Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Made with Oakshott

Would you like a chance to play with some Oakshott fabrics?  Well this month, we are offering six half metres of these new herringbone weaves.  They are the weight of quilting cottons, soft like old denim and have a slightly different shade on the reverse side which you can see where I've turned the corners on them in this photo.


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".  
  • Bear in mind in your proposal that we are offering a half metre bundle this month so will be unlikely to pick someone who wants to make something very small!
  • 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.

57 comments:

  1. I would love to make a plus quilt mixing this fabric with some white fabric, so the quilt would be only solids.

    Thanks for this chance

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  2. Love these fabrics. The Oakshott paired with Kaffe fabrics would look spectacular in a log cabin quilt!

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  3. I would make a block within a block.

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  4. I would pair these with liberty lawns to make a lattice style quilt inspired by a parquet floor pattern I saw recently.

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    1. Forgot to add...I would use both sides of the fabric to show off the weave.

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  5. My son and his wife are expecting twins. They don't want to know the gender so the quilts have to be somewhat neutral. I make baby quilts a substantial size - no 36 inch square here. What my son wants is something that looks like two halves of a whole. He is designing them and I think that there may be some applique involved but he hasn't shown me his ideas.

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  6. I would love to make a quilt that looks like it is plaid using those fabrics.

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  7. I would use the fabrics to make pinwheels and add some green and yellow so it looks like pinwheels spinning in the summer!
    Thanks for the chance

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  8. I would like to make a paneled A frame skirt,

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  9. I would make a throw size quilt using improv log cabins and mix the oakshott to showcase both weaves

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  10. I think a small Cathedral Windows piece would be LOVELY, alternating the weaves & using them as the colored part of the window. Unfortunately it would take longer than a month to get it done - I hand sew! Thanks for showing us the new weaves, they are gorgeous!

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  11. I would use these Oakshotts for a freezer paper piecing rendition I designed from a photo by Lori Kennedy at The Inbox Jaunt.
    Your offer came just as I was trying to decide how to give the water more dimension without having an untold number of separate solid fabrics, and how to meld grays-blues and rose. Slightly shifting the angle of the Oakshotts will achieve that superbly.
    I often do custom designs for others and Lori Kennedy is well known for her free Free Motion Tutorials that use recognizable motifs rather than random swirls.
    Thanks for giving us the push to put this project to the top of our list.

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  12. Oh these beauties belong in a bed quilt featuring super sleek flying geese. Using both sides of the fabric would be a must! I would want the oakshott to be the star of the show, so pairing with a organic feeling neutral background ( Essex yarn dyed linen maybe?) would be just right.

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  13. I've an idea for a quilt pattern based on a BBC News reader's tie I saw a while ago. It is a nine patch with HST used to create diagonal shading. Using both sides of the fabric would allow me to create an ombre effect on the quilt.

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  14. I would make an Amish-inspired double nine patch quilt with just these fabrics, utilizing both sides for color variation. The back would be some green print

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  15. so pretty! i know my bed would love to have new cushions made from this bundle!

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  16. I have had an equilateral triangle quilt on my bucket list for quite some time. I think both sides of these paired with Essex linen in greys and blacks. This is an amazing bundle and I would love a chance to work with it, thanks for making that possilbe :)

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  17. They are beautiful fabrics. I'd make a maxi skirt ready for summer. I'd layer them in strips (top to bottom) but with a wave in it to give it a little more interest. Thanks, Lou

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  18. I'm thinking of a homestyle cottage quilt featuring these fabrics combined with homespuns in similar shades (but with a light background), all in pinwheels...quilting would be dot-to-dot in the pinwheels to make them pop - plus SID (for the same reason). I think it would be warm and welcoming - with a pop of fun (and that oh-so-important "snuggle under me" look.

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  19. I would love to use these in two vegetable-themed play quilts I am making for twin toddlers. One of the quilts is going to feature reverse applique beans, and the other is applique beets. These colors would make excellent beans and beets and the toddlers would love the different texture of the oakshott!

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  20. So pretty! I've been wanting to make a star quilt with some saturated colors against a navy or black background. These would be perfect!

