Saturday, 22 December 2012

Made with Oakshott

Would you like to make something with Oakshott fabrics?  Well now, you have a chance.

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Each month, Michael Oakshott and I choose an Oakshott 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 a selection of Oakshott Longshotts.

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I'm really excited about this challenge because I just know that modern quilters are going to be really creative with the subtle stripes in these fabrics.

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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 these fabrics.  
  • Let me know what colours you would like.  Pick 8-12 FQs for your project.  8 FQs for  smaller project; 12 for a larger one.  Click here to make your selection.
  • Be specific about your idea and make a feature of those stripes.  We won't pick someone who  says "I want to make a quilt" but might pick someone who says "I have in mind a quilt with double hourglass blocks designed to show off these stripes". 
  • After a few days, we will pick our favourite project suggestion and that person will be sent their selection of the Longshotts.  
  • 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.

36 comments:

  1. I'm thinking a double sided plus quilt, one low volume, one high volume(!) using the stripes to give it depth.

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  2. Oh I love stripes! I would love to make a slip-cover for my headboard and use two prints - probably Fir and Purplehaze - and sew it so it looks like the fabrics are woven like a basket. Two colours of fabric, maybe even four for a realy complex pattern (not sure I am clever enough for that though!!) could give a really cool illusion of weaving I think :)

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  3. I would make some keychain clutches for my friends and beads of courage bags. My favorite colors are sunflower, gold, volcano, tulip, lava, sweet Williams, orchid, island moonlight, and eucalyptus.

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  4. There is a quilt block in the book Japanese Quilt Blocks to Mix and Match by Susan Briscoe that would be perfect with the subtle stripes of these fabrics - it is four strips around a center block in kind of a well or tatami pattern - enhanced by stripes to look even more complex and dimensional. I spent 4 years living in Japan and would love to make a quilt using this block - with the folk feel of the countryside where I lived -not the elaborate metallics and florals you usually think of as Japanese fabrics. Colors I think would be nice for this are: Longshott 05 Pale Gold, Longshott 10 Forest Green, Longshott 19 Lava, Longshott 37 Autumn Maple, Longshott 32 Seaside Dusk, Longshott 45 Sunflower, Longshott 14 Holly, Longshott 20 Hazelnut, Longshott 49 Green Tomato, Longshott 43 Pansy

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  5. I like the stack at the top for a rose star EPP pillow.

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  6. Ooh Regina's idea sounds good! I'd use 06, 13, 14, 21, 23, 31, 32 and 47 to cut a pile of different width strips, some with the grain and some across. I'd make them into log cabins, some starting light to dark and others opposite with maybe a few random. I think they'd look beautiful arranged as a straightforward log cabin, especially with the different width strips, but if I were clever enough I'd make the log cabins different sizes and try to arrange them into a heart because I love the fabric.

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  7. What I would make is stack and whack wonky 9 patch blocks for Aussie Hero Quilts. the colours I would choose are, 23 Rosea Nigra, 32 Seaside Dusk, 11 Fir, 10 Forest Green, 20 Hazelnut, 30 Island Moonlight, 37 Autumn Maple, 32 Seaside Dusk, 51 Eucalyptus, 47 Chives, 49 Green Tomato and finally 30 Island Moonlight.

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  8. I would love to make a quilt with quarter square triangles using 23 Rosea Nigra, 24 Sweet William, 15 Flamingo. 18 Volcano, 07 Mint Ice, 08 Aquamarine, 11 Fir and 10 Forest Green. I think the stripes running horizontal to the long edge and converging in the center would give a lovely depth to the quilt and really show off the subtle stripes.
    I would want to bind it in Pale Gold-05 cut on the bias to really make it pop!

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  9. Wow, what a great opportunity!
    I would love to use these amazing fabrics to make my mini quilt for the Doll Quilt Swap Round 13. There is such a lot of talent in the swap this round and I just know that these fabrics would give my idea the wow factor.
    I am planning the Poinsettia {paper pieced} pattern by Fresh Lemons, and the stripes would really enhance the block.
    These are my first ideas :16-21 and 37 but I also think that the design would be amazing in the original pattern colours.

