Thursday, October 16, 2014

Oakshot Table Linens Challenge

I am thrilled to have been chosen to participate in the Oakshot Table Linens Challenge by Sew Mama Sew. I was sent a fat eighth bundle of Oakshot cottons in Lakes. Kristin asked me to make a set of trivets.

Oakshot Trivets

These lovely fabrics were telling me that they wanted to be improv piecing, so I cut strips and did some improv curves. The colors and the piecing remind me of stormy seas.

Oakshot Trivets

For the second trivet, I made a friendship braid using the technique from the craftsy class, Cut to it. This was one of the better classes I've taken--I'd highly recommend it. (I am not a craftsy affiliate and I paid for the class all by my lonesome. it was totally worth it). I was worried that the oakshots would stretch out on the bias but they held their shape nicely.

Oakshot Trivets

I used a layer of Insulbrite and a layer of Quilter's Dream Wool batting. I like using wool for potholders and trivets because it's poofier and more insulating than cotton. I matchstick quilted the improv trivet and it really flattened out, while the friendship braid trivet with it's less dense wavy lines retained more dimension. The backing is from the Art Gallery Indelible collection and the bias binding is Timeless Treasures Sketch in Charcoal. I used a pot lid and drew around my quilted squares then cut out the circles.

Oakshot Trivets

I think this set dresses up the table quite nicely, and I look forward to using them the next time we have company! Be sure to check out all of the other participants and Sew Mama Sew is giving away a bundle of Oakshots Oct. 22-25, so keep an eye out.

10 comments:

  1. These are gorgeous, I love the colors in the fabrics!

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  2. I love your description of these reminding you of stormy seas! They do. These are just lovely!!

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  3. A nice addition to your table.

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  4. Beautiful job using these fabrics to show the best shadings of the Oakshott fabrics!

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  5. Love your trivets!! The stitching looks awesome too! Something like this would be a perfect gift - thaks for a great idea!

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  6. These trivets are quite lovely, and thank you for explaining exactly what materials you used (and what class helped you with your technique!). I very much enjoy your blog now that I've found it as a result of the Oakshott Fabrics "Lakes" collection table linens challenge you accepted (and excelled at!). ~Diana from Canada

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  7. So beautiful! the wavy quilting was a perfect choice, it gives it so much motion!

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  8. LOOOOOVE your Trivets!! Thanks for info too! Beautiful project!

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  9. I like your improv curves. They remind me of distant mountains. Nicely done!

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  10. These are so pretty and so useful. Not many quick little projects fall into category. I am definitely making some of these. Thanks for taking the time to do such a nice write-up!

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