Modern Quilts, Home Decor, and Handcrafted Clothing

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Oakshott Cottons

Oakshott Cottons

A couple weeks ago I received a fat eighth bundle of Oakshott Cottons to play with from Michael Oakshott. I’m going to guess that many of you have maybe seen some of these fabrics around in blogland but haven’t had a chance to work with them yet. That was the case for me at least.

Oakshott Cottons is a family run British business which ethically manufacturers their fabrics in India. They have a photo story on their website that was really fascinating for me. I highly encourage you to check it out!

Oakshott Cottons

I sort of assumed Oakshott cottons were similar to the Kaffe Fasset shot cottons or Moda Crossweaves. This is partially true – however these have proven so much easier to work with from a quilter’s point of view. While the others seemed to slide and stretch a lot, these just seem much sturdier when piecing. And that’s in a good way. This color bundle is Lipari – Fat 8ths Pack. This bundle has been shot with black to create beautiful jewel tones.

Oakshott Cottons + Nightshade

I decided to pair some of the fabrics with Tula Pink’s Nightshade fabric for Halloween. I’m actually not sure I will get this quilt done for Halloween (this year) – I’ve been so busy prepping for the Sewing Summit! But I have started cutting. I’m using my Prism quilt pattern, but I decreased the block size down to 6″.

Oakshott - Nightshade Prism

I’ve had a lot of people ask me on Flickr and Instagram where they can get these fabrics. Oakshott does deliver to the US via FedEx from their website. Of course international shipping can be pricey. It might be a good idea to pair up with a couple friends and place and order and have them all shipped together. Happy sewing everyone!

October 8, 2012   13 Comments

‘The Hood’ : A Christmas Tree Skirt

The Hood Tree Skirt

Finished just in the nick of time! I’m not sure why I continue to do this to myself year after year, but once again I started a project for Christmas just days before needing it to decorate. All year I told myself I needed to make a new Christmas tree skirt. Our old one was pretty cheap and junky and literally falling apart. Last Friday I decided to “whip one up”. Ha, famous last words, right?

The Hood Tree Skirt Front

I knew I wanted to make this particular pattern after seeing it in last year’s Fat Quarterly Holiday Special. This pattern was designed by Brioni Greenberg.

Tree Skirt Progress

I think I was delusional in thinking this project would only take me a few hours. Friday I spent the day cutting and placing the houses. Saturday I spent the day pebble quilting. I ran out of thread in the middle and had to stop and go to the store. Sigh… This quilting technique took a long time, but after seeing Brioni’s example, I had to do it. It is SO cute and my daughter thinks it looks like clouds. I also spent some time Saturday stitching down the houses. I finished those and the stars up yesterday and also added the binding. I used a red polka dot print by designer Sarah Jane’s Children at Play line.

The Hood Tree Skirt Buttons

Overall I’m really happy with how this tree skirt turned out. The pattern was fabulous. Well worth the $5 cost of the issue. I know this particular holiday decoration will be getting years of use at my house.

The Hood Tree Skirt Pebble Quilting

Things will be quiet here on the blog for the next few days as I take some time away from the sewing machine and enjoy being with my family. Wishing all my US readers a happy Thanksgiving!

November 23, 2011   61 Comments

Stockings for Kids

Stockings for Kids - Quilting

Earlier this month I received an email from Lyanna of Purple Panda Quilts asking if I wanted to be involved very special stocking drive. Lyanna is a quilter and a blogger, but in “real life” she works with the Bair Foundation and every Christmas they provide stockings for foster children. Normally the kids get construction paper and yarn stockings that are thrown out after being used. As I was reading her email, I think this was the point where my heart broke a little bit. I guess I just took for granted the fact that every year when I was growing up, I had the same stocking (that my mom made for me). In fact, I still use it when I am at my parents house during the holidays. So of course, I didn’t hesitate in saying I would love to make a stocking and blog about the stocking drive.

Stockings for Kids is Lyanna’s effort to gather 50 handmade stockings before December 1st. You can see more information on her blog and in the Flickr group. There is a blog hop going on where you can find tutorials on how to make stockings or add different features, like the cuff on the top. (I followed that one, it was great!) There are even prizes!

Stockings for Kids - Cuff

For my stocking, I didn’t use a pattern but simply took one of our stockings and traced it with a 1/4″ extra on each side to take into account the seam allowance. I pieced strips of Sarah Jane Studio’s Children at Play fabric and threw in a bit of Joel Dewberry’s Modern Meadow and some red Kei Honeycomb. The front of the stocking is like a quilt. It has a back, batting and the pieced front. I quilted it with straight lines about 1/2″ apart. The back of the stocking is a solid green.

Stockings for Kids

Then I followed Allison’s tutorial on assembly with a cuff and lining. The cuff fabric is also from the Children at Play line. Easy peasy!

I put together a little collage of inspiration from Flickr. I hope you will consider making a stocking for these kids, it is such a great cause!

Stocking Inspiration
1. Tutorial for christmas stocking!, 2. Handmade Christmas Stockings, 3. the stockings are hung, 4. stockings, 5. Patchy Stockings, 6. Color play., 7. stockings, 8. sachets squirrels and stockings, 9. stockings, 10. stockings front, 11. Xmas stockings, 12. Stripey Stocking

October 21, 2011   12 Comments

Advent Calendar

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I finished the advent calendar over the weekend – just in time! I am loving how it turned out, although I must say it took a LOT longer than I had anticipated. More on that later. (First, can I give a shout out to my 3 year old holding the quilt for me in the above photo? I think my husband’s job as photo assistant may be in jeopardy! LOL)

I followed the tutorial on Sew Mama Sew by Elizabeth of Oh Fransson. I had actually been looking at this tutorial back in the summer and thought “why would I make this now? I’ll wait until closer to Christmas!” HA There’s something stressful about having a deadline like December 1, when you are rushing to get ready for the holidays.

So…why it took me so long. Mainly, it was those pesky numbers. I’m not good at freehand sewing around things, especially 1.5″ numbers. Lots of tight curves and it’s very obvious if it doesn’t look perfect. I thought this would be a perfect time to use my new embroidery module on the Bernina to do appliques! Well, it was….but it was not a quick task. Lots of hooping of fabric and stabilizer. Lots of trimming fabric. And I failed to consider that most numbers on the calendar are really TWO numbers (24 = 2 and 4). So that part took about 5 times longer than I thought. :)

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Forming the pockets took a bit of time but after that it was smooth sailing.

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You can’t really tell, but on the front, the white is a Michael Miller fabric with snowflakes. I thought that was a cute variation.

The back view shows the quilting. I did free motion in the borders, a bit challenging not to hit the pockets and sew them shut accidentally.

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I’m going to fill these with candy and hopefully start a fun tradition at our house for years to come!

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November 23, 2009   16 Comments