Friday, 12 April 2013

Oakshott Cottons quilt and giveaway

The Giveaway is now closed thank you.

And I've finished my square Oakshott Cottons quilt.
I still think I prefer rectangular quilts but I do like this exception to my preference.




As others have already said, it is really quite hard to catch the iridescent glow that a lot of the shot cottons give off.

While thinner to work with than regular quilting weight cottons, if you handle them carefully, they are not difficult to work with. I didn't have to use any starch on them to get them to play nicely.



I also included a few Kaffe Fassett shot cottons in this quilt and if I were to compare the two, although the Kaffe Fassett shot cottons are not as expensive, I think I prefer the handle and glow that you get from the Oakshott shot cottons.



Quilting was just a simple grid system either side of the seams and then organic straight(ish) lines for the border.



The back is just some bits and bobs. The main piece of fabric I've had over 10 years...there was a time when paisleys were all the rage. I wonder if that makes the back of the quilt retro now?

I also manage to balls it up and cut too short on the width. After it was already quilted I added in a couple of extra inches (on the left) and I actually quite like the little injection of the secondary fabric in there. Well I would say that.




Note to self: pick all the threads off before you start taking close-ups.



Would you like to try some Oakshott cottons?



Michael at Oakshott Cottons has very kindly provided this:

A packet of eight fat eighths

To be in with a chance, leave a comment: What's the temperature where you are today? 
I'm slightly obsessed with the weather at the moment as we've had such a long and dreary winter

Leave a second comment if you are a follower: If you had to learn a second language (besides your mother tongue), what would it be?

I'll use Mr Random Generator thingy to pick a winner a week today - Friday 19 April  - and am happy to post anywhere in the world.


238 comments:

  1. This is stunning! Well, you know I have been working with Oakshotts a lot lately. I have a lot of Kaffe's as well, and given the choice I would work with Oakshotts, although I love them both. It's supposed to be 80 degrees here.

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  2. Love the quilt! And what a nice give away...thanks for the chance to win. It's a drippy 55degrees here in Georgia, USA but the sun is trying to peek out. Perfect for quilting!

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  3. What a great quilt!! It is a cold and rainy 39 degrees in NE Pennsylvania today. Good day to be inside!! Thanks for the great giveaway chance!

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  4. I am a happy follower of your blog.

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  5. I'd love to win these! Your quilt is so much fun and I've been dying to try working with shot cottons for a while now. It's a pleasant 65 degrees here today (in oklahoma city), nice because earlier this week it was below freezing! Thanks for the great giveaway!

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  6. I love the black and whites coming through all that colour. Brilliant. It's 10* today.

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  7. Also, I follow your lovely blog in my google reader.

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  8. Oh yes I'd follow you anywhere. I'd learn Spanish. Well I'd try....

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  9. Wow.. what a great quilt ,,and a giveaway.... chance!!Hugs Bmbi

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  10. I seriously LOVE this quilt. All the beautiful oakshots with the texty goodness- just fabulous! Today in Tucson, we are expecting a high of 84 degrees. Because spring for us is like summer in the rest of the country... Thanks!

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  11. It is 40 and raining here in Boston :(

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  12. I am also a follower :) I need to learn Spanish... My boyfriend of 4.5 years is from Mexico and his whole family speaks Spanish. And I decided it would be a good idea to take French in school.

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  13. I'm a follower and would want to learn more fluent Spanish. I took a few years in high school, but I only remember the basics.

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  14. Ohhhh pick me pick me! It's 43 and cloudy in Indy, boo ;(

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  15. And I stalk, I mean, follow your blog on bloglovin' ;)

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    1. Whoops, French! I speak/write decently but would love to be fluent.

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  16. I love Oakshott fabrics! Great quilt!
    It's around 12 degrees here and showery! (England)

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  17. I'm a happy follower!
    I'd like to learn Portugese - I love to visit but only know a few Portugese words!

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  18. Lovely quilt! The Oakshott cottons look great and I would love to win the Giveaway.
    I follow you too. Temperature today in the centre of England(I literally live just a few miles from the geographic centre) is a HOT 13C although it has now started to rain! Would love to speak Italian! It is such a beautiful language to listen to.
    Linda on travjonuk@yahoo.com

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  19. I have never even seen Oakshott, let alone quilted with it. It sounds lovely. Today I am on a boat in the San Juan Islands, where it is 48 degrees F. If I had the patience to learn another language at this point in my life, it would be Spanish. I think that would be the most useful second language here in the US. But my secret desire is to be fluent in French!

