Thursday, 24 April 2014


Bobbie Lou's Fabric Factory has 25% off the entire inventory - every single thing in her wonderful shop - from today until next Tuesday 29 April.  Use discount code SPRINGCLEAN when you check out.

Made with Oakshott

In this edition of Made with Oakshott, we have Rebecca from Doilies Are Stylish using a Rubies F8th pack. 
I had daydreamed about the most stripped-down and simple medallion quilt made of Oakshotts for months, and am happy to have had this opportunity handed to me -- thanks Lynne and Michael Oakshott! I settled on a design that used big quarter square triangles of the Oakshotts, so that no one vantage from which you can see the whole quilt top could have in view all of them on the straight of grain at the same time. It is very shimmery in person when it moves.

Oakshott rubies

For the background fabric, I chose a grey yarn-dyed Essex linen to give some textural contrast with the very silky Oakshotts; it also looks different depending on your angle of view, but it's much coarser, and the finished top has a satisfying heaviness.
One Oakshott Rubies fat eighth bundle plus three and a half yards of 44"-wide background fabric will yield a quilt top that finishes to 64" square.
You will need to cut the following from the Oakshotts:
  • 27 5-1/4" squares
  • 6 2-7/8" squares
And from your background fabric:
  • 114 2-7/8" squares
  • 108 2-1/2" x 4-1/2" rectangles
  • 4 2-1/2" squares
  • 14 4-1/2" WOF strips
Note that this leaves a significant amount of the fat eighth bundle untouched. There is enough left to hoard, or to bind the quilt and piece a flashy bit to go on the back if you'd like (and I do). I did not take any pains to randomize my arrangement of the different Oakshotts throughout the quilt top -- I just laid out my units round by round as I assembled the medallion and sewed them together however pleased me. Same for the centre of the medallion; I picked my favourite six reds and cut a square to make two half-square triangle units from each of them.

Ruby rainbow

The 26 5-1/4" squares of Oakshotts and 108 of the 2-7/8" squares of background fabric will yield 108 flying geese units that will measure 2-1/2" x 4-1/2", finishing to 2" x 4", using my favourite four-at-a-time flying geese piecing strategy.


Draw a diagonal line on each of the smaller background fabric squares. Arrange two of them on a larger square as pictured, with their diagonal lines aligned; they will overlap by a bit in the middle. Sew a scant 1/4" on either side of the centre lines, then cut along the lines and press into a sort of pointy heart shape.


Arrange another square on the remaining corner of the larger Oakshott square as pictured. Sew a scant 1/4" on either side of the centre line, then cut along the line and press. Each pointy heart shape will yield two flying geese, or, four flying geese per large Oakshott square. Repeat until you have exhausted your supply of Oakshott squares and have a large pile of geese.

Chain piecing for miles

Finally, sew a 2-1/2" x 4-1/2" rectangle to each of the flying geese, so that the red arrow is pointing toward the rectangle. These are the units that will be pieced together into each patterned round of the medallion.


To make the block at the centre of the medallion, draw a diagonal line on each of the six 2-7/8" Oakshott squares, sandwich them right sides together with six of the same-sized squares of background fabric, and sew a scant 1/4" on each side of the diagonal line. You may also wish to draw lines 1/4" away from the diagonal and stitch along the drawn lines instead; whichever works best for you.


Cut along the lines and press to yield 12 2-1/2" half square triangle units, and arrange them as pictured below, with a 2-1/2" square of background fabric in each corner.


Sew the units together into their rows, press, then sew the rows together and press it again. The block will measure 8-1/2".


To sash the central star block, cut two 8-1/2"-long pieces off of the WOF strips of background fabric. Sew one to the top of the star block and the other to the bottom, and press. Cut two 16-1/2"-long pieces, sew to the remaining two sides, and press again. The piece now measures 16-1/2" a side.
Arrange 20 of the flying-geese-plus-rectangle units around this central square in a colour order that pleases you, so that the arrows are all pointing counterclockwise and the corners make little half-windmills. Pluck out four units from the middle of the top and bottom of your arrangement, sew them together as you had arranged them, press, sew the rows of units to the top and bottom of the central square, press again....


