if it’s inspiration you need, then look no further than our selection of Quilting Kits, created exclusively for us by some of the world’s leading designers.

Festival of Quilts 2015

Don’t forget to pay us a visit on stands G13 and G21 as you overload your senses on all the beautiful creations at this year’s Festival of Quilts at the NEC from 6 to 9 August 2015.

Oakshott have a lot to show you

Packs, patterns, quilts, kits, fabrics and ideas galore:

Aruba, a rainbow of 12 Colourshott colours in Fat 8ths and Fat Quarter Packs
The Pointy Quilt from Lynn Goldsworthy; impressive to look at, deceptively easy to make
Lynn Goldsworthy’s Kilim Cross makes a great rug
Helen Howes newest design, Interpolations 3 uses a 5″ Square Charm Pack of Ruby Reds on the subtle grey of Lipari Pollara
50 Shades + Grey is an exclusive design for Oakshott by Lynne Goldsworthy, the 3-D effect is created by our trademark shot effect
  • Did you know that Oakshott do Sample Swatch Packs for all the collections*?
  • Did you know that when you buy a Sample Swatch Pack  you also get a £5 Gift Voucher to set against your next online purchase?
  • Did you know that Oakshott offer a special shipping rate on Sample Swatch Pack only purchases (whether you order one pack or the complete set) of £4.95 in the UK and £8.00 for the rest of the world?

What’s stopping you putting a bit of magic in your hand? Visit the Quilting Samples page in the online store.

Sample Swatches-med* 5″ x 5″; £7.00 for Lipari, Ruby Reds, New Colourshott Colours 01-30, New Colourshott Colours 31-57, Lakes, New Autumn; £3.50 for Scandinavia and Calluna.

Magic Carpet Free Pattern

The gorgeously sophisticated, jewel-like Oakshott Lipari collection is shown to great advantage in Anne William‘s design called Magic Carpet which first appeared in Popular Patchwork

2015-01magcicarpetawWe have reproduced the pattern in one of our free booklets, so download away and fly off on your own magic carpet. Here’s the link to the Lipari Fat Eighths pack you’ll need to create it.

The free pattern booklets can be found on the Instant Colour page of this blog and on the shop website.



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.

Designer Chatt: Lynne Goldsworthy of Lily’s Quilts

Shotthrough managed to catch up with Lynne in her Derbyshire home after she’d had a successful Fat Quarterly retreat in London. This was the third retreat they’d run and they had had to pare down the numbers to ‘only’ 80.


As well as full-time mothering and house-managing Lynne approaches her quilting as a full-time occupation and spends about two-thirds of her time quilting and the rest doing admin (including running the enterprising Lily’s Quilts, and some tenth of it on Fat Quarterly).

Her sewing skills were developed at the knees of her mother and both grandmothers in that wonderful art of creating new and recycling old clothes. But she has put that behind her in order to concentrate on the art of quilting quilts (not bags or clothes etc.) – and don’t we love the results?

The clarity and purity of her designs seem to echo her general approach to life. She is anti-hoarding (there’s a lesson for a lot of us) and once the drawers start to get full she offers fabrics out on Instagram; she’s attempted to hand quilt but the slowness of the process has been too much and those projects were never finished.

Luckily for us though she has finished plenty of other projects with the help of her trusty Janome Horizon; a Hera marker (a few steps up from using the back of a knife); and a ‘brilliant’ Frixion pen (you know, iron off the lines after). While we were on the subject of tools Shotthrough offered her a bottomless purse and she spent it on a new Janome Horizon and was tempted to add in a Longarm machine, as long as the purse also bought her a new sewing room extension (the dining room gets cleared once a year for Christmas!).

When asked how she kept comfortable when sewing, her advice was to make sure your chair height was correct so that you sat with all those healthy right angles for good posture. Oh, and don’t turn round to talk to your daughter in the middle of using a rotary cutter, ouch.

Lynne loves re-creating traditional patterns with new fabrics and just sucks up inspiration from everything in her surroundings (nature, printed photographs, other quilters’  work), but avoids consciously going online for inspiration because that inevitably leads to a rather circular existence.

Luckily for Oakshott she loves our fabrics and describes them as: “high end, luxurious, rather like a solid Liberty lawn”.  An impulsive, late-night email one Sunday about three years ago resulted in the ongoing collaboration between Lynne and Oakshott and we’ve been the lucky recipients of her talents ever since.

Lynne uses the new Colourshott (first two) and Lipari (for Trade Winds) ranges for her three latest quilt designs for Oakshott Fabrics, which are available as kits:

 OSHQKIT_OakshottSchoolhouseKit_quilt Oakshott Schoolhouse Quilt, where she uses three shades of the same Colourshott colour on each schoolhouse to achieve a 3D effect to give  a modern look to a traditional design she loves.
 CRQHKIT_CrossRoadsKit_Quilt Crossroads is so-called because she was just pipped to the post by another quilter who used the name that was Lynne’s original inspiration, Hashtags.
 TWQHKIT_TradeWindsKit_Quilt Trade Winds,  where she wanted the feel of a traditional block by using a single Lipari colour for each one. The name came following a plea on Instagram.

Konkret I

Look at this fantastic example of how to make the most of the secret quality of the new Calluna collection. As designer Jutta Hufnagel of Quilt Around the World says:

“it shows the cool fact that you buy one length of fabric and actually have two colours at

2014-7Konkret1This cushion uses Calluna Erica for the pink/purple and Lipari in grey and black. Jutta is offering the PDF pattern for FREE during August from her website. The design was inspired by the German Bauhaus architects and artists.