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  20. Temp. today is mild mid 60's. Love those cottons!

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  21. It's finally spring in Poland: 7 Celsius degrees in the morning and 12 during the day (althought it's not so lovely yet, because it rains, but still...)

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  22. Am a follower and would learn to speak Spanish.

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  23. I would love to learn French (I was learning German and English - after a few years break I can still communicate in English, but not in German:(

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  24. HI! YES, IT'S BEEN A LONG WINTER FOR US HERE IN MONTANA TOO>CURRENT TEMP=44.
    LOVE YOUR GIVEAWAY!

    msstitcher1948@yahoo.com

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  25. HI! HAPPY TO FOLLOW YOU VIA BLOG LOVIN'!
    MY CHOICE OF LANGUAGE WOULD BE DUTCH,AS ALL MY RELATIVES ARE FROM THERE. HAPPY STITCHING+KEEP LOOKING FOR SPRING!

    msstitcher1948@yahoo.com

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  26. Right now it is 48 degrees out and sunny. Of course, day before yesterday it was almost 80! Ah, spring in the mid-west!

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  27. I follow you via Google reader (for now). I'm trying out The Old Reader to replace Google Reader, but haven't quite committed yet! I've studied several other languages, but if there was one I would want to get fluent in I think it would be Arabic.

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  28. It's 11:23 a.m. and it's 63 with an expected high of 80!!!

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  29. I love the Oakshott cottons but am scared to spoil such pretty fabric by my inexperience. Your quilt has such vibrant colours. We had thick fog this morning in the Midlands but the pm it has been slightly warmer. It is now raining 5.30pm.

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  30. I am a new follower and would love to improve my school girl French.

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  31. The weather hear is cold, rainy and very dreary. Not sure the temp but cold! Thanks for the chance to win!

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  32. Yes please I would love to win some!! It's 32°C here today.

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  33. Love your Oakshot Quilt - and I'm jealous that you got some sunshine to photograph it - we had 5C and fog until lunchtime - certainly no sun today!

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  34. I'm a follower, and hopeless at languages - no one was more surprised at me passing my 16+ than my French teacher!
    Thanks for a great giveaway!

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  35. It's suposed to be a high of 59 today and I'm hoping for that, Spring in Portland is not that warm. Thanks for the chance to win I'd love to try out some Oakshott!

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  36. So beautiful, as always! The temperature in Honolulu right now (according to my phone) is 74, but it's not quite 7am. It is supposed to go to about 84. Rather perfect, I think!

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  37. I am also a follower! I would love to improve my french I am pretty rusty.

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  38. It's about 6°C here and fretty. I love your quilt and Oakshotts (and agree that I prefer them to KF shot cottons - they feel a bit, well, flimsy!) - what's next on your list of projects?

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  39. I'm a follower and I guess I would probably like to speak French-it always sounds so cool!

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  40. I would like to remember and improve upon the Brazilian Portuguese I could once (mostly) speak!

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  41. I'm an inspired follower who would like to learn BSL - I used to able to 'speak' a bit but I've forgotten most of it except the alphabet (and finger spelling will only take you so far!) and would love to be fluent!

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  42. It is almost 80 F here. And I'm not complaining. It has been windy, if that is any consolation...

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  43. It has been quite sunny here and 8degrees most of the day; apart from at school pick up time when it chucked it down, lol! At least it's Friday!

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  44. I'm a follower, I would learn Chinese then I would know what they were saying at the takeaway in the kitchen.

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  45. I actually did not go outside today (I've been tidying and sorting piles out!!) as it is raining cats and dogs so perhaps it is cool and horrible!!!!! Oakshotts are wonderful!!!

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  46. Yay I ama follower!! Your quilt is wonderful :)

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  47. it is 47 and overcast. Ugh! Thanks for brightening my day with a wonderful giveaway.

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  48. Today in Arlington Texas we are looking at a perfect 70 degrees with sunny skies and slight breeze ...

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  49. It's supposed to get up to the low 70s today, but it's breezy and currently 63 in Atlanta.

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  50. I would like to learn more spanish, for my two mexican grandbabies.

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  51. Cold....6.5 today but feels much colder...and its damp, yeuk. x

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  52. i adore shot cottons, so i find it hard to beleive there is a product out there better than Kaffe's shots! thanks for a chance...its 42 degrees last time i checked. boo.

