Monday, 18 February 2013

Make 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 my favourite Oakshott pre-cut bundle, the Oakshott Sunrise F8 pack.



The queen of all things quilting (in my mind) Rita Red Pepper Quilts designed and made this beautiful pillow with the sunrise pack.


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.  
  • Be specific about your idea.  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 ohio star blocks and I would mix the Oakshotts with low volume text prints". 
  • After a few days, we will pick our favourite project suggestion and that person will be sent the Sunrise F8 pack.  
  • 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 Chevron blocks. Sorted by two coordinating colors and make two pillows. They would look fabulous on my black leather couch ;)
    Susanne

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  2. The bundle speaks for itself, the "sunrise pack"; it's saying it wants to become the sunrise.

    I have been wanting to try an art quilt, and I can see how it would play out with this bundle. These would become a wall-hanging of the sunrise. It would be perfect to create dawn because we are expecting our third daughter the end of March, and her name, "Aurora," means dawn.

    There are the dark blues of the sky just before dawn; the red, orange and pinks of first light as the sun reaches its light upward; and the greens of the Earth on horizon.

    It's a beautiful bundle.

    em_komiskey at yahoo dot com

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  3. I would make a kaleidoscope quilt, in a similar vein to Lizzy Houses diamond mountain. I'm making a mini one with green oakshotts at the moment in and I'd love to do a larger version.

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  4. Having not worked with oakshott...yes please!
    I would keep it simple with flying geese and a little hand quilting and just let the colours shine.
    Clare x

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  5. I had some fab Twister and Lil' Twister Pinwheel Templates (http://www.country-schoolhouse.com/twister_tool.htm) for Christmas and have been itching to play.

    I think this stack would look brill, with the variation in colour flowing from the top left corner to the bottom right!

    ohhhh exciting!!!

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  6. Just yesterday I downloaded a crochet pattern called Finite Fields. http://www.woollythoughts.com/afghans/finitefield.html I was thinking of how gorgeous it would look as a quilt, but it requires 16 different colors in multiple shades and values. This bundle would be perfect for that purpose!

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  7. I want to come up with something original, but my heart lusts to make Helen Howes' Twelve Trees pattern. I love that pattern so much. Just looking at that fabric lowers my blood pressure.

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  8. I have just had a crazy idea for a pair of curtains for our bedroom. Sunrise seems to fit a curtain theme pretty well! I would want a rainbow strip down each, whether that was something more adventurous like pinwheels or flying geese, I'm not sure yet... I'm thinking a touch of reverse applique would look nice too, but how?

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  9. I think these Oakshotts would look brilliant as DPs laid out in the graduated colours of the sunrise they represent. The DPs could be laid out in quarter circles and half circles, building up into full circles as the colours brighten into the sun rising.

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  10. I would love to make Helen Howes' pattern Tiger Tiger with the Sunrise fat eighth pack. She does wonderful work and since I have a new grandchild on the way, I need to make a new quilt for him/her.

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  11. I would make a sewing machine cover for my "new to me" janome. with some embroidery added and probably some buttons too! And a matching pin cushion....

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  12. I can do you one better than telling you what I would make, I can show you! Cozy Quilts has published this new pattern, Parallel Universe. Would it not show off the Oakshotts (with a linen background, I think) beautifully?
    http://cozyquilt.com/ImagesProduct/CQD01097.png

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  13. I'd love to use that for a pair of cushions for my brother & sister in law - I've got a design for lots of fpp envelopes and letters that SIL has pre approved ;-) Its their anniversary soon :-)

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  14. With a packet of Oakshott I would make a narrow strip landscape quilt. I love the outdoors and see nature in this stack of great colors. I can see the sky, hill, pathways and nature coming out of the Oakshott. Love the challenge of making my own paintings with fabric.

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  15. I've always wanted to make a asolid postage stamp quilt.. I would probably do it in the same order the fabrics are stacked now.. beautiful fabrics!

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  16. I would love to make a bed runner to go along with my low volume quilt on my bed. I would probably use low volume prints with the bundle. And I have been dying to try the butterfly block!

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  17. I've been dying to try a plus quilt and now that I have my first grandchild on the way it might be time. These Oakshott's would make it stunning!

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  18. I would love to make a color graduated Endless Chain quilt with these delightful fabrics (similar to what I'm currently working on - see blog). I am having so much fun with this style - I know that I'm going to need to hang something on the blank wall where I've currently moved my design wall to. I think this could be the perfect solution.

