Here in the UK we're very proud of Liberty of London and their beautiful tana lawn fabrics. From an early age, I wore Liberty. Here I am on the right in the picture, a bridesmaid with my two sisters at my Aunt Alison's wedding. Dressed in Liberty lawn dresses made by my Mum. My older sister, in the background passed out because of the responsibility of being chief bridesmaid. My younger sister was shy, anxious and had to curl her toes to keep her ballet shoes on. I was loud, cheeky, had a whale of a time and flirted outrageously with the groom's impossibly tall brothers.
Fast forward a few years and imagine my excitement to see this new book, by Alexia Abegg, called Liberty Love. There are quilts, pillows, clothes, pincushions and even a dog collar pattern. All using beautiful Liberty lawn fabrics, often mixed with modern fabrics. For a modern British quilter, this book is mannah from quilting heaven. Mix quilts and Liberty and I'm pretty much sold.
This quilt is on my next-to-do list - 100 Liberty cotton reels. Quilt perfection.
The above quilt inspired me to make this pillow for a Katy's birthday this week. A scrappy Liberty cotton reel using Liberty pieces very kindly sent to me by Jo from the Organic Stitch Co and Julie from Procrasticraft.
But the project from this book that has the whole of internet and instagram land jumping with excitement is the Marcelle Medallion, a modern Liberty sampler. A few who have succumbed to its temptation are Cassie:
And how lucky were we in the UK to discover a brand new modern quilting magazine called Love Quilting And Patchwork, available in newsagents here and also in Barnes & Noble in the US which featured the Marcelle Medallion.
And so to celebrate Liberty of London lawns, to celebrate Alexia's wonderful book, Liberty Love, to celebrate the Marcelle Medallion quilt and to celebrate the arrival of a fabulous new modern quilting magazine, I am having three giveaways in one post.
1. One lucky reader will win this F8 bundle of Liberty tana lawn from Jo at Organic Stitch Co.
2. Another lucky reader will be given a copy of Liberty Love courtesy of Stash Books. In the US this will be a hard copy. Outside the US, it will be an e-copy.
3. A third lucky reader will win a copy of Love Quilting and Patchwork Magazine which has lots of lovely patterns in, including the Marcelle Medallion.
To be in with a chance of winning, let's keep it really simple. Leave me a comment. That's all. The first winner will win the Liberty lawn, the second will win Liberty Love and the third will win the magazine!