Thursday, May 23, 2013

wrinkles in my Tea

Tea?  Anyone?  Anyone?

a Teapot for the Penny Sampler

I thought not.  It may be a tad too warm for tea today, at least here in the south.  But, I'm going to leave out the pot anyways, just in case...

Just finished my tea pot this morning!  It's another special block for The Penny Sampler.  I've been working on my Scandinavian-inspired project for a few months now, designing and photographing and stitching just a few days a week.  I'm taking the class prep slow this time, a welcome change.  Class will run mid-August through mid-November, focusing on three specific skill sets: machine applique, small precise piecing and machine paper piecing.

So, yep, I'm in the machine paper piecing phase!  Did you notice all the mysteries blocks I slipped into the HOMESCHOOL handmade post?   They're for The Penny Sampler too!

are Oakshott Cottons as wrinkly at Shot Cottons?

Hey, I have a question for you.  I love the look of solids woven with more than one color, but the Kaffe Fassett shot cottons (shown here as the blue background) just never press smooth for me.  Today I was armed with my very steamy Reliable iron and starch.  Still, sooo wrinkly.

Marmalade Fabrics just started stocking Oakshott cottons, whose deliciously subtle hues have been beckoning for some time.  I had the chance to see Oakshott in person at QuiltCon, where I noticed they have a light weight, much like Kaffe Fassett's shot cottons.  Soo.... for those of who have sewn with Oakshott Cottons, are they stubbornly wrinkly too?

If not, if they will behave, than this gorgeous pile of Sunrise fat 8ths from Marmalade is going to have to go on my wish list.  I'd love to make a quilt using only these solids and maybe a few stray prints...

Mmmm.....

P.S.  Find out how you can stitch up some Oklahoma Tornado Relief right here.  They're requesting completed quilts by June 30th! 

28 comments:

  1. I have used them quite a pit they are less wrinkly but be carefull they fray really bad when you prewash.

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  2. I LOVE using Oakshotts. I've been using them with Kona Solids lately and they seem to press just as smooth to me. Although PP is right, they do fray a bit.

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  3. I haven't had any pressing issues with them.

    Loving all these sneak peeks! Is it time to sign up yet?

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  4. Ok its not just me with the shot cottons. Last night I was working on a project where one little bit of it just is being stubborn. I just got a charm pack of Oakshotts to try out, looking forward to the posts on here for others opinions!

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  5. Thank you for sharing the link for us, Rachel!!! :)

    -Amanda-

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  6. I love Oakshotts so much better than the Kaffe Fassett ones. I never prewash my fabrics and I never press with starch spray though. I gently use my iron and wash my quilts when they are finished together with a colour catch tissue.

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  7. Yes please, I would love tea, but then i am English, so it doesn't matter how hot it is! Love the block. I can't help you on the Oakshotts, i have a bundle I have been intending to work with for a while, just not gotten round to it yet! :o)

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  8. If you would like to see an amazing quilt made of oakshott cottons go here http://poppyprintcreates.blogspot.ca/2013/05/bloggers-quilt-festival-spring-2013.html
    If you have questions my friend Krista of Poppyprint would be sure to give you her take on the fabrics and you can count on her to be honest about her experience. She is very talented and a lovely person.

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  9. I find those shot cottons exceptionally tough to press flat due to the slightly looser weave and lack of "body" in them. I find they naturally want to shift and flop. I never use steam with them for that reason. Instead I spray and press a few times with a good "collar" spray starch before I sew with them and then again after.

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    1. Thanks, Amy. I definitely saw some improvement with starch. I used Best Press. I wonder if that is strong enough? I keep trying steam because they are so crinkly-looking, it's so annoying. But, hey, maybe that's just because I prewashed them...

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  10. I meant to add that I was referring to the Kaffe shot cottons. I've never worked with the Oakshott ones, but I hear they are lovely.

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  11. fun teapot!

    i love love love working with the Oakshotts. i never prewash, but do press with starch before sewing. the piecing goes nice and crispy. then there's some great crinkle in the wash. the shrinkage isn't too severe.

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  12. I was so frustrated with the wovens I have used. I used Niagra starch and just finally stopped using them Especially the Kaffe so stretchy.

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  13. I LOVE Oakshotts. I have used them in several projects, and I thought they would be difficult to work with, but they are fantastic. I don't pre-wash or starch, and I iron with steam (lots and lots of steam) and I haven't had much trouble with fraying and the wrinkles drop out nicely. I have used the Kaffe Fassett shot cottons less fequently and find them trickier to work with - I had the wrinkle issue you have identified and they are so thin it makes them more difficult to manipulate. The Oakshotts definitely have more body. Your teapot is lovely by the way!

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  14. i'm doing the Skillbuilder's bom over at pileofabric and i've been using Kaffe's shot cottons, i use lots of layers of starch and no steam, it's very stiff with lots of starch. haven't tried oakshots yet but i've heard good things.

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  15. So are you considering maybe putting together a bundle of some of your lovely Scandinavian fabric choices to get some of us "color challenged" people started? :)

    I took your hand stitched class earlier thiis year and loved it!! I will be busier thus fall but I'm dying to see how the penny quilt turns out and I'd love to learn to machine applique and paper piece. Both are techniques I have not yet attempted! :)

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  16. So are you considering maybe putting together a bundle of some of your lovely Scandinavian fabric choices to get some of us "color challenged" people started? :)

    I took your hand stitched class earlier thiis year and loved it!! I will be busier thus fall but I'm dying to see how the penny quilt turns out and I'd love to learn to machine applique and paper piece. Both are techniques I have not yet attempted! :)

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    1. Hmm... good idea, Angela! Of course I do have lots of fabric left over, since I used so many different ones. Thanks for the suggestion.

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    2. :) no problem! Just don't do it and sell out before I have a chance to snatch one up! ;)

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  17. Love the teapot. That should be a nice class.

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  18. In my experience, Oakshotts are actually a bit thicker and have a bit more body to them than the Kaffe shot cottons. Which makes them SO much nicer to work with. I have the wrinkly problem with Kaffe shot cottons, but not with oakshotts.

    I am excited to see the finished projects for this class!

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  19. I haven't used Oakshotts before but sure do like the look of them.
    I'm loving the tea pot ~ paper piecing is one of my favorite things to do!

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    1. Thanks, Elsa. I am really enjoying paper piecing! I thought it would be fiddly, but it's so easy and fun!

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  20. LIke Anne, I have found the Oakshotts to have a denser weave than Shot Cottons. I have always loved the Shot Cottons, but years ago I discovered that if i doubled up the fabric in anything I was using them in I could work with them much more confidently. I would not have a shot cotton as a large piece in a block or as an outer border, they can stretch too much. But doubling will help with that.

    I have added Oakshotts to a few projects, one under wraps, and let me just say that they are shimmery and luxurious looking in a quilt. I haven't much paid attention to how they press. When something is stubborn with pressing, I just press more! I'm not a pre-washer so I can't speak to that.

    And as to tea - you can have a cup at any time of the day or night! Even in the South, I start each day with a hot one then coffee. Can't be without my tea. I may have to make this paper piece beauty myself!

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  21. HI Racheal:
    As you know I jumped right into paper pieceing after taking your class and I love it. So much accomplishment in one piece! Where is this pattern from or did you make it.Thanks!
    Cat

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    1. I made it =) I'm designing all of the paper piece blocks myself, since these are for my next class!

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    2. Wow, good for you! I cannot wait to take it!
      Cat

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