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  19. I would make a table runner, adding bits of vintage Japanese fabric and simple sashiko designs to enhance these beautiful solids!

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  20. I want to make something special for our local Country Fire Authority volunteers who are battling bushfires - I'm thinking a wallhanging for their meeting rooms, a firefighter and tree silhouetted against an improv background of flames and virgin Aussie bush - the beautiful colours of the sunrise bundle would work perfectly....

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  21. Looking forward to seeing what you choose!

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  22. I have three projects in mind. First is a starburst or swoon quilt, using the sunrise pack and a light grey. The second would be a leaf quilt, making a design based on the leaves of native plants. The third is the Supernova quilt by lee of Freshly Pieced.

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  23. I would make a color wheel for my craft room. I have been wanting to make the Scrappy Color Wheel pattern by Stitched in Color. My craft room is done in Rainbows and vintage sheets. I would mix the solids with the vintage sheets and some modern fabric to make the color wheel. I have been wanting to buy some Oakshott ever since I have seen it. I got to feel some and yum! I am afraid if I buy some I wouldn't want to cut into it... But with this challenge there is no way of letting that happen. Thanks so much for the chance.

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  24. I know that I have been eyeing a particular variation of a log cabin block, set on point that I have seen a photo of. It was an Amish quilt and I have thought that it would be GORGEOUS in Oakshott fabric. simply gprgeous!!!!!

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  25. I was playing around last week with variations on an Album Cross block and came up with one that uses dark gray for the crosses and no sashing. This allows the triangles on the sides of the crosses to make pieced HST-looking squares. My idea had been to play with color gradating its way down the pattern, and these fabrics would be absolutely gorgeous for creating that result! Nice choice!

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  26. I would love to make the divided baskets and mix the bundle w the Oakshotts stripes I have been collecting. I am decorating my studio and have seen a great divided basket for storage.

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  27. I think that a Lonestar quilt with these would make it look like an exploding star! Thanks for a chance to win!

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  28. I know exactly or should I say 'egg'xactly what I would create! I have designed an original table runner using applique and embroidery to create a table runner for Easter...To be appliqued...Ukrainian Eggs against a lovely grassy green, I would add some rich blacks, indigo, teal, bright white and darkest purple prints. I've always created Ukrainian Eggs in the spring...either in paintings or using raw eggs, this year I desire to create them by quilting. [[When I was teaching middle school...my students even created them in class...don't think they would let me use fire and raw eggs in the classroom today!]]

    These colors in this bundle are perfect for my design and project!
    Holding my breath...would love to work with these and provide tutorials for anyone else who would like to join the fun! :)
    sowingstitches [at]gmail [dot] com www.sowingstitches.blogspot.com

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  29. I would make a friendship star throw and a pillow cover for my mom her favotite colors and being bed ridden she would be able to enjoy one or both each day.Thank-you and oakshott fabrics for such a great give away chance.Becky
    derry04@yahoo.com

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  30. Making a quilt with a flying geese pattern is on my to do list. I think it would be beautiful with the bundle. I've never worked with Oakshotts fabrics but would love to. Thanks for the chance.

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  31. Lordy I couldn't handle the pressure, I would give the fabric to my sister.

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  32. These colors remind me of the outdoors. I would try some more paper piecing and improv to make cute trees, flowers, and a little sunrise background. I would use these on an adorable pillow or baby quilt.

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  33. I would love to use the oakshott and Jenny Pedigo's Quick Curve Ruler. Visit her blog...sew kind of wonderful.

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  34. what a great idea - will look forward to seeing what people come up with.

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  35. I love these colors! I've been wanting to try out some Oakshott too! If I won, I would make a mini quilt/wall hanging using a paper pieced letter pattern. I'd probably use an off white or white background (maybe even some linen) I want it to say "Home is where the Heart is"!

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  36. I would make a quilt or a wall hanging, with a tree with lots of autumnal leaves and greenery.

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  37. I would make a quilt from tumbler blocks and then densley hand quilt it with Perle cotton in vertical lines.

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  38. The variation in color and the broad range make me think of a picture quilt of a sunset. My husband and I recently took pictures of a heron with a sunset in the background and the colors here just jumped at me.

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  39. I think they would look great in a pattern I just bought called Twister Illusions by Quilt Momments. It would show off the colours beautifully.
    Barb@Witsend

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  40. I would make a modern supernova quilt with a solid light background and let the oakshott be the star of the show!!!

