Tuesday, June 5, 2018

A Liberty of London Trip Around the World Quilt

Liberty of London - Trip Around the World Quilt | © Red Pepper Quilts 2018

Let me start by saying that this quilt is NOT MY WORK but it is a recently completed quilt made by my mother in law. My mother in law (Jan) has been sewing for many years, learning the ins and outs of garment sewing at a high end fashion house many moons ago, and has dabbled in a range of crafts including knitting, crochet, teddy bear construction, embroidery and ribbon work, and patchwork and quilting. Jan has kindly given me permission to share photos of her beautiful quilt with my readers.

Liberty of London - Trip Around the World Quilt | © Red Pepper Quilts 2018
Liberty of London - Trip Around the World Quilt | © Red Pepper Quilts 2018
Liberty of London - Trip Around the World Quilt | © Red Pepper Quilts 2018

Jan is a meticulous hand piecer; the quilt top was pieced entirely by hand (this quilt is not English paper pieced), one slow stitch at a time. Jan's stitches are tiny, precise, and so even, that for a moment you wonder if it was pieced by machine! This is truly inspiring work and it definitely makes me want to become a more confident hand piecer. Jan has had a lot of practice - and I know she thoroughly enjoys it - and I hope that one day I allow myself to find the time to do the same. Jan worked on this quilt for a period of approximately four months. 

Liberty of London - Trip Around the World Quilt | © Red Pepper Quilts 2018

Jan's quilt is a traditional Trip Around the World Quilt and was hand pieced from the center of the quilt out, adding one round of squares at a time. All of the fabrics used are luxury Liberty of London Tana Lawn. Many of the fabrics have been fussy cut to repeat the same square of fabric for that round. Fussy cut! So much work. 

Liberty of London - Trip Around the World Quilt | © Red Pepper Quilts 2018

QUILT DETAILS
Jan's Liberty of London Trip Around the World Quilt
The finished quilt measures approximately 60 inches x 60 inches.
Each finished square measures 1½" x 1½".
1600+ patchwork pieces.
Fabrics Used:
Liberty of London Tana Lawn
Thread:
Aurifil 50wt cotton thread for hand piecing.
Quilting:
Machine quilted by long arm quilter Helen Hayes - Melbourne.

Liberty of London - Trip Around the World Quilt | © Red Pepper Quilts 2018
Liberty of London - Trip Around the World Quilt | © Red Pepper Quilts 2018

For the back of the quilt Jan has chosen to use one of my favorite Liberty designs - Betsy. The use of Liberty fabric for both the quilt top and the quilt back means this quilt is feathery light, and combined with the use of the low loft cotton batting, it has the softest hand and a beautiful drape.

Liberty of London - Trip Around the World Quilt | © Red Pepper Quilts 2018
Liberty of London - Trip Around the World Quilt | © Red Pepper Quilts 2018

For the binding Jan has used a Liberty design called Yoshie which is also the same fabric used in the last (edge) round of triangles for the quilt. This finish gives the quilt a pinked edge which I rather like. My only contribution to this quilt was to attached the binding - by machine - to the quilt. Jan then hand slip stitched the binding to the back of the quilt.

Liberty of London - Trip Around the World Quilt | © Red Pepper Quilts 2018
Liberty of London - Trip Around the World Quilt | © Red Pepper Quilts 2018

I consider myself very fortunate to have many inspirational quilters in my immediate circle of family and friends. Jan and I have a lot in common and we bounce ideas off one another, share techniques and fabric stashes, and enjoy the banter that is quilting.

Liberty of London - Trip Around the World Quilt | © Red Pepper Quilts 2018
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Thank you Jan for allowing me to share your work with my readers!

Rita

RELEVANT LINKS:
More Trip Around the World Quilts:
Giant Granny Square Quilt - April 2017
Giant Granny Square Quilt - May 2016

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30 comments:

  1. its beautiful !!! Dream about having this quilt for myself :)

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  2. Oh! Such an amazing quilt! I love hand piecing! I am working on a Trip Around the World also entirely hand pieced with squares finishing at 1 inch. I was going to square the edge with diminishing rows of squares, but I just love the ‘pinked’ edge finish!

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  3. I love this. It is so vintage. Brings back nice memories.

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  4. oh my goodness! this is sensational! I recently learned to hand piece and am making a trip around the world this way too. Now I want to do one with Liberty. Amazing! thank you for sharing her quilt

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  5. Stunningly beautiful! Your description makes me wish I could reach out and touch it. Congratulations to Jan on a fabulous finish.

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  6. Your mother in law did a lovely job. It is very satisfying to complete such a beautiful piece of work! or, play as it may be?

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  7. Wow! Great job, Jan! Te fussy cutting really drives home the design- just beautiful.

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  8. So very pretty! What an incredible accomplishment, Jan!

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  9. This is truly stunning. What a feast for the eyes!

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  10. I have no words. I just want to touch it! Thank you for sharing!

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  11. Such a beautiful labor of love. Thank you for sharing it!

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  12. Absolutely stunning! Such a treasure.

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  13. Oh my, so much work went into this quilt!! This is truly a labour of love and is bound to become an heirloom. x

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  14. Jan’s quilt is utterly amazing!

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  15. Amazing work Jan. Quite an accomplishment. Thanks for allowing Rita to share this beautiful quilt.

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  16. This quilt is really really really a treasure. I just love RED and I love these fabrics, This is truly a piece of artwork.
    My hand sewing, and embroidery skills are pretty shabby these days (trying to make quilt labels for grand daughter quilts) To hand piece this entire quilt is just wonderful. A lot of memories and thoughts while putting this together.
    I would love to do hand piecing, bc you really can do that anywhere (even in church? meh, maybe not)
    Perhaps when I fall and break my hip.
    Well done Jan🌷!!

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  17. It's so beautiful! You are so lucky to have a mother in law with similar interests to yours. She is very talented, Happy sewing!

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  18. would Jan be willing to share her tips on hand-stitching? I can't always sit at the sewing machine for very long and have thought hand-stitching would be pleasing. ironing the wonky pieces afterward? not so much...

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  19. Wow. What a beautiful piece of work. And all those lovely Liberty fabrics so wonderfully fussy cut. Would love to see (and touch) this one in person.

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  20. Such an incredibly beautiful quilt - thank you for sharing. I love it. Good on you for having such an inspiring circle.

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  21. Wow! That is an impressive - and inspiring - feat of hand quilting. The fussy-cut pieces are dramatic! It's very beautiful.

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  22. O just beautiful, makes me so jealous, wishing I had time to make such treasures, truly lovely !!

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  23. ABSOLUTELY STUNNING! I bet it feels like a cloud too. Thanks so much for sharing it with us.

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  24. WOW! The design and craftsmanship are incredible! This quilt seriously needs to be on display in a museum. What a treasure!

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