The lovely team from the studio at Alice Caroline have all been choosing new Liberty FQ bundles. They are all pretty yummy but I wonder which is your favourite?
We really LOVE choosing new Liberty FQ bundles here – it’s one of the favourite things to do. The ladies are vying to choose a pack that will be loved by you the most. We are wondering which is going to win your heart. Make sure you follow us and let us know which is your favourite on Instagram and Facebook for the chance to win one of these lovely bundles.
Here are some of the reasons why our lovely team have chosen their bundles.
Dawn “My selection really started from my favourites in the Spring / Summer 17 collection (Reef C and Sea Rose C). I love the colour combinations in these fabrics and selected coordinating fabrics to go with them. I had lots to choose from!”
Palmira “I chose my bundle as its colourful, joyful and because I love pinks, oranges and purples together.”
Hilary “I wanted to choose something bright and colourful. I love oranges and wanted to base my pack around them.”
Sara “I really love the blue Felicite and decided to base my bundle around it. I find blues so calming and I though this was a very pretty selection.”
You can see the full choice of new Liberty FQ bundles here.
Oh my word – there are so many gorgeous new Liberty Classics in this new collection which is out NOW….
It’s so exciting in the studio at the moment. These beauties arrived the day after the exclusive Alice Caroline collection which means lots of fabric eye candy to choose from at the moment!
I really love the range of colours and fabrics Liberty have chosen. Simply delicious!
Another very exciting thing has happened in the Alice Caroline studio! We are now making jelly roll packs from these new Classics. I absolutely LOVE a jelly roll – hurrah! These are in lovey rainbow colours.
Shop the gorgeous new Liberty Classics 18 collection here
I am so delighted to let you know about my brand new and exclusive Alice Caroline Liberty collection. I’ve been working on this project for about 6 months and am over the moon to be launching it. Imagine what you can make with this….
I’ve designed this collection in collaboration with the Liberty design team and am very proud of this beautiful new range. I hope it gets you as excited as I am about making a whole range of new and pretty projects.
Working closely with Liberty, I’ve chosen my favourite prints and created a collection of gorgeous new colourways which are now available exclusively here. There are 16 stunning Liberty prints in the ‘Alice Caroline Exclusive Collection’. These include brand new colourways of some of your favourites – Betsy, Mitsi, Margaret Annie, June’s Meadow, Poppy and Daisy as well as some very exciting printed patchworks which have never been seen before.
The two printed patchworks are especially exciting as these are brand new for both Liberty and Alice Caroline. In one of the patchwork prints Katherine and I have revived our favourite purples in this stunning collection of much loved and vintage prints. The other patchwork print brings together the beautiful Alice Caroline exclusive prints in some stunning tones and colours.
This project is an absolute dream come true for me as a designer. It was such an honour to go to London and work directly with the designers of Liberty fabric to develop this new collection. I can’t wait to get sewing with the gorgeous new fabrics. My list of projects and ideas is endless! The collection is something completely new and fresh that you will have never seen before and I hope the prints inspire lots of new sewing projects!
Make sure you send us images of the beautiful things you make with the collection.
Shop the full Exclusive Alice Caroline Liberty Collection here.
I am really excited to announce a brand new collaboration between the studio here and renowned textile artist Jayne Emerson in this lovely Liberty Valentine Hearts Workshop. Come along to the Alice Caroline studio in Gloucestershire on February 10th and take part in what will be a great day of fabric filled fun.
This patchwork technique looks complicated but is incredibly easy once you know how! Bring along your sewing machine for a wonderful morning in the studio. You will choose 5 fabrics to work with and then learn how make these beautiful patchwork cards.
This lovely workshop will be run by renowned textile artist Jayne Emerson – Jayne has been designing textiles for the past twenty years and has sold her designs to a wide range of clients from Chanel to John Lewis. She loves to share her knowledge through workshops where you can learn a variety of textile techniques. Her workshops encourage experimentation and happy accidents – nothing is ever precise and rarely is a way of working considered wrong!
If you don’t own a sewing machine don’t worry, just let us know and you can borrow one of ours. You will leave with at least 5 cards, maybe more!
This will be the first in a series of monthly workshops that will show you how to innovatively use your scraps of fabric through different textile techniques.
Book onto the Liberty Valentine Hearts Workshop here
Also available: Liberty Flowers March 10th 10am – 12 noon
A beautiful workshop making handmade flowers which look so pretty and never fade. This will be the second in a series of monthly workshops that will show you how to innovatively use your scraps of fabric through different textile techniques with Textile designer Jayne Emerson. Book here.
Drift away with the beautiful new Castaway Liberty Collection – spring / summer 2017. I am so excited about this collection – every single print is pretty beyond words. There is something so calming about the sea which makes this a wonderful subject to base the new spring / summer Liberty collection on.