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  53. i follow your blog...and i think id like to learn Latin...not very practical, I know, but I love learning the root of words, and i know the English language is chock full of Latin derivatives!

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  54. The temperature here is 80 F although it snowed last week!

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  55. I'm a follower and I would love to learn French or Spanish!

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  56. It was 73 F on Monday - one glorious day! - but we have dropped back down to 37 F and WINDY! I took the girls out to trim up the fruit trees this morning and put the baby in her snow suit. It was bitter! On the bright side, the crocuses are up and I had 5 daffodils open up this morning. Spring is trying.

    I thought you guys might have an earlier spring there?

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  57. I think I would like to learn Spanish. My husband travels to Mexico/South America regularly and it would be fun to be able to go with him and speak the language. Right now I try to mix the few Spanish words I know with French and hope they understand the gist of it. :)

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  58. Beautiful quilt!! Today is sunny and in the upper 70s...so nice after days of rain, clouds and lots of wind!!! Thanks for the sweet giveaway :)

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  59. I'm a follower and would like to learn Spanish.

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  60. Beautiful quilt! Its 6 degrees here, and feels colder. Its grey and raining. Hope its better down your way :)

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  61. It's actually 3 degrees above zero here in Edmonton today, but there's supposed to be more snow tonight, and continuing until Sunday... Spring indeed!

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  62. I've always fancied learning Japanese. I'd feel really exotic in I could speak Japanese

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  63. I am a follower! I'm fluent in French and English, and would really like to be able to speak German as well!

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  64. It is a balmy 45 degrees F and raining... supposedly we are getting at least 2 inches of rain today! I've never tried oakshott before... I guess I have to see and feel it to understand what you mean about it :)

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  65. Another great quilt you made! Love the combinations you made with the black and white and bright colors. The weather, it still ain't so good here in the Netherlands, a bit of rain today and I think it was around 13 degrees celcius today (but I didn't go outside for I have a flu...grrr) But they promise at last sunday it will be around 20! Summertime...at last!!!
    I've already learned to speak English and German (besides Dutch) but I think one day I would like to learn Italian, for I love that country so much!

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  66. Can't say no to Oakshott! Thanks! 10 degrees with us - quite mild but then it has been raining and by the looks of it - intends to do so again!

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  67. Your quilt looks great! It is 39 degrees and raining and then raining some more!

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  68. it is 66 degrees here in Northern Virginia but feels much warmer...not sure what happened to spring. thank you for the giveaway1

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  69. i'm a follower! I would like to learn French but I think it may be hopeless.

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  70. I follow you like a lamb!

    I have learnt several languages - it's my thing. Learning Mandarin at the moment - trouble is don't remember it so well nowadays. Would love to learn Spanish and Russian...

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  71. the temperature is near 60 and rainy off and on today.

    mindingmomma(at)aol(dot)com

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  72. I really love that quilt. It is 2C where I am today and 3C where I live. A snowstorm is on the way too.

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  73. I am a follower and would love to learn Spanish or Italian.

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  74. I follow you on bloglovin'. I'd like to learn Italian.

    mindingmomma(at)aol(dot)com

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  75. Oh the weather here is frightful. It poured just as we got out of the car today.

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  76. I'm a follower {but I think you probably know that already}.
    I think I'd like to learn Italian.

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  77. That's one stunning quilt! Congrats on this beautiful piece of work!
    It's lovely weather today with sun and a clear sky and temperatures in the 50s.
    Thanks for the chance!

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  78. It's not brilliant here. After a couple of sunny days, we're back to a dreary, grey 9C, and we'll likely get rain within the next hour or so. No doubt it will last all weekend. Thanks for the chance to win such pretty, cheery fabric.

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  79. And, I'm a follower. I'd like to learn Spanish. And then I'd like to spend my winters in a place where it is spoken!

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  80. Fabulous quilt.It`s a warm weather today with sun and bright day and temperature was 22ºC.Thanks for the giveawat!!

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  81. I would love to improve my spoken English and learn more French.

    I do follow.Thanks for the chance.

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  82. Beautiful quilt and I would love to try the Oakshotts fabric. It is cold 34degrees in Michigan. What happened to global warming?
    Shawn

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  83. Hi there. Great interesting quilt. I love the fabric with the fifties style dresses on. The weather on the south coast of UK is 12 degrees c as I type this. Thankfully getting warmer even though its raining - but I do not mind the rain. thanks for the chance to win the Oakshott

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  84. Hi again
    I do follow your blog on bloglovin. I would love to learn Icelandic because it sounds so quirky. And who doesn't love Bjorks accent when she speaks English. I wonder how a British accent sounds to the Icelanders - probably not as cool!

