We are having an online Liberty Remnant Fabric Sale – starting Saturday 23rd July at 9am BST. (EST 04:00, AWST: 16:00, AEST 18:00)
Join us online on Saturday 23rd July for the start of our special Liberty remnant sale! We are offering lots of remnants for this new sale starting at 9am BST – hurray we hear you cry! There will be loads of Liberty bargains available which are brand new – we have lots of one off wonders which you won’t find elsewhere.
We have had yet another incredible delivery of Liberty of London remnants which includes one-offs, vintage, cords, silks, jersey and Tana Lawn by the truck load! There’s so much fabric you will never have seen before and we’ve got it all for sale at a stunning price – please help us by taking some of it off our hands!
The remnants will all be at a super special price – 50% off the usual Liberty price per metre. Visit the remnant sectionof our website for the sale next Saturday 23rd July at 9am BST.
The New Silk Road Liberty Collection is out now – this collection takes you on a sensual journey re-discovering Liberty’s Oriental beginnings. Influences from both Eastern and Western cultures merge to create a beautiful collection of opulent Ottoman Paisley’s, mirage mosaiques, intricate Indian laces and delicate Oriental florals.
Here are some of the vibrant and Oriental prints from the New Silk Road Liberty Collection:
Tree of Eden shows the vibrant and intriguing plant life of an imagined Eastern paradise. This intricate design with fine line detail captures a diversity of unusual flora including fruits, berries and leaves.
Celebrating the visual spectacle offered by the bustling nature of Turkish souks and markets, Grand Bazaar is a sensational visual show of pattern and colour.
The Woven Leaves – taking the motif of the leaf, this ornamental design depicts the woven detail meticulously created as the warp and weft yarns unite, forming a plethora of pattern and texture.
Anise C – This playful all-over print with delicate, hand drawn detail dazzles with a tropical display of colour and vibrancy.
Delilah A – With trailing vines and bursting blooms this design depicts a nomadic floral migration mimicking the winding desert paths connecting the numerous bodies of water, vast plains of land and the oasis of the lush Himalaya mountain desert along the Silk Route.
There are lots more prints in the New Silk Road Liberty Collection – shop the collection here.
I am so excited to tell you about my latest project Quilt SOS. This wonderful new project is making quilts for orphaned Romanian children and the families that are now looking after them. But I need your help!
What could be better than to make quilts for people who are really in need of them? We have so much in our lives that we forget that there are people in the world who have virtually nothing. So, if you love to sew and more importantly, if you love to quilt, then please sign up to make a quilt for my Quilt SOS project. Let’s all make a quilt for people who desperately need them.
SOS Children’s Villages– this wonderful charity provides homes to orphaned children. Each child is looked after by a ‘mother’ in a home within the SOS Children’s village. There are villages in 125 countries around the world and the charity works hard towards every child growing up in a loving family home so that they flourish and reach their full potential. They have been helping the world’s most vulnerable children for over 65 years.
How the Quilt SOS project works:
Option 1: Purchase one of our SOS quilt packs, make the quilt and receive a £65 voucher to use on our website. Buy a special SOS Quilt packhere.
Option 2: Use your own Liberty stash, make the quilt and receive a £30 voucher to use on our website.
(Only Liberty fabrics, or Liberty fabrics mixed with up to 50% plains may be used)
Please note: you will need to provide the backing fabric and wadding yourself. The backing fabric can be any brand of fabric, plain or patterned. Please use your preferred wadding.
Quilt SOS Exhibition in the Liberty of London Store:
We will be having a special exhibition of the Quilt SOS quilts made by you in the Liberty of London store later on this year before I take your beautiful quilts to Romania just before Christmas. Your work will be on display for the visitors of Liberty’s famous London store to see – that’s quite exciting too. If you want your quilt to be considered for the Liberty store exhibition then we will need to have it returned to us by 16th September. The later deadline for quilts is 21st October.
Come on you brilliant sewers – let’s all get quilting for my Quilt SOS project! Sign up here
Sarah from the studio has been sewing again – she’s made this pretty Liberty top. We love Liberty tops here and it’s a common thing on a Monday to see a new top in the studio from at least one of us. Whenever a new collection comes in we pour through the fabrics to see what would make a nice top.
I think you’ll agree that this one is lovely – I’ve always loved Archive Lilac from the Alice In Wonderland spring / summer 2015 collection. It took Sarah only a couple of hours to make which means you can choose your fabric and have a top to go out in on the same day!
The fabric for your pretty Liberty top – Archive Lilac:
The beautiful floral design of this fabric is taken from a tiny paper sample in the Liberty archive. It takes inspiration from Alice’s (from Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland) journey through the Garden of Live Flowers, where flowers talk and chatter and help her on her way. It’s a really pretty fabric with wonderfully large lilac flowers showering the design. It makes a perfect design for dressmaking.