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  21. have you seen the vice versa bom from gen-x? This fabric would be so perfect, you could get the effect you want by just turning them over. Not sure what color you would use for the ground - white may be too stark - maybe a light grey? would have to preview that issue

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  22. I would make an improv stacked triangle quilt that I have floating around in my head- these fabrics look so gorgeous!

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  23. Those colors are fabulous - 6 fabrics - 12 colors!
    I would think they would really pop in a large design. Jeni Baker has a free tutorial called a Giant Vintage Star that is made up of 17x17 squares in four rows of four. Twelve of the 16 squares are half-square triangles. It makes one huge star.

    Those colors would go well with a bright orange dot or small floral as the background.

    Ooooh - now I have to make one even if I don't get chosen! I hope I don't bruise where you twisted my arm. : ) Thanks for the opportunity and the inspiration!
    notwendy gmail

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  24. I've been itching to explore log cabin blocks lately. I've only ever made one big simple modern log cabin block. I could see these oakshotts going really well with some scrappy neutral prints.

    That's just my initial thought. Sometimes, when I'm actually holding the fabric in my hands and getting ready to make the first cut, other ideas come to the fore.

    If you pick me, I can be contacted via gmail (marmhopkins).

    Thanks for hosting this giveaway :)

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  25. I would make a spools quilt, using different sized spools of thread turned different ways. The thread would be small strips of the Oakshot, taking advantage of the two different colors in each half yard. The wall hanging would hang in my sewing room.

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  26. I think using these with a neutral like cream or light grey for a zigzag quilt would look great. Alternate a color with the neutral.

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  27. I've been wanting to do. A Road to Oklahoma quilt, but instead of the traditional version, I would do blocks of various sizes with a lot of negative space. I would use both sides of the fabric for different tones and pops of brightness here and there. I would do it all with a gray background. I'd have to see the fabric in person to decide dark vs light gray.

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  28. My paternal grandmother was swiss, and holidays to switzerland as a child have left me with a longstanding love of the mountains. These fabrics instantly made me think of sunset in the alps, with the warm day setting behind forbidding peaks, and is perfectly timed as I've been waiting for inspitaion to strike for a quilt for my parents to thank them for everything they do for us, and to celebrate the love of the mountains that has been passed on to my 3 small daughters.

    I had thought I'd have to make some kind of uber modern mountain quilt, but I actually think these fabrics would look wonderful mixed with some charcoal greys in either a variation on the mountain majesty design, or what I call an x block (I don't know if it has a proper name!) with the arms of the x made up of small strips of colour with the triangles between as the mounatins in the greys.

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  29. I would love to make one of the 'modern' quilts. I am a traditional quilter, and would like to step out of my comfort zone. Thank you for the opportunity.

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  30. I've been wanting to make an all HST lap quilt. Those cottons would look amazing with some prints from my stash or maybe some other solids. The colors are so rich and amazing!

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  31. I've wanted to make a quilt of triangles in sunset-twilight colours for a long time now! I'd supplement these with Kona solids in the sunset-twilight colour range and make a gradating-colour quilt called 'Evening Symphony'.

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  32. I would use both sides of the fabrics to create a HST quilt that gradates diagonally from reds to purples to blues similar to "Lava Meets Sea" at coopcrafts.com.

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  33. I would design and sew a sample quilt with lots of little pieces to show off how well three colors work together. I would draw my inspiration from a red-saturated Japanese sampler quilt and would love to provide tutorials for all the blocks and assembly! It would probably be a twin size quilt.

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  34. These would be great to make a beautiful rag quilt for my granddaughter. I am new to quilting so I am learning different styles at this time.

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  35. Oh boy!!! I'm thinkin I could use both sides of that oakshott to make a fine wonky stars quilt... background, hmm? Maybe a nice light grey peppered cotton, or like you say, some stupendous text prints. Yummy!!

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  36. I am sewing a simple 4 patch quilt for my daughter-in-law. I think the Oakshott fabric would be perfect in some of the blocks!