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  10. Hi Lynne! This is so great idea! I would love to make a wall hanging with stars made of diamonds. For this pattern stripes gives the motion because they will change the angle in every diamond. Colours I chose are: Magic Pink 13, Flamingo 15, Tulip 16, Rosea Nigra 23, Sweet William 24, Orchid 25, Petunia 36, Gloriosa 42. I can see in my mind how these delicious fabrics would look like a painting when mixed . This was very exiting!
    I wish you wonderful Christmas time! x Teje

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  11. Any kind of windmill block would suit to stripe fabric. I prefer red - volcano, tulip.

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  12. This quilt:

    http://cadouri-din-inima.blogspot.co.uk/2011/11/dresden-quilt-finished.html

    In these colours: Pale Gold, Mint Ice, Flamingo, Strawberry Patch, Sweet William, Purple Haze, Gloriosa, Sunflower, Chives, Eucalyptus , Aquamarine and Orchid with a white background! The stripes could either be used vertically for a static look or horizontally for spinning Dresden fans! Lots of colour! Yummy!

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  13. There is a striped quilt in my next book that would look fantastic done up in these fabrics. Such a great contrast to the original.
    I'm thinking...parchment, pale gold, mint ice, aquamarine, fir,tulip, tropical pink, petunia, marigold, melon, and eucalyptus.

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  14. What a fun exercise! I see a small quilt/cushion cover in an off-center "barn raising" layout, and carefully mitered corners. Colors: parchment, papyrus, pale gold, with strawberry patch, rosea nigra, magic pink, and chives (to cool it down just a smidge).

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  15. ohhh, this is exciting! I'd make a feather quilt, the stripes would add some interesting texture to the feathers.
    Tisha

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  16. I'd probably make a quilt with simple broken dishes blocks, but use the direction of the stripes as a contrast - rather like a basket-weave. The colours would spread across the quilt, starting in one corner and moving to the diagonally opposite corner.

    I'd use Chives, Petunia, Seaside Dusk, Purple Haze, Island Moonlight, Orchid, Volcano, Holly, Cayman Night, Rosea Nigra, Strawberry Patch, and Magic Pink.

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  17. I ABSOLUTELY HATE STRIPES....Good Luck ladies!

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  18. I am trying to think of other projects to suggest, but I know how lovely a pin-wheel quilt would be... I just think the stripes will add a new dimension to it. And I would call it the Girly Girl quilt as I would be using 02- Parchment and all the lovely colours 15-21 plus a few FQ of solids to contrast in a light cream or white. All pink and lovely like I used to love when I was a girly girl...

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  19. I have seen some lovely x+o quilts and I'd like to make one with the red and aqua oakshotts mixed with some low volume and red / aqua fabrics.

    Fabrics:07,08,11,18,21,23,37,51

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  20. I would fussy cut the stripes to make a patchwork heart of squares and HSTs for a pillow for Valentines Day. I'd probably use 7, 15, 16, 17, 20, 25, 42, 44.

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  21. I would make a HST quilt along the lines of this : http://www.springleafstudios.com/2012/10/bloggers-quilt-festival.html, with a touch of colour blending....
    I would use colour Nos. 16 to 20, 42, 44 and 45

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  22. oh love the stripes ~ so pretty and understated. Not sure what I'd make with it, but like it a lot!

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  23. I would make a tetris quilt and instead of using plain colors I would use the stripes for some texture. Colors 5, 11, 18, 19, 42, 50, 51, with 30 as a border with a mitered corner. The tetris quilt would look something like this pattern. http://rabbitstylenews.wordpress.com/tag/tetris/ This would be a gift for my husband!

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  24. I love stripes! I have been dreaming of making a striped quilt, 12 to 15 inch blocks with a stacked centre and vertical stripes pieces of varying sizes on either side, sashing and voila! I had thought blue but I love red so my colour choices would be; 13, 14, 18, 21, 23, 24,25, 36, 37, 47 and maybe some 27 and 30 depending on how well they play together. What a fun exercise, thank you for the opportunity. MerryChristmas!

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  25. I would like to make the Stairway to Heaven quilt, with these wonderful Oakshotts Longshotts stripes as stairs, http://www.romanianquiltstudio.com/english/stairway-to-heaven-quilt-pattern.htm , with the colors: 2 parchment, 45 Sunflower, 17 Tropical Pink, 15 Flamingo, 47 Chives, 21 Strawberry Patch, 27 Purple Haze, 30 Island Moonlight, 51 Eucalyptus, 50 Melon, 11 Fir, and 9 Pistachio.

