A Liberty scrap quilt

I think I’ve hinted several times about the epic Liberty quilt I was preoccupied with over the summer. It took up so much of my brain space, emotional and physical energy for a long time that for a while I really started to wish I had never had the crazy idea of making a postage stamp quilt (a quilt using lots of 1 inch squares) using my Liberty lawn scrap collection. But it’s over now, and, because it’s in the current issue of Today’s Quilter (issue 16), I can finally share it with you.

No, I don’t know how they managed to find such a beautifully appropriate location for the photo shoot. I really hope no one had to redecorate their bedroom just to get the right setting!

I pieced the quilt with scraps from my own collection, and with help from my sponsors Duck Egg Threads, who provided more pretty scraps for me to use. I also had brilliant help from Dragonfly Quilting, who helped me to identify just the right extra-wide backing fabric. After all that piecing of tiny squares, I absolutely did not want to piece the back as well, so I found this lovely fabric from Moda:


I highly recommend Dragonfly Quilting for wide backing fabric, they have a brilliant range – they say it is the best in the UK, and I believe it!

I also want to thank the brilliant Calico Kate, who were my final resort when I was trying to source more Kaffe Fassett shot cotton for my blocks. I have never been more relieved to hear that a shop had a fabric in stock!

This is one of the finished blocks – it measures 6.5 inches at this stage. I made 25 of these, and then 40 3.5 inch squares too. I cut 960 1.5 inch Liberty squares! My Sizzix Bigshot did awesome work…!

As far as I am concerned, the quilt is absolutely taken to another level by the quilting. I can say this because I didn’t do it! It was done by the amazing Charlotte Jeffery (@quiltification on Instagram), who is just The Best. It was great working with her on this rather intense project. Here is her beautiful feathery quilting in close up:



One of the nicest times that I spent working on the quilt was in late September, when I was sewing on the binding during our Open Weekend at the Acava Spode Studios. Here’s me, working away on it – I expect you can see how relieved I was it was nearly over!


Looking back now, I am very pleased and proud of the work, but I’m not sure I would do it again. One of the things that I am slowly learning about myself is that I am much better at working on a small scale!

I’d love to hear what your sewing experiences have taught you about yourself… I’d love to write more about this, so it would be great to have some more avenues to explore. 

29 thoughts on “A Liberty scrap quilt

  1. Hi I’m in the US and missed issue 16 of Today’s Quilter – but I am wondering what color of shot cotton you used for this quilt. It is absolutely gorgeous and pairs so well with the Liberty Tana lawns you chose! Thank you in advance for your response.

  2. I am. In awe of your skills and patience. I have learned that I have more patience than I thought I did. I also learned to look at and appreciate everything around me. It could be beautiful in a quilt.

    1. Thanks so much… I think I have less patience with sewing than I do with anything else 😉 That is a lovely thought to learn to look and appreciate the world around us and making it beautiful in a quilt, thanks so much.

  3. What a beautiful quilt, you should be extremely proud of your achievement. Every aspect is just gorgeous, the colours, fabrics, backing and the quilting itself is exquisite. An heirloom for sure. I think what crafting has taught me is to think before diving in and when things start to go awry to walk away and take a break. I’ve lost count of the times I’ve made things worse by ploughing on. Ah well, we live and learn.

  4. Hi Ali, Hello! Wow – your epic Liberty quilt is fantastic! The Voysey green in the background of Libery squares block and the binding is perfect! You should absolutely and deservedly be most pleased and proud! X

    1. Thanks so much, and you know, I hadn’t realised the Voysey thing at all, but now you say it, that was probably hovering around in the back of my mind.. I did a Voysey themed colour thing years back! Nice spot! 🙂

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