Squares of Liberty

Pussycat, pussycat, where have you been?

 I’ve been to London to visit … Liberty’s. 

Introducing Squares of Liberty, a runner that has touched both sides of the Atlantic!

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Over the last couple years,  younger daughter studied and worked in London, England. Now, if that isn’t an excuse for a mother to go visiting, I don’t know what is. And surely, no quilter could visit London and miss the Liberty store. Forget Buckingham Palace; it’s the Liberty lawn that’s important. And there’s always a tiny bit of space in a suitcase… One thing I bought last year was a package of 2 1/2″ squares in lovely blue prints.

After months of indecision, I decided to make them into a runner, and cut the grey background from Cotton and Steel Sweet Dreams, and a purple solid for contrast. When I assembled my multitudinous UFOs after Christmas, I rediscovered it, and pieced the flimsy. The pattern is Woven Squares by Heather Mulder Peterson, but I added to the width a little, so the pattern of square stripe square stripe would remain regular at the ends. The picture on the left is the original version; the one on the right has my changes.

For fun, when I went to London for daughter’s graduation last week, I took the flimsy to Liberty’s for photographing. It had seemed like a good idea, but when I got there, I suddenly felt like I was on an undercover mission. Not surprisingly, my shots weren’t great, but they do prove the fabric visited home.

This week I finished the little darling. I was happy with the quilting overall, but found stitching in the ditch at the contrast purple challenging. It looks fine from a distance.27336798_10213437171658277_2891038399332222027_nI don’t think I’ve ever bound a quilt with the same fabric as the background, but I do like the look.

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If you like snow, may you get mine. We have above freezing temperatures in the forecast, and I’m thrilled. Have a great week!

Linking up with Sarah at Can I get a Whoop Whoop, Amanda Jean at Crazy Mom Quilts and Finished or Not Friday

Progress report on the PHD

It’s just over a month since I registered for this program, the brainchild of Quilting Gail. I live in mortal fear that my enthusiasm will wane, but so far so good. It actually feels really good to finish items that have been patiently waiting for their time in the sun (or sewing room).

Squares of Liberty is finished. I’ve written a blog post about it, and will publish it tomorrow, but for now, here is a picture of the completed runner. Done and dusted. 27072912_10213437159137964_6124067817662429876_n

I also dealt with the Christmas runner from my pile. It was made from a free pattern, Holiday Packages, by Lynn Z Provencher, a couple years ago, but stopped midway because I really had no use for another Christmas runner. I hope the PHD nazis don’t mind that it morphed, but that bit of piecing is now a finished tote.

Last year Sandra hosted the Freefall Quilt Along. I absolutely loved her pattern, and had to make the quilt. I pieced it, enthusiastically put it under my longarm, quilted about a quarter of it and then realized the tension was awful. I spent weeks ripping out the quilting before I pitched it in my unfinished pile and walked away. This week I quilted it. Fabric for the binding is in the washer as I write; it should be bound by Monday. 27336752_10213437396103888_6732965665081986161_n

Buoyed by my success, I’ve mounted the backing for another unquilted top. At 96 inches, it’s at the limit of my frame, but it’s on and ready to go.

Good luck to my fellow participants.