Friday, July 11, 2014

Liberty Tana Lawn and Chambray Checkerboard Quilt in Progress

Liberty Tana Lawn and Chambray Checkerboard Quilt ~ Red Pepper Quilts
Liberty Tana Lawn and Chambray Checkerboard Quilt ~ Red Pepper Quilts
Liberty Tana Lawn and Chambray Checkerboard Quilt ~ Red Pepper Quilts
Liberty Tana Lawn and Chambray Checkerboard Quilt ~ Red Pepper Quilts

Use it or lose it and yes that too applies to my stash of Liberty Tana Lawn; the most luxurious fabric in my stash and one that I have carefully collated over a number of years. This year I also subscribed to the Westwood Acres Liberty Club (receiving a monthly bundle of 10 different Liberty Tana Lawn fabrics) which has been a great way to add variety in print and color to my stash ~ even colors that I would not necessarily have chosen myself, but without which this quilt would not be the same. 

Liberty Tana Lawn and Chambray Checkerboard Quilt ~ Red Pepper Quilts
Liberty Tana Lawn and Chambray Checkerboard Quilt ~ Red Pepper Quilts

It has been a week of sewing pretty, and there were times that I just had to step back and admire the colors and patterns, especially when contrasted against the dark background fabric. I have used Melange Yarn Dyed in black by Lecien for my background fabric which is a 100 percent cotton fabric with a cross weave that creates a textured appearance much like traditional linen. This fabric is similar in weight and presses, cuts, sews and feels just like standard quilting cotton. The texture and weave of the background fabric is difficult to capture in a photograph and are best pictured in some of the close-up photos. 

Liberty Tana Lawn and Chambray Checkerboard Quilt ~ Red Pepper Quilts

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

Liberty and Chambray Patchwork Blocks - Red Pepper Quilts

QUICK QUILT FACTS
Chambray Yarn Dyed 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 64 16-patch blocks ~  a total of 1024 patches of fabric,
and I used more than 100 different Liberty Tana Lawn fabrics.
Quilt top measures 60 inches x 60 inches.

Liberty and Chambray Patchwork in Progress - Red Pepper Quilts
Liberty Tana Lawn and Chambray Checkerboard Quilt ~ Red Pepper Quilts

Strip piecing and chain piecing is quick and easy; certainly less fiddly and enduring than sewing together rows of 2.5" squares. I actually really enjoy the repetitive process, even find it therapeutic, and as each step of the process was ticked off the quilt that I had envisioned came together as planned.

Liberty Tana Lawn and Chambray Checkerboard Quilt ~ Red Pepper Quilts
Liberty Tana Lawn and Chambray Checkerboard Quilt ~ Red Pepper Quilts

RELEVANT LINKS:
Melange Yarn Dyed Fabrics available from Polka Dot Tea Fabrics (available in natural, black, taupe and red).
More RPQ projects using Melange Yarn Dyed by Lecien
More RPQ Liberty Tana Lawn Projects

Liberty Tana Lawn and Chambray Checkerboard Quilt ~ Red Pepper Quilts
Liberty Tana Lawn and Chambray Checkerboard Quilt ~ Red Pepper Quilts

Thank you for stopping by,
Rita

See photos of the FINISHED Liberty Tana Lawn and Chambray Checkerboard Quilt here:

http://www.redpepperquilts.com/2014/07/liberty-tana-lawn-and-chambray-quilt.html

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41 comments:

  1. This is stunning. What a wonderful way to showcase your Liberty collection.

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  2. Love it Rita! Background is perfect for the beautiful liberty fabrics!

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  3. Hi Rita, your quilt looks lovely. Are you going to set it on point as some of the photographs suggest? Any hints for how to go about that??

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  4. Gosh - these photos have me intrigued by your machine! What is it?

    Gorgeous quilt BTW - as always!!

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  5. Ohhh...I have no words to describe how beautiful looks!

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  6. I love the way this looks! Another great quilt!

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  7. So beautiful! The grey is a perfect compliment to the liberty.

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  8. Love it. Sometimes simplicity is best.

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  9. That is so beautiful and luxe. I love how it's a phenomenal collection all in one piece. Good for you cutting into those lovelies!

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  10. Love the simplicity, it is gorgeous.

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  11. Обалденное одеяло!!! Ярко и уютно!!!

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  12. Stunning!! Your quilts are so beautiful!!,

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  13. This is just beautiful.

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  14. I never would have thought to use grey, but it looks great!

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  15. Well Rita you have done it again, the quilt is just beautiful.

    Robin H

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  16. Awesome, as usual!
    Wasn't the Tana Lawn too slippery? Did it "behave" while you were sewing it to the chambray? Thank you!

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  17. Gorgeous choice of grey to show off the colours, Rita. The quilt will be so luxurious when it's done. Looks like you were sewing on an Old Girl there?

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  18. Beautiful combo - lovely prints and perfect woven for them! I am curios about your machine. It looks intriguing. You might consider blogging about it. I think it will be loved :)

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  19. Beautiful with the grey! I am working on the same, Liberty Lawn but with white - smaller squares though!
    www.thequietstitcher.com

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  20. I've always stayed clear of lawn - not really understanding how to handle it best but seeing yours mixed with a great other fabric has inspired me!

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  21. Is this a commission? I doubt I would ever be able to part with a Liberty stash if it were me!

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  22. I think this is my favorite of yours so far :)

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  23. That's truly elegant - fantastic colours. I'd never have thought of using that plain linen look with liberty but it works. Really works. I'm building up a stash of Liberty prints for one lucky quilt. Not what pattern to use though - for the moment I just like looking at it and breathing in those dreamy colours. Beautiful work as always. Thanks for the inspiration.

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  24. Gorgeous, gorgeous. The Lecien chambray is wonderful with the bright Liberty fabrics.

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  25. This looks great. I love the colours next to the dark fabric.

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  26. Love your colours. So many quilts to make, seew little time

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  27. Those Liberty fabrics look so rich against the grey background. Lovely patchwork, Rita!

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  28. Gorgeous!! This one wont last long Rita.

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  29. Gorgeous work as always! I'm saving up Liberty for something special too, but will need to keep putting it away for a bit longer before I have enough to make anything!

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  30. You always make simple patchwork look so amazing.

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