Then sew the remaining six units from each side in the order that you had arranged them, press, sew the columns of units to the left and right sides of the central square, and press again.
Sash the central square with another round of background fabric as before -- this time you will need to cut two 24-1/2"-long pieces and two 32-1/2"-long pieces from your stock of WOF strips.


Arrange 36 of the flying-geese-plus-rectangle units around the central square, this time so that the arrows are all pointing clockwise. Sew the centre 8 units from the top and bottom of the arrangement into rows, press, sew them to the central square, and press again. Sew the remaining units into their columns, press, sew them to either side of the central square, and press again.


Then sash again, with two 40-1/2"-long pieces and two 48-1/2"-long pieces cut from the WOF strips. You will need to piece the longer pair, and all the sashing in the final round after this one -- I did not bother to line up any of the pieced-together sashing seams with any of the seams in the patchwork, but let them fall wherever they might.
The final round of flying geese will require the remaining 52 units. Arrange them so that the arrows point counterclockwise. Sew the central 12 units from the top and bottom of the arrangement around the square into rows, press, sew them to the central square, and press again. Sew the remaining units into columns as before, press, and sew them to either side of the central square.

Getting bigger

Sash one more time, with two 56-1/2"-long pieces then two 64-1/2"-long pieces assembled from the WOF strips, and you're done!


Back, quilt, and bind as you wish. I have big plans for some variegated orange Aurifil 50wt thread and quilting in a wobbly spiral; I think the medallion resembles a (rather stylized) fire pit with Oakshott sparks leaping out of the Essex charcoal, and more orange will warm it up. I have ample Oakshotts left over to piece into a variously red binding and a couple more starry blocks to insert into the backing.

Wednesday, 23 April 2014

Win - Fat Quarterly Quilt Colour Workshop

Would you like to win a copy of the new Fat Quarterly Book, Quilt Colour Workshop?  In this book we talk all about colour theory and how you can use it in your quilting projects.  We look at blocks in different colour schemes as well as plenty medium and large projects, each one made to show an example of different colours used in different colour schemes.

This quilt is an example of a red monotone scheme and is my variation on a Storm at Sea quilt.  

This is John's blue complementary quilt which is my favourite project in the book. 

This one is Brioni's purple triadic quilt - classic Brioni style!

This is an orange double complementary quilt made by Tacha with lots of lovely snippets of text prints dotted about the place. 

 And of course the most important bit of the book should be mentioned here too.

So if you'd like to win a copy of this book, just leave a comment and a winner will be drawn a week from today!

Friday, 18 April 2014

Lily's Quilts Big Easter Giveaway

Would you like a great big Easter giveaway?  Well here it is.  Gifts from a whole host of my sponsors to brighten up your Easter.  So what are the prizes?

Becca from Sew Me A Song is giving away this gorgeous bundle of 10 F8ths of assorted Yuwa floral prints.  

From Fort Worth Fabric Studio we have this RUB A DUB DUB, FWFS Exclusive NINE FAT QUARTER bundle.  Featuring the Tub Time rubber ducky prints by Robert Kaufman, along with some coordinating prints.  

From Bobbie Lou's Fabric Factory we have five half yards of Riley Blake Medium Chevrons to make a total 2.5 yards bundle.  

Peg from Sew Fresh Fabrics is giving away one of these bundles of Lotta Jansdotter's Sylvia.  This bundle contains nine FQs. 

Brenda from Pink Castle Fabrics is giving away this 32 Scrappy 16th rainbow bundle - equivalent to eight FQs of scrappy loveliness.  

Gwen from Celtic Fusion Fabrics is giving away this beautiful seven Fat Quarter bundle of Meadow by Leah Duncan for Art Gallery Fabrics. 

Aubrey from Southern Fabric is giving away a $25 gift certificate to spend on anything at all in her shop.  

