Wednesday, April 11, 2012

sweet Liberty

If there's ever a time to indulge in the luxury that is Liberty of London tana lawn, I'm sure it's in the spring.  Liberty's intricate and colorful floral motifs bring the energy of an idealistic spring day into glorious focus.  So, when brainstorming project ideas for Stitch Magazine's "fabulous florals" feature I instantly thought "Liberty"!  This issue is the "Summer 2012" issue, but it does come out in the spring (available now at Bloomerie, Pink Chalk, Whipstitch and Sew Modern).

Stitch magazine Summer 2012

Anyways, it worked!  I submitted two projects that would use Liberty fabrics and to my surprise, they wanted both!  Luckily they are both relatively quick projects.

pretty.

First, the fabrics.  For my projects I used fabrics from the Liberty Mini Rainbow Bundle available at Purl Soho.  I waited with butterflies in my tummy to see these sought-after fabrics in full color....

Liberty of London from Purl Soho

Oh my, the experience!  The tana lawn is so soft and silky, much like voile.  The colors are simply brilliant.

Liberty of London mosaic

And even though there were a few prints in the Liberty Mini Rainbow Bundle that weren't inspiring me alone, I'm smitten with how they look in a mosaic - just like the field of flowers I had promised to deliver!

in process

This is my journal cover in progress.  Such a perfectly delightful experience trimming and pasting away until everything was just so.  Mind you, a breeze would scatter them all!

Field of Flowers journal cover

Ta da... the journal cover!  Pretty.  And listed in my shop because I oughtn't to stockpile my pretty things.  (Sold!  But, there are some other Stitch projects still there.  Thanks for looking!)

Journal cover

Next up were the notecards, a set of six.

Fresh Cut Flowers Notecards

They are a similar mosaic style, coupled with some careful machine stitching to create stems and leaves. The very small pieces are a great way to use precious scraps.

Liberty of London!

As a person who is uncomfortable with drawing, it took guts to submit this design as a sketch and have faith that I could bring it to life in a way that pleased.  Not that they're very fancy graphics (hardly), but baby steps for me.  Baby steps!

my notecard project

So I am honored to see my projects in the magazine,

my journal cover project

and especially like the way they photographed this journal cover.

Purl Soho's Mini Rainbow Bundle

Directions for both projects are in the summer 2012 issue of Stitch Magazine!  One Liberty Mini Rainbow Bundle would suffice for both projects, or you might prefer to pick up your favorite prints by the yard at Purl Soho.  Maybe someday I'll be so fortunate as to make myself a summer top in one of those vibrant prints.  Maybe!

37 comments:

  1. Love both those projects. Congratulations for getting them both accepted into the magazine.

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  2. I am SO very impressed. I will have to buy that magazine for the directions to make my own since obviously they are not going to last in your shop.

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  3. They are both such lovely ways to use such decadent fabrics. I truly love that journal cover! And I agree, a summer top in Liberty would be bliss!

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  4. beautiful projects, Rachel. I was on the fence about getting this issue, but now I'm definitely buying it! Thank you for the inspiring eye candy. :)
    jen (piggybaby)

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  5. Lovely projects in Liberty! To me these lawns are the ultimate luxury, love them!

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  6. This is such a beautiful bundle. I've eyed it, along with some other Liberty Bundles at Purl Soho, but I just can't afford it. I agree with what you said about single prints not being particularly inspiring, as they do seem to go much better as a set. I do have a question for you, I realize this bundle comes with small cuts, but would you find it difficult to order yardage in such a pricey line only to make a small project? I find that when I'm using either an expensive or very treasured fabric, I want to use it on something I know I'll have forever, like a quilt. Just wondering what your opinion is...

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    1. Hm... I guess I like using expensive fabrics on small projects because it keeps the overall cost down, but still allows me to indulge. I could see framing something made with the Liberty prints (like a mosaic or mini quilt) or making coasters or such that I would see all the time. Or pillow shams like Anna Maria Horner did recently!

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  7. Wow, that journal cover is so beautiful! And I love the simplicity of your cards--very elegant. Congrats on another publication!

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  8. Wow, such beautiful projects Rachel!! I'm inspired!

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  9. Congratulations! Those are gorgeous projects.

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  10. Congratulations! They both look gorgeous!! =D

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  11. Congratulations! I love your projects - and your sketching of the flower stems is wonderful!

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  12. Congrats - both projects are adorable. Great work!

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  13. I'm sorry but it doesn't surprise me one i-o-da that they wanted your projects! Man, I say it over and over to myself.....I am SO glad I found your website! SO GLAD!

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  14. That journal cover is stunning! So amazing. Loving your fabrics. I imagine that must be the hardest thing about buying fabrics online. The waiting...

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  15. Wow that journak cover and those cards are stunning. I always want Liberty fabric and have on occasion put it in my cart at Purl only to get cold feet and not get it. Maybe since my sister gave me a huge bonus on the quilt she commissioned fo rher son I will go over and get myself some!

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  16. Wow, beautiful projects, congratulations for the magazine appearance! Excellent idea for those cards, I love them! I might try to make the journal cover :)

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  17. Congratulations! Those fabrics are delicious, and you did such a good job with piecing them on for the cover. Fun, fun! I will look for the magazine.

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  18. I bought the magazine last week while visiting my parents, then haven't had a chance to really look at it since then... Now I can't wait to look at it and see your projects. I just love the journal cover! I am partial to mosaic design, so that is perfection. It is on my 'to do' list now. Congrats!

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  19. Honestly, I never really liked Liberty of London all that well (I know, blasphemy)...until I saw that mosaic you made. Wow. I mean...wow. Not that I'm surprised, you are one talented lady! Congratulations!

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  20. Ooo, those are pretty fabrics. Spring, indeed! Both projects are lovely:)

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  21. Awesome! Beautifully awesome!

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  22. Congratulations. I'm especially loving the notecards.

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  23. aw, congrats! i love both projects.

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  24. I have 2 packs of the Liberty Rainbow and haven't yet decided what to do with them ~ I love the notebook cover and it been decided that's one thing I'll do with them! I already have Stitch, so all I have to do is ~ do it!
    Exciting that you got published too!

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  25. Great job, you are so creative! I love both projects. Thanks for inspiring me.

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  26. Hi! I love your notebook and those cards are so lovely! How great they are in the magazine for everyone to see and get inspiration! x Teje

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  27. I have this issue of Stitch and was floored by both your projects. Definitely making the journal cover -- only I might make a tablet case using your patchwork technique. Congratulations! Great work!
    Samina
    American Sewing Guild

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  28. Very cool, congrats! I have to say I look at the Liberty bolts in my local fabric shop and wince at the price every time lol my mum did bribe me to make her a skirt by buying me enough of a Liberty pincord to make myself a skirt. I haven't been able to bring myself to cut into it yet though!

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  29. Congratulations, I like your projects very much. I love the clean design of the notecards and the way the liberty fabric give them the lush quality, if you know what I mean.

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  30. Charming! What a great way to use pretty little scraps!

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  31. i love it. so sad i missed buying it!

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