Liberty Radiant Stars Quilt. I am so excited to launch our Quilt BOM project for 2019.
This stunning Liberty Tana Lawn Quilt is made of 30 quilt blocks which are all hand pieced using the technique English Paper Piecing (EPP). EPP is a well-loved technique and is used around the globe. It is a method of creating beautiful patchwork by joining different shapes of fabric together, with the paper templates helping to align each fabric piece perfectly. You do not need a sewing machine for EPP as the pieces are hand-sewn. This is not a difficult technique to grasp, and novice or confident-beginner sewers should be able to undertake it without a problem.
The Quilt: This beautiful quilt will be made using approximately 133 different Liberty fabrics. For each block, 4 fabrics have been specially chosen to coordinate as a colour family together, using the whole spectrum of Liberty throughout the quilt. Every block will be unique, with no repeat fabrics in the whole quilt. White Tana Lawn will be used to join the blocks.
I will start you out with some of our Alice Caroline Exclusives and Liberty Classics, but the really exciting thing is that as the months progress we will add in fabrics from collections unique to the year 2019. These will include the prettiest prints from the Spring/Summer ‘19 collection (English Eccentrics) and also from a special capsule collection which is being released by Liberty in the new year to celebrate 40 years of Liberty Classics. Your finished quilt will use fabrics which are Liberty 2019 and will make a timeless heritage quilt that will be treasured for generations to come.
My Liberty Radiant Star Quilt Story: I love making and designing, and this quilt began with me colouring in hexagon shapes! I’ve wanted to create an EPP quilt for ages. I love the idea of a transportable project that you can make without specialist equipment – you can sew it whilst travelling on a train, while waiting for your children to finish a rehearsal, or it may be a gift for someone who is not very mobile at the moment but likes to keep busy.
I also love travelling and am particularly drawn to geometric patterns like the tiled patterns in the Alcazar Palace in Seville. I’ve seen these patterns in many places around the world but was especially inspired by these ones. This quilt design uses similar patterns to create a unique and beautiful quilt. The technique of EPP is incredibly satisfying and usefully portable. I made one of the blocks whilst on a flight to Quilt Market in Houston recently, which really helped the journey time pass enjoyably. I’ve really enjoyed curating the fabrics for each of the blocks I’ve made so far and can’t wait to use the new collections when they arrive.
Picture above is a mock up of the full quilt. Please note that there will be no fabric repeats in the full quilt.
The perfect gift: As the nights draw in and winter evenings darken (in the UK) this is a perfect project to keep your creative juices flowing and your spirits up. It would also make a lovely gift for someone who has a period of idle time or a sewing-obsessed friend or relative for Christmas. This quilt can be bought as a gift – the first package will be dispatched on the 10th December meaning that it will be with you in time for Christmas.
The finished Quilt is sized 75” x 78”
Quilt along with our community: I would love to hear about your EPP quilting journey either whilst making the quilt blocks for this quilt each month or your own EPP Liberty work. Please use the hashtag #radiantstars on Instagram or on Facebook. You can share your work, give advice and share hints and tips with other quilters.
To sign up to be part of the Liberty Radiant Stars Quilt – Quilt Blocks of the Month project then you can do so here.