Wednesday, 30 October 2013

Made with Oakshott

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're offering an F8 pack of this beautiful range called Italy.  Shot with grey, these shot cottons are beautifully soft and dusky.  


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 one person will be sent the bundle.  
  • 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 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 soon so stay tuned.

50 comments:

  1. I would make a (baby) swoon quilt with a dark grey background to contrast the soft colours.

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  2. I would make a quilt of flowers - these look like faded paper roses to me.

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  3. Hi
    I am going to participate in a quilt along by fresh lemon. It is paper piecing, and the pattern is called lighthouse.
    This Oakshott color fabric bundle reminds me of our trip to the UP in Michigan. A little place called Paradise, located right on Lake Superior. The lighthouse at Whitefish Point was a beautiful place and this bundle of fabric absolutely mimics the colors of the lake, sunset and the clouds. All the things that made our trip special.
    I would love to win this fabric and incorporate into the lighthouse quilt.
    Thanks
    Amy ajreindel@gmail.com

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  4. I've been looking at my own city scape (lots of concrete but architecturally interesting!) and planning a "Gee's Bend" quilt of the area behind my house - lots of garages and a forlorn alleyway - old fences etc and it is also an AMAZING space for all the kids - it still has the echoes of their summer adventures and football games...I'd like to utilise these Oakshott colours into my project - think they would work beautifully mixed with some carefully chosen prints.

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  5. I'd like to mix these with some Liberty Lawn prints to make St Louis 16 Patch blocks which I'd arrange in a rainbow type pattern to make a baby quilt.

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  6. I have just made my first Bargello quilt and would love to make another. Mixed with some lovely Liberty prints this fabric bundle would be perfect for a Bargello.

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  7. I would love to try using Oakshott Cotton when paper piecing my designs. They sound just perfect for it!
    I have just finished a puffin design which I am intending to turn into a large cushion. I'm thinking that the design could be perfect for these fabrics, but I can't promise that I wouldn't change my mind and do another of my bird designs after having held the beautiful fabrics in my hand (you never know when inspiration will hit!!!).

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  8. I just came back from Italy, this bundle called one of my favorite places is calling to me! I would love to make wallhanging using this bundle to bring to life one of my favorite monuments in Rome, the Colosseum. I can see the arches and pillars in the colors of this bundle. I would probably do some fusing, thread painting, and raw edge applique to bring this wallhanging to life. Mary

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  9. I would make a horizontal wall hanging with flying geese and circles as the fabric evokes memories of pale winter skies and pools of water with birds flying off for the winter. I might add some tiny accents of my Liberty Tana Lawn florals in complementary shades.

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  10. I would make a baby quilt version of Spinning Wheels (http://pieceocake.typepad.com/piece-o-cake-blog/2013/10/spinning-wheels-quilted-by-angela-walters.html) pairing each Oakshott with a modern fabric in a saturated version of the same hue, and arrange the hexagons in a rainbow progression down the length of the quilt.

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  11. I've been mulling over a landscape design of our favorite Adirondack camping area. I see this fabric as a forest shrowded in mist early in the morning. Wisps of smouldering campfires and lingering embers. What a treat it would be to work with these beautiful misty colours.

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  12. I would do a feather's quilt, that means that the fabrics are cut into 1-2.5'' strings, sewn together and cut and sewn together as feathers again. As the oakshott-collection is very "fine", I would add a strong background fabric to show them off and make them swirl into the wind with feathers quilting details.

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  13. I would love to win these. My mother lives in a nursing home and I would like to make her a wall hanging to brighten up her room. These would be used as background fabrics with some applique on top of a tree and some colourful birds.

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  14. I just made some baby carousel animals on my embroidery machine for a baby quilt and those beautiful soft colors would look so good as borders and pinwheels.

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  15. i would make a pillow cover with improv curves, perhaps in a gradient

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  16. These are so pretty, they look frosted - I would make little basket blocks with them for either a wall hanging or a lap quilt.

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  17. These would be perfect for the xplus quilt I hope to make. I'm planning to alter the pattern a bit by making the blocks smaller and these beauties would look great with some bold texty prints as the background. I'm thinking a sweet baby quilt size.

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  18. I think these fabrics would look beautiful as a Trip Around The World quilt….so soft…so sweet….