Inspired by the imaginings and solitary musings from a deserted tropical island, CASTAWAY captures the enchanting world of aquatic flora and fauna, vast ocean horizons and a menagerie of tropical delights in a charming collection of island prints.
CASTAWAY captures the enchanting world of aquatic flora and fauna, vast ocean horizons and a menagerie of tropical delights in a charming collection of island prints.
Explore the underwater kingdom of marine corals, swimming paisleys and swirling shoals of fish, discover memories captured on the pages of a journal to the soothing sounds of ocean spray, or wonder at the carnival of glistening constellations and spiralling planets revealed by an endless night sky.
I am really excited about this new collection – it is simply one of the most beautiful collections I have seen. The collection has been inspired by the sea and island living, which, is an endless source of beautiful patterns and designs. This collection is perfect for all kinds of sewers and quilters.
I’ve specially designed some lovely new fat quarter selection packs from the new Castaway Liberty Collection – the fabrics complement so well in this collection.
I hope that you love this collection as much as I do – exciting projects using this collection start on the blog next week. Shop the Castaway Collection here.
We are so excited to tell you about our trip to the SOS Children’s Village in Hemeius, Romania, to donate Liberty quilts, each made with love.
We have had a fantastic response to our Quilt SOS project. Launched in July this year, the overwhelming enthusiasm for the project has ensured that we will be running it again in 2017.
By November we received 47 unique, beautiful quilts, each one stitched by a wonderful and warm-hearted lady.
Seeing the quilts stack up in our office, the anticipation for our trip grew. We’re excited to show each quilt in forthcoming blogs and we’ll share some of the stories from our makers.
Our three day trip to deliver the quilts was a mission! At 3am on Monday morning we set off to the airport with a loaded car. We flew to Bucharest with Ryanair, who very kindly donated the baggage allowance for our enormous cargo. Having collected our hire car, we packed it up to begin the 200 mile drive north to Bacau County, where Hemeius is situated. Along the way, we couldn’t resist stopping to photograph some of the quilts against the Romanian landscape.
As soon as we got out of Bucharest, our journey took us through farmland almost all of the way. Wine, onions and potatoes were for sale on the roadside, and when we stopped over for dinner and some sleep, we talked to our waiter Andrei about the extraordinarily delicious flavour of the fruit and vegetables – he was passionately proud of the local produce, and in a mad moment we pondered how we could take sacks of potatoes home with us (the moment passed).
We saw many beautiful domed churches along the way, but also witnessed the tough conditions in that part of the world; the Hemeius SOS Village is in one of the poorest areas of Romania. The children cared for within the village face the challenges of trauma and abandonment, but also the realities of an economically deprived environment. The love and care offered by the village’s SOS mothers offers hope and support against this backdrop. With this project our aim was, in whatever way we could, to show our own support with the warmth and brightness of a quilt for each child.
We received a very warm welcome from Rodica, an amazing social worker, who explained the setup of the village. Rather than a big impersonal orphanage, the model of the charity is to build a village where 6-7 children live in each house, as a family with an SOS mother. She also told us about the kinds of issues the children face and about the SOS mothers, whose work it is to raise the children every day with enormous love and compassion.
We visited the village in the late afternoon, when all of the children were back from school and their varied after-school activities. We were really honoured to be invited into the children’s homes, taking a bag of quilts to each of the seven houses.
Welcomed with biscuits and sweets, we sat with each family as Rodica explained the story of why two English ladies had appeared in their living room with a massive mystery bag! Unknown to us, we had arrived on Sfântul Nicolae, the day when children wake up to find out whether Saint Nicholas (Father Christmas) has left a gift in their shoe placed by the front door.
Eyes widened as the bags were opened up and we spread the quilts out for the children to choose. I’m not sure we will ever forget the children’s faces; some were very shy, hanging back before choosing; some knew straight away which was the one for them; one girl spent a long time deliberating, stroking the fabrics, saying ‘they’re too beautiful, how can I decide?!’. Quilts were hugged into chests, or held out delightedly; examined for the hidden messages from some quilters; pored over for details in the fabrics or in the designs. One boy, who had run up to us when we first entered the village clutching a tiny, fluffy puppy, wrapped his quilt around his shoulders and danced around, the traditional ‘my team’s scored a goal’ dance. Whether young or teenaged, we were moved by the many expressions of pleasure and happiness brought by their new quilts, to be kept forever.
The children pictured here were happy to be photographed, but we took few photographs at the village. We felt privileged to be meeting them in the private surroundings of their family home and took the decision to prioritise their privacy over our wish for images. Thank you to Rodica, the mothers and all of the children, it was a delight to meet all of you.
Partnering with SOS Children’s Villages has been a brilliant experience. They are a fantastic charity at the forefront of supporting children in need around the world. Their work over the past 67 years has focused on caring for orphaned and abandoned children, and children whose parents can no longer care for them. They also work in communities to support families at risk of breaking apart. Creating a stable, loving environment for a child is their priority, so that they flourish and reach their full potential; we were very lucky to see this in action during our trip.