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  41. Love this! There's a block called "Century of Progress" (#3713) in Barbara Brackman's "Encyclopedia of Pieced Quilt Patterns." I've scoured the internet but as of yet haven't found any modern adaptations. To me, it looks like a shooting star, and even though the drawing is in black and white I always picture a vivid rainbow trail coming from a glowing yellow star.

    It would be so much fun to recreate it with Michael's beautiful fabrics!

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    1. Whoops, forgot to mention it would be a quilt, not just the block ;)

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  42. My 8 year old wants to make a new quilt for his bed using all solids. He wants it to be all 1/2 square triangles. I will do the cutting and most of the sewing and he will design it! I think these shimmery solids would make an awesome quilt for him!

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  43. I have a sunrise picture that I took when I was 12. It is just after a great big storm came through the Rocky Mountains. It is amazing and beautiful. I have wanted to make it into a quilt. But finding the right fabrics has been hard. Looking at these fabrics, they would be just what I needed to make it. I hope I win!

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  44. I've had a quilt in mind that I call the 'weather quilt'. You keep track of the days temps and weather by fabric strips. One row for each month, with 28-31 strips in each row. The colors would go from cools to warms and back. The Oakshotts would be a great addition to a variety of fabrics to show off the weather temperatures.

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  45. I'd love to make a baby quilt for our church quilt ministry with half of the blocks as pinwheels and half of the blocks as circles in Oakshott fabrics and white background. Thanks for the great giveaway!

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  46. I would like to use the colorways, added with some lighter and darker shades to work on a tumbling block quilt.

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  47. These are lovely! I would really like to either do a HST quilt or a colorful drunkards path quilt!

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  48. If I was lucky enough to win this bundle - I would have to couple it with a solid of striking contrast (most likely a white black or grey) and make a set of New York Beauties.
    I love the colours in the bundle - just love them.. and think they would make a high impact statement in the simple but effective elegance of a New York Beauty!
    I would be more than happy to write up my project for your blog.

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  49. I'd play on the 'sunrise' theme and make a triple-rail-fence like this one I made a couple of years back. Only starting with cool colours along one edge, shifting to warmer ones in the middle and top.

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  50. I've been playing with an idea for a series of quilts that focuses on how negative space merges with different shapes. I've sketched out three versions so far... half square triangles, equilateral triangles and hexagons. With each I would start with a cluster of the darkest colors, then slowly introduce slivers of neutrals as I move out from the center. With each subsequent round I would experiment with both decreasing value and increasing space (use of neutral). Kind of hard to explain, but I think it would be very effective in these fabrics, especially with the additional element of how the color changes with the angle and light that they bring to the table. Thanks for the consideration!

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  51. Lynn, the colors are just what the quilter ordered! I would make a "travel buddy" for my son. He loves to have a buddy to take along on family road trips. He has loved his last blanket to death. He really enjoys bright primary colors. I would put road signs and a map of the US. I would also incooperate symbols that will mark all the states we have visited. Thanks for the chance.

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  52. such a lovely group of colours, I think I'd like to make a hand-sewn paper-pieced hexagon pillow case. I think the tactile'ness of the oakshott would make it a lovely experience to sit and enjoy the calming, brightening colours.

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  53. I would make a "guy" lap quilt. It is so hard to make a masculine looking quilt, but the solid of these colors would make it manly! I'd use a wonky strip piecing of mixed colored 12-14" blocks, and then turn the blocks so that they would not end up all going in the same direction, probably 4 blocks by 6 blocks. Can't wait!

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  54. luscious fabrics. I'm envisioning a seven sisters type of quilt made with machine pieced diamonds. Such a beautiful array of colours!

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  55. My in-laws are redoing their bedroom. They live in an old stone farmhouse in Holland and I would make a swoon quilt for their new bed. I'd use a cream or tan neutral in addition to the FQ pack.
    The money I save on fabric then I could put towards shipping.

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  56. That Sunrise pack is certainly jolly! . . . .cant wait to see what jolly quilt will be made with these.

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  57. I've been wanting to make an Urban nine patch quilt from the pattern used on a Flickr group I am in. I haven't tried one yet.I think an undulating color scheme using this oakshot grouping would make a really nice

    start!http://www.flickr.com/groups/1914708@N23/

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  58. I would make a free-form pieced quilt ala Rayna Gillman with the Ockshotts. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  59. I have been drooling over Ockshotts for a while now!! I think I would never stop bouncing if I won this!!! I've been wanting to make Anna Maria Horner's feather blocks in an ombre type color blocking.