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  19. Oh yes I need this bundle!!! I'm redoing my sons room. He is getting a little older now (10yrs old) and he wants his room to be a little more grown up like!! I would use this bubble mixed with a fq bundle of text prints along with a few kona blues to make a modern blocks quilt. I would improv a sorta smalls blocks coming out of larger blocks until it's about half the size of the quilt. The main color of the quilt will be the new color kona silver with a solid black binding!! I hope he will love it!
    Thanks so much for the chance, Jessica
    juceyj03@gmail.com

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  20. Hi Lynne I am new to quilting but itching to make my first little quilt and this would be my project which I would give to my two lovely little granddaughters. A lovely blog Lynne, love it.
    Have a lovely week
    Lots of love
    Dorothy
    :-)xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

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  21. oh these are so lovely! They immediately brought to mind a misty morning sunrise...I would do HSTs, but on point and colors would go from one to another so that is does evoke feeling of sunrise and landscape...but it will all be a classic patchwork

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    1. A great grand quilt, have two more on the way

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  22. I am wanting to make another swoon quilt and these would be fabulous

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  23. I would make a quilt as you go zip pouch

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  24. I would make a paper-pieced New York beauty wall hanging.

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  25. I would love to make the Disco quilt from Jaybird Quilts.

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  26. I think these would make a wonderful Dresden quilt, random sizes and appliqued on a dark background.

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  27. I would make a free motion sampler stain glass quilt. 24Tangent@gmail.com

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  28. I would make a quilt named Frostbite using my Quick Curve Ruler and mix them with some rich dark scrappy stash

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  29. I would mix them in with 30’s fabric to create blocks that inter-connect with one another, and then finish with simple applique floral borders.

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  30. I have been itching yo make the low volume quilt from Sunday morning quilts! Pop a great red with it and oh yah!

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  31. I would use these to make a child's quilt based on Kristyne Czepuryk's S is for Stitch book. The colors would be wonderful surrounding each embroidered center block (which is embroidered with letters and a design beginning with the letter.)

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  32. Not sure why I thought of a HST quilt as soon as I say these colors! I would use an off white to accent their softness. Not sure how I would arrange the HST, but it wouldn't matter, these would stand on their own.

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  33. I'm currently planning a smallish quilt with appliquéd tumbling flowers on a solid background, this range of colours would work perfectly on grey. Thanks

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  34. I would greatly appreciate the fabrics. I make quilts for veterans and foster kids being adopted in our county. I like using Ohio star, disappearing nine patch, sawtooth star, star of hope, and pinwheel blocks.

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  35. This bundle is perfect. I would like to use oakshott cottons for one of my new quilt block designs. I have an idea to make a lap sized quilt using a paper piecing design that has a star like quality inspired by Tapa cloths.
    https://www.threadbias.com/projects/tapa-cloth-star

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  36. These quiet colors in freestyle wonky log cabins. Sashed in the same fabrics to order the chaos, a checkerboard of shades and tints. Calm and Active at the same time.

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  37. I've been wanting to do a patriotic wallhanging, but have put it off because red & blue really aren't my style - BUT these grayed shades are just the ticket - I love them! Stars and stripes(ish) it is... Thanks for the opportunity!

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  38. I would love to make a small circle quilt out of it, each quarter of the circle in a different tone, and mix it with soft white and grey prints. A perfect soft haze from the oakshot fabrics all over it!

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  39. I would love to make a smaller quilt for my Computer place with the farmerswife Spider leg block. Love those Colors!

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  41. I would use the bundle to make a Flying Geese quilt. I have been inspired by the more modern take on the block layout by Fresh Lemon Quilts, Red Pepper Quilts and Purl Bee.

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  42. I see a rainbow striped background (with the oak shots) and some clouds, sun & raindrops with some bright prints...a wall hanging size.

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  43. I'm taking Rachel Hauser's Penny Sampler Class and one of the blocks in the sampler is a beautiful snowflake block. I think this lovely stack would be perfect for the snowflakes, maybe with a simple grey and white dot print for the background fabric? Thanks for the chance!

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    1. I should probably add that i'm thinking of a whole quilt in just the snowflake block!

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  44. Beautiful selection! I've had flying geese on the brain lately, and how great would they look made from this bundle. I can see adding a range of solid grey fabrics to bring out the colors in the Oakshott.

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  45. Gorgeous fabrics! I would love to pair them with brighter patterned quilting fabrics in the same colors and use them to make the lovely textured quilting sampler that TheresaDownUnder posted on her quilting blog, MyPatchwork. I think the textures would really make these fabrics shine.

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  46. I would love to try these fabrics for a Disappearing Nine-Patch rainbow quilt.

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  47. Italy - my eye ! These colours are the exact colours of the sunsets and sunrises we've been having in Scotland this Autumn ! We live near a reservoir and one of my signs that Autumn has truly come is by the arrival of skeins of Canadian geese making their way to their winter home. I would love to use this pack to make a horizontal ombre wall quilt with varied width strips of fabric alternating with strips of flying geese blocks. Thanks for the opportunity - and the inspiration !
    Margaret C.

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  48. I would make a granny squares quilt mixing these with a linen!
    Amanda

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