Saturday, 15 February 2014

The Oakshott Schoolhouse Quilt

This design for a quilt has been rolling around in my head for a while.


This week I got to make it and it will be available before too long as a free pattern for anyone who buys the sunrise Oakshott F8 pack since it is designed to be made with that bundle.


Once again I quilted a diagonal cross-hatch using an Aurifil 50wt.  I do this (i) because the Aurifil 50wt is light enough to leave texture on the quilt without overwhelming or butting into the pattern; (ii) when you quilt a diagonal cross-hatch, any slight puckering issues can be avoided by using the stretch in the fabric when quilting on the bias - a gentle pull will ease out the puckers; and (iii) I like a dense, overall, even pattern which flattens out and tidies up the quilt.  These lines are very densely spaced - ideal for a stiff quilt, like a wall hanging.  For a snuggly quilt, leave the lines about 3" apart or so.  I used a wool wadding here which doesn't have too much loft.  Again, for a snuggly quilt, I'd use something like an Heirloom 80/20 which is pouffier, loftier and smooshier.  


24 comments:

  1. Very nicely done! Love the quilting and thanks for the tips on avoiding puckers!

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  2. It's just beautiful. Thanks for the quilting tips, and the excellent close-up photo which really shows the quilting lines.

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  3. I love the quilt. I've been wanting to make a school house quilt. I went to a one room school and it's been a dream of mine to make a quilt to remember it for a long, long time.

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  4. What a beautiful modern take on such a traditional block quilt! This quilt inspires me to make a similar colored take my own nine-patched house block design, especially since my block requires a light, medium and dark fabric. If and when I ever get around to it, I will certainly share it with you. In the meantime, I could create a mock-up.

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  5. Beautiful. I love the color combinations you used for each block:)

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  6. I love how each house is shaded ... Trying to decide which I would live in!

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  7. Love me a schmooshie quilt! Xx

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  8. Very nice. They really pop with the colors on white.

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  9. Oh my giddy aunt this is just wow, think the word stunning fits the bill nicely :)

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  10. Beautiful. What fabric did you use for the white? Also an oakshott?

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  11. Great quilt and thanks for the reason why you chose the type of quilting you did xx

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  12. Love the color combinations. And I love the simple, bold, graphic look of the finished product. Just lovely!

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  13. Very beautiful! I love the extra dimension that the quilting adds.

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  14. Poofy and smooshy, I always look for that in my batting descriptions... ;o)

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  15. Where have I been??? How did i miss this??? It's amazing but obviously a pattern is no use to me. I'll have to find someone who is good at quilting to make it for me.

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  16. Love your quilt and your adjectives!

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  17. I love this quilt! Hope your sister finds someone to make it for her *wink*

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  18. Classic beauty with an elegant modern twist. Love it Lynne!

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  19. LOVE the simplicity of this and the gorgeous colours. I must show you mine, it looks a bit old fashioned next to yours!

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