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  • Publisher: Lucky Spool Media
  • Edition: BB Hardback with textured linen slipcase
  • Publication: 23 December 2020
  • ISBN 13/EAN: 9781940655468
  • Stock: 50+
  • Size: 210x267 mm
  • Illustrations: 350
  • Pages: 224
  • RRP: £29.99
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Quilting with Liberty Fabrics


15 quilts celebrating 145 years in fabric by Jenni Smith

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Book Description

Follow Jenni Smith as she's granted rare access to the Liberty design studio and historic archives, and celebrate the iconic designs that have made Liberty London one of the world's most iconic fabric manufacturers. Liberty London opened in 1875 and has been producing exquisite fabrics and designs for over 140 years.

In this book there are 15 projects with a complete fabric design history of Liberty as well as a full colour reference index for every fabric used. Featuring beautiful details of the classic fabric designs produced over the years, each quilt will inspire readers to finally cut into those precious bits of fabric and begin enjoying them in pieced projects of their very own. 

The hardback book comes in a gorgeous hardcover textured linen slipcase in beautiful Liberty fabric. It's an ideal gift for anyone who is a fan of Liberty or British design. This is the first quilting book to be an official partnership with Liberty.

About the Author

About Jenni Smith

Jenni Smith is a quilt teacher, dressmaker, and pattern designer based in Yorkshire, UK. She runs online workshops and regularly writes tutorials for the Immediate magazine portfolio. For more information visit www.jenni-smith.co.uk.


The Quilter's Guild

This book is a celebration of my passion for Liberty Fabrics, with their iconic prints and soft texture writes the author Jenni Smith, they are cherished friends.  Indeed, Liberty fabrics have been inspiring sewers to create everything from high fashion to household textiles for the last 140 years. I myself have a nostalgia for the scraps of past Liberty prints that I keep in my fabric stash, far too precious to cut into.

Included in the book is a chapter detailing the history of liberty fabrics and what makes their design unique. The Liberty company has an archive of 50,000 prints, and it is these that its team of designers use as their source of inspiration when they begin their initial drawings and paintings for a new collection of fabric.

Liberty are specialists in printing onto fabric, beginning as they did, when the company was founded, with block printing and later moving on to screen printing and digital printing, as technology evolved. They are world renowned for their print quality and attention to detail, especially given the size, intricacy and delicacy of some of their floral patterns.

The small section in the book explaining about the base cloth, details the difference between the famous Tana Lawn fabric with its soft texture and Lasenby fabric, a more substantial 100% cotton, which is perfect for patchwork and quilting. It also explains the name origins of these two fabrics and gives an insight into why stroking Tana Lawn, is a favourite pastime amongst fans of this material.

Subsequent chapters are devoted to the 15 patchwork and quilting projects that readers can make. The designs utilize a variety of sewing techniques including appliqué, English Paper Piecing, Foundation Paper Piecing and sewing curves. Each project is accompanied by easy-to-follow instructions and diagrams which include material yardages, how to sew the individual quilt blocks, and how to assemble the blocks into the finished piece. The projects are mostly designed to be machine sewn but hand piecing is an option, and 2 projects are designed to be hand sewn and portable.

However, what makes this book unique is its adherence to the exclusive use of Liberty Fabrics, for the design and execution of each of the 15 projects. For me, the inclusion of an index of swatches of the Liberty Fabrics used, including a close-up photograph of the design, and details of its unique name and code, was a complete delight.  From the very beginning, my own patchwork and quilting story was nurtured by my love for these wonderful fabrics and with this book I have been inspired to revisit them.

Sew magazine - December 2020

Celebrating 145 years of gorgeous floral prints, author Jenni Smith delves into the history behind the iconic designs that have made Liberty London such a household name. You'll be walked through one decade at a time, with 15 luxurious quilt projects showcasing differe3nt trends and styles from across the years.

There is also a full colour reference for all the fabrics used, so you can recreate the projects that inspire you most.

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