Ohhhh look what arrived in the post just before Christmas - a fabulous kit from Oakshott Fabrics!! (This arrived just a couple of days after ordering - I was VERY impressed with their service!). I have been on several quilting courses with Helen Howes and she highly recommends these fabrics, and one of my friends recently made a FABULOUS runner with the Lipari range. Anyway, I had a little peek on their website and couldn't resist this kit. It contains the most gorgeous fabrics - Ruby Reds - a collection of 12 shot fabrics that all share a Ruby Red warp. Oh yummy!!....
.....the pattern is called "Modern Blocks Table Runner", and is designed by Lynne Goldsworthy, and I follow her blog Lily's Quilts regularly. This really was the perfect project to pick me up after all the hullabaloo of the Christmas and New Year festivities. I'd missed not having my machine out over the holidays, and was desperate to start sewing again.....
.....I'd never used Oakshott fabrics before, but all that's going to change! These fabrics were really lovely to sew with, although they did start to fray.....
.....this runner looked fabulous, and I love the way the fabrics change colour in the light.....
.....this was quilted very simply, with straight rows 0.5" apart. I used a burgundy coloured Mettler quilting thread, and used the same thread in the bobbin, and added one of my new labels to the corner. I used a plain black fabric for the single fold binding.....
.....and here is the finished runner, looking very splendid on my dining table. I love this modern pattern, and might try to make something similar with my collection of batiks!
Blogs I follow
These are the UK shops that I use to purchase my quilting supplies - fabrics and threads etc.