The pattern is from New Look K6035 and was really easy to make – it’s just a front and a back piece and then edged with a simple bias binding all around the top. It’s got a pleat at the top edge and two small slits at the sides which make the top very flattering around your shape (no clinging to the hips!).
Liberty fabric makes bias binding much easier to make. The quality and high thread count means that it stretches really easily across the bias. For bias binding, always cut the fabric at a 45 degree angle across the fabric which gives it the stretch to go around the corners.
Last weekend, I made this really quick Liberty Pony Dress for my daughter’s friend Annabel. It was her ninth birthday (Happy Birthday Annabel!) and there’s no better present than a home made one.
This is one of my absolute favourite Liberty designs and is always really popular with little girls. It is Annabel’s favourite Liberty fabric too, so it was an easy choice to make and perfect for this Liberty pony dress. It’s called Emolly Can Can and is an amazing Liberty print with ponies and carousels. See if you can spot the different Liberty prints in the pattern!
The dress pattern for the Liberty pony dress is taken from my book Little lady Liberty, but essentially is a really easy pattern – you just add fabric and detail onto a pre-bought T-shirt or pretty vest top. To get started, simply choose the vest top you love and a fabric to match. Buy my book to see the full instructions.
Here’s the detail of one of the ponies I cut out from the fabric to enhance the dress top.
Joining the pretty vest top to the fabric skirt is really easy – use a simple gather stitch and then sew around the middle section. This is a great project to make with your daughter or grandchild for a present. A special friend will love to receive this – I hope you like it Annabel!
When Sew Magazine contacted me to say they needed some fabric to make beautiful Easy Sew Liberty Tops – of course I said yes. You can never have too much Liberty and I love to see what other people are going to make from some of the many fabrics I have in the studio here.
Sew Magazine are giving away this free pattern in their June edition so pick up a copy to make yourself a lovely Liberty top in, what they claim, an hour. It’s dressmaking for beginners or if you are an experienced one looking for a quick project. The pattern has five design variations including a range of necklines to choose from.
This top looks so pretty in the Reflections fabric – super contemporary and fresh.
Reflections A – this is a really magical abstract print from the new Spring Summer 2016b collection – The Artist. It has a dense layering of textured speckles and marbled polka dots. You can buy it here.
Mist Hot Pink – this is SUCH a gorgeous print – the fabulous Mitsi in the hot in colour way looks completely amazing on this top. You can buy it here.
I love it when magazines use Liberty fabric to design new projects and clothes – sometimes it is hard to visualise what a fabric will look like when made up into a garment so it’s great to see them being used in lots of different ways.
I thought I would share my Liberty Summer Bags range with you today as they make a great sewing project in the run up to summer. Some of them can be made in just a few hours and you can have a lovely new bag for your holidays or just to brighten up an outfit.
This lovely Market Tote Bag Kit (shown above) is my newest bag design – I’m especially pleased with this one as it really is in great colours for the summer. I’ve added hot pink webbing to the outside of the bag to give it a great fresh look. The inside of the bag is finished with French seams which makes it nice and neat, meaning that threads don’t get caught. The fabric is the classic Liberty Ianthe but in a stronger canvas fabric which is great for a tote bag.
Some fabrics are just too beautiful to cut up so I’ve made this Liberty Wholecloth Quilt from two of my absolute favourites. There’s nothing quite like Tresco and Wildflowers as Liberty prints – they are simply stunning and I wanted to make a whole cloth quilt out of these peachy new colour ways of these popular prints.
These prints are from the Contemporary Classic collection recently launched by Liberty. These are some of the most popular Liberty prints from the past but are produced in lovely new colour ways.
Wild Flowers – designed by Su Blackwell this beautiful Liberty print is a recollection of early childhood journeys across the British landscape in discovery of native flora. This joyous Liberty fabric was initially inspired by illustrations from an early 19th century book, ‘Field Guide to Wild Flowers’.
Tresco – is a watercolour print of the study of a selection of flowers, ferns and succulents from the windswept sand dunes and landscaped borders of the Abbey Garden. This Liberty fabric represents the rich collection of plants gathered from around the globe.
1.Making a Liberty Wholecloth Quilt is a simple quilting project – decide on what size you want your quilt to be and buy the relevant amount of fabric to suit. You will also need to buy the batting to go inside your two sides of fabric to make the quilt sandwich.
2.Make up the quilt sandwich making sure you iron out any creases first as these can fold over and cause double stitching of the fabric. I pin the quilt sandwich together at regular intervals using safety pins and then I start quilting. You can quilt this yourself buy using any design you choose or you could send it away to be long arm quilted.
3.Bind the quilt by using one of the fabrics in the quilt, or a fabric which contrasts with the front and back of the quilt.
