The Liberty of London Book of Sewing Review

The Liberty Book of Home Sewing
From Chronicle books
Text by Lucinda Ganderton
Review by Ale of The Golden Willow
When the generous folks over at Chronicle Books offered to send over a few copies of the Liberty Book of Home sewing, I jumped at the chance to review it.

 World-renowned, British based Liberty of London, has  “Since 1875, Liberty has been synonymous with luxury and great design. Arthur Liberty’s intuitive vision and pioneering spirit led him to travel the world looking for individual pieces to inspire and excite his discerning clientele. Liberty is not just a name above the door, it’s Arthur Liberty’s legacy, which stands for integrity, value, quality and above all beautifully designed product. This vision and spirit continues today within the iconic Tudor building”

While they are famous for the diverse array of print, clothing and design offerings, they are, perhaps, most famous for their fabrics. Originally screen & block printed by hand, onto single yard lengths, they have since converted to more modern screen- printing methods. However, the base cloth, the famed Tana Lawn, remains the same as it was it 1920’s, when the blend was named for a Sudanese strain of particularly luxurious cotton.
This book offers a delightful insight into the rich history of over 100 years of Liberty’s influence upon, not only the textile industry, but also the world of high fashion and design. The projects range from beginner, to intermediate sewer. They are all simple enough, but shine through the selection of fabrics. Admittedly, they would be boring in a Kona cotton or even comical in a novelty print. But, as most sewing enthusiasts know, the right print can elevate even the most simple of projects to a most treasured items.

Indeed, if you’ve had the chance to handle some liberty, you know that they are fabrics to be treasured and highlighted. I think my favorite project from this book would be the hexagon quilt. I can’t think of many things more wonderful than a hand pieced liberty of London hexagon quilt. Although, either of the aprons or the slouchy bag would have a very welcome place in my home! Great projects, clearly written instructions and a serious helping of eye candy inspiration, the Liberty Book of home Sewing would make a lovely addition to any sewing library. Thanks to Chronicle, we’ll be have a copy to give away at the December meeting, as part of our membership drive. Maybe this little jewel will come home with you!

All About Hexagons

We had another beautiful summer evening for our July meeting at PNCA, with 47 stitchers eager to learn and/or share All About Hexagons.  President Jen started the meeting off with a brief history of hexagon quilts, which was followed by a show and tell of hexagon quilts old and new and other recently finished projects.  Show and tell is always a favorite part of meetings, and it's easy to see why....

Marcia already has a beautiful queen-sized quilt top made from charms from our May charm square swap.
Heather shared this quilt of beautiful Amy Butler fabrics,
this Cherry Pie quilt, and
and this Thimble Blossoms quilt.
Lee shared her Egg Drop Soup quilt
and this quilt with black and white and color gradations.
Shayla shared a vintage Grandmother's Flower Garden quilt top and blocks in pastels.
Janet's mini Grandmother's Flower Garden quilt.
Marie shared a large stack of Grandmother's Flower Garden blocks that have been stored away for some time.   We'll have to wait and see if a little inspiration from last night's meeting is just what Marie needed to turn her UFO into a finished quilt.
This hexagon WIP was shared by Kate.
Christina shared her hexagon creatures which were inspired by thumbprint drawings by children's author, Ed Emberley.
There are more pictures of Christina's blocks on the Portland Modern Quilters Flickr group.

Violet displayed her Heather Bailey quilted duvet cover.

Jill's hexagon pillow.

Gorgeous vintage English paper pieced quilts.

Show and tell quilts and projects inviting closer inspection after the meeting.

Christina (The Sometimes Crafter; on the left in the black top) gave a presentation on her Adventures In Hexagons, comparing and contrasting different methods and materials.
 Even if you couldn't join us last night, you can read all about it on her blog post here.

Stitching and chatting in the small groups.


Many, many thanks from PMQG to Mettler and YLI for generously donating thread for our hexagon stitching pleasure.

  Jill made and donated the hexagon paper templates for everyone.  Your time, effort, and generosity are much appreciated, Jill!  (To make your own templates like the ones Jill made for us: http://www.etsy.com/shop/TabSlot).

And a big thank you to Rachel for putting together and donating two giveaway bags -- and I won one!

Flea Market Fancy, thread, and scissors.  Ready, set, HEXY!

I'll close this post with these lovely hexies stitched and dressed up by Heather for Mo in Mo's Party Dress fabrics.

Keep on stitching, Portland Modern Quilters!

Note:  If I missed your quilt at the beginning of the meeting, please send me a photo and I will add it to the eye candy.  Also, I have tried to link to blogs whenever possible.  If there is a photo of you and your quilt above and it is not linked to your blog, please let me know and I will add it.