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!”
Do you want to give somebody some Oakshott luxury for Christmas but have no idea what colour, fabric or size they want?
Or perhaps you just want to post them a little light something?
Or maybe you just know how much they will love browsing through all our fabric collections (and picking up a free pattern or two along the way) to tickle their inspiration?
Then we’d like to suggest an Oakshott gift voucher (or two). They come in six different denominations to suit your purse. Go on, solve that tricky gift problem right now by clicking here to buy online
Mary Claire of Remember Wren was inspired by a rolled hem! Who would believe such a mundane sounding object could open up such a rainbow of creativity, as will be revealed if you visit her blog to brush up on your skills. Thanks Mary Claire for taking part in the Sew Mama Sew challenge (and being so enthused by the Oakshott Lakes fabric, of course) that table linen is almost making us think of Christmas.
Thanks Jessica of Quilty Habit for your poetic words about Lakes, “shimmery wonderfulness” for a start!
Also thanks for posting such great instructions for a gorgeous table runner she designed as part of Sew Mama Sew‘s Oakshott Challenge (highlights being released 22-25 October).
Shot cottons change colors in the light – you have to see it to really believe it. I love these Oakshott fabrics because they are a bit thicker and easier to work with than quilting cotton (in my opinion). Plus, they have more dimensionality than regular solid quilting cotton. So, so pretty. Plus, these colors were my favorites – purples to pinks to a wide range of blues. Mmm.
If you want to see more pictures, learn about traditional blocks, half-square/half-rectangle triangles (HST/HRT), marking radiating stars, improvisational curves, threads, double-siding … then do go to the tutorial on her blog.
You can see (pics on blog) how the Oakshott colors change depending on the light and where you stand in the room. Seriously amazing! Oh, and I love how the quilting from the front made hexagons on the back. 🙂
Helen from Archie the Wonderdog blogspot used the Metro bundle:
“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.
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