Thursday, January 31, 2013

Oakshott [workinprogress]

Like I said ~ Use it or Lose it.  This stunning colorbox of Oakshott cottons has been a sitting idle in my fabric stash since, dare I say, March last year.  It has been much admired but, not willing to mess around with the color arrangement, it hasn't seen a lot of action.


That has all changed this week.  I have popped the lid, messed up the colors, and got busy with the rotary cutter and sewing machine. What took me so long?!  

Oakshott cottons are a fine quality fabrics which are ethically hand loomed, in an environmentally friendly way, in the south of India. The cotton weave is shot - with a warp and weft of different tones - which creates a beautiful luminous and iridescent hue.  And so beautiful to work with!  


It has taken me a few days to sew this quilt top.  Working with these fabrics and endless color combinations was simply delightful.  I was in my element.


A whole bunch of squares.  I am thinking of writing a pattern - with quick and easy piecing instructions.  But first:  BQB - basting, quilting, binding.

Thank you for stopping by.
Rita

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52 comments:

  1. I love the Oakshott Colorbox and how you've used the fabrics! Endless possibilities. I've just finished up my Colorbox (I will give away the remaining fabrics at the start of Feb)

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  2. It's beautiful, squares and all. ;-)

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  3. Gorgeous, simply gorgeous! Like candy for my eyes!!!

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  4. I'm jealous! I have a small autumn bundle. I'd love a colourbox. I just can't cut it! Beautiful quilt!

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  5. Could you post more close up photos, so I (we) the readers can look at the fabric a little better? Thanks!

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  6. Oh my goodness it is absolutely beautiful!

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  7. Absolutely beautiful quilt Rita! I love how the simple piecing really lets the Oakshott fabrics shine. I just bought their new sunrise FQ pack - maybe I will use it for something similar.

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  8. I would never have been able to cut into it. :-)
    But the squares are lovely.
    What will you use for the backing?

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  9. They are a delight to work with aren't they....it looks fabulous.

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  10. I have some Oakshott... I really must stop patting it! Your combo is gorgeous.

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  11. Oh the perfect piecing and your wonderful color skills, lovely!

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  12. I can't even imagine how lovely this must look in person.

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  13. Beautiful work as always, Oakshott sell stunning fabrics, I have a stack of half metres that I'll be cutting into any day.

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  14. Stunning as usual Rita. Have never worked with Oak Shot but they sound lovely.

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  15. Beautiful work as always, Oakshott sell stunning fabrics, I have a stack of half metres that I'll be cutting into any day.

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  16. Beautiful work! I won a colorbox in a giveaway last December, and so far I only opened the lid, petted and admired the fabric. I should just do as you did and dive in!

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  17. This quilt is so beautiful.

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  18. Beautiful fabrics, great quilt - I love your simple quilt construction which allows the fabrics and colours to really shine.

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  19. Your oakshott squares are an absolute delight to the eye!! Magnificent! xo

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  20. I've been eyeing that colorbox for a while now and your wonderful post may just be my tipping point! Knowing that the combinations and outcome will look as lovely as what you've shown are further proof that hanging on/petting/coveting fabric is wrong - it needs to be set free!!!!

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  21. Oakshott really is a pleasure to work with isn't it?! And your quilt is a pleasure to oggle at...simply stunning as ever, Rita!

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  22. What a fabulous quilt! It really is stunning.

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  23. Beautiful! It always takes me forever to cut up new fabric... the more I love it, the longer it takes!

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  24. Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous! Never stop being you. Everything you make is perfection. Thanks so much for continuing to inspire the rest of us quilters of the world.
    Amanda

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  25. simply stunning. nothing else to say

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  26. Absolutely beautiful. Can't wait to see the finished look.

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  27. I was so surprised to see your quilt today, as I started one just like it a few days ago, except it has 6 x 6 blocks and I used Kona! I love the Oakshot, and would have had a very difficult time cutting into it. At least you took pics! I love how the shot cottons give it a depth Kona doesn't have.

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  28. How lovely! Love your choices and love the fabric!

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  30. I love how the simplicity of the block can look really stunning!! I made one runner from shot cotton last year http://chez-vies.blogspot.in/2012/03/almost-forgotten.html

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  31. Your "pattern" is my favorite for baby quilts. I use left-over strips of pink, blue and pastel prints. They always turn out wonderful and I donate most of them to a local women's shelter. I jealous of your OakShot and may just have to break down and purchase a box!

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  32. I would love to see a quick easy piecing tutorial for this. I love how the colors pop for this type of quilt. :)

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  33. I love how it is a simple design yet fun. I bet it goes together fast too. I'm guessing you may have sewn strips together first, then cut across them? Anyway, it was a good idea for using the color box!

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  34. Your points are consistently PERFECT.

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  35. true, always amazing how perfectly you patch them. Nice piece to look at - enjoy quilting :)
    PS: Would love the tutorial *g*

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  36. This is SO beautiful!! I've been thinking of making a quilt like this so a pattern/tutorial would be oh so lovely :)

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  37. PLEASE do a tutorial -- I love your color combos and can't wait to see how you quilt it. You are a rockstar!

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  38. I was so jealous when you got this box! Then they were out of it forever. I pieced together a box of my own and am waiting for it's arrival just this week. I can't wait to start playing!
    Your quilt is outstanding!

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  39. amazing, amazing, amazing....beautiful! fabrics are stunning, love the design, best to you, Sondra

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  40. Hi,
    I agree, a feast for the eyes!!! I don't see any of the browns/tans. Did you use them? I would think they would be hard to incorporate, and I might not use them if I were lucky enough to have these gorgeous fabrics!
    Nancy
    www.modernquiltguild.blogspot.com

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  41. I love these oakshott cottons. I have always wanted that colorbox. You did a beautiful job of arranging the colors it is truly a spectacular quilt!

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  42. fantastic colours, I love the simplicity of the shapes and its graphic quality. Being all new to this I hadnt heard of Oakshott cottons, looks I need to have a look !
    I will be following you blog so I look forward to reading more,

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  43. Gorgeous! I love all the colours, great work! :)

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  44. I'm coveting the Lipari colour range, as that's the name of the island from which my father in law hails. I think I will have to submit to the urge...

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