I’ve made this Scrappy Strips Liberty Cushion from the leftover fabric from the Liberty Boho Quilt. I had such fun making the quilt so I thought I would give random quilting another go in a lovely cushion. The combination of hearts, flowers and geometrics make for a vibrant and fun cushion.
A cushion like this is really great for a wide variety of uses – for a garden chair for outdoors or to brighten any chair or sofa in your home. I’ve used the off cut fabrics from the quilt which are from the spring / summer 2016 collection. These are themed around ‘The Artist’ which all take their inspiration from artists such as Monet and Hockney. There are some really pretty florals full of rich coloured and delicate flowers, bright tropical prints and marbled geometric hearts – perfect for a cushion like this.
You can buy the fabrics for the quilt and cushion here.
I’ve shown you how to make the Scrappy Strips Liberty Cushion below.
How to make the Scrappy Strips Liberty Quilt:
METHOD: All seams are 1/4″ unless otherwise stated
STEP 1: Cut 1.5″strips of varying lengths (2″ to 5″ long) and sew them together into one long strip. Your finished strip will need to be 236″ long. Press seams to one side
STEP 2: Cut the strip into thirteen 18″ long pieces:
STEP 3: Sew the pieces together to make cushion front
Make the two back pieces of the cushion:
STEP 4: Cut one piece of fabric 17″ long x 13.5″ high (I sewed 2 pieces together, see right side below)
STEP 5: Fold 1/4″ over then 1/2″ at one end press and stitch along fold
STEP 6: Cut one piece of fabric 12″ long x 13.5″ high. Repeat STEP 5
STEP 7: With right sides together pin cushion backs to cushion front, overlapping backs as shown
So, I decided to go completely random with my new Boho Liberty Quilt. I have always wanted to make a quilt where I haven’t got the final picture in my head at the start but just want to go where I felt the fabric take me. This is my attempt at that – and I am super pleased with the result.
My original idea was to make a boho quilt which was a modern quilt and completely random but I do find it quite difficult to go completely off piste so I developed a little method to help me out. I started with 34 different fabric pieces, each scrap (or fat sixteenth) sized: 9″ x 13″ (but you can use however many you want to depending on how much pattern repeat you would like).
The fabric I’ve used is all from the Spring / Summer 2016 Liberty collection – ‘The Artist’ which takes its inspiration from the creative flare of artists across the world. It features florals, abstracts and textures which are colourfully curated in design stories such as The Painter’s Meadow and Fornasetti Forest. I just love the contrast in the colours and patterns in this collection.
I’ve curated a scrap pack which would be a great place to start – you can buy the packhere
This is the back of the Liberty Boho Quilt – I backed it in Posy Landscape Cwhich looks really fresh and contemporary but is still so pretty, it almost looks like a patchwork itself.
My finished quilt size was: 42.5″ x 36″ but his method can be adapted to make any quilt size.
METHOD: There are only 3 types of block, Type 1: single strip, Type 2: 2 pieces combined to make one strip and Type 3: 3 pieces combined to make a strip.
STEP 1: Cut fabric for your Type 1, 2 and 3s.
Type 1: Take your (9″x 13″) scrap and cut a random width (1 to 6″) wide x 9″ tall.
Type 2: Cut one piece a random width by random height (eg 3″w x 4″h) and another piece the same width (3″w x 5.5″h). Once the 2 pieces are sewn together the strip must end up 9″ high. You will be using a seam allowance of 1/4″ so your cut heights must add up to 9.5″ total (to allow for 2 lots of 1/4″ seam allowance). So in the above example 4 + 5.5 = 9.5 wahay! Sew the 2 strips together (along the shortest 3″ edge) to give a strip 3″ x 9″h. This is a completed Type 2 strip.
Type 3: Same method as for a type 2 but you need to cut 3 pieces, the total of the cut heights must add up to 10″. Sew the 3 pieces together, this is a completed Type 3 strip.
Prepare a few types 1, 2 and 3 strips
STEP 2: Sew your Types 1, 2 and 3 together to form a row 36″ wide (or however wide you would like your quilt)
STEP 3: Repeat steps 2 and 3 four more times then sew all 5 rows together.
STEP 4: Lay backing fabric on table, then wadding, then quilt top. Use your preferred method to hold layers together (Safety pin or tack). Quilt all 3 layers together (I stitched straight rows 1.5″ apart across the quilt).
BINDING: I made the binding out of the leftover fabric by cutting 1.5″ strips of the different leftover fabrics (no matter what length they were), then sewing the ends of the strips together and binding as usual.
(Sorry this is not a super detailed tutorial, some quilt knowledge and techniques are presumed)
I hope that this inspires you to give a random quilt a go and to make your own version. This way, you can just choose the fabrics you love and go from there.