Here at Oakshott we’ve long cherished our association with the Quilters’ Guild and many of its members. Handmade has never been hotter and the Guild plays a vital role in promoting patchwork and quilting skills. We believe there’s a special humanity about handmade pieces – they evoke warm, fuzzy feelings in a way that mass-produced items never can.
So the next step seemed logical…
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… and last but not least for this bloghop:
“I asked them to chose the background colour for me and received purple so I decided to use a design that I have been toying with for a while based on a 6-patch trip around the world block. It reminds me of a tiled floor with a folk art feel about it.”
Quilt Jane from Brisbane, Australia, has drawn some really appreciative comments on her blog for this masterpiece of brilliant colour. Love the Electra fabric as background for the Colourshott 10 inch squares (and the use of a charm pack for the flower appliqué pieces).
Very clear tutorial with templates for the appliqué and block assembly, thanks Jane. We’ll leave her with the last word (applicable to all these gorgeous creations):
“label and give it to someone you love”
Buy the colours of passion and love with a Fat 8ths pack of Colourshott Brighton Rock or Ruby Reds on 13, 14 or 15 February 2015 and we’ll give you 20% off.
Brighton Rock is normally £22.50, click here to buy for £18.00;
Ruby Reds is normally £42, click here to buy for £33.60.
Enter the promotion code VALENTINE at checkout to receive your 20% discount.
Anne Williams has got her card all planned out:
For the background of a handmade Christmas card I would use the gorgeous Celebes from the Colourshott range. This shimmering light blue fabric would create a wonderful snowy backdrop, the perfect foil for a festive design.
Wonder if Santa is listening?
My favourite tool, and one I always have close by when either hand or machine sewing, is That Purple Thang, an approximately 6in long plastic ‘purple thang’! One end is flattened into a 1/4in square, which is useful for checking your seam allowance as you stitch and also for holding seams in place as you feed patches through the machine; the other end has a rounded point, which is ideal for pushing, prodding, poking, stuffing… At under £5, perhaps whoever is putting the presents under my tree would like to give me the gift of a never-ending supply…
Rita of Red Pepper Quilts from down under is going traditional with a light twist:
Colourshott 24 Zinnia – fits in with a green/red Christmas theme but will still contrast with: a darker “tree” green, white for snow and red for Santa.
As for her sewing tool, anybody else discovered the pain free world of basting?
I’ve misplaced my Kwik Klip basting tool so I would love to see this under the Christmas tree. I pin baste my quilts and this tool is handy for closing pins effortlessly, no more sore fingers.
Helen Howes doesn’t actually celebrate Christmas but says a Fast Fat Quarter Ruler is good at any time!
Any card Helen made would be a riot! She just loves all colours and couldn’t pin down just one Oakshott, so here are some little fancies for fun:.
Over there amongst the Canadian snows (we assume!) Deborah Kemball has gone for a deep, warm colour:
I would choose the Midnight Blue as a background for a handmade card because the Campion red and Zinnia green I would use for the motifs would shine against this deepest darkest blue.
As for a sewing tool – a needle threader for aging eyes!
Hope you get your wish Deborah.
Our second respondent is Leanne of She Can Quilt who said:
If I were making a card with Oakshotts, I would probably pick either Bizzie Lizzie or Lichen as the background. I tend to like jazzier colours for the holidays.
As for a sewing tool, all I really want is more fabric. I always love beautifully crafted scissors or hand made sewing notions too, but the truth is I am well set up.
and who doesn’t share those feelings?
We asked some of our fabulous designers to tell us:
- which colour from Oakshott Fabrics they would choose as the background to a handmade Christmas card;
- and what sewing tool they would like to find under their Christmas tree.
So here’s the first response from Lynne Goldsworthy of Lily’s Quilts
For her background she would use: “Colourshott white sand because it’s the perfect background colour – soft and warm – and it lets the other colours shine.”
And we hope that she finds under her Christmas tree, “A rotating cutting mat – something I’ve never treated myself to but perfect for trimming small blocks!”
Here’s another little present just for you – and for free! We linked up with Sew Mama Sew (www.sewmamasew.com) and some talented quilter/bloggers to bring you six wildly different looks all based on a Ruby Reds Fat 8ths pack.
The free patterns for these festive mini quilts will cheer you up all year round so download the PDF booklet now by clicking on this line, then you can decide which one you’ll start with (there might even be just enough time to produce one as a present for somebody!)