Sunday, February 22, 2015

Hint - Ta Da!


Let me introduce you to my latest quilt, Hint. She is about 40" square. She was made using a half metre package of Scandinavia shot cottons from Oakshott Fabrics. She was quilted with straightish lines with random spacings from 1/8" to about 1".


I designed Hint for Oakshotts to show off these stunning fabrics. One of the two threads used to weave the fabrics is a beautiful snowy white and the other is colour (except for the one with two of white threads) and this creates light colours with a great deal of depth. The coloured thread is not really a pastel, so the light fabrics shine with a lot more colour than you would expect.


Another thing about the Scandinavia line is that they have a nice weight. They seem to me to be lighter weight than a regular quilting cotton but not so light that they are difficult to use for quilting. They wash up beautifully too - all these photos are after the quilt wash washed and dried.


This design is currently available as a kit from Oakshotts here but watch for more about it later this month on the Shotthrough Blog. My goal in making the pattern was to use just a single 1/2 metre pack of the fabrics - there is enough fabric to make the front, back and scrappy binding.


The focus on using the 1/2 metre pack did require me to use different coloured borders, which is not my go to approach. But, now I have to say that I love them on this quilt, and it would be fun to change out the outside border to one of the colours as well or add a skinny border between the two in your favourite of the colours.


The back is classic and really shows off the beauty of the fabrics. And I used a scrappy binding to bring out all the hints of colour from the centre of the motif, which hints at circles, and hence the name.


The pattern also contains the math to make a large 84" square bed size quilt too. I have set out the actual fabric requirements, but also 2 one metre packs would give you enough of all the fabrics for top, back and binding and a bit left over of some for further play.

Pinwheels Booth at QuiltCon 2015

I am at QuiltCon, and thus the silence here on the blog - I've put a little on instagram if you cannot wait. You can see that Hint is here too, on display at the beautiful Pinwheels booth. I will have more for you tomorrow and over the week, it has been a great and overwhelming experience.