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  85. Temperature, 33 and sleeting. Yuck! Thanks for the chance to win the Oakshott Cottons

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  86. I follow your blog in RSS reader. I learned Italian in college, but haven't kept it up.

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  87. It's in the high 60's and drizzly here. Those shot cottons are gorgeous! I love your quilt.

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  88. I am a follower. I really wish I knew more Spanish. There have been so many times I could have used it. I studied French in school and almost never use any of it.

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  89. Apparently it has been 9 degrees here in this part of East Sussex. The pouring rain has meant I haven't ventured out much. Positively balmy in comparison to the snow last week.

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  90. The temperature in Sunny NC (USA) is just above 80 Ferenheight.

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  91. I need to learn Spanish -- mine is very broken. I would like to learn Russian or Japaneese

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  92. It was around 14°C here in southwestern Germany today, or about 57°F. It's finally beginning to feel like spring!

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  93. And I follow your blog in my RSS reader. Obviously I speak English (my mother tongue is German), and I learnt a little French as well, which I'd like to re-learn since we moved close to the border with France a year ago.

    Thanks for the great giveaway!

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  94. Gorgeous, gorgeous quilt Alison! Love the border especially. Must have a go at those oakshotts one day. I think it was about 8 degrees up here and pretty miserable and grey :(

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  95. It was 10 degrees here today in Kerry and sunny as well :)

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  96. it's in the 60's in ga. today, yesterday it was in the 80's

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  97. English is my first language. In Ireland we learn Irish also. I did French and Italian in school as well :)

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  98. The temp. is about 57 today. Brrr. Still cold for spring. Love your quilt. The solids glow against your funky black background fabrics!

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  99. I follow you wonderful blog on google and on bloglovin too! Love all the wonderful pics of your quilts with the island in the background. If I were to learn a second language it'd probably be Spanish so I could figure out what my kids are saying to me when they are taking their spanish classes.:)

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  100. This quilt is so fun. It's a pity I can't see it in person, I can imagine how the shot cotton glows.
    And it was lovely 15C today (59F?) - finally spring (only a few days ago we still had 0C).

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  101. I LOVE this. The colors are perfect. The weather here is pretty much just like it normally is, sunny and 70 degrees :)

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  102. Oakshott is awesome! Great quilt! Thanks for the chance to wim :)

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  103. You know I'm a follower! If I were to learn a second language it would probably be German. I don't know why, but I have always been fascinated it and my husband's grandmother immigrated from Germany during WW2 so that made me even more interested.

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  104. I am a follower! It's about 80 here.

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  105. Of course I'm a follower of your blog.
    Well, if we assume that I know English well enough (my mother tongue is Polish), the language I'd love to learn would be Swedish (I had a 2-year course but I'm starting to forget it). Oh, and learning Dutch would be great, too.

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  106. Long and dreary winter here too in Northern IN....40 degrees right now and another grey day....itching for a bit of warmth! Would love to try the Oakshott cottons! Thanks for posting.

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  107. Long and dreary winter here too in Northern IN....40 degrees right now and another grey day....itching for a bit of warmth! Would love to try the Oakshott cottons! Thanks for posting.

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  108. The temperature right now in my part of MD is 59, which is great. Because yesterday it was in the 90s!

    windowfog [at] gmail [dot] com

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  109. I believe it was an imperfect 10 today - sunshine and showers.
    Love the square quilt!

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  110. Oooh I'd love to have learnt Japanese, so much more exciting than French!

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  111. We have also had a miserable spring. Today it is 36F (2C) in Minnesota.

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  112. I would love to try some shot cottons, its 22c here this morning, absolutely lovely!!

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  113. It's about plus 1 Celcius here in Southern Manitoba. We still have LOTS of snow and just yesterday got another inch or so.

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  114. It would be fun to learn French. Or Spanish. Or Norwegian. But then I'd want to use it every day so I wouldn't forget it! I'm a follower.

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  115. Sigh. 32 F in NH and snow! I've been dying to try the Oakshott cottons. The colors, as in your quilt, are just luscious.

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  116. the temp here is about 50 degrees. it is no fun.

