Monday, 18 March 2013

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 my favourite Oakshott pre-cut bundle, the brand new Oakshotts shot with white "Impressions".  I'm going to mix mine with Liberty lawns and possibly make a lone star.  But what would you do with them?

 

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 Impressions 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.

46 comments:

  1. Oh wow, these are stunning! I've been working out a design for a strip-pieced "friendship bracelet" quilt and I think these pastels and their sheen would play beautifully into that concept -- my hope is that the end result would look like a well-worn and much-adored bracelet from our youth!

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  2. beautiful! I would like to do an embroidery pattern for summer and use these to make a patchwork mini quilt with the embroidery in the center. I think the embroidery will be inspired by some photos I took at Dallas Blooms last week as these colors work perfectly! thanks for the opportunity

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  3. I would make a wall mobile for my daughters bedroom. She has a bit of a pastel woodland theme going on. I'd make a few white tissue paper pompoms for 3D clouds. Then I'd hang garlands of raindrops hanging from them, each raindrop made out of the fabric so it's like a rainbow. I'd hang it from the wall rather than the ceiling so it couldn't be pulled down so easily.

    It's a bit different but i think the colours would work incredibly well for it!

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  4. I would make a cushion cover with a big rainbow flower appliqué bursting from the centre!

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  5. I've been literally dreaming about churn dash quilts lately. I've never made one. And I have this idea of churn dashes that are a reflection of each other. Set on black/whites.
    That would be what I made.

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  6. Would love to give this a try...but not this month (too busy)......BUT...... have you seen the Liberty offer?
    £30 off a £150 spend and it can be used for fabric. I know its a huge outlay for 1 person but if a group got together thats 20% off fabric. Just thought I'd mention it. x

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  7. Fabulous set! I would like to make a few baby quilts (going to charity) using a paper piecing pattern of a pretty bow. I would like to repeat the pattern using one of these super cute soft colours per bow.
    Esther

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  8. I have been wanting to make "Cat's Game" quilt by DesignCamp for a while now, and I think these colors would be nice and soft for a young girl's play mat quilt. (quilt found at http://designcamppdx.blogspot.com). I have yet to buy any shot cotton, but I keep eyeing it online and in my local shops. Thanks for the chance to maybe use these beautiful colors on my next project.

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  9. Those lovely colours speak of spring flowers to me and would be just right set with a fresh spring green print as a block I first made in about 1980 from Jinny Beyer's book: "The Quilters Album of Blocks and Borders" called Rosebud. Its also known as Bright Star or Hummingbird.

    The block was 1 of 25 I made for a long gone sampler quilt, I recently returned to making quilts after a long absence (17 years) and it would be lovely to return to one of the earliest blocks I ever made, and make a quilt, instead of having it as a single block in a huge quilt.

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  10. Such gorgeous, spring colours! It makes me think of rainbows, so I think i'd have to go for a circle of flying geese/Dresden flowers/or 'steps' quilt. Problem is, the colours are too inspiring!!!

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  11. I have been playing with a design for a transparency quilt with large rectangles with circles on top. I have several Cherry Wood hand dyes that were in contention for this design but I like these pastel FQs a little better. Hummm........

    Gail in Verona

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  12. What lovely colours. Like Easter eggs! I would love to turn these into a quilt -- made up of plus signs (from the Oakshotts) with a scrappy white/low-volume background, featuring a lot of Architextures prints, a few Summersville black prints, and several low-volume Aneela Hoey patterns. I think it would be interesting to have a few of the plusses "missing" from the design (i.e. simply background blocks in their place) to give the design a bit of a modern twist. Depending on how the blocks look together, I might keep them all as solids, or add in a few favourite prints (i.e. Flea Market Fancy greys) as plusses, too. I'm committed to donating a quilt to an upcoming Salvation Army auction in two months time, and think this would be a lovely design to appeal to potential bidders.
    Astrid

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  13. I would make an off-centre bento box quilt with the addition of white cotton and keep it all solids. There's not that much waste from making these blocks, so a F8 bundle would probably work. Or maybe a shattered chevron quilt using this tutorial inspired by Lu Summers: http://www.play-crafts.com/blog/tutorials/shattered-chevrons/. Thanks for the opportunity to win :)

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  14. No, I don't want to make a quilt but I do want to make a special quilt for a brand new grandchild who is due at the end of the month. I haven't made one yet since we don't know if it will be a boy or a girl and so these fabrics would be suitable for either one. The pattern that I have in mind is a zigzag. If it turns out to be a boy, then the zigzag will become friendly snakes with heads.
    Thanks for the chance to win.

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  15. I just saw a quilt on Fons and Porter made with this fabric. It is called Checkbox. I might try to make that quilt with Oakshott.

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  16. They're gorgeous fabrics, someone's going to have fun making something wonderful!

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  17. I've been planning a set of pillows for my living room with overlapping rough edged circle appliques. These will be perfect!

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  18. I think the Oakshott Impressions would look stunning in this quilt.
    http://handmademommy.blogspot.gr/2010/06/quilting-season-has-begun.html
    Just in time for spring.

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  19. Ooh, can I change my mind? I'd rather make a quilt that I've just imagined called "One Good Churn Deserves Another"... a churn dash quilt in a simple palette, perhaps grey and white, with the Oakshott cottons as the centres. Each colour appears in the centre of two churns, spread across the quilt. I just made my first churn for a quilting bee yesterday, and fell in love with the fiddliness!

