Liberty Quilt Guest tutorial!

A few months ago Liberty contacted me about doing a tutorial for their blog. Yes, THE Liberty Fabric. That's not something I could say no to!!

Liberty Seaside Stripes-1

I'd had an idea floating around in my head for a while and this was the perfect opportunity. I wanted the project to have 3 things:

- Scrappy stripes. Liberty is expensive, so I wanted a project that would make use of all the little scraps that we have (or of a fat sixteenth bundle).

- Flannel batting. My first quilt used flannel and it's the best. It's super comfy and is still our go-to couch quilt. Plus, you don't need super dense quilting since it's a woven product, unlike cotton batting which need the quilting to hold it together.

- Tana Lawn. Backed in yards of Liberty Lawn yumminess, this is the softest!! The binding is lawn too. Yum!

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I'm so pleased. I loved it so much that I hand quilted it in a marathon session. About 60 feet of quilting. Oy!

I could go on and on about how much I love this quilt. The reds, blues, and pinks in the Liberty Lifestyle Bloomsbury collection made me so happy all over my cutting table. A bit nautical, a bit fancy, a bit fun. 

And that lawn back: a dream. 

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If you're looking for a quick scrappy project, check it out on the Liberty blog, or below! 

I’ve had this quilt stuck in my head for a while. I wanted something lighter weight for Spring and Fall, but still something cozy. Something I could layer on top of sheets on my bed to add weight, but not too much heat. Something to take to the lake or river to fend off the chilly evenings. Continuing with the nautical vibe I was feeling, I went for a simple stripe that’s reminiscent of seaside linens. I used flannel as “batting” on my first quilt and the drape on it is so amazingly comfortable (not stiff like new quilts can be) that I’ve been itching to do it again. When the opportunity to use Tana Lawn arose, I knew that it would be perfect with flannel and linen. I know we don’t talk about drape much with quilts, but let me tell you, this one will cover you in all the right places. And when it’s time to pack up for the season, it won’t take up too much space in your closet. This quilt is perfect for a beginner, or a garment sewist that needs to use up some Liberty scraps that are laying around. Because the quilt uses flannel as the batting, you don’t need to worry about dense quilting – light hand quilting and the binding is enough to keep this quilt stable. Liberty Seaside Stripes-2 Materials: 
 - 3.5 yards Liberty Tana Lawn (backing, this fabric is 54” wide) 
 - 0.5 yards Liberty Tana Lawn (binding, this fabric is 54” wide) 
 - Approx. 1 yard Liberty Lifestyle Scraps (1.5” – 3.5” tall) 
 - 4 yards Essex Linen in Flax 
 - 5 yards flannel (pre-washed)  

Assemble the Backing, Flannel, and Binding: 
1. Cut one 84” length from the backing fabric. Trim off the selvedges and set aside. 

2. From the remaining backing fabric, cut in the half to form 2 pieces 42” x 26”. Trim selvedges. 

3. Sew the two pieces together using a 1/4” seam allowance to make one piece that is 83.5” x 26”. Press seam open. *Pay close attention if you are using a directional print. 

4. Sew the 26” wide piece to the 54” wide piece along the 84” edge using a 1/4” seam allowance. Press seam open. You should now have a piece that is approx. 84” x 79”. Set aside. 

5. Cut the 5 yards on flannel in half to create two pieces approx. 90” x width of fabric. Trim selvedges. Sew the two pieces together along a 90” length using is 1/2” seam allowance. Press open. You should now have a piece that is approx. 90” x 80”. 

6. From the 0.5 yards for binding, cut 7 strips 2.5” wide. Sew pieces together to create binding. 

Assemble the Patchwork Stripes: Liberty Seaside Stripes-4 1. From your scraps, cut pieces that are varying lengths and 1.5” tall, 2.5” tall, and 3.5” tall. You will need more 2.5” and 3.5” pieces than 1.5” pieces. 

2. Sew the 1.5” pieces together using a 1/4” seam allowance until you have a piece that is 70” wide (if longer, trim it down). Press all seams open 

3. Repeat step 2 with the 2.5” and 3.5” pieces. You will need to create 2 70” rows of each of these. 

Assemble the Quilt Top (using diagram as a guide): liberty-diagram 
1. Cut the linen into to pieces that are 70” x width of fabric. Trim the selvedges off both. Set one piece aside 

2. From the other 70” width, cut: - one strip 16.5” x 70” - two strips 3.5” x 70” - two strips 2.5” x 70” 

3. Join the linen and patchwork together in pairs. Press seams open 
 - sew the 16.5” x 70” linen to a 2.5” x 70” patchwork strip 
 - sew a 3.5” x 70” linen to a 3.5” x 70” patchwork strip 
 - sew a 2.5” x 70” linen to the 1.5” x 70” patchwork strip 
 - sew a 2.5” x 70” linen to a 3.5” x 70” patchwork strip 
 - sew a 3.5” x 70” linen to a 2.5” x 70” patchwork strip 

4. Continue joining the rows in pairs and pressing seams open until the bottom portion of the quilt is assembled. 

5. Sew the bottom half with stripes to the remaining 43” x 70” linen. Press seam open. 

Quilting * I prefer spray basting. In this quilt I am treating the flannel as my batting. * 

1. Tape flannel to the floor so that the piece is taut. Smooth the quilt back onto it, right side up. Working in small strips, peel back the backing, spray the flannel, then smooth the backing back down. 

2. Repeat step 1 with the quilt top. 

3. Quilt by hand or by machine. Trim. Bind.

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