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  117. While the high in Colorado Springs today was 54 degrees F, on Tuesday the high was 19 with wind chill of -10. No kidding.

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  118. it's in the 80s today in Redding, CA.
    thanks for the give-away!
    themessymouse@gmail.com

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  119. if i could learn another language it would be Basque: one of the few languages in the world that is an isolate-not related to any other language families...
    thanks for the give-away!
    themessymouse@gmail.com

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  120. It's 38 degree in Malaysia here. Hot..

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  121. The temperature is 65 degrees and sunny here. I've only used the Kaffe shot cotton and I love the colors. I've been meaning to try these. Love your quilts.

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  122. Well, I just got home from a quilt show about 1 hr down the road, and it said 86 on the car thermometer! To warm for me!

    That Oakshot looks devine!

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  123. If I could learn another language, it would be spanish!

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  124. Sorry to say it but it is a lovely 30 degrees C here in Indonesia today and lovely and sunny! Gorgeous quilt :-)

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  125. I am a happy follower and I am trying to learn Indonesian :-)

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  126. We had freezing rain this morning, merely rain in he afternoon, and a balmy 5 degrees C by supper. Lovely April day (not).

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  127. It's 34 degrees Fahrenheit here in Minnesota! (and of course it had to snow again, after it was all melted in the first place.)

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  128. It's a sunny 15 degrees here! Celsius, lol.

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  129. And I'd love to learn Japanese overnight! Would come in handy, haha!

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  130. 80 degrees here in NC...love it!
    boppiesgirl at gmail dot com

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  131. I really do hope that someday I'll be in the right place at the right time and with enough spending money to get to come home with some Oakshot cottons. I do love the way they look.
    57 here in New Mexico--fortunately, our highest wind gust was "only" 29 mph--but spring and winds are inevitably linked where I live!

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  132. -7 this morning when I left for work. 0 now. (Both celcius)

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  133. I am of course a follower. I like how your quilt turned out. I would love to be proficient in Japanese.

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  134. Love your Oakshott quilt - the colours look amazing with the B&W prints. It is still raining here but is a warmish 22 deg C.

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  135. And I would love to learn Italian - I started classes a few years ago but the teacher moved away.

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  136. I am in Cincinnati today and it is too cold. Started out about 40 and didn't get much over 50. Plus, lots of wind! But -- went to a quilt show so it's all good!

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  137. I am a follower. Italian would be nice to learn, my great grandparents came from there.

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  138. The high today was 84 degrees in Columbia, SC. Currently it is 62 degrees and I'm enjoying some coffe on the front porch reading blogs. :)
    mrs(dot)hbraun(at)gmail(dot)com

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  139. I would love to learn Czech! My dad has some of my Great Great Grandfathers letters and books including a Bible from the Czech Republic.
    mrs(dot)hbraun(at)gmail(dot)com

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  140. How I dream of owning some Oakshotts one day! We are heading into Winter here so its a rather dull 21 C (69 F) with a gusty wind! Never mind - we had a great Summer! I hope you do too!

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  141. I'm a follower- I would love to be a more proficient and fluent speaker of French!

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  142. Its getting cooler as we head toward winter - about 15 Celsius today!

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  143. I'm a follower - I'd love to learn Spanish - pretty hopeless at languages though!

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  144. It's 16.2 deg centigrade here today, autumn is definitely well and truly here.

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  145. It was about 8 degrees C today and rainy

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  146. I'm a follower and my choice of a second language would be Gaelic

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  147. I already speak passable French and a fair bit of Spanish but i would rally like to learn some Punjabi!

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  148. It was a moderate 55 here today, spring is one the way.

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  149. I am a follower of your blog. Would like to be able to read French so I could read Jules Verne novels as they were originally written.

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  150. It was a nippy 69F here in San Diego ;)

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  151. My second entry as a follower ;) fingers are crossed now for sure! If there was the time to learn a second language, I think I'd pick Italian. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  152. It's between 75 and 80 today where I live in California. :) Spring has definitely sprung.

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  153. It is supposed to go up to 12C here today. Spring may finally have sprung. Yay!!!

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  154. I am a happy follower, thanks for the chance to win some Oakshott! I would love to learn Italian and visit my husband's relatives in Italy. Have a great weekend! xo

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  155. I am a follower. If I was to learn another language I would like to become proficient in Greek. Might have something to do with always wanting a little island cottage and warm evenings eating calamari down by the sea.

