The eighth and final stop in our Lipari blogshop (hosted by Lily’s Quilts) comes from Kitty Wilkin, intrepid Night Quilter in Maine, USA. She got really absorbed by Oakshott’s fabric story and so decided to go with the volcanic inspiration for her Vesuvius quilt.
This was my first time working with Oakshott fabrics, and they are so luxurious! They are a woven fabric and feel almost silky to the touch. They feel more substantial than other shot cottons I’ve used, and the Lipari line looks iridescent since the warp is black and the weft is a bright jewel tone. These fabrics come to life when you see them in person – photos truly don’t do them justice.
I made my Vesuvius quilt with 60 degree triangles, to elicit the sharp peaks of the mountainous volcanoes. I pulled in some Ruby Red – Toledo for the molten focal triangle, and let the Lipari steal the show.
Kitty’s blogpost is an excellent and thorough tutorial so you can be confident of ending up with as beautiful a finished quilt as Kitty’s own.
There is a heart rending coda to the story though … guess why it has been temporarily renamed:
For now, my Vesuvius Quilt (aka Max’s Fault Lines) is smoking and being buried by ash for a bit. It will rise again some day in the future.
We look forward to seeing Vesuvius in its new era.
Hello East Coast America! If you fancy a feel of of our glorious Oakshott Fabrics then drop in to the Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival in Hampton, Virginia from 25 to 28 February 2016 and go find Maria at the Pinwheels booth.
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:
“This quilt was inspired by Frank Lloyd Wright’s designs (if you are not familiar with him, he was a famous American architect that designed modern buildings in the early 20th century). The title of the quilt is ‘Quilt it Wright'”
Mary Menzer of FairlyMerry sent us these photos of her great design using Oakshott Lakes. Do have a look at more info on her Facebook page and her Instagram feed to learn about threads she uses and her design, matchstick, quilting and improv techniques.
Our good friend and Oakshott Fabrics US stockist Maria Tamaoka of Pinwheels is out and about a lot at the moment so go say hello (and pick up some fabric while you’re there!): 15-18 October
PIQC : Pacific International Quilt Festival in Santa Clara, California
29 October–1 November in booth 1715
International Quilt Festival, George R. Brown Convention Centre, Houston, Texas
With thanks to Laura Welkin for sharing both her good news and her picture:
This is my miniature quilt, Dancing Dahlia. It measures 15″x15″. It received a first at the AQS Paducah and a second place at the NQA Show. The dark blue fabric and the green background fabric are both Oakshott cottons. I have been told a few times that the green fabric seems to glow!
I discovered your fabric in the Pinwheels vendor booth at the Paducah show in 2014. I instantly fell in love with a bright blue and bright green. I only purchased half yards of each, so I had to make a small quilt. I entered the quilt in the 2015 Paducah show and received a first place in the miniature category! The question I am asked the most about the quilt is, “What fabric is the green background?” A judge’s comment from the NQA Show stated, “Use of silk fabric makes this small piece glow.” Many do think it is silk.
I found some eighth yard pieces on Etsy, so I am currently making another miniature with some of your violet fabrics as the background. Can’t wait to finish this one!
Thank you for making such beautiful fabric!