Dawn from the studio has made these completely adorable Liberty Easter Makes. I’m holding out so much hope for being able to be with friends and family at Easter time this year and seeing these projects has really lifted my spirits. There’s a beautiful table runner, gorgeous cushion and placemat. Dawn talks about her projects here.
” I had some of the ‘Easter’ Liberty fabric (actually called Field Flowers
!) left over from other Easter projects, and I only needed a couple of short pieces to ‘top and tail’ the table runner. I didn’t use a pattern – just measured the length of my table and added a suitable overhang either end – the width was already determined by the width of the fabric.”
“I found the rustic linen fabric in a French market (in the days when we could actually travel!) and I think it was intended for one of those old fashioned hand towel rollers, but I thought it would be great as a table runner for the kitchen.”
“As I was going to use this at Easter I HAD to add some bunnies. I traced around a suitable template and cut out the bunnies from ordinary felt I had in my stash. I then simply used machine blanket stitch to attach them to the runner (neater than my hand stitching!).
You also made the really adorable Easter Cushion with gorgeous hand sewn details and a lovely pattern.
What gave you the inspiration for this cushion and did you use a pattern?
“I spotted this cushion pattern at the Malvern Quilt Show a couple of years ago – it’s called Country Folk by Brenda Walker – and was inspired to give it a go when I saw the Field Flowers
Tana Lawn when working in the studio. This pattern just shouts EASTER to me with its colours and primroses and I’d been dying to have a go at some Easter makes.
The pattern was simple to follow – making the centre panel first using some plain linen to offset the detail of the pattern and using appliqué to attach the rabbits (felt material) and flowers (using my Liberty stash of spring-like colours). As you can see the hand stitching uses basic embroidery stitches (chain stitch and back stitch, with a few french knots for good measure!) and I just used DMC threads from my existing stash in complementary colours (2 strands).
I found the little bee buttons in my button box – and these were so much easier to attach than trying to embroider them! I used patchwork to attach a border – focusing on my Easter favourite Field Flowers, and the back of the cushion is a simple envelope back – so no tricky zips.”
Lovely Liberty Placemat
Which fabrics did you choose and why?
“Having made the cushion and table runner I still had some Field Flowers and other spring-like little pieces of fabrics left over so rather than consign them to the depths of my Liberty stash I thought I’d patchwork them together to make a placemat.”
How did you make it?
“I cut out 2.5″ squares and used a really easy method to patch them together which involves ironing them on to some very light weight interfacing (Vlieseline) before machine stitching the rows together – and hey presto perfectly matched corners! I used the ‘stitch in the ditch’ method to quilt together the top, the wadding and the backing fabric, and found a little flower embroidery stitch on my sewing machine to add a border.”
What do you love about Liberty fabrics?
“Liberty fabrics are so pretty with the dainty designs and flowers. These are perfect for Easter – especially Field Flowers which has a variety of colours so made it easy to match with other Liberty fabrics from my ever-growing stash!”
Thank you so much for sharing your gorgeous Liberty Easter Makes with us Dawn. I love all of the spring colours in your projects and can’t wait to decorate my Easter table.