Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Lovetag Quilt Liberty of London Stile Collection

The Quilt Alliance  ( an organization I adore) promotes telling the story of your quilts, an important part of quilt making and quilt history. This is the story of my new quilt!


It has never been a secret that I adore, love, drool over ,covet  ( add anything else that may fit here) Liberty of London fabrics!  The first time I saw them was on the internet and I was stunned at the beauty of the designs.  At that time, I was not quilting yet and could not figure out exactly what I would do with those lushious pieces of art.  That all changed quickly after making my first quilt five years ago.   The world of Liberty of London was calling to me ( not really but the voices in my head sure were loud).  I purchased my first sets of 4 in squares of Liberty and I was tickled pink! I took them out and lined them up in rows, arranged them them in color order and then randomly then I very carefully put them back... I obviously was not ready.

Fast forward a few years and a few projects later.  I learned that all those squares would look so much better if I actually used them, that they were meant to be sewn into, pincushions, Aeroplane bags, pouches and mini quilts.  Their loveliness has a synergistic effect...one is gorgeous...a bunch together and BAM!  It is a wonderful thing to experience.

A pincushion for a friend

Cathedral window Aeroplane Bag

A mini quilt


I was given the opportunity to experience it in a huge way that started this past May.  In Portland, I received an email.  I honestly thought it was not a real email because the person sending it to me has such a fun sounding name it could not be business related so I was going to skip to the next one.  I could not get  the name out of my head so I went back and opened it...OMG!!!!! Sara was there in bed and I SQUEELED with delight...SARA...OMG!!!!!! I think I may have been shaking a bit too.  It was from Michelle at Liberty of London asking if I wanted to do a guest post for their blog.  I started looking for the candid cameras and could not believe it was true...ME?  No...really...ME?

Okay, I can do this!  They will want me to make a little bag or something and it will be fun...nope...a QUILT!  A full sized honest to goodness quilt...ALL LIBERTY!  OH...Ummmmm...hmmmm. A TUTORIAL and a quilt. WOW and yes please!  The collection I am lucky enough to work with is the newest Liberty Lifestyle craft fabric Stile. The LOVEtag Tutorial can be found on the Liberty Lifestyle Blog.   The LOVEtag is a simple patchwork that any level of sewer can try.  This is the perfect beginner project!  When you are visiting the Liberty blog, check out the other great tutorials to try, like the Dresden Pouf from Holly DeGroot .




The LOVEtag is a HUGE hashtag, according to Thomas, a sexy hashtag,lol!  I love it, I love the quilting ( Lisa was AMAZINGLY kind and lightening fast).  The quilt top was made in two and a half  days, we were leaving on vacation and I was up at 4 am finishing it and piecing the back together  to have it in the mail to Lisa that Friday morning since she was moving and had an insane schedule too.

This is the first quilt I have ever handbound!  It took me forever but I did it.  I had been having issues with smaller projects with needles bending during binding.  It was not fun and ended up really hurting my fingers.  On my visit to Kelly Ann's Quilting  I asked her for recommendations and she was like an angel...the perfect hand binding needles...BOHN!  Small sturdy and perfect for the job.  I was able to do the entire 88x88 quilt with no pain or bending.  In fact, I think I could use the same needle for another quilt!


I am pretty happy with the binding and now I have the right tool I will get more practice!


When the binding was completed I needed to get photos. This was going to be a challenge, lots of rain and no tall people...time to construct!

Katy and I gathered some tools. There is a hammer and some vice grips in there too ;o)

and made a line across our play structure.  I am pretty sure our neighbors think we are crazy by now!

Too many trees and not the right lighting...sigh


Later that day I decided to try again in my favorite spot where the sun is always shining and the kids can RUN!

I still had an issue with how to hold the quilt up since the little man is no where near the right size. Lo and behold a neighbor on a golf cart came through while we were there!  I flagged her down and asked if she wouldn't mind helping a crazy quilt lady out.  I handed Adam the camera...and I am really proud his eye was on getting the quilt in the frame,lol!



So, after a bunch of words and stuff, here are the photos I was able to take.



The quilting is exquisite.  The quilt master Lisa Sipes did her magic on this one.  She used Aurifil 50 wt in white and lots of it!  I cannot even remember how many thousands of yds she told me she went through. She made the Aurifil look like it is dancing on the fabric...SO AWESOME! The batting I used was Pellon.  It was two layers of Natures Touch for a little extra pouf!



Then we had some fun!


and of course what photo session can be complete without a photo bomb!!!!!


I love this quilt more than a little :o)

17 comments:

Lisa said...

This is beautiful from beginning to the photo bomb at the end. Thank you for sharing your story. I love Liberty fabrics to but so far have only acquire a few scrap (small) pieces. Maybe I will win the lottery..

justplainlovely.com said...

Oh Kim -- This quilt is absolutely stunning and I LOVE having a chance to read the story behind the magic;). I also love that your beautiful children got to be a part of the fun finishing process. You, my dear, are amazing!! xo

Mama Spark said...

It's beautiful Kim and I love the story!

Nilya said...

What a gorgeous Story. Love your quilt. the simple design and diagonal quilting is perfect!!!

Laurie said...

What a fun project! I would've died of happiness too if I had had such an opportunity1 Congratulations! You did the fabric justice with this project.

andri. said...

Congrats, Kim! The quilt is beautiful and your story sounds so fun:)

Katy Cameron said...

#love it! British fabric and French needles though, you're going all European on us ;o)

Mary on Lake Pulaski said...

What gorgeous quilt fun!

Leanne said...

It is a beautiful quilt and I love all the pictures. How lovely to be on the Liberty blog!

Live a Colorful Life said...

What a beautiful quilt!

DeborahGun said...

It is truely a beautiful quilt, and such a fun photo shoot!

Sally Bramald said...

Super first quilt!!! (and lovely super quilting, wonderful quilting!)

suemac said...

I too am a Liberty lover I have some of the Stile collection and am waiting on the right project. your quilt is lovely.

jan said...

Liberty fanatic here! I love your quilt!
xo jan

Wanda said...

Gorgeous!! You should be proud. Pats on the back.

Michele said...

So, so pretty!

Kris from Duke Says Sew What said...

The close up photo of those vibrant colors all mixed together is just stunning! I never thought to double layer the batting...good idea! Such a gorgeous quilt!

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