Thursday 28 February 2013

Greens are good for you

I have put Emerald piece aside while I dither about how to quilt it because the problem is that I am now in love with the flatness of it, and with the suede-iness of the sand linen.

I think this picture better shows the effect you get from exploiting the grain of the fabric.  You can see it best in the mid green, and just about make it out in the dark green top and top left.  I still cannot capture the green-ness of it, even though I discovered that my camera has a function to enhance greens.   (Did you see Martha's piece on photography btw? The pics on her blog are always beautiful.)

Meanwhile I've been trying out the effect of the different threads on offcuts of the Oakshott, and some bits of Backstitch Klona cotton left over from this.  Although the Klona isn't shot it has a lovely sheen to it.  Photo overload coming up.

The heart is a piece of sea glass my husband found.

I'm quite tempted to leave the edges unfinished.


  1. Where to start Catherine?? Firstly, I just love the close up of the stitching which shows off the colours of the thread and fabric beautifully. The earthy tones of your block are stunning and your improv. curved piecing is too - frame it I say!

  2. Sooo beautiful! Love that outline quilting on the curves and ESP the variegated bluey purply one. Maybe some outline quilting is the way to preserve the texture of the Oakshotts? Gorgeous!

  3. It is beautiful (and so is the new curved piece). You could leave it flat - perhaps stretch over a wooden frame like a canvas? Or maybe turn it into an unquilted cushion cover?

  4. loving the colours and the curves xx

  5. Lovely use of offcuts :-)
    How did you find stitching with Oakshott fabrics? I have never used them, but have been tempted by the lovely colours.

    1. Thank you!:-)

      I'm replying on the blog as well as by email in case this info helps anyone else.

      They are nice to work with and they do have a really beautiful quality to them. They fray quite easily, especially if you wash them, and though I love the effect on the frayed edge (pretty because of the different warp and weft) I wouldn't prewash them again. I don't use starch, but I would for a fiddly project, especially using pieces cut on the bias.


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