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  26. I would make a version of Kaffe Fassett's handkerchief quilt (probably minus the squares) playing with the size of the blocks, using some stripes as is & piecing some for wider stripes.

    I'd use mint ice, aquamarine, pistachio, forest green, fir, purple haze, island moonlight, cayman night, chives, green tomato, melon & eucalyptus.

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  27. Gorgeous fabrics and I love all the ideas so far - have fun choosing!

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  28. The quilt I would make consists of 60 degree diamond blocks going in alternate directions, and each block is made up of 5 strips of fabric, 3 - 2" strips, and 2 - 1" strips. So you have a macro and a micro stripe going on - think rail fence on steroids. I haven't even thought of colors - you want a range of analogous colors, with a few complements thrown in to give it some zing.

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  29. I would make a large quilt - a simple 'skyline' design using a variety of colours for the skyline against either a white or darker grey backdrop. Something along the lines of this rough concept http://thisguyquilts.blogspot.co.nz/2012/12/tis-silly-season.html. I would mix up the stripes to give the skyline blocks some architectural perspective (length & width). The coloured skyline blocks would be a mix of rectangles, squares, & trapezoids. I would run multiple long narrow strips horizontally across the width of the quilt to give a horizon. I would want this all to be very abstract. Colours I would use : 8, 10, 11, 19, 21, 25, 30, 42, 45, 49, 50, 51

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  30. I'm thinking these Oakshott cottons are destined to be worn! I would love to create a double sided infinity loop scarf. I think the stripes would look fabulous going up and down in contrast to the length and the looping of the scarf. I picked golds, blues, greens, and reds primarily: Pansy, Eucalyptus, Chives, Island Moonlight, Mint Ice, Magic Pink, Sunflower, Seaside Dusk, Melon, Rosea Nigra, Hazelnut, Pale Gold. Keeping my fingers crossed, I think this would be a spectacular project and I hope you think so too!

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  31. I would make a small sized wall hanging of log cabin blocks. Each centre block would be a pop of sunflower yellow, with the surrounding logs in more muted greens. I'm imagining a binding of the greens bits of golds included. I did a pin board of the colours I chose here. http://pinterest.com/panthera/some-nice-fabrics/

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  32. I would make an Amy Butler Weekender Travel Bag with these gorgeous fabrics. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  33. I am thinking of wonky house shapes, maybe "eating houses" as the fabrics are sooo delicious! A wall hanging would be a treat. I would choose the fabrics that have food related names such as mint ice, pistachio, hazelnut, strawberry patch, chives, green tomato, melon & autumn maple. I am getting hungry just thinking about it! Thanks for the opportunity to enter.

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  34. Right, I've been having a think and I would like to do a stripy lonestar block cushion. I was thinking a nice big cushion made from 4 of these blocks:-

    http://lieslmade.com/2012/01/03/stripey-lonestar-quilt-block-tutorial/

    I'm not entirely sure how far the FQs would go as I'm pretty new to quilting but I'm learning on the go and love a challenge. Im sure this would be considered a small project and the 8 would be more than adequate.

    I have chosen mainly greens for this cushion: 8 Aquamarine, 9 Pistachio, 11 Fir, 49 Green Tomato, 50 Melon, 51 Eucalyptus and 2 of 7 Mint for the backing. I was thinking that something like a cream excess linen or Sketch would be nice as for the outside of the stars.

    Thanks for the opportunity.

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  35. I'd love to make a laptop case with either a zig zag or a handpieced diamond pattern. The proposed Longshott selection would be no.s 16, 17, 18, 05, 37, 42, 44 and 45! - If you want to check up on my handsewing skills please have a look at Agistri Sunset on my new mlisewashere Flickr page.

    Crossing my fingers,
    mlise

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  36. What a great idea and there's such delight in oakshott fabrics! I would love to make a soft warm 'woven pattern' quilt from it, and wake under it refreshed. The stripes tilted left or right at various angles inside the treads of the woven pattern. It could be either a caned seat, or a simply-woven pattern. It would look great in mingled colors like 5, 8, 9, 15, 18, 19, 21, 25, 27, 30, 49, 51 (http://pinterest.com/lotjem/private-design-ideas/). And then put those colors on a lush soft background.... dreaming on.... :)

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