Tuesday, 23 October 2012

Made with Oakshott

Would you like to make something with Oakshott shot cottons?  Well I am super excited to announce a brand new monthly feature on the blog which will give you that chance.  As well of course as a button to celebrate.
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Each month, Michael Oakshott and I will choose an Oakshott shot cottons bundle and challenge you to come up with some kind of wonderful idea of what you would make with it.  This month, we've chosen the Oakshott Rubies F8 bundle.  12 F8s all shot with red.

To be in with a chance of playing with these beautiful fabrics, here's what you need to do:
  • Leave a comment letting me know what you would make with the Rubies FQ bundle.  You can mix them with other fabrics or use just the Rubies in the project.  As you wish. 
  • You can make something big, small, quilted, not quilted, useful, decorative.  It's up to you.  
  • After a few days, we will pick our favourite project suggestion and that person will be sent an F8 pack of Oakshott Rubies.  
  • All we ask of you is that you write a guest post for this blog containing photos of the finished item and a tutorial showing us how you made it, ideally within one month of receipt of the Oakshotts.  
And if you don't get picked this month, don't worry, there will be another great bundle on offer next month so stay tuned for a new chance each month.

76 comments:

  1. I would love to make drawstring bags or totes to wrap Christmas presents in. The rubies would look lovely under the tree but just as lovely the rest of the year for projects or all the stuff people carry around.

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  2. I'd make Christmas bunting with mini stockings shapes instead of the usual triangles. Each stocking could be decorated with ribbon or trim, or maybe appliqued with letters to spell out a festive greeting.

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  3. It will be wonderful to see what everybody comes up with!!

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  4. I would make a scandinavian christmass tree cushion

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  5. Those juicy colors conjure up apple trees for me - I would make a wall piece celebrating the orchards that I live around and perhaps bring Christmas into the mix as well!

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  6. Well they are so yummy that I think I would like to make a cylinder pillow (not sur eteh official name of this sort of pillow but it is a round tube with flat ends) with homemade piping - something I have never tried! If a wonky star could make it's way on there somewhere I would be an even happier camper!

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  7. I love the colours and I would like to try something with a spiral pattern.

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  8. I've long had in the back of my mind a quilt made with a repeating leaf motif, pieced from Oakshott rubies, set into a natural linen background.

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  9. I wouldn't add other fabrics (mayyyybe Essex Yarn Dyed in black). I imagine they are sooo soft to work with. I would use an all over pattern and play with the different values. Would make a great Christmas quilt.
    Susanne

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  10. Ooooh, I have been wanting to get my hands on some Oakshott fabrics since I saw them appearing around blogland. I would love to play with the different values in this bundle and make a double hexagon cushion (or mini quilt) inspired by this tutorial from lovely little handmades http://lovelylittlehandmades.blogspot.co.nz/2012/10/easy-double-hexagon-pillow-tutorial.html I think mixing the shot cottons with some slightly textured or textured looking fabrics (for example, linen, a text print, or a painters canvas print) would really make them pop.

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  11. Today my sister opens her new shop in NI and after I'd seen some photos of it I'd hope to be able to make a feature quilt panel that could maybe be hung up somewhere in it for her (say down in the changing rooms or behind the till)

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  12. What popped into my head as soon as I saw the bundle... An ombré chevron Christmas tree skirt! That would look so fun under our tree (and way cooler than the store bought one I've been meaning to replace!)

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  13. I am already making something with this Ruby FQ bundle, a Winding ways quilt! So I won't be participating in this challenge, but if you want to have a look at what I've already pieced, you can do so here: http://surelynotanotherproject.blogspot.be/2012/10/winding-ways-quilt.html

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    1. Anne, I saw your current piecing and it is beautiful. I can imagine the time you've put into it. I was surprised and delighted to see the colors. They spanned the color range more than I expected, with oranges and pinks coming through. What a lovely bundle of fat quarters. Now to think of what to make..... :)

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  14. those beautiful colors would be so pretty in my house! I think a set of color blocked placemats and a patchwork apron would be lovely!

