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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.”

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… 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.

Patchwork Pennant

Pop on over to read the story of this Star of Bethlehem block (English paper pieced and using an Oakshott Fat 8th pack) and see more pics from Jo Avery at myBearpaw,

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who said:

“The tassel was made to match. It was a lovely project to work on, as always the Oakshott was a joy to work with, and I particularly like the ‘tab’ hanging loops. This could easily be adapted to make a cushion or a square mini quilt.”

Alternatively, buy the November 2015 issue of Popular Patchwork in which it features!

What’s not to love?

The very busy Karen Lewis has been doing some dreamy work in Leeds using Scandinavia on a kaleidoscope block (out of Joyce Gieszler’s book Then and Now Quilts).

Do visit her Karen Lewis Textiles blog to see more pics and her working process. She said things like:

I wanted to print a design that would leave a lot of the beautiful Oakshott fabric showing through

It is a paper pieced pattern which is a process I have actually grown to love

I settled on the idea of a matchstick spiral

I think I may be a convert to this method [for binding]…it used half the fabric…what’s not to love?

As for the original bundle of Scandinavia shot cottons…what a dream they were to print on and sew with…I will certainly be doing that again.

and here’s the final result:

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Colourshott Memory Game

Earlier this year we marvelled at the eight stunning designs that came out of a bloghop run by Lynne Goldsworthy (see the individual ones in earlier posts). Now we have drawn them together into one of our FREE ezines so you can choose which design to start with! Each quilt uses a selection from the 27 vibrant colours in a 10″ Square Pack of Colourshott 31-57 and the booklet tells you a bit about each designer and gives you the link to their pattern tutorial (covering topics like foundation piecing, 60 degree and half rectangle triangles, hourglass blocks, bias tape for appliqué, 6-patch trip around the world block).

So download the booklet here (or from the Instant Colour page, where you will find the others in the series) and meanwhile, have a go at matching the squares from each quilt off the front cover design:

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Little Mushroom Cap Log Cabin Bloghop

The Oakshott Colourshott Blog Hop
I love the various range of colours and the crispy feel of these fabrics.
Another fantastic tutorial on piecing to produce this kaleidoscopic pattern (based on a sock knitting book!). Read all about it on Amira’s Little Mushroom Cap blog.
ModernLogCabinFascinating stuff from Australia, our little 10 inch squares are getting themselves about a bit.

New Colourshott Fat Eighths Picks: Metro

Helen from Archie the Wonderdog blogspot used the Metro bundle:

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“I was left with the ‘mystery’ bundle which … was revealed to be a ‘neutrals’ bundle.  Not my usual stomping ground but I decided to decline the kind offers to swap (we hadn’t yet seen a photo of this bundle so I had no idea what I was going to get!) and accept the challenge … I’m glad I did”

and so are we.2014-08city walk front

Helen designed a small quilt cum block roll …

“used to keep pieces in the right place while you’re sewing and which rolls up to keep your pieces safe when you’re not using it) as I use them a lot when I’m hand piecing, as well as when I’m machine piecing.  They’re very handy when you’ve got a block with lots of pieces which are the same shape but different colours, as you can carry it to the ironing board, press the seams you’ve just sewn and put the pieces back in the right place.  It helps eliminate that moment when, after piecing the final seam, you hold up your block and realise that you’ve got the star points on backwards or two red pieces next to each other.”

See the full and fascinating tutorial (and photos of Archie!) on http://archiethewonderdog.blogspot.co.uk/2014/07/city-walk-oakshott-metro-project.html