And Oakshott are giving away a £30 gift certificate to spend on their wonderful shot cottons.  

A week from now I will use the random number generator to pick one winner of each of the above.  Please make sure your email is linked to your blogger profile or leave your email in your comment in the format lilysquilts at gmail dot com or similar.  You have several chances to comment:

1.   Leave a comment, any comment. 
2.   Leave one comment for each time you share this post on social media.  You can re-IG my picture of the post, retweet my tweet, click to share this post on facebook or google+ or even include the button below on your blog and each share gives you an extra chance to comment.  

Lily's Quilts

Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Made with Oakshott

Would you like a chance to play with some Oakshott fabrics?  Well this month, we are offering six half metres of these new herringbone weaves.  They are the weight of quilting cottons, soft like old denim and have a slightly different shade on the reverse side which you can see where I've turned the corners on them in this photo.

To be in with a chance of playing with these beautiful fabrics, here's what you need to do:
  • Leave a comment letting me know what you would make with these fabrics.  
  • Be specific about your idea.  We won't pick someone who  says "I want to make a quilt" but might pick someone who says "I have in mind a quilt with ohio star blocks and I would mix the Oakshotts with low volume text prints".  
  • Bear in mind in your proposal that we are offering a half metre bundle this month so will be unlikely to pick someone who wants to make something very small!
  • After a few days, we will pick our favourite project suggestion and one person will be sent the bundle.  
  • All we ask of you is that you write a guest post for this blog containing photos of the finished item and a tutorial showing us how you made it within one month of receipt of the Oakshotts.  
And if you don't get picked this month, don't worry, there will be another great bundle on offer soon so stay tuned.

Sunday, 13 April 2014

Don't mess with the quilters

Last week I came across this post by Meaghan Dougherty talking about a website called which contained blogposts from many of our favourite bloggers without permission or link back.  She suggested we all do what we can to spread the word.  I posted an image of one of my blogposts from this website on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram and the response to those posts and to the posts of many others following Meaghan's lead was swift and furious.  You can see from this image that the website was using my content to bring advertising revenue to its site - without my permission and without linking back.

The quilt bloggers of the world proceeded to bombard GoDaddy (the domain name host), Wordpress (the blog host) and Google Ads with information about the situation.  Some of us also contacted to let them know that it appeared that it was their RSS feeds which were being used to grab these blogposts.  I should add here that is a great website - it enables quilt bloggers to have their feed shared across a wider audience.  The crucial differences between this and are (i) we give permission to Quilterblogs to share our content - in fact we positively request it; and (ii) they link back to the original blogs, neither of which was the case with  I'm not sure which of the above actions had the desired effect but within eight hours the website was down and has stayed down since.  Moral of the tale - don't mess with the quilters. The truth is we are not a bunch of nice little old ladies.  

Wednesday, 9 April 2014

Sponsor News

Marmalade Fabrics Around the Colour Wheel April bundles are now ready - and this month is my favourite colour of them all: orange!

Eclectic Maker have some beautiful new fabrics in stock including Daydream by Kate Spain for Moda ...

Bee My Honey by Mary Jane for Moda ... 

 ... and Mormor by Lotta Jansdotter.

Eclectic Maker also have some great workshops coming up including Machine Embroidery with Laura Sparks on 24 April and 1 May and Invisible Machine Applique with Dawn Cameron-Dick on 14 May. Click here to find out more about these and all their other classes in their shop in Worthing.

Celtic Fusion Fabrics have new fabrics in from The Copenhagen Print Factorya new Danish brand created by people with many years' experience in textiles and the design.  The fabrics are organic and the designs are beautifully simple.  This is the range that they have chosen with more to come in the following weeks.

Purple Stitches have a promotion running right now: spend £20 and receive a free larger fabric organiser.

They have also taken delivery of a whole selection of Sewaholic Patterns.

Fat Quarter Shop have a free pattern and tutorial called Pockets and Pies Apron to share over on their blog which you can find here.