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  20. They are just so yummy. I am dying to make a wall hanging and these would be perfect for that. I am so loving these colours as well as solids and could so see these as a improv wall hanging for my blank sewing room.

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  21. I know you're not going to pick me because I would have no idea what to make until I saw the fabrics in the flesh so-to-speak. They look beautiful and I think would lend themselves to a transparency quilt where it looks as though two colours have flowed over one another to produce a third but, as I said, I wouldn't be able to tell what would best suit the fabrics until could see them and feel them. That's just how I work. I hope you pick an interesting project. The fabrics look beautiful.
    Munaiba
    http://sewjournal.com

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  22. I would make a Paper Pieced Daisy block I have on my to-do list into a spring pillow. fun giveaway!
    amandak@whatthebobbin

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  23. I would make a wonky star quilt mixing in my 30s prints for a very eclectic look.
    mindingmomma(at)aol(dot)com

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  24. These would be perfect for my daughters quilt. I have patterned fabric set aside and working on a pattern. I really need some pretty solids. All of these are yummy!

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  25. It would be great to use these in a modern version of a spiderweb quilt, combined with some low volume black on white fifties-like inkt drawing prints. Really great to just have this series, such a great way to 'be allowed' think up idea's

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  26. A quilt of various star blocks of varying size using the Oakshotts, with a mix of dark, saturated solids as background - possibly in a gradation of colour - black at the top down to dark blues and purples at the bottom - to simulate an evening sky and the stars overhead.

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  27. They are so pretty - they shout Easter and spring to me so I would use them to make a wallhanging sized quilt with a spring theme including some appliqued Easter eggs, chicks and perhaps a bunny. I would add a few small pattern fabrics and maybe use a tone on tone creamish print as a background for the applique.

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  28. Those are such beautiful soft, simple colors! I would love to make a postage stamp quilt alternating 1930's reproduction prints with these lovely pastel solids - I think they'd make the perfect pair! Simple cross-hatch quilting and a scrappy binding - what a great baby quilt!! And a future heirloom for generations to come...

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  29. I think they would be perfect for the Lucky Stars paper piecing quilt a-long. I've been thinking a low volume version would be gorgeous and more so with the Oakshott.

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  30. I'd like to try them in the Jungle Rain pattern at the following link. I would have to check my stash for a quiet print to go with this package.
    Barb@Witsend

    http://www.madaboutquilts.com/media/uploads/2010/10/05/files/Timeless_TreasuresJungle-RainQuilt.pdf

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  31. I would love to do an X & + block pillow with these, it would be gorgeous!

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  32. OMG! I would make a gorgeous table runner!! to show the beauty of the fabric!
    I've never seen this range of fabric in Australia :-(
    They are definitely on my "to buy list" :-)
    Regards
    Sophie

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  33. I would use these on the flap of a Messenger Bag (strips in rainbow like fashion!) and as the internal lining. I would use denim or a grey upholstery fabric as the outer of the bag (to showcase the colour of the Oakshotts!).

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  34. I was originally thinking what a beautiful quilt these would make, but then I thought if I had these fabrics I would make pillows out of them.

    I would create a pillow with hexagons and a darker background fabric to contrast the bright colors. I would make the other one similar either using the hexagons again or possibly using squares or triangles - that way they would be out of the same fabric and the same style but a little bit different.

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  35. Carpenter star quilt. Mmm, those are lovely

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  36. Beautiful fabrics...I have been mulling a pastel quilt as you go in offset squares with a black and white stripe connecting strip....these fabrics would be so perfect.

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  37. i'd love to make some sort of medallion quilt (since they are all the rage right now!) combining some of my favorite small blocks and techniques. the would play nicely with some of the texty/sketch low-volume prints from the architextures line!

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  38. I can see these fabrics in a classic, simple hourglass block quilt using an ivory solid to complement the soft colours. Oakshott fabrics are a lovely treat to work with. pompomquilts@hotmail.com

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  39. I would LOVE to make a bargello quilt for my husband Thanks Becky D.
    derry04@yahoo.com

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  40. I'm a beginner quilter and already addicted. I'd love to make my Mum a log cabin quilt using the liberty print fabric she has already chosen and the oakshott fabric. Nicola x
    nsholton@yahoo.co.uk

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  41. Ooooh, throw in some low volum fabrics and you've got yourself a really interesting quilt!

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  42. I think I would make an X & 0 baby quilt. I've never done a tutoria but I'm certainly game to try.

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  43. I would make a spring appliqued butterfly quilt with my 30s repro prints
    mixed in with these awesome solids. Thanks for the chance to win!!!

    wigglypup2(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  44. Ever since I happened across some blog posts about the Mod Pop QAL on a sleepless night, it's been on my list and I've been thinking about colors and fabrics. If I won, I'd make this quilt, combining the soft Oakshott fabrics with bright bold prints from my stash.

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  45. These fabrics are so wonderful to hand quilt with! I recently saw a picture of a winning quilt that had each component'block' handquilted in a different pattern. I would like to do this--not only beautiful stitch designs--but beautiful fabrics to be the background pallet.

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  46. I would make rainbow flying geese blocks on a soft gray (maybe wool) background.

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