**ok, so there aren't actually any prizes. Sue me.
Once again I wax lyrical about the wonders of Oakshott fabrics. The shimmer, the colours, the all-round gorgeousness. Sorry if I sound like a stuck record, but it's all true. I've even taken to wearing the stuff, having made an Aubépine dress from a gorgeous green I snapped up in the sale recently (photos eventually, if I can ever persuade Croydon to get her camera out).
Mr Oakshott sent me an Autumn F8th bundle recently with a view to designing a quilt (#bestjobever) and I had lots of leftovers (the fabric is 60 inches wide, making a F8th surprisingly enormous). So, what's a girl to do? The answer is, apparently, to go a little bit handstitching crazy with some needleturn appliqué and chunky quilting.
|image from Oakshottfabrics.com|
The background is made up of 2 inch (finished) squares of assorted neutrals (some Oakshott, some Kona, some whatever-the-hell-was-in-the-drawer), pieced together before adding the leaves. I believe that technically you are supposed to appliqué first and piece second, but I didn't want to risk losing all my points in the seams so I REBELLED! Of course, I could totally be imagining that you are meant to do it that way round, in which case let's just pretend that nothing untoward happened.
Once again my ridiculous stash of perle cotton came into its own, with five neutrals used to represent the swirling wind and stitching co-ordinating with each leaf. See - you can never have too many colours.
This baby finishes up at 20 inches square. I'm going to need to rejig the quilt wall so I can squeeze it in there somewhere.
|Daughter number one and puppy for scale|