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  15. I've been lusting after these beautiful ruby reds for a while now, and would LOVE to get my hands on a bundle! The project I have in mind would be an autumnal quilt using the oakshott reds and some patterned fabric in similar hues, making up patchwork maple leaves. I was inspired by a picture I spotted in a (very) old issue of The Quilter! If I had leftover fabric, the repeating quilt block would also make a wonderful basis for cushion covers, or a wall hanging.

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  16. I would make pleated cushions (squared pillow covers) with the pleats in the different tones of red (like ombre) for a Christmas feel bedroom/living room.

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  17. They would make a great table runner for my red and white kitchen. Love them!

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  18. The new book "Simply Fat Quarters" has some great designs that I think would look wonderful with your fabric. I particularly like the Zap pattern and think a monochromatic look would be quite different. I love working with these fabrics that have a different look depending on the angle that your view them. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  19. I am thinking of a tree skirt with little houses and stars pieced in all red and white.

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  20. I'd love to make a quilt as you go project. It is made with Hexagon centers, Hexagon batting and then muslin backing. You cut all your pieces and you are ready to take them with you and quilt wherever you go...

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  21. I would love to make a tree skirt with these beauties. Of course all I can really think about is re-making that table runner you made with the rubies.

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  22. my daughter just recenty moved into a new apartment. she told me she thinks her living area 'needs red'. so, i would love to make a red quilt to red-up her room. (we love red)
    i think i would add creams and make a simple bento box or chinese coins pattern, since her taste leans to less fussy.
    thanks for the chance to win.

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  23. Hmm I'm thinking some type of Christmas tree skirt with ornaments done in all the reds :)

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  24. I would pair this with some solid grays and make a HST sewing machine cover.

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  25. Being a huge Ohio State Football Fan I would pair with grays and black to create a lap quilt. I'd find a "buckeye" quilt stencil for quilting. As a matter of fact, I think I know a long-armer who has just that. Thanks for the opportunity and I am so happy to have found your blog. I am a follower now!

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  26. I have always wanted to make a beautiful fall quilt with appliqued leaves on a black background. I think this FQ bundle in these beautiful colors would be absolutely perfect for this dream quilt.

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  27. This is a lovely idea. I am still working with the liparis so I am good for now. I might be ready for another bundle later on.

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  28. I need all new pillows for my couch, so I would make a series of them, each a little different, but tied together with the colors. Haven't had a chance to use Oakshott, yet, but would LOVE to!

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  29. Something for me! Maybe a fab throw for the winter blues! Red is my favorite!

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  30. My mom moves red and lives in a nursing home. I would love to make her a nine patch lap throw in her favourite colour to keep her warm for the coming winter season.

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  31. Those reds are gorgeous! I would make a zig zag lap quilt.
    kcannon@anwsu.org

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  32. My oldest loves pinks and reds and I've been wanting to make her a quilt for her new room. I think maybe I'd cut lots of different size circles and appliqué them on a quilt top. I'd play around with the layout but probably bunch a lot together at the bottom and then gradually have less. Hopefully that makes since. :) Thanks for the chance to win these beauties.

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  33. Our Guild is having a challenge for our show to make a quilt inspired from a photograph. This bundle would make wonderful stucco buildings that I have in mind. Haven't used any Oakshott yet and am itchin' to.

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  34. I would make a modern abstract table topper or table runner.

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  35. I designed a block for the EZ Dresden Challenge that I call "Dresden Wave." I'd love to make a quilt using long, strip versions of the block, in similar colors ranging from dark to light, and waving in opposite directions from each other for a kaleidoscope effect. It looks awesome in my head. I think it would look even better in Oakshotts.
    You can see what the block looks like here, although it will have a very different effect with the different layout I'm picturing. http://thequiltingmill.blogspot.com/2012/09/ez-dresden-challenge-quilt.html

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  36. I created a paper-pieced block for the Christmas in July event on my blog a few months back. I designed it to be a snowflake, but then as I was playing around in EQ I created a mock-up to make it look like a poinsettia and I think it could be stunning with Oakshott reds. Linen on the outside, and small-scale green prints for all the green sections.

