Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Liberty Tana Lawn and Chambray Checkerboard Quilt ~ Blues

Liberty of London Tana Lawn and Chambray Checkerboard Quilt - The Blues | © Red Pepper Quilts 2018 #redpepperquilts #checkerboardquilt #libertyoflondon

It is back to basics for me this week. Having just finished the Scrappy Apple Core Quilt which involved the sewing of many tricky curves, what I needed was a simple sewing project. This quilt is all about the fabrics and colors, and a traditional checkerboard layout. I love classic patchwork squares and never tire of collating fabrics for a given color palette. Fabric play is the best part and I even enjoy the repetitive (meditative!) tasks required to make this quilt; cut, sew, press, and repeat!

Liberty of London Tana Lawn and Chambray Checkerboard Quilt - The Blues | © Red Pepper Quilts 2018 #redpepperquilts #checkerboardquilt #libertyoflondon
Liberty of London Tana Lawn and Chambray Checkerboard Quilt - The Blues | © Red Pepper Quilts 2018 #redpepperquilts #checkerboardquilt #libertyoflondon
Liberty of London Tana Lawn and Chambray Checkerboard Quilt - The Blues | © Red Pepper Quilts 2018 #redpepperquilts #checkerboardquilt #libertyoflondon

I have many beautiful Liberty of London Tana Lawn fabrics in deep color hues and thought these would pair well with a natural chambray fabric in a traditional Checkerboard Quilt. The background fabric is a Melange Yarn Dyed fabric in Natural by Lecien, 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 cuts, sews, presses, and  feels just like standard quilting cotton. (It seems this fabric is no longer available).

Liberty of London Tana Lawn and Chambray Checkerboard Quilt - The Blues | © Red Pepper Quilts 2018 #redpepperquilts #checkerboardquilt #libertyoflondon
Liberty of London Tana Lawn and Chambray Checkerboard Quilt - The Blues | © Red Pepper Quilts 2018 #redpepperquilts #checkerboardquilt #libertyoflondon

My choice of color for this quilt started with an all blues theme, however it soon progressed into a mixed blue, purple/pink, black/grey color palette. While many of the fabrics are Liberty of London Tana Lawn, I have added quilting cotton fabrics from stash as well as several reclaimed shirt fabrics (including the gingham in blue and purple/magenta).

Liberty of London Tana Lawn and Chambray Checkerboard Quilt - The Blues | © Red Pepper Quilts 2018 #redpepperquilts #checkerboardquilt #libertyoflondon
Liberty of London Tana Lawn and Chambray Checkerboard Quilt - The Blues | © Red Pepper Quilts 2018 #redpepperquilts #checkerboardquilt #libertyoflondon

This quilt was strip pieced and I followed the same piecing method as set out in my Checkerboard Strip Piecing Tutorial (I cut my fabric strips 3" x 10" and cross cut the strip sets at 3 inch intervals). I also spent quite some time randomising the strip-pieced sets by taking strip sets apart, as well as adding individual patchwork pieces (for example all fussy cut fabrics).

Liberty of London Tana Lawn and Chambray Checkerboard Quilt - The Blues | © Red Pepper Quilts 2018 #redpepperquilts #checkerboardquilt #libertyoflondon
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QUILT DETAILS
Liberty Tana Lawn and Chambray Checkerboard Quilt - The Blues
Quilt top measures 60 inches x 60 inches.
100+ different fabrics. 
I  have made 36 16-patch blocks. 
  A total of 576 patches of fabric (24 rows of 24 squares).
Each finished square measures 2.5" x 2.5".
Printed fabric:
A mix of Liberty Tana Lawn, quilting cotton, and reclaimed shirt fabrics.
Background Fabric:
2 yards Melange Yarn Dyed fabric by Lecien.

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11 comments:

  1. I love this one. Those beautiful into violet and pinks. That natural color adds an overall softness to it all.

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  2. Beautiful fabric choices, Rita, as always.

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  3. Beautiful. I love Liberty fabric and this will certainly become an heirloom for someone. x

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  4. I always think with each new quilt you post..."now THIS is my favourite so far!" Thanks for sharing. The colors are beautiful against the chambray.

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  5. Yes it's hard to pick "the best Rita quilt"! This top is calming and exudes quality.

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  6. I love grey as a background. The entire color palette is so calming. Aah!

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  7. It looks good enough to eat! I love it! The chambray background fabric really makes the fabrics pop!

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  8. Yikes! This one is a beauty! the blues, lavenders and magenta, pink. They all look so peaceful together.
    Sweeeet.
    I hope you are having fresh sunny days.
    I got your email. ❤️

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  9. This is so lovely - look forward to seeing it quilted

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