Monday, 7 July 2014

Oakshott Colourshott Bloghop::: A tablerunner and coasters

Hello everyone! And welcome if you popped over from Lynne's to check out my stop on the Oakshott Colourshott blog hop.



It was so lovely to be asked to be a part of this and after some rapid response emails with Lynne and the other blog-hoppers (seriously, it was the email equivalent of pointy elbows at a fabric sale!) I was sent a Fat Eighth bundle of Colourshott Oakshott Brighton Rock

Now, I confess that I'm not really a pink type of girl, but it's very hard to resist Oakshott in any colours and these are just gorgeous. I think it's the way they shimmer and shine depending on how the light catches them. This colourway instantly reminded me of roses and I just couldn't get the idea out of my head so in the end I ran with it!

This summer table set will give you one table runner and six coasters. They are made up of hexagons that are built up like log-cabins with the different colours used to suggest the varying shades that you get in a rose bud.


Before we get started, I thought I would share with you the recommendation that if you make an Oakshott project and wash it please make sure you use colour catchers: I washed this table runner with two colour catchers and they came out quite pink, but they did their job as the white is still white so all is good, thankfully!!!!!

So, enough waffling - lets get started!

Materials
1 x Oakshott Colourshott Brighton Rock F8 pack
1 yd Backing fabric
1/2 yd Wadding
1/4 yd Binding fabric
  
Finished size of table runner: 12 1/2” x 50”

Please remember to read through all the instructions before starting. All seam allowances are 1/4” unless otherwise stated.
  
Cutting instructions
Cut a 3” wide strip from the short end of each F8: from each of these cut 3 x 1.5” hexagons

Cut the remaining F8 fabric into 1.5” strips length wise

From the backing fabric and wadding cut 6 x 6" squares for the coasters, 15" x 55" for the table runner 

Making the hexagon roses
Tip: Each rose is built up like a log-cabin block. I took each long strip, sewed it on to the hexagon, cut to size and then trimmed properly after pressing to make the process a bit speedier!



Following the above diagram for colour placement as you work your way around the hexagon, mixing up the light/dark fabrics on each of the roses so that there is an even distribution of colours across the table runner.

Take a hexagon. Pick up your first strip in the same colour and sew on to one side of the hexagon. Cut the strip. Press upwards.

Using a ruler, line up with the outside line where piece 2 will go and ensure it is square with the opposite side of the hexagon (on round two you can square up with the seam on round 1) (A) 

Trim your rose following the line of the hexagon (B)

Rotate the hexagon to trim the other side in the same way as before (C & D) 

Take your next strip and continue in the same way around until the rose is complete.

Make 6 roses up to round 1 (piece 6) for the coasters
Make 18 roses up to round 2 (piece 18) for the table runner

Tip: because of the pressing needed, it is quicker to sew all the Strip 1’s on, before pressing/ trimming/cutting, then Strip 2 and so on.

Cut five of the roses in half.

Making the table runner
Lay your roses out as per the diagram.

The roses are sewn together on the machine using the y-seam method.


For this step I'm going to send you over to Karen's fabulous tutorial which is the one that I used: it very clearly describes each step and I think that she should have all the credit! If you've not sewn y-seams before, then please don't be put off at this point as this was also my first time and it really is a lot easier than you would think!

When adding in the half roses, position the bottom short edge to the table runner and work out to the outside edge to ensure an accurate fit.

Trim each end to form the point following the line of the outer hexagon, and trim the long edges

Layer the quilt top, wadding and backing to make a quilt sandwich.

Quilt as desired. I stitched a 1/4" around the outside of each rose using a variagated thread.

Bind the table runner in your preferred way.

To make the coasters 
Layer the wadding, backing fabric (right side up) and rose (right side down). 

Starting at piece 6, sew around the outside leaving a hole for turning, securing the beginning and end stitches. Trim the excess backing fabric and wadding and the corners so that the coasters will lay flat.
Turn out through the hole using a chopstick (or some other pointy thing!) to push the corners out. Press.

Topstitch to secure the opening and quilt as desired, again I used a varigated thread and stitched 1/8" inside round one and the hexagon.



Enjoy!!!

If you'd like to see all the lovely things that the other wonderfully talented quilters/bloggers have been making with their Oakshott Colourshott bundles (or have yet to be revealed, but they're guaranteed to be great!) then check out the rest of the blog hop. Here is the full schedule:

31 June:  Jo from My Bearpaw
1 July:     Kerry from Very Kerry Berry
3 July:     Nicky from Mrs Sew And Sow
4 July:     Helen from Archie The Wonder Dog
7  July:    Sonia from Fabric And Flowers
8 July:     Charlotte from Displacement Activity
10 July:   Trudi from Trudi-Quilting Prolifically
11 July:   Susan Claire from Gourmet Quilter

And finally a button because what's a blog hop without a button?! 

Lily's Quilts

Thanks for stopping by and if you have any questions then do drop me a line,

S x

Todays sky ● gloriously sunny with blue skies and a few wispy clouds. Perfect!

13 comments:

Nicky said...

Love it Sonia and such a great project for Valentine's Day too!

Or any romantic evening!

the running hare said...

I love those bright pinks/reds Sonia. Great tutorial and a very pretty pattern!

Hannlib said...

Beautiful Sonia, well done you!

Archie the wonder dog said...

This is a gorgeous project and I love how you've used the bundle. Great tutorial, too!

verykerryberry said...

Love your flower idea Sonia!

Blueberry Park said...

Beautiful project Sonia and thanks so much for linking my tutorial...am pleased you found it so useful x

Karen Thurn said...

Very nice. When I look at it, I think it would look good displayed on Valentine's Day too.

Becky (My Fabric Obsession) said...

Such a beautiful use of those oakshotts! Thanks for the tutorial!

barbara woods said...

love that table runner and the coasters

memmens said...

It's really stunning, a great job

myBearpaw said...

Another genius idea on this bloghop! I love your hexagon roses Sonia, beautiful and very rosey! It's funny that every post I've been to I've wished I'd chosen that bundle instead - it's how everyone has used them that makes me think that! Well done!

Anita said...

Love what you did with your bundle!

VickiT said...

I honestly would not choose those colors myself either, but that rich red really helps make this a beautiful project. I really love what you created using these fabrics. Very pretty.

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