Cutting into Liberty

Liberty of London Tana Lawn

A few weeks ago, I decided to bite the bullet and cut into the Liberty of London fabrics I bought 2 years ago. (Well, start planning the cutting anyway.) Sometimes I don’t know why I buy “fancy” fabric because I just get some sort of fabric-paralysis and become too scared to use it. Two years of waiting was long enough.

A stack of Free Spirit voiles came in the mail today! I thought these would work well with my Liberty of London fabrics.
Voiles from top to bottom: Fuchsia, Rose Pink, Coral, Gold, Yellow, Cilantro, Green, Water, Seafoam, Heather, Purple, Sky

I thought if I was going to use these lovelies, I needed something soft and silky to go with them. I bought a variety of Free Spirit voile fabrics. I love voile…but it does pose some challenges. It is a bit slippery to work with, so I just pin more and try to pay extra attention when piecing. I purchased these from Hawthorne Threads. Pink Castle Fabrics also has some voile solids available.

They looks so pretty together.

Liberty + Voile

I have started some paper piecing…future pattern maybe?

Liberty Block

Can’t wait to show you more soon!

Updated to add some works in progress from today. 🙂

Piece, Piece.

Liberty + Voile

Trim, Trim.

Trim Trim


  1. 1


    This is going to be a spectacular quilt! I’ve been hoarding some Liberty charm squares. I like your idea of pairing them with something else just as special!

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    Oh, the block is beautiful ~ the pairing of print to solid is perfect!
    I’ve got a bit of a stash of liberty fabrics that I haven’t cut into yet ~ just can’t bring myself to do it. Maybe you’ll inspire me ~

  3. 5


    The block is beautiful – I can’t wait to see the finished quilt. I have some fabric I have been saving too – I know I want to make a quilt, but haven’t decided on what the perfect pattern is!

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    Those fabrics are GAWgeous! I know what you mean about the fear. There’s probably a mathematical equation for figuring out how long an expensive fabric will have to pine away in your stash before you feel sorry enough for it that you can overcome your fear of not being worthy of it. I can’t wait to see what you come up with.

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    I completely understand you hoarding these divine fabrics. Shamefully I had some for over 10years before I finally started using them this year. It is so lovely giving them a new life and they are soooooo beautiful to play with. Look forward to seeing yours finished.

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    Jenny Bonynge says

    Lovely Libertys! Naperville holds a special place in my heart as that is where my father grew up. I was born in Monmouth but we left IL for So. CA when I was 5… Now at 64 I live and love OR! Hope your new guild is a great success!

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    Charlotte E says

    Gorgeous fabrics. I’m sitting here with drool down my chin 🙂 I can’t wait to see the finished product.

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    dana says

    Looks lovely! What paper do you use for your paper-piecing? I’m asking because it seems like the voile would tear when you take off the paper that I use…

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      Hi Dana, I’ve just been using regular printer paper (which is what I always use.) I’ve finished 36 of the units and pieced them into blocks and I haven’t had any problem with ripping seams or fabric.

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    Beth says

    Chuckle! I know what you mean by “fabric paralysis” where Liberty fabrics are concerned! I have some that are 5 years old that are still waiting for the “perfect” project!

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