    You can see the mock-up here: http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-zewXAn8ikU0/T-_MjF_wP8I/AAAAAAAABeM/1PKm24gI88A/s1600/poinsettia+copy.jpg

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  37. I have a garden full of leaves in these colours... I have been thinking of a machine appliqued autumn runner.... Mmmmm!

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  38. I would LOVE to use them as part of a quilt for my MIL. She is a quilter and I think she would absolutely love these.

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  39. fall leaf quilt on shimmering blue silk, or handdye

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  40. Oh, how exciting! I would make a giant reading pillow for my oldest son :)

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  41. A medallion quilt pops up in my mind. A paperpieced as center in either the brighter or darker values, going from their in the opposite value respectively.
    sigrunmoller @ yahoo . co . uk

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  42. I've had this idea in the back of my mind for a few weeks of making a quilt that looks like rows and rows of decorative bunting. I think these rubies would look great as three-dimensional bunting "flags" against some white silk I've had stashed away for a while.

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  43. I would love to mix these with khaki and cream and make It's Sew Emma's Debonaire quilt pattern!

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  44. I'm wondering what they'd look like in a simple "ombre" skirt pattern - probably a-line and definitely adventurous as I've never made a skirt!

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  45. Oakshoot - Oooh little bits of lovely!
    I would love to make a 3D mobile for the entry to my house. Combining the shot Rubies with silks, copper wire and free-motion machine embroidery. There may be the odd frayed edge in there too. Lots of texture, movement and reflection.
    Let the light play with the Oakshott Rubies to reveal their true beauty!

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  46. Chevons, for sure! These gorgeous reds would pop so well against the gray squares I have from the shades of gray charm swap.

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  47. Now that autumn is here, the oak shot rubies inspire me to make something that echoes the wonderful reds and vibrancy of leaves ready to fall. mixed with a few stash fabrics I would love to create a wall hanging with appliqué on a patched back ground.

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  48. I'm married to a pediatric cardiologist. I would make a small wallhanging for his office in some sort of heart design.
    Linda F.

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  49. I want to make a huge body pillow like in shape workshop for quilters to transform my sofa into a Christmas snuggle heaven!!

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  50. I would make a long(ish), slim table runner with paper pieced leaves - I think that the oakshotts would look strikingly like the fall leaves when the sun strikes them, all golden and red and shimmery. I would imagine it to be very like having those crisp fall leaves strewn across your table, but without the mess (and you'd get to reuse it!) I think I'm throw in some dark colored cottons for the background, just to link them together, but let the oakshotts shine.

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  51. I'm thinking some kind of pieced giant star, with pockets added to make it into an advent calendar- a bit more sophisticated than your average childs one (but with enough room for chocolate for me!) Ange x

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  52. What a great chance to spend time with gorgeous fabric! I would love to make a lap quilt for my sister-in-law, using the Boxed-In block designed by Faith Jones in the Modern Blocks book compiled by Susanne Woods. I think that the wonderful shades and shots would add such richness...and would fit in to her very stylish home.

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  53. Oh, yes, me please! I am currently in Malaga because I need to learn spanish and I am working on a hexagon project because my sewing machine was too heavy to take with me for just three months. I would love to put those shot cottons in between my flowery purple, red and yellow flowers :)

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  54. Oh wow!! Well these are the colours of the city I live in and I have been desperate forever to make a Marrakech quilt with these rubies. I would love to make a Marrakech improv. mini - no rulers, just cutting and slicing.

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  55. I would love to make a Christmas table runner with these fabrics!

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  56. A few months ago I bought a Colour Box from Oakshott. Unfortunately it is so beautiful that all I can do is look at it. Like a new set of coloured pencils, I can't mess it up. So I'd use the Oakshott Rubies to piece a tone-on-tone background in large hexagons with little shots of the jewel colours from my Box. That way I wouldn't use too much of it!!

