Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Liberty Tana Lawn and Collage Newsprint ~ A Quilt in Progress

I have a bucket list of quilts that I would like to make. The question "What's next?" however isn't as simple as going to my bucket list and ticking off the next project; usually because I don't feel like making that particular quilt right now, or making 100's of half square triangles/log cabins/flying geese units etc, or simply because I don't have the fabric requirements on hand. Usually the former - I don't fancy doing that right now - rather than the latter.
Liberty Tana Lawn and Collage - Newsprint by Carrie Bloomston

Sometimes the "what's next" question is answered right in front of my eyes. Whilst working on my Liberty Tana Lawn and Chambray Checkerboard Quilt I received a re-stock order of Newsprint fabric (from the Collage Collection by Carrie Bloomston). It was left sitting on my cutting table in among a small mountain of Liberty Tana Lawn fabric. And there it was, a perfect combination. Right then and there I cut extra Liberty fabric strips for this project.

Liberty Tana Lawn and Collage Newsprint Checkerboard Quilt - Red Pepper Quilts

The Newsprint/Liberty fabric mix is so very different to the elegant Liberty and chambray combination. The text print fabric reads a little grungy but very modern alongside the classic Tana Lawn, with the colors shining seemingly more brightly.

Liberty Tana Lawn and Collage Newsprint Checkerboard Quilt - Red Pepper Quilts
Liberty Tana Lawn and Collage Newsprint Checkerboard Quilt - Red Pepper Quilts
Liberty Tana Lawn and Collage Newsprint Checkerboard Quilt - Red Pepper Quilts
Liberty Tana Lawn and Collage Newsprint Checkerboard Quilt - Red Pepper Quilts

I have again followed the same piecing method as per the 
to piece the blocks (although I have cut my fabric strips wider and longer).

Liberty Tana Lawn and Collage Newsprint Checkerboard Quilt - Red Pepper Quilts

QUICK QUILT FACTS
Collage Newsprint fabric and Liberty Tana Lawn fabrics were cut
 as strips measuring 2.5 inches x 11 inches (this will make more sense when
read in conjunction with the strip piecing tutorial).
I made 90 16-patch blocks ~  a total of 1440 patches of fabric,
and I used more than 100 different Liberty Tana Lawn fabrics.
Quilt top measures 64 inches x 80 inches.

Liberty Tana Lawn and Collage Newsprint Checkerboard Quilt - Red Pepper Quilts
Liberty Tana Lawn and Collage Newsprint Checkerboard Quilt - Red Pepper Quilts

This quilt top is big - measuring 64 inches x 80 inches - and involved a number of hours of relaxing strip piecing, chain piecing, and pressing. Easy sewing. I really like the messages that read throughout the patchwork fabric ... Art is good. Make something that you like. Make a mess. Take a risk. Don't worry if it's perfect.

Liberty Tana Lawn and Collage Newsprint Checkerboard Quilt - Red Pepper Quilts
Liberty Tana Lawn and Collage Newsprint Checkerboard Quilt - Red Pepper Quilts

Now ready for basting.

Is that too many photos?

Rita

RELEVANT LINKS:
Checkerboard Quilt Strip Piecing Tutorial
Liberty and Chambray Checkerboard Quilt
Liberty and Kona Cotton Checkerboard Quilt
More RPQ Checkerboard Quilts

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43 comments:

  1. never too many photos! it's gorgeous, rita!

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  2. Love this and boy do you get things done fast!

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  3. Fantastic combination of fabrics...love the College newsprint fabric and am going to try to chase some down!!! Thanks for sharing.

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  4. I always look forward to your posts. Always something new and delightful - and I love lots of photos.

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  5. Such a fresh combination! Fabulous.

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  6. I just saw this fabric in a shop yesterday and couldn't visualize using it any other way than mixed with other low-volume fabrics. I actually was there auditioning my Liberty 2 1/2" squares! Thanks for this idea!

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  7. So pretty.....and never too many pictures!

    Peggy in NJ, USA

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  8. More photos - always!! This is beautiful.