    Thanks for the chance to win!!! :)

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  60. I would love to use these fabrics to make coloration quilt in a free form quilt, it'll be like a free flow of intertwined colors - the Aurora borealis comes to mind (not that I have seen it but definitely on the bucket list :-))

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  61. My grandson will be 13 in June and as we are Jewish he will be Bar Mitzvah which means he turns from being a boy to a man after reading his portion of the Torah (the Old Testament in Hebrew). And as auspicious as this occasion is he deserves a very special quilt from his Grandma. This fabric is just so yummy and not girly at all and I would make an Improv Quilt taking my inspiration from the one made by Lu Summers and Chase who made the quilt called 'Everything But The Kitchen Sink'. No block will be larger than 6" and the blocks will consist of paper pieced blocks, pattern blocks, appliqués and some embroidery because I can. The quilt will be as unique as this man child is and always has been and I can't wait to start it so I do hope you pick me.

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    1. http://quarterinchmark.blogspot.co.uk/2012/11/everything-but-kitchen-sink-quilt.html here is the link to Everything But The Kitchen sink and you have seen and blogged about Lu's magnificent quilt.

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  62. I love working with solids and made a quiltcon block called fracured. I would love to use these colores to make multiple blocks into a quilt set in gray! You might really love it!

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  63. Hi Lily, I love russian nesting dolls so am thinking that the divine oakshot colours would work well in a set of nesting toiletry bags. Using the colours as inspiration, I am envisioning a larger bag with 'sunrise' shaded stripes, the medium bag with 'day' stripes and the small (baby!) bag with 'sunset' stripes. The construction of the bags is fairly simple and I'd be combining the shades to make up the outside of the bag, which will have a laminated cotton liner. I have made several bags in the past, but only used one fabric for the outer. Living in the mountain ranges in Australia, I get to see these magnificent shades daily and that's what I saw when I looked at the F8 collection. Oh, and I do love using a little surprise element (quirky fabric print) for a quirky twist somewhere in my work..... Fingers crossed I get the chance to bring this idea to life in a tutorial - how exciting!!!

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  64. Hi, I would make a Modern Mood Quilt, (by Sherri Lynn Wood). I have started a small one already but only in coloured cotton sheeting, I think the Oakshotts would be F.A.B. made up like this.

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  65. I know just the fabric to use as a background. I have seen a polka dot fabric with these colours at my local shop. I would use that and then make different star blocks.

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  66. I think blogger just ate my comment, so here I go again. I would make a "rainbow" of HSTs from light (yellow) in the upper left corner to dark (blue) in the bottom right corner. I think this would make a lovely Lap quilt.

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  67. I have been taking pictures of the sunrises on my morning commute for AGES and would love to make either a pillow or wall hanging with these lovely fabrics in homage to them. I may or may not also make a city skyline silhouette...

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  68. I have the perfect project for this! A quilt I've been planning on making and writing a pattern for...inspired by the curvy pinwheel fabric in Moda's Marmalade line, I would make a quilt with curvy pinwheel blocks. Each block would be made from two shot cottons with a neutral background, probably a linen of some sort. I'm thinking it would end up being 54" x 72", a nice sized lap or couch blanket. I would probably throw the scraps into the binding to tie it all together. These curves would be easy, since an 8" curve is nice and gentle! I'm ready to draw up some templates as soon as you say the word :)

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  69. I'd like to do a log cabin design - using a matching print for the middle square and co ordinating colors for the surround. Flanked by one common color sashing.

    mystica123athotmaildotcom

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  70. I've had a quilt planned out in the back of my mind for the last few years, an appliqued tree on a patchwork background, and I can see those Sunrise fabrics turning it into a beautiful autumn tree with bursts of colour!

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  71. I've so admired the modern look of the Lady in the Lake pattern when it's made with solids. I think the Oakshots would look RICH made into that quilt pattern.

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  72. I haven't seen these fabrics in person yet and would love to try them out. I've had a quilt in mind for our "western" home and these colors are perfect. I've been playing with a paper piecied horse sillouette (since we are a rodeo family) but more toward the modern look. I think these paired with some essex linen in natural would look nice and have that modern look I was after. It's so hard to find a western look without novelty prints!

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  73. I'm planning to use shot cottons in a challenge quilt. The challenge fabric is Kaffe Fassett's Cloisonne in black. I've signed up for your blog posts and the Oakshott newsletter.

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  74. I'm planning to use shot cottons in a challenge quilt. The challenge fabric is Kaffe Fassett's Cloisonne in black. I've signed up for your blog posts and the Oakshott newsletter.

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