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Sunday
Sep022012

LMQG & Liberty's new quilting fabrics

I'm sooo glad I made it to our September meeting of the LMQG, even though a lie-in after our trip to the Paralympics was tempting. We met at Liberty in London, to see how their new quilting collection, Bloomsbury Gardens, part of their Lifestyle Fabrics, made it from sketch to fabric bolt. It was amazing… seeing how designer Sholto Drumlanrig works (and what a dream job, with 100s, even 1000s of Liberty fabrics lurking in archives, waiting to inspire, be recoloured and rescaled to such glorious effect).

There are five different colour palettes and eleven prints to choose from. The collection was launched at the International Quilt Market in Kansas in May, but you can see the whole range here. Annie, over at The Village Haberdashery has gone for Colourway C to stock, with a fab fat quarter bundle available (something which Liberty would do well to stock, as they tend to only sell per m off the bolt, and I wanted a little taster of rather than a 1m length of one).

Anyway, back to our happy group. Here we are hanging on Sholto's every word (he even gave us a sneak preview of the next collection, due out early 2013, but mum's the word).

Can't wait to see how the collection is used over the coming months. Talking of challenges, next month's is to finish a WIP, so that we can hit 2013 with one quiling project less… mmmm what to go for: do I finish the Post-it Note Quilt or the Flag Baby Quilt? Will keep you posted

Sunday
Apr152012

Book stash space

At last, our living room shelves are finished and I'm thrilled! Finally I can collect my quilting and sewing books from their various hiding holes around our house and unite them! I've also taken several crafty books to the charity shop, as it's been so long since they were unpacked that they were seriously dated (I mean AM I EVER going to sewing fake sunflowers into organza pockets on a tablecloth?). 

So here's my 'ME Shelf', lined with faves by such names as Elizabeth Hartman, Amy Butler, Alissa Haight Carlton and Kristen Lejnieks, but of course there's always room for a few more. I do have my eye on Elizabeth's new Modern Patchwork and Denyse Schmit's Modern Quilts, Traditional Inspiration. What's your latest book purchase, and why should I pop it on my new shelves? I'd love to hear…

Monday
Jan092012

Tallying up

This piece in today's Metro made me think… do you tot up the price of your quilts and how long they take to make, or are you like me, more focused on creating and enjoying something beautiful?

Perhaps I'm a little afraid to, as the odd fat quarter here, jelly roll there, that piece of fabric just because I love it… must all add up (and rather quickly), but perhaps there isn't a price tag you can put on the endless hours of enjoyment I get from sewing and (ok, a confession) staring at my stash. What do you say fellow quilters? And yes, some of my quilts have been known to take two years+ to finish!