Monday, 9 June 2014

Made with Oakshott

After a bit of a hiatus I returned to my Made With Oakshott project to finish it off. It shrunk a bit in the wash: the quilt top finished to 64" across, and after laundering it's 60".

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I had aspirations to quilt a big spiral radiating outward from the star block in the centre, but once it was basted I balked at the prospect of wrestling the whole thing through my tiny Featherweight to start from the middle -- it feels almost as heavy as the machine!

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Instead I used a red-and-orange variegated Aurifil thread to quilt an allover diagonal grid, following the bias edges in the flying geese.

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The texture of the quilted grid de-emphasizes how the top was actually pieced, and creates a sort of trompe l'oeil effect where the flying geese read as half-square triangles.  I used Soft'n'Toasty batting, a bit heavier than my usual favourite Quilter's Dream Request, which filled out beautifully after a run through the wash. The binding is pieced from 2.5"-wide strips cut from leftover Oakshott Rubies in no particular order. I attached it to the quilt from the front by machine, and tacked it down on the back by hand.

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The backing is the same Essex Linen as the background fabric on the quilt top except one corner that I pieced from 6" Oakshott squares for a little pop of colour in the field of grey.  Thanks again to Lynne and Michael Oakshott for the opportunity to play with these beautiful fabrics!

17 comments:

  1. Just beautiful. The colours are stunning against the natural background and the quilting gives it a gorgeous crinkly texture. Perfect.

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  2. It's lovely and what Annabella said about the colours. What colour essex have you used?

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  3. It looks fabulous! Those colours work so well with the essex linen

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  4. That's a fair bit of shrinkage on the Oakshott which is making me nervous as I am using it at the moment! Your quilt is very pretty. Did you use the Featherweight to machine quilt it?
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  5. Love the lines of this quilt ~ it's really lovely!

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  6. Wonderful quilt - the essex linen goes so well with the Oakshotts. Love your quilting decision, too, and the binding! Is it because you used linen that it shrunk four inches? I don't think I've ever measured my quilts AFTER I've washed and dried them to see if they've shrunk. I will next time, though :-)

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  7. oh boy!! I just love it. and the back!!! Ps, maybe when I grow up, I too, will bind by hand:))

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  8. very nice quilt, that is quite a shrinkage, I always wash my fabrics when I buy them, started so have to carry on now.

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  9. Love the colours and textures of this quilt. Beautiful!

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  10. This quilt is amazing, I love it! And no I wasn't paid to say that.

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  11. Oh wow! I love this!! The colors and the geese, the quilting - oh my!

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