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  156. 24C in Auckland New Zealand - we are at the end of a very long hot summer drought. Love the quilt.
    bassettkay(at)xtra(dot)co(dot)nz

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  157. Beautiful colours in the Oakshot pack. I always wanted to learn Russian when I was younger.

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  158. My thermostat in the conservatory says 14 degrees which is pretty nice, makes a change from 6!

    kerryATpenny-dog.co.uk
    blog.pennydog.com

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  159. I'm a follower. We're emigrating to Canada so I wish I wasn't dyslexic in French as I'd scored more points on the emigration test! I used to be pretty good at German though but forgotten a lot of it.

    kerryATpenny-dog.co.uk
    blog.pennydog.com

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  160. What a beautiful beautiful quilt! I am in Helsinki, it is a balmy +1 degree here today and the snow is finally starting to melt. The excitement at seeing a patch of mud yesterday is incredible!

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  161. I am a follower and I can speak Finnish

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  162. It is a sunny 8 degrees i have got my washing out side lovely to see that bright thing in the sky :)))

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  163. I follow you and i speak Italian could do with a bit of brushing up :))meaning i need to get over there on hol :))

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  164. I am a follower and it is 49 degrees (F) in drizzly Auburn, Washington (south of Seattle). The sky is the color of cement. That is spring in Washington state. I took French for 3 years in high school and wish I retained more of it. My teacher was Polish by birth, married a Norwegian, taught French and German at the high school, also spoke Spanish and Russian and was having our Vietnamese foreign exchange student teach her that language. We Americans are slackers when it comes to foreign languages.

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  165. Its70 degrees and sunny here in San Diego.....as usual. Love the shot cottons!

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  166. yesterday was a snowstorm and ice storm, but today is a balmy 3 degrees :)

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  167. This is a gorgeous quilt! Love the combination of the Oakshott with the black and white prints. Great finish!

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  168. Today is a rather summery 8 degrees! ie warm if you sit inside in a patch of sunlight - but bloody brass monkeys if you are not wearin the prerequisite woolly jumper and woolly socks and quilt, and the sun goes behind a cloud....

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  169. Oh and I'm a follower who would really love some oakshott :-) ta x

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  170. Yes I follow you, and I would like to learn Spanish .

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  171. I don't know what shot cotton is, sounds interesting, I will have to look for some or win some.
    We are -1 here today but we still have several feet of snow, ugh so tired of this long winter.

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  172. We've had lovely weather today - not especially warm but lovely and bright. Enough to get out into the garden at LAST!!! Thanks for this chance, fingers crossed.

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  173. It is 70 and sunny in eastern North Carolina... Beautiful weather! Unfortunately I am inside due to a baby sleeping on my lap that I am afraid to move.

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  174. I am a follower, and would learn Italian so I can know what my husband's family is saying.

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  175. Well it was 46F here outside of Seattle a minute ago but its dropped down to 45F while I was writing this! Thank you so much for the giveaway!

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  176. I am a follower, and I'd learn Spanish because it would sure be the most useful language (I have the Rosetta stone CDs, I just don't seem to have the motivation...maybe I should listen to them while I sew!)

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  177. I am a follower - I loved Italy when I visited in 1983 so I guess it would be Italian as I'd really like to go back and spend more time there!

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  178. The temperature here (in western Sydney) today is predicted to be 29°C (84°F) but it's only 19°C (66°F) now (at 10am). We are in the middle of autumn, staring down the barrel towards winter but since the temperature then can be as warm as it is right now, I don't think we have too much to complain about!)

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  179. IMANI drove from the coast of the US where I live to the mountains today. I think it was supposed to be around 80 degrees at home today and it was around 70 in the mountains. It's beautiful.

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  180. I'm a happy follower. I took Spanish in school but I'd love to be able to speak Italian.

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  181. It is a cold cloudy day here in columbus Ohio linhs4real@aol.com

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  182. I just became a follower and I would love to be fluent in French

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  183. What an awesome quilt!! :)
    We woke up to a winter wonderland today - wet heavy snow. But it warmed up to 5C this afternoon with some sun, so most of it melted. I am soooo tired of the snow - I just wish it would go away til November...

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  184. I'm already a follower & would like to be fluent in French. :)

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  185. It was 70 and sunshine here today - I loved it! :)

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  186. And I'm a follower via google reeder. I've spent a lot of time studying French for my area of history, but I don't really have anyone to practice my speaking skills on. :-/ I would definitely like to brush up on that!

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