We Love Colour compiled by Susanne Woods

We love colour has 16 bold and beautiful Kona Solids quilt designs created by 16 iconic designers, published by Stash Books.

I’m a huge fan of Kona Solids, great colours and made from quality opaque cotton.  This book has 16 designs using the whole rainbow and all thoroughly modern too!  Each chapter is a new quilt, with the designers explaining the inspiration behind the design.  The first is a fabulous outsize courthouse step designed by Cherri House.  Above is Amy Ellis Colour Frame Quilt.  All the designs are beautifully written, easy to follow designs and a perfect start for any modern quilter. It also has some more challenging designs that would be perfect for the more experienced.  The projects include precision piecing, improvisational piecing and applique.

Above is Lupine by Emily Cier and quilted by Cathy Kirk, just perfect hexs.  My personal favourite is Orbit by Jennifer Sampou, a dramatic quilt using an organic improvisational technique and freehand cut circles.

Stacked Blankets by Valori Wells above, was inspired by a photograph of quilted blankets.

and finally TV colour bars by Betz White, the perfect TV/sofa quilt.  I really enjoyed this book and inspired to play again with Kona Solids!

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An Afternoon at Liberty

By  Elena from Modern Olivia.

This September, the LMQG had the pleasure of meeting with Sholto Drumlanrig, designer of the new Liberty Lifestyle Collection of quilting cottons. We met at the Heritage Suite within Liberty itself where Sholto, and sales/business manager Virginie, walked us through their process of creating and designing the new line.

 

Sholto shared how he found inspiration from the Liberty print archives and from his own artistic drawings to create the new patterns and colors for each fabric.

Many images were hand drawn. Final elements such has pattern repeats and colors were finalized via computer.

We ended the afternoon with a quick “show and tell” from guild members and Sholto and Virginie showed a lot of interest in our work. After all, much of quilting is about community, so we were more than happy to share our finished projects with them.

 

The Liberty team also showed off this gorgeous Union Jack quilt made up of fabrics from the new collection. Absolutely stunning!

It was incredible to hear directly from Sholto about both his creative process and bringing the fabric line to fruition.  Liberty has been producing fabrics for more than 100 years and is an English icon. It’s exciting to know that they have listened to what quilter’s want and that we now have access to such history.

PS – Annie, at the Village Haberdashery, stocks 11 prints from Bloomsbury Gardens along with this fabulous build-a-bundle.