First off, in a nod to my friend, Lucie Summers and because Oakshott Cottons are a product of the UK, I’m going to forgo the correct spelling for the word, color, and add the superfluous U to spell colour instead. You’re welcome.
A few weeks ago the lovely folks at Sew, Mama, Sew invited me to participate in a wee little challenge, the Oakshott Ruby Mini Quilt Challenge. I received a collection of 16 fat eighths in an array of browns, reds, pinks, and purples with the instructions to make a mini quilt.
So I did:
I think I used all but a couple of the colours and added a bit of a blue from my stash.
These fabrics are amazing, deep, intense saturated tones. They shimmer and feel a lot like Kaffe Fassett’s shot cottons, a similarity that prompted me to choose one of his stripes for binding this quilt.
For those of you familiar with my Klee’s Trees pattern or participating in the sew-along, you might notice that this version is slightly different than the original pattern. Aren’t you observant?
It is a bit different, but, if you have the pattern, you too can make it.
Check out my cute graphic:
Images are ordered left to right, top to bottom.
1. For each block, you’ll need templates A and C from the pattern, 7, 1 1/2″ strips of your “tree” colour and 4, 1 1/2″ strips of your background colour. You’ll also need 4 template C triangles.
2. Sew and press the strips together and trim to fit template A just like instructed in step 1A of the pattern.
3. Position the 4 template C triangles so they are properly oriented.
4. Sew and press template C triangles, one at a time to both halves of the block. Trim if necessary(it’ll be necessary)
5. Sew a 1 1/2″ strip to center of one half of block. Press. Trim.
6. Sew other half of block to already sewn section. Press.
Make a total of 12 blocks, sew them together, quilt in a pattern that makes your heart sing, and you too will have a version of this 29 1/2″ x 22 1/2″ mini quilt.
To quote Gus Portolakalos from My Big, Fat Greek Wedding, ” There you go!”
Also, if you need more Ruby Red inspiration, check out the other challenge participants here:
Debbie of A Quilter’s Table
Jen of bettycrockerass
Deborah of Whipstitch
Kristy of St. Louis Folk Victorian
Beth of Plum and June
Rather than just wish you a happy weekend, though of course I do, I thought I’d leave you with another bit of potential inspiration I found as I downloaded the quilt images from my camera. All the best, Friends!