Purple combines the calm stability of blue with the fierce energy of red. It’s often associated with royalty, nobility, luxury and power. Purple can represent wealth, creativity, wisdom, grandeur, devotion, peace, mystery, independence and magic.
We love designer Helen Howes’ use of purple in her Interpolations 3a / Inpurpleation Quilt (shown here in progress):
If you’re inspired, read the story behind her design and to make the project download the pattern from Helen Howes Textiles.
To celebrate the UK’s Mothering Sunday on 6 March 2016 we are offering 20% OFF selected purples up until 9am UK time on Monday 7 March. Use the promotional code MUM16 at the checkout when you purchase any of these selected purples from the Colourshott collection (just click on your chosen swatch to shop):
Iris COTX15 Atlas COTX49 Electra COTX50
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,
“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!
Great to see the results of FoQ 2015 purchases from the Oakshott stand.
Well done to Rona Bebb for completing the Hint Quilt Wallhanging Kit, great to see photos which show the size and the quilting, and thanks for her kind words:
“They are lovely fabrics to work on, soon to buy more from you.”
Looking forward to the next photos, as promised …
“Now to start on the Red pack.”
Sew Mama Sew gathered six US bloggers to exercise their creativity on our Scandinavia collection, and what a variety they came up with:
Oakshott echoes Sew Mama Sew’s sentiments:
We’d like to thank our talented challengers for showing us so many lovely possibilities with Oakshott Scandinavia. Please visit their sites to see more creativity!:
It is always exciting to the creative spirit in us to see how Oakshott shot cottons inspire the development of a pattern. The wonderful Krista Hennebury has supplied us with the chance to show such a development in glorious technicolor.
In the beginning was a pack of 10 Colourshotts that turned into Chess on the Steps (available as a quilt kit):
Then came an Alaskan cruise and 18 quilters and Krista’s Improv Under the Influence technique class and a chance to play with one of four Alaskan-themed colourways.
Spot the ones who used the Midnight Sun theme (based on Chess on the Steps) and now click on to feast your eyes on the other colourways …
We’ve just uploaded a new free booklet to our free patterns page on the website, on the Instant Colour page and right here!
Thanks to Sew Mama Sew you can dabble in some quick fashion fixes with six new totes that each use a Lipari Fat 8ths Pack. The booklet tells you a bit about each designer and takes you to their blog for the tutorials and patterns.
Don’t forget to send us a picture of how you have interpreted these great patterns.
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:
We’ve just heard from Krista Hennebury (award winning designer extraordinaire of Improv Under the Influence© fame, read her blog Poppyprint):
I thought you might enjoy seeing your divine fabric pictured in the Arctic beside a real honest-to-goodness igloo (okay, it was built for the Sunrise Festival welcoming back the sun on January 7th, no one is actually living in it, but it is a traditional igloo!). I was teaching Chess on the Steps in Inuvik, North West Territories in Canada’s Arctic last weekend and took the opportunity to bring some quilts for show and tell, including Lynne [Goldsworthy]’s Lonestar Circle she designed for my book Make It, Take It.
You too could make Krista’s fabulous modern quilt; go to her blog page to read the fascinating story behind the design, which has previously featured as a Modern Quilt Guild pattern of the month. It was inspired by an unnamed antique quilt and Krista’s interpretation is a colour study using five related warm-coloured and five related cool-coloured Colourshotts.
The complete Quilt Kit containing the pre-cut fabrics and pattern is available to buy online from Oakshott Fabrics.
Scandinavia is the name of Oakshott Fabrics’ newest shot cotton collection.
The inspiration for this palette of eight calm, muted tones of vaporous blues, soft greys, milky whites and woody shades comes from the clean, bright, airy colours of stylish Scandinavian interiors and the ethereal quality of northern winter light.
We’ve had great fun drawing up a Scandinavia board on Pinterest full of images that echo these luminous colours.
To celebrate the launch of Scandinavia Leanne Chahley designed this beautiful quilt/wallhanging (given a sneak preview at QuiltCon in Texas) called Hint:
We love the graphic shapes and the texture the quilting gives the fabrics.
The kit for Hint is available in two sizes (40″ x 40″ / 102 cm x 102 cm or 84″x 84″ / 213 cm x 213 cm) complete with the fabric (enough for front and back) and a pattern booklet with template.
We hope you enjoy banishing the winter doldrums with these luscious Nordic lights.