Tag Archives: Oakshott

Knotted Cotton’s Anemones

Just a quick catch-up with our friend Catherine at Knotted Cotton; she used Oakshott purples as a reflection of her love of flowers. Have look at her full story on:

Four in Art 3: Colour/Purple Passion – “Anemones”

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I used shot cotton for the flowers, because it has a lovely sheen and catches the light beautifully although it is difficult to capture the full glory of it in a photograph.  The different colours in the warp and weft make it far less ‘flat’ than a standard coloured fabric.

Floral Impressions Appliqué

How many of us have admired the beautiful appliqué work of fantastic designer Deborah Kemball and lusted after emulating her?

We are delighted to say that Quilter’s Guild member Janice Lawson  has done just that, and what a bouquet.

She has sent us a couple of  photos of Floral Impressions cushions she has finished and said that she has also worked on a Floral Impressions quilt top, so we look forward to seeing that when it has been quilted.

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The Kemball appliqué  bug has obviously bitten since Janice contacted us about ordering specific Fat 8ths of 19 colours so that she can make a Midnight Garden quilt (quick peek of Deborah’s original if you click here!).  We can’t wait to see the results.

PS As a Guild member Janice is taking advantage of the 10% discount Oakshott Fabrics offer as part of the Quilters’ Guild of the British Isles Retailer Scheme.

Julia’s Celebration

Oakshott founder, Julia, has finally had time to create her longstanding quilting ambition to combine Oakshott and Liberty fabrics:

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The Quilt is called Celebration. Made for my elder granddaughter who was 21 in February 2016.

Daisy was thrilled to bits with it.  She had a vague idea of what I was doing as I had run it by her before she left. However it was only as I was laying it all out that I came up the idea of putting five of the four-patch colours together to form a cross, as this seems to be a popular design at the moment.

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This was the first time that I had made a large quilt, which fulfilled my long ago dream of having our own shot colours to match the Liberty prints.  When I first entered the Quilting  world, after returning from our many years out in India, I had started to collect Liberty fabrics.  However I could not find colours to blend in with the prints.  I knew shot colours would be the answer, luckily my son (Michael), had become involved with importing handwoven furnishing fabric from India. Using the same co-operative of weavers my father had used after he, so-called, retired from India.

So a ‘Mum’s project ‘ was born.  It took almost three years before we were happy with the colours and the weave. Then, I was kept busy making sample quilts to show off all the colours.

(Sadly some of these were not returned. If anyone knows of their whereabouts we would be very happy to have them back. They all have a label on the back saying ‘Property of Oakshott and Co Ltd, please return’.)

Along with Michael, I helped to choose the colours for our various ranges which all gradually developed over the years.

Life was busy as I was also helping out where I could in the warehouse and the various quilt shows.  We had to eventually take the decision to change from hand loom to power loom, as the weavers were retiring and the young were not interested.  This has developed into our wonderful new quality, which everyone is happy with. The time came for me to ‘slow down’ and work from home.

Now was the time to use up my old collection of Liberty and the many lovely colours which we had developed.  I had a lot of fun matching up the colours.  In fact, was quite carried away and the quilt for Daisy turned out much larger than I had originally planned!  The Quilt was longarm quilted by Mandy Parks, with a lovely daisy pattern.

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There were still many four patches left, some of which have now been made into a quilt for a great niece – watch this space as they say. It has gone off to be quilted – again by Mandy Parks.

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Autumn from Gloucester to Switzerland

Oakshott Fabrics was a 2015 holiday drop off point for Bettina from Switzerland, who has sent us pics of her Autumn-Quilt, saying:

These fabrics are lovely to work with and I am very pleased with the result.

Look at that colour flow,

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Thanks Bettina, glad your visit was so productive – and drop in again when you are next in Gloucestershire.

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.