It doesn't really matter what you do with a Liberty fabric (as long as you use it!!!) in a quilt or a dress or something of the like. Leaving it in the cupboard would have to be the most depressing waste of beauty known to any person passionate about Liberty fabric. I delight in seeing these fabrics come to life especially in a quilt. I especially love seeing the older prints used, because they are quite rare and so unique!! Over the past two years I have had the luxury of working one on one with a number of women in my home town of Perth in Western Australia.... Many of these women like me are purist when it comes to quilting and will make an entire quilt using only Liberty fabric including backing, binding, even the inside of a pillow sham!!! Yep that's right, the inside... how cool...! When I questioned this person on such a practice i got in return a look of horror as if to say "but of course darling, how common to think I could consider using anything else!" Bubble (off 'Absolutely Fabulous) would agree wholeheartedly I'm sure............
Leah made this AMAZING strippy quilt for her viewing pleasure and it now resides in the guest bedroom upstairs in the parents retreat!!
Leah's puddy cat who obviously appreciates the finer things in life (or perhaps was attracted to the birds she may possibly catch on the back) found the quilt to be a worthy place to spend the afternoon napping.
Many of the wonderful clients I am fortunate enough to work with share the passion and ever increasing desire to work with and produce quilts made entirely in Liberty fabric. Lynnie and I are self confessed addicts when it comes to Liberty of London tana lawn, we are continually collecting, adding, swapping, sharing and buying anything and everything new or vintage to add to our collection. In 2006 I used a lot of the Liberty's in my stash to make a quilt for a french based patchwork competition. The quilt "Tribute to Dior, Homage to Liberty" (shown below) was made to encompass the theme "Fashion, the reflection of an Era"
It incorporates a large selection of different Liberty prints including vintage pieces that I had collected and been generously given by the many women who take an interest in the quilts I create. Thank you for your support!
If you wish to view the other quilts exhibited in this competition they can be viewed by visiting the "gallery" at www.patchwork-europe.com. Enjoy!
Hokey Pokey, I'm still only new to this blog thing and by no means do I consider myself to be an "artful Blogger" by any stretch of the imagination but I'm CrAzY CrEaTiVe and a whole lotta "what the, what the" so here goes!!!~ Have fun.... oh & Enjoy!!! - (not to be taken too seriously or just before bedtime - may cause lack of drowsiness, imagination or mind overload!!!)
Ok where I left off - Yeah sorry bout that folks! But I didn't really think you'd mind the break in transmission seeing as I haven't really told anyone out there that Lynnie and I (Hi I'm Sophie) actually have a blog spot. I'm not actually sure it's even on the net for you 'The People' to see yet.... Well if it ain't it will be soon and I'm sure that you'll all enjoy what we have to show and tell you about the Cccccccrrrrrraaaaaaffffttt (aka Craft) we so diligently feel compelled to create.
Just so you understand when I say Cccccccrrrrrraaaaaaffffttt in that way you need to imagine a chicken crossed with a frog, who is attempting to lay an egg whilst saying the word craft at the same time!!! "Weird" I hear you say, even "F@*ked up" or "who is this girl?", but lets be honest now the word Craft has got all these weird and not so wonderful connotations connected to it. Don't get me wrong I love making things aka crafty things, I have done all my life and I will continue to do so because IT IS GR8! I love what I make, I love how it makes me feel, I'm alive and in touch with my emotions because I make things. I also make beautiful things which people love and enjoy and I manage to make a living doing so. But out there in the big wide world when you say you make things like patchwork quilts or crocheted blankets, people look at you like you're trapped in some weird time warp and then they say "oh yeah my great granny
use to crochet too"... Inside you can feel they are saying "oh dear she's a freak!! How did I end up flying London to New York next to her".... My only saving grace is that I don't look like a granny yet!!! Still got a few good years left I think and I use beautiful quality products to make my blankie's etc. So i use my style to educate rather than freak em out and they leave thinking "Phew lucky i sat next to that cool chick who knew what the best movies were to watch and where i could grab a great steak in New York City."
Anyway so where I left off was on a trip to London, New York and Houston; Texas all in the name of quilts. Searching, seeking and striving to find out more about the craft that I so dearly love.
The following images are from my travels to the big apple. The ones below are taken in mid town
I love the way they decorate the streets with beautiful pots of colour. Chrysanthemum's are the flower of choice this autumn.
Here are some of the magical sights (well magical to me) that I had whilst in the magical city of New York
Magnolia's oh how I love magnolia's.
Heading downtown to the vintage flea markets on Saturday.... this is what we saw
at work lynnie shows me a new project she's got on the go. Crochet hexagons which she was inspired to make by her Sophie Digard scarf. But what is Lynnie making??? It's a secret she says...........looks like i'll have to wait and see!
Crochet is hot right now! or so I'm told by all the seasoned veterans. I'm a relative new comer to the craft but WOW it sure is adddictive!! I've been concentrating on the simple age old "granny" square.
Combining 13 or so colours I feel compelled to crochet in pursuit of the perfect granny. This past time for idle hands is all about COLOUR & TEXTURE! yum. My two favourite things in my material world!!
So far this is my favourite colour combo.....soo rich & gypsy all at the same time.