If you are lucky enough to have been to the most beautiful "department" store ever, you will likely recognise this display...
This is the sight that greets you as you approach Liberty. I have long loved this store; not only does it sell beautiful goods but the shop itself is an Arts and Crafts gem, a period I particularly love. Where else can you ride in wood panelled lifts and behold beautiful original carved and tiled fireplaces, never mind the divine furniture, fabrics, clothes, cosmetics and so on?
I have posted about my love for Liberty before (you can read that here). Of course, Liberty is also famous for its stunning range of fabrics called "tana lawn". This is the finest quality cotton, it is very tightly woven which means it has a very supple and soft, almost silk-like texture, and can be printed with the most intricate and small designs. It is a fabric which is synonymous with English style, I think. It is the one area where we have stolen a bit of the limelight from our fantastic fabric producing friends, the Americans, and where as we Brits are usually lamenting what a fantastic choice of fabrics there is available to buy in America at extremely reasonable prices, I think our cousins across the pond really envy us our Liberty tana lawn! Sadly, we cannot boast that it comes cheap at an eye watering £20 per metre.
I have previously made some bird boxes with tana lawn, I also made a hexagon hand-pieced cushion and indeed, I have incorporated tana lawn into the first quilt I ever made, but I have never made a quilt exclusively from this fabric.
Or at least, before today, I hadn't!
I've squirrelled away quite a yummy collection of tana lawn so it was out with the rotary cutter and to the machine for me!
This is one of the very latest fabric designs, you can hopefully just make out the little oval shape which carries the "Liberty" insignia. (Don't forget you can enlarge the photos by clicking on them.)
Yesterday evening, I went up to turn out all the lights in my quilting room where I had been pinning my quilt and found that a certain small person had left a little friend there! (The Munchkin found this knitted owl in a charity shop a few weeks ago, his winning smile securing it for the princely sum of 25p. I was so jealous!)
The sun has finally peeped out (it's freeeezing though), so let's nip outside to see "Liberty Belle", shall we?
The fabrics are so beautiful and intricate that I didn't want a fussy quilt design so I went for a simple brick path style which shows off the prints to their best advantage. I have quilted simply along each brick.
The reverse is made from equally silky snowy white tana lawn (goodness me, it's tricky, slippery stuff to sew with though!) and has a feature pieced panel of tana loveliness.
I popped to Liberty yesterday to choose the binding and went for this cute ditsy pattern in pinks and green and have added a little label.
This quilt feels so divine, I know what experts mean when they talk about fabrics having a fabulous "drape", this quilt certainly does. It's sized smaller than my bed quilts, at 40" and 52", perfect as a throw on a favourite chair or indeed as a cot quilt, though it would also sit nicely atop a little lady's bed.
And if you like this, the good news is that Liberty Belle is for sale! You can find her waiting impatiently here! (I'm making another one for me!)
Edit: This Liberty Belle quilt has been happily re-homed but I have another which just needs hand binding - I always cut too many blocks! So do still get in touch if you hanker after your own Liberty loveliness...