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  37. I love the iridescent glow of shot cottons. I have in mind a wall hanging using 3" or 4" hexagons shapes made from the Oakshott cotton mixed with a solid gray and black and white prints. I want to put the emphasis on the Oakshott fabric, so I 'd like the pieces to be large enough to showcase the fabric. Thanks for the opportunity to win these beautiful fabrics.

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  38. I am looking at making a simple large one block quilt to showcase my free motion quilting. Naturally, plain fabrics would be a good choice, but Oakshotts would send it into the stratosphere - they would really show off the 3-dimesional quality of the quilting. BTW - beautiful colours!

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  39. I love applique, but I am afraid I couldn't get it done in a month! So I'd like to try a strata quilt. I think the texture in this fabric would play well.

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  40. I'd also use both sides of each print (how could you not?!) to make a 'shuriken' (ninja star) quilt like spinning stars in the night. This is the block: http://statigr.am/viewer.php#/detail/664740291313794504_31107430

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  41. I made a baby quilt with Oakshot last year, I love the fabric and its great to work with.

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  42. I would make a lap quilt for my youngest son and his family. He has two girls, so I would like to make it so that it would suit a man but also his girls. I am thinking a HST with the Oakshott and a smallish print would be perfect. I can see them cuddled together with the quilt wrapping them in love.

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  43. Oh these are just so gorgeous!!! I would use both sides and mix with a linen or other neutral cross weave in a HST block pattern. Thanks for the chance to win!
    Amanda

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  44. I would like to remake my celtic solstice quilt using these and neutrals in the background. I've been wanting to play with these fabrics, so thank you for the chance to win!

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  45. Ooh, lovely! My initial thought is to use reverse appliqué to show off those backsides... Maybe a cushion cover, some reverse appliqué circles, and some hand quilting? Thanks for the opportunity and the inspiration!

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  46. I love making bags & I love quilting so I think mixing the two & making a HST patch work tote bag with several pockets including a divider pocket and a matching make up bag. It'll make a perfect summer set.

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  47. This is screaming sunset quilt to me. I would slice each half meter into two quarter meters (the long way) then use both sides of the fabric to set up a gradation from pink to blue. I would piece each row with slight improvised curves between each color, and finish it off with free motion quilting to add texture like wispy clouds. The quilt would finish as a tall (about 2.5 meters) wall hanging that would fit very well from floor to ceiling.

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  48. I would like to make a circular knitting needle holder that I am trying design to hold all of mine. I think others would like this too!

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  49. Beautiful fabrics! I love herringbone weaves, it adds a beautiful texture and depth to the fabric.
    I would love to make a quilt echoing the herringbone using paired flying geese blocks to create arrow type shapes. I would have these in alternating up/down rows to emphasise the herringbone. I'd use both sides of each fabric, my slightly rusty high school maths tells me that I would have 66 possible fabric combinations if I used 2 colours per block, I don't think some of them have enough contrast but I'd try to use at least half of the possibilities. I would try out a few block arrangements, a pleasing mix with some subtle colour transition sounds nice. I'd love to focus just on the oakshott, you've been so generous that I calculate I could make a 42" x 60" lap quilt using these fabrics. I also have some Elements at home that would make a lovely binding!
    Thanks for the chance to pitch my project, Cat

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  50. This fabric looks gorgeous! I would go for a simple design of tumbler blocks (around 6in tall to maximise the fabric) using both sides of the fabric and quilting either side of the block lines with a variagated thread. I reckon I could make a good sized throw! Thanks for the chance x

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  51. Plenty of ideas, but unfortunately no time for the new project that comes to mind right now! One day... in the mean time I cannot wait to see what the winner of these most gorgeous fabrics makes from them!

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  52. wow - my fav colours. I would love to make a tumbling block quilt with the colours undulating - escher like - these fabrics would be perfect for that - fingers crossed

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  53. wow they are fabulous! I would luv to use these to make a japanese plus and x quilt with essex linen as the background! Yum!

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  54. Bright bold fabrics. Do believe I would be making all my great-nieces and nephews chalkboard rolls.

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