Thursday, October 23, 2014

Autumn Oakshott - Flight Path

Flight Path

Welcome to my stop on the blog hop for Oakshott Autumn 

Oakshott Autumn

It is as if Oakshott called me up and asked which colors do I want made -
All nice and tidy in one neat bundle!

Before I received the bundle I was processing and drawing out my idea.  The migration of colors in the bundle reminded me of geese migrating when the weather cools and Autumn colors appear.  

I wanted to reflect the color changes of reds, oranges, yellow and blues with different Autumn colored backgrounds in my quilt.

I had 4 different background colors I chose to work with, one for each color grouping of geese

Outback Rust
Oakshott cottons are almost luminescent.  I have used them in small projects, but this was my first quilt with all Oakshott cottons. 

There are 3 different sizes of Flying Geese blocks in each color section.  I used the Bloc Loc rulers for making my Flying Geese

Which gave me many of the half square triangles needed for each sashing section

I chose 4 different Aurifil threads (28 wt) to coordinate with the background Oakshott colors.  

While piecing I thought about the style of quilting I would use - and I settled on matchstick quilting.  Essentially straight lines very tightly spaced, about 1/8" apart, and the lines aren't really straight - straight, more organically straight.  Not following a ruler.

I had made two minis and a tote using this type of quilting, but this is the first full quilt
It is time and thread consuming.
22 hours of actual quilting and 23 full bobbins (not including the binding, which has yet to be added)

So, so worth it

Oakshott Autumn

The name 'Flight Path' comes from a poem On The Flight Path about migrating geese.

Oakshott Autumn

These photos were taken before binding and washing, quilting took so long I was going to run out of daylight - so another day for that.  
I will also have a tutorial for this pattern, there are a lot of photos and measurements for that and I am attempting to put those in PDF format so you can download.  I didn't want to post 30 photos in one post, so if you would like to see a pattern please come back in a few days.  

Thank you to Lynne of Lily's Quilts for asking me to participate in the blog hop, and a BIG thank you to Oakshott for providing all the quilt top fabrics.  I had a fantastic time designing and making this quilt.

Please visit some of the other quilters on their stop to see more fabulous quilts made from the same Autumn bundle

The Oakshott Autumn Blog Hop

21 October     Sonia Spence     
22 October     Rossie Hutchinson
24 October     Mary Menzer       
28 October     Alison Dutton      
29 October     Nicholas Ball       
30 October     Kati Spencer       
31 October     Wynn Tan            


Gill said...

Mary this is a stunning quilt!
I love it!

Lynz said...

Oh good grief!! That is a work or art. Seriously, hang it on a wall!! And 23 bobbins? Geez. Dedication indeed!!

Brenda said...

lovely and so vibrant and energetic. Great quilt!

Debbie said...

This is beyond lovely! I saw it in flickr and was wowed by your subtle but perfect use of color. You brought out the best in those lovely autumn tones. Then when I saw you'd matchstick-quilted it! Wow. I like this ALOT! I can only imagine how beautiful it is in person with those shimmery Oakshotts!

Unknown said...

Your quilt is stunning. I love the way the colors all work together. I anxiously await a pattern . This is one quilt I would love to make for me.

Susan Sawatzky said...

This looks similar to an American Indian rug....stunning!

June D said...

Beautiful project. Glad to see the drawing at the beginning, looking forward to tutorial. Thanks for sharing.

Catherine said...

It is absolutely fantastic - wish it was mine:-)

Ella said...

It's stunning! I never would have picked those colors, but I love love it all together.

carolaj3 said...

Wonderful design to feature these great fabrics. Can't wait to see it in person.

carolaj3 said...

Wonderful design to feature these great fabrics. Can't wait to see it in person.

Unknown said...

Ditto all the praise above. Love it!

Heather J said...

I loved your quilt. The colours really shine in this design.

Sonia said...

It's really really beautiful Mary - I love the design and the quilting really makes it, so worth the many hours! Just a tip on washing (just incase you don't do so normally), please make sure you throw in a couple of colour catchers! I couldn't believe how much the colours bled on a previous Oakshott project (thankfully I'd used colour catchers and the white was still white, phew!) x

Francine said...

This is absolutely fabulous! I love the way you've blended the shades together. Can't wait for the pattern!

Hitch and Thread said...

This is just amazing! I love the pattern and the way you've put the colours together.

ytsmom said...

Just beautiful, but all those flying geese would drive me crazy!!

Archie the wonder dog said...


cedacanthus said...

This is my favourite of the Autumn Blog Hop quilts. It's beautiful and earthy and connected and embraces the Native American vibe I've been seeing all over quiltblogland recently. I love how you've really used the colours effectively!!

Goldogmom said...

This is stunning. Congratulations on your creation! The link to here mentions a tutorial. Do you have block sizes, etc., for this design?

thanks for sharing ;-)

Fiona said...

Just beautiful. It has a very Native American look to it and the colors are stunning - like a sunset on the desert.