Anna in the studio has made this dreamy cot quilt from the Garden of Dreams Collection. It’s for baby Fen – the most adorable baby I’ve seen in a long time. Fen loves the quilt and plays and rolls around on it in the daytime and snuggles underneath at night.
The Garden of Dreams collection is perfect for quilt making and perfect for cot quilts too. The combination of small florals and bold designs make it bright and sensory to capture the attention of little people.
Dreamy cot quilt fabrics used:
Anna has used a selection of the Garden of Dreams fabrics for the front of the quilt and it is backed in Flowers A
This beautiful collection is based around the poems in Robert Louis Stevenson’s ‘A Child’s Garden of Versus’ and was designed specially for childrenswear. There are gorgeous flowers and patterns that capture your childhood memories in Liberty designs. As it was designed for childrenswear it is absolutely perfect for a baby quilt.
The front is based on squares and there are 48 in total on the front of the quilt (6 squares by 8 squares)
It’s bound and backed in Flowers A which is really vibrant and fun. This is matched in the front of the quilt pattern by bringing contrasting fabrics in with this.
I hope you have been inspired to make something wonderful from the Garden of Dreams collection – whether it’s a cot quilt or something inspired by one of these beautiful prints.
The finished quilt is really lovely and am sure will make baby Fen very happy for years to come. A quilt like this makes an heirloom for years to come and knowing that it’s made from Liberty fabric is a wonderful thing.
I am excited to announce that we are holding another one of our really popular Liberty Remnant Sale days this November. It’s on Saturday 19th November 2016 starting online at 9am and in store 10am – 4pm. Hurray – there will be lots of Liberty bargains on offer!
I have loved seeing you at our sale days in the past and it’s so great to meet you. I love to hear about all of the wonderful sewing projects you have on the go. I have delved deep into my huge stores of Liberty fabric to bring you another new massive selection for this sale day. Come along to grab yourself some big Liberty bargains.
Fabric prices for the Liberty Remnant Sale are:
Tana Lawn – will be priced at £11 per metre – which is around 50% discounted off the original Liberty price.
Silks – will be £16.50 – 66% discounted off the original price.
Please come and see us – my studio is based in Gloucestershire (address below) opposite the Yew Tree pub in Conderton. If you can’t make a visit to the studio then visit my website on the day where there will be a separate online sale.
Hope to see you there! Love Alice x
Studio address: Alice Caroline, Darkes Barn East, Conderton, Tewkesbury, Glos, GL20 5PP, UK
After a long anticipated wait, finally, the official release date for the collection is here. This means that we can finally sell this stunning collection to you. Thank you for waiting!
I love this Liberty collection so much – it’s a collection of original Liberty designs for childrenswear based on the poems of Robert Louis Stevenson in ‘A Child’s Garden of Verses’.
Written in 1885, ‘A Child’s Garden of Verses’ gives a wonderful insight into the minds and lives of children, and this simply beautiful collection captures all of your childhood memories using Liberty designs created specially for childrenswear. The collection is based around the magical world of a child and their thoughts and dreams – a magical world beneath the flowers and leaves, where tiny creatures played hide and seek and ate miniature picnics atop toadstools with bluebirds that brought strawberries to the feast.
I have been so excited about this wonderful collection for such a long time now. It’s simply beautiful and has lovely links to the poems of Robert Louis Stevenson. I remember reading the series of beautiful children’s poetry when I was a child and it’s the perfect inspiration for a childrenwear collection. The fabrics really take you back in time and have such a cute retro feel to them. I can’t wait to make children’s clothes and quilts from the gorgeous fabrics. I’ve also created some lovely fat quarter packs from the collection.
You can buy the Liberty Collection Garden of Dreams fabrics here.
Sorry to mention the ‘C’ word everyone but I wanted to give you some ideas for a Liberty Christmas! I know, I know, it’s only October but I do like to plan ahead especially when it comes to making lovely Liberty Christmas things! Planning for Christmas is my favourite time of the year and so I thought I would share some of my designs with you.
So here they are – my Liberty Christmas range of things to make for the home. Some of these are from last year but there are some brand new Christmassy things to make including a great Christmas Cushion, and my personal favourite a lovelyLiberty Stocking.
This stocking kit is really pretty and has such wonderful Christmas colours. You get everything you need in this kit to make this lovely Liberty stocking. It’s a great little patchwork project and is one you can give to a friend or family member for them to hang out for Santa.
Here’s my kit to make two Christmas Cushions also in the lovely Liberty Christmas colours of the stocking. Brighten any room during the festive season with these stunning cushions.
The Liberty Christmas Table:
I’ve designed a Liberty Placemat too which will make a lovely centrepiece for the Christmas table. You get enough fabric to make two placemats in the kit. You can choose to place the Liberty stars anywhere you wish depending on the look you would like.