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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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Sassafras Lane using Ruby Reds

Isn’t this a stunner, so vibrant! Well done to Jennifer Thornberry. She used a pattern called Arcadia Avenue from the  ‘crazy creative Mom-Daughter duo who run on coffee’ and who trade as Sassafras Lane Designs in Colorado – you really need to check them out (but put your sunglasses on first!)

Jennifer’s choice of Oakshott Ruby Reds (two packs) with some blue-greens gives the pattern a whole new look. Here’s the just-finished quilt top:

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Vote Victorian

We congratulated Karen Terrens for winning best in show in Sydney in June 2015 now we can actually vote for her to win the Victorian Craft Award. Her Sanderson’s Apprentice Quilt (made using Oakshott fabrics) is a finalist in this wide-ranging event: it had 116 finalists out of 450 entrants; is exhibiting in four venues across Melbourne, Australia; covers all crafts from jewellery to ceramics, fabric to glass.

Read all about her work on victoriancraftaward.org.au/karen-terrens/ and vote for her in the People’s Choice (once you have checked out the other entrants, of course!) and be in for winning some craft vouchers.

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Don’t you just love the world wide web; such beautiful things to see without moving an inch.

 

Steps from Chess on the Steps

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.

2014-10ChessOnTheSteps22014-10ChessOnTheSteps smallIn 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.

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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

Lily’s Quilts International Bloghop with Scandinavia

Lynne Goldsworthy of Lily’s Quilts has brought together eight projects from eight fantastic designers based in the UK, the USA and Australia, using Oakshott Scandinavia.  They are going out over the next two weeks and all the hops are listed out below so you can come back to this post and see where to go to next:
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Lynne says:

Scandinavia is a line of shot cottons shot with cream so that they create a beautiful gentle palette and I am so excited to see what everyone is going to do with them.

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The blog hop stops are listed out below and I hope you enjoy the inspiration you find there. Bear in mind that different time zones may mean that the posts appear later on in the day.

4 May  – Sarah Sharp
5 May  – Heather Scrimnscher 
6 May  – Amy Sinibaldi
7 May  – Rossie Hutchinson
11 May – Elaine Poplin
12 May – Sarah Fielke
13 May – Nicholas Ball
14 May – Lori Landerberger

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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Oakshott in the Arctic

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.

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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.