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Oakshott Mini

Oakshott Mini by Fresh Lemons Quilts : Faith

Between snowball fights, taking the kids ice skating, preschool holiday programs and baking cookies, I managed to finish something this week! (I know, pretty amazing). A couple of weeks ago I shared this photo…

Becoming a Confident Quilter + Oakshott Cottons : Fresh Lemons Quilts

I decided to make four blocks from a pattern in Elizabeth Dackson’s Becoming a Confident Quilter book and turn them into a mini quilt. Not too mini, as the blocks are 17″ squares. I paired the Oakshott Cottons with some linen. Because I wanted to keep things interesting, I made one block with the Essex Linen black background.

Oakshott Mini by Fresh Lemons Quilts : Faith

I really love these colors. They remind me of the Amish community. For the backing I used strips of additional Oakshotts and Essex linen. I quilted this with straight lines, that radiate in a “V” shape on each side. It was my first time quilting this pattern, so I am trying not to be overly critical of myself. I did get better as I went.

Oakshott Mini by Fresh Lemons Quilts : Faith

I also wanted the binding to blend with the front, so I matched the binding color to the background color in each block.

It was great working with Oakshotts again. I know they are a bit pricey but they are definitely something special. Elizabeth’s pattern was also wonderful. Perfect for beginners on up and I love the modern-traditional look of the design.

Update! You can find Oakshott cottons in the US at Contemporary Cloth.

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25 Responses to “Oakshott Mini”

  1. 1
    Willit says:

    The quilting looks great. I love the back on this one, too.

  2. 2
    Gertie says:

    Love Oakshotts and this is a great quilt – love the quilting and the pieced back x

  3. 3
    Julie Beard says:

    Faith, It is a lovely quilt and your blending of fabrics and colours is simply fabulously great. Lastly your top quilting is amazing too. In fact, I love everything about your quilt. I think your quilt is the pefect quilt to lay on the lounge with, especially when your feeling poorly.

    Thank you for introducing Oakshotts Cotton to me as I willl be looking them up after I post this comment to you as I want to see if they are available in Australia.

    In closing, I want to thank you Faith so much for sharing all your wonderful thoughts, tips, learning opportunities, books, design ideas and quilts with us all this year. I hope you and your family have a very blessed christmas and the New Year brings forth a new quilting journey for you and us all. Julie Beard

  4. 4
    Liane says:

    The piecing is so crisp and clean – I love how you photographed it against the snow!

  5. 5
    Mabel says:

    Beautiful quilt! The selection of colors are perfect and the back too!
    And, I agree what Julie Beard wrote! Thank you always for sharing your talent and knowledge !

  6. 6
    Anne Beier says:

    I feel repetitive, but I agree with everything said above. I absolutely love how you quilted the back. The design is so interesting. How did you do the pattern, and what do you use to mark your patterns? Thanks.


    • 10
      Faith says:

      Hi Anne! I start with stitching a straight line from corner to corner. (like an X). I just mark with a Clover Hera marker tool. Then I use those lines as a guide for my “V”s on each side. I use the edge of my walking foot as a guide so I don’t need to do any additional marking.

  7. 7

    Looks so fantastic, Faith!!! I love the colors, and I love seeing quilts in the snow :) So glad you enjoyed the pattern! The quilting is also really super, I love the way it emphasizes the geometric shapes in the pattern!

  8. 11
    Susan says:

    Very pretty quilt.

  9. 12
    Nick says:

    This is gorgeous! I love the simple binding.

  10. 13
    Linda Fleming says:

    What a beautiful quilt. I love your fabric choices and your wonderful straight line quilting.
    What size are your little squares?
    Thank you for the inspiration.

  11. 14
    Becky M says:

    So beautiful! I’m such a huge fan of the Oakshots and you did spectacular with them. They just sing!

  12. 18
    Amanda says:

    Love it Faith! Oakshott’s really are something special and worth the price if you can get them. I love how you changed the background on the one block, great design.

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    Sabra says:

    Keeping it small & simple really pops. Need those Oakshotts & linen!

  16. 22
    Susan G says:

    I love this quilt too. You always put such afresh, modern twist on traditional designs. Any hints for matching the binding to the blocks?

  17. 23

    Wow!!! Love this “mini” so much!!! I recently used some of my hoarded linen and loved sewing with it! It was like sewing with butter! I love the pop of grey on your quilt!!

  18. 24
    Sarah says:

    I love everything about this, especially the colors you’ve used!

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    Lauranette Lewellen says:

    Love your work. I don’t see how you get done as much as you do. Good job. Merry Christmas

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