Anna from the studio has made this really beautiful ‘SS17 Lovely Liberty Cot Quilt’ from the gorgeous new spring summer 2017 Liberty collection. We all love it when a new collection arrives on the Alice Caroline doorstep and love thinking up projects to make from the wonderful array of prints.
This collection has a lovely palette of patterns and colours to work with. There is a selection of bright and pale sea colours which make a baby quilt the perfect project. This SS17 Lovely Liberty Cot Quilt is for the beautiful Elsie who was born in November. It made a really lovely Christmas present and she’s already snuggled under it during the day.
Eventually, these lovely cot quilts turn into playmats and then make great dolly blankets and tea party table cloths. It’s a present which is an heirloom and will be used for years to come. It may even inspire your loved one to start sewing when they are a little older. A handmade present is one of the best things you can give to a little one.
Fabrics for the SS17 Lovely Liberty Cot Quilt
The fabrics for this quilt have been chosen from the new Spring Summer 2017 ‘Castaway’ collection. The island and sea theme is a lovely one to work with and the colours are beautiful.
You can buy the selection of fabrics for the quilt here. We have put the fabrics together for you to make life easy but you could also choose your own selection from the new Castaway collection here.
The pattern for the quilt is a really simple design of 6 x 8 6 inch squares (you will need a total of 48 squares). Make sure you lay them out in the design you would like before you start sewing. The free pattern for this quilt will be available in the summer.
I really hope that this one will be treasured for years and years.
I love the look of “mercury” glass, all shiny but pretty and vintage at the same time. I thought some mercury glass tealight holders would be nice on our Christmas table, so I went to buy some but found they a can be quite expensive, especially by the time you’ve bought a few! So I figured I’d have a go at making some myself…….
You Will Need:
Glass beakers, dishes or pots, (I got mine from charity shops (thrift stores)), looking glass (mirror) spray (not Chrome, it’s not shiny enough), an empty spray bottle, vinegar, water and kitchen paper towels.
Prepare your vinegar-water spray: fill spray bottle half full with vinegar then fill remaining half with water, replace spray lid.
Step 1: Following the instructions on the looking glass can, spray your chosen glass item lightly with looking glass spray, using a sweeping motion. You are aiming for a very thin first coat. Allow to dry (a few minutes). Don’t worry if you get dips, move the glass around slowly until dry, it just adds to the vintage look.
NB: Spray the inside of your glass item, i.e. the reverse of the side that will be showing. This is because the painted side will be dull but the reverse side will be shiny, strange but true!
Step 2. Repeat step 1 a few more times until you are happy with the coverage. Now spray with the vinegar-water, it will bead on the surface, wait a few minutes…..
Step 3: Wipe the vinegar away with the paper towel, it will remove the paint, giving a distressed look. Experiment with applying different pressures of to the glass with the towel, I found a dab and slight twist of the towel worked well. Don’t worry if you remove too much as you can just start again with more spray! (The pic below shows the dull inside/sprayed side)
That’s it! Pretty silvered glass containers, they also make great gifts.
An alternative method is to spray the vinegar-water first, before the looking glass spray. With this method the silver blisters and is easier to remove, it gives a more distressed look. Try both methods and see which you prefer.
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.
I always struggle to find original presents for the men in my life so I decided that this year, I would make sets of rainbow Liberty hankies for them. This is a really easy project to whip up just before the festive season and is great for using up left over fabric from other projects.
I used up lots of Liberty pieces of fabric from other projects and then used a few extra fabrics from the studio to complete the colours in the rainbow. I’ve made these hankies for the men so have tried to use prints I thought they would like. I’ve snuck a few girly florals in there too – I think you can get away with it for hankies don’t you think?
I’ve used the following fabrics for my rainbow Liberty hankies:
Anna from the office has been busy making this really beautiful Liberty Sweet Sixteen Quilt – it’s still a work in progress but is looking rather lovely don’t you think? It’s not finished yet – the front and back have been sewn but Anna is planning on hand quilting the finished quilt which may take a while – so I thought I would show it now. I’ll show it again when she’s finished – maybe in 2018!
The Liberty Sweet Sixteen Quilt pattern was taken from the fabulous book ‘Antique to Heirloom – Jelly Roll Quilts’ by Pam & Nicky Lintott.
The pattern takes inspiration from antique American quilting from the time of the Great Depression which used fabric scraps and recycled clothes – the tiny squares in this design are perfect for fabric scraps. Anna has used teals and yellows to create the look for her quilt but you could choose any colours you love. You could also go for a random scrap look which is where the design started it’s life.
This lovely traditional quilt pattern uses blocks which are made up of sixteen 2.5″ squares of different fabrics which when sewn together create small 2″ squares. The overall effect of the tiny squares is beautiful and works really well with the Liberty fabrics used. This quilt uses the jelly roll technique – which is really fun to use.