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  57. These colors scream "Scrappy Heart Quilt" to me. Pieced red hearts on a background of beautiful white on white.

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  58. I honestly have never seen Oakshott but these colors are beautiful. I would love to make a quilt for my granddaughter who is due in January 2013. The website says they are soft cotton, so I would think they would be wonderful for such a project. I would mix gray or white with them to bring out the colors. Hopefully honesty will not kill my chances. Thank you for a chance.

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  59. My first thought when seeing the Ruby Oakshott collection is that I would like to make a holiday mantle banner/cover. The colors would be perfect! I would use log cabin or cathedral step blocks of more than one size to make a jagged edge the length of the mantel.

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  60. Wow! Those Oakshott cottons look beautiful. I would make a cushion with a frame in the oakshott's with the colours like an ombre design around a stitchery in the fabric colours and a plain/neutral background. Possibly incorporating appliqued fabric pieces of the cotton into the design of the stitchery. Thanks for the opportunity.

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  61. I would be delighted to make some holiday placemats. I have never used Oakshott but am so excited to try it out. Just waiting for a good sale to pick some up.

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  62. Beautiful. I was just thinking of colours for my sister in laws quilt and these would be perfect. A framed square with the ruby in the middle and bright flowery patterns around the edges...or the other way around? Great idea, cannot wait to see the new projects every month.

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  63. A Ruby Paint Chip ombre quilt. What a yummy bunch of FQs. :)

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  64. A friend of mine loaned me the book "quilts from the house of Tula Pink" and in it, there's a quilt called "fade to pink".

    The Oakshott bundle would look stunning made with this pattern - a subtle gradation of colours across the quilt!

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  65. I would love to make a set of throw pillows for my new sofa. Since we're renting, most of the stuff that I had at my house (pre-rent days) doesn't really match the color scheme here -- red and mocha colored walls. My sofa, however, goes with anything. It's a nice creamy shade, which I love. But you know what I love even better? How great it feels to sit on it and do my handwork while occasionally watching telly with the hubs. :)

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  66. I would like to make a quilt with pink and red fabrics and those solids.lia.vandenbrand@live.nl

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  67. OOOOhhh - they're gorgeous and what springs to mind for me is to get round to making a quilt inspired by Cherri House who made a quilt called City Park in her book City Quilts - squares strategically placed ... with a little black involved - i can imagine it in reds beautifully ... I am dreaming!!!

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  68. The ruby bundle would be wonderful to make Rossie's kelp quilt. Very modern. Here's hoping I win as I would love to try out some Oakshott cotton as I love the colour gradations. Thanks for the opportunity to win.

    Diane

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  69. Yummmy - I would love to make a holiday pillow cover with these!

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  70. I would like to make a custom hearth cover for my living room. I have two lovely leather sofas that could coordinate well. I'd want to incorporate a natural color linen to coordinate with the fine burlap drapes. They'd also look lovely on a style of coasters I make. Fingers crossed!

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  71. OK - I've had a good think and I would make a kind of snuggle sleeping bag for one, for the sofa, for Christmas (I'm basically thinking a lap quilt folded lengthways with velcro up the long side for easy loo and tea making breaks ...

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  72. I would add cream and/or white fabrics and cut all as 2 1/2" strips (think jelly roll). Keeping the colored strips in the center and neutrals to both sides I would stagger the joins. Sort of a controlled jelly roll race idea. About 1/3 of the way down from the top I would have 3 rows of the same red in the center and then appliqué the word LOVE 5" tall in the center of those 3 rows. Binding of the reds scrappy style would set it off. Maybe an appliqué heart or two, but I've probably run out of fabric already, huh?

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  73. I think these reds deserve to make a luscious pair of lips - a sassy cushion perhaps !?

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  74. I think I got a great project but I'll wait for another month/bundle, it should have different colours. What a terrific idea!

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