Monday, May 4, 2015

scandi windmill quilt {oakshott scandinavia blog hop}

Welcome welcome!  

4 May :: Sarah Sharp {you are here!}
6 May :: Amy Sinibaldi 
7 May :: Rossie Hutchinson
11 May :: Elaine Poplin
12 May :: Sarah Fielke
13 May :: Nicholas Ball
14 May :: Lori Landerberger

I'm so happy to be a part of the Oakshott Scandinavia blog hop, and a big thank you to Lynne and Michael for the gorgeous fabrics featured in this post.

If you've been here before, you know I'm a huge oakshott fanatic.  (H-u-g-e.)  The color range is so brilliantly vibrant, and the latest scandinavia collection—though undoubtedly more subduedis no exception.

I had about a million ideas cross my mind when Scandinavia first popped up in Lynne of Lily's Quilts IG feed.  Ultimately I was inspired by the potential for playing with transparency given the muted tones in this new collection, so I couldn't help but request some more saturated shot cottons to add into the mix.  And as luck would have it, Oakshott's freesia F8 pack seemed like a perfect match.

I mean, really.  Here they* are all together:

*plus camargue and white marble, which I'd initially intended to use as sashing for this project 

Meant to be, no?

tiger mint + white marble = copenhagen :: lilac + bergen = tromso :: and so on... ;o)

As for the design, I opted for a traditional block (no surprise there) called "Indian Paintbrush."  Though I'm calling this rendition Scandi Windmill (#scandiwindmill), because (for me) Scandinavia brings to mind crisp, clean decor, folksy patterns, and a picturesque, blue-skied countryside scattered with windmills.

Perhaps one day I'll have the opportunity to fact-check my imagination and visit that part of the world.  But for now, this lovely little naptime quilt will continue to fuel our daydreams of Scandinavia.

The pattern will be available for free as part of this hop (in fact, all the designs will be compiled into an e-zine available via Oakshott's free patterns page, so keep an eye out for that!)  

For this 40" square quilt, I paper-pieced twenty-five 8" blocks and arranged them in a 5x5 layout, but this block would also be gorgeous (and less tedious!) at twice that size!  The 16" block pattern is now available as a free download in my craftsy shop.

Thanks again for visiting, and be sure to follow along the hop for some beautifully muted inspiration!




  1. Absolutely Stunning!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I love the Freesia pack with Scandinavia, brilliant!!

  2. I'm going to write a program that auto-comments on everything you post with "OMG SHUT UP SO GOOD!" to save myself from having to type that out every time you post something. Love those saturated tones with the lighter/less saturated ones! Gorgeous.

  3. Interesting block, I don't remember seeing it before.

  4. What a stunning match up of colours. I think when I have a go at this one a larger block might be more suitable for me. Well Done.

  5. This is so beautiful. It's vibrant and calming at the same time. Thank you for sharing your creativity!

  6. Wow! Wow! That is so gorgeous. It makes my heart sing!

  7. A block I've never seen before. I love circular elements in blocks.

  8. A block I've never seen before. I love circular elements in blocks.

  9. This is amazingly good. I've never seen this block before either and it's just incredible, as is what you've done with it with those gorgeous fabrics. I've gotta get myself on one of these bloghops one of these days ;)

  10. Your quilt is beautiful. The colour pallet is lovely!

  11. What an outstanding quilt! It's movement is incredible and yet it seems to relax my mind - howd' ya do that??!! Cannot wait for the block pattern and yep, think I'll focus on the larger version.

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  13. Exceptional work and so 'you'!

  14. Love this. The colours are absolutely fantastic and so is the pattern

  15. Great scandi windmills! What a great mix of colors... and stunning blocks with varying values :-)

  16. Oh wow! This is sensational! I am also an Oakshott fan and always on the lookout for lovely patterns to do the fabric justice. It is just so lovely I don't want to cut into it for just anything! The bright tones against the Scandinavia is just perfect. Really really love this - just fabulous!

  17. your work is amazing!! luuuv everything that you make!!! ����������


  19. Wow!!! What a different kind of Quilt!!Beautiful!! Amazing!! Great job!!!

  20. I can't access this pattern (craftsy, boo) but would love to try it. Is there anywhere else it's available?

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  22. You use very interesting materials in your designs. I love it. I recently had to find gbs enterprises contact to call them and see if they have something similar, as their furniture has different decorative elements and I would like to choose something similar to yours. I wonder what other ideas can be implemented in the interior.


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