Anna said that it was really easy to make but has taken a while to get to this stage! These large quilts are a long term project and quite an investment of time but the techniques are simple – it’s all straight lines. As long as you make sure your seam allowances are the same all of the time the squares should match up easily. It’s a great beginners guide to jelly roll quilting and the finished result is something you can be really proud of.
You can shop on my website by colour if you wanted to choose a specific colour way to go with your decor. Shop by colour here
The back of the quilt is designed using the strip method with deep Liberty strips which creates a fantastic contrast to the front of the quilt. The quilt is bordered with Glenjade Bwhich is a lovely strong teal colour to use as a striking edge to the quilt.
I will bring you an update on this quilt when it is hand quilted and the binding has been done – I can’t wait to see the finished quilt. I really hope this inspires you to make a big quilt – for your bed or for someone else. I love a good long term project.
I’ve made a Vintage Liberty dress for my daughter’s friend Rose for her 9th birthday – little girls just love pretty dresses and so this was the prefect present. This vintage Liberty dress uses the pattern from my Little Lady Liberty book which is really simple to make.
You simply buy a pretty jersey top and then attach Liberty fabric to the bottom. Choose whichever top you like and choose a fabric to match the colours.
The fabric detail – the fabric is a vintage Liberty (sorry we don’t sell this particular fabric but we have so many others to choose from which would make equally beautiful dresses). This particular fabric is called Bird Song. Buy Liberty fabric here.
I love to add some appliqué detail onto the top so it brings the top and skirt elements together.
Here’s the lovely bird detail in this vintage Liberty dress – I’ve just cut one of the birds out from the vintage Liberty fabric and machine appliquéd it onto the top of the dress. You can hand sew this but it’s quicker on the machine.
Hurray – another lovely hand made present for a very appreciative little girl. Happy birthday Rose!
Here’s our Quilt SOS Progress – how are you getting on with your Quilt SOS quilt projects?
For those of you who don’t know what our new project is – here’s some Quilt SOS Progress news! We are joining up with the amazing charity SOS Children’s Villages to make quilts for Romanian orphans which have been rehoused in a village with a new ‘mother’ to take care of them.
We thought that we would try and inspire you with our works in progress from the Alice Caroline Studio. A few of us are making a Quilt SOS quilt and are loving the inspiration of making something for someone else – even if that person is someone you don’t know.
Quilt SOS Update – news from the office – Anna and I have been busy sewing with our daughters and these are the results so far:
I have been making a log cabin block quilt – I am really trying hard to make a block a day and my daughter is also making her own quilt blocks to add into the finished piece. We have made quite a few so far – here’s one of my blocks.
Anna is making a rainbow strip quilt with her daughter – they really wanted to do the brightest and most cheerful Liberty colours they could find and are putting a really pretty bright purple backing onto the quilt. The strips are almost finished and once these are done then the quilt will be bound. The plan then is to have fun with butterflies – putting as many appliqué butterflies onto the quilt as possible letting her children choose the fabrics, help to cut out and sew the butterflies onto the quilt.
Here are some quiltspiration pictures to get you in the mood – how lovey does this look hung from a tree?
Make a Liberty quilt for orphaned Romanian children with support from us.
It’s not too late to get involved in the Quilt SOS project. Here’s a bit of info on the project:
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.
I am excited to announce the launch of a brand new Classic Revival Liberty Collection. The beautiful new collection of classic and vintage Liberty prints has been taken from the Liberty archives and is available from now – you can shop the collection here.
Liberty have produced some of the most popular and gorgeous vintage prints in this new collection from deep within the Liberty archives. These beautiful prints have been re-released in the most popular colourways for people like you who love dressmaking, sewing and quilting and have nostalgic memories of childhood dresses from the past.
Just a handful of the stunning prints are:
Pretty Florals – the beautiful Nina, a classic miniature floral print; Carline, a really pretty 1950s vintage design with red and pink roses;Felicite, a very pretty classic English style print and Mitsi, such a gorgeous print with Japanese cherry blossom and one of my favourites.
Hera is named after the Greek goddess, whose sacred animal was the peacock. Liberty’s Hera print was designed in 1887 and features an iconic peacock feather pattern. Likewise, Caesar is a classic Liberty design which takes a fresh look at the classic peacock feather.
Art Nouveau – one of the most iconic Art Nouveau fabric designs is the highly popular Ianthe print. Created by well-known French Art Nouveau designer R Beauclair in around 1900, this design is re-drawn by David Howard’s studio.
The new Classic Revival Liberty collection contains some of the best prints that they produce. They have re-released some wonderful prints in this collection. I have put the collection colours and prints together to form some beautiful fat quarter packs. You can shop my new fat quarter packs here.
And to finish – my all time favourite print – Carline!
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.
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