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  9. Too many photos ? NOT AT ALL ... I love your work, Rita.. always inspiring ..

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  10. No such thing as too many pics of a beautiful quilt! And your is beautiful!!

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  11. Never too many photos of your gorgeous work Rita - and this is definitely an example - am looking forward to more photos of the finished quilt - enjoy your basting and quilting!!!
    Can I be cheeky to ask is it going into your store to find a new home….?? Christine x

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  12. Your work is beautiful! Never too many photos :)

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  13. I LOVE that newsprint fabric. How do you get all of your squares to line up perfectly? No matter how hard I try, mine always end up a little off.

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  14. You can never have too many photos. I love your checkerboard quilts - they've inspired me to make one of my own... soon! :)

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  15. Definitely not too many pictures--they are all lovely!! I have that same text print--have been saving it for the right quilt pattern, but I have NO Liberty prints. I keep seeing them all over the internet, so maybe it is time I actually buy some!! Thanks for the inspiration--your quilt is beautiful!!

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  16. Enjoy all your pictures! Where did you find the Newsprint restocked. I would love to buy more of it.

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  17. Another fabulous quilt. The newsprint fabric looks sooo good. I've a pile of modern fabric that I'm about to start cutting to make this quilt, or one like it. Usually I use Civil War repro fabrics, so this might be a challenge putting these fabrics together. Oh, and definitely not too many pictures, can't get enough pictures.

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  18. As ever, your quilts are luscious and inspiring!

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  19. There are never too many photos of your work!

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  20. Beautiful, beautiful. Love all the photos. It's amazing how sometimes the fabrics seem to find each other with any help from us at all. I was digging last night for a particular fabric (that's gone missing) and found another that I'd completely forgotten about. That's on it's way to being my latest big project - I've made 4 small quilt tops in the last few days - I feel a larger one on the horizon. Happy patchworking!

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  21. love seeing all these photos, wondering how long it took you to make this masterpiece . Off to watch the tutorial now

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  22. Love that newsprint fabric. Makes me think of the paper that was often found inside vintage quilts.

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  23. I''ve just found your blog and absolutely LOVE it. I'm going through it slowly and glad that it will take me a long time.
    I see that you have a huge fabric stash. How do you store your fabric? Is there a system where you can easily find it? I've love to see your work room!

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  24. Love this! Where did you buy the Newsprint fabric?? I'd love to get some. Text fabrics is one of my favorites!

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  25. Such a pretty quilt! Love the contrast between the pretty Liberty fabrics and the text ones. As you say the text prints make the a Liberty ones sparkle even more brightly.

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  26. Love it! I made a tablecloth last year with tana lawn charms and a vanilla-coloured text print and I love the antique-looking combo. This whiter print you've chosen really brightens up the florals and it all looks so fresh and pretty!

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  27. Where can we buy newsprint fabric? This quilt is fantastic! I love your style ;c)

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  28. Love the newsprint fabric!!! hugs~

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  29. Never too many if the project is as nice as this one. Very good combination!
    Groetjes
    Annemieke

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  30. SO beautiful Rita!! Never enough photos of beauty. You know I love your quilts and work.This one is perfect! Will it be for sale in your Etsy shop? I expect it shall be quite expensive as it should be for all your talent and hard work. Although it looks so lovely and easy when you do it. Perhaps it is already spoken for. Just wondering. Always ever so gratefully yours, Luba (Canada)

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  31. Interesting: There are 1440 pieces, and there are 1440 minutes in a day.
    Beautiful fabric, thanks for sharing.

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  32. Never too many of your photos. Great inspiration :D

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  33. I think, I saw /and admired :)/ this top earlier, but it looks as beautiful as if I saw it for the first time today again. Lovely top!

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  34. I love this combination of fabrics and look forward to many more photos when it's finished

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  35. So amazing how you felt that was such a perfect combination! I agree -- it's such an unusual pairing, but so wonderfully perfect! I hope this beautifully unique quilt finds the perfect home :-) Thanks for sharing your progress <3

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