Category Archives: Liberty Love

As the sun sets on 2014, I’m in a reflective state. I’m sure many of us are, as the expected end of anything often brings on waves of pensiveness, trepidation, and even dreams of things to come. I can’t help but think back on years past as the time had come for one year to […]

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  • kimberly

    Happy New Year to you and your family! thanks you for taking the time to share through blog. Can’t wait to see more of your quilt and pattern. It’s an awesome quilt. Cheers!ReplyCancel

  • What a beautiful post! You’ve got big things coming in 2015 if you stay on this same trajectory as your 2014 recap is truely a thing to envy. Happy New Year!ReplyCancel

  • Wow! You were certainly busy. I’m a fairly new reader and am so glad that I stumbled upon your site. I absolutely adore your work, especially the animal square quilt you made and cannot wait to see what you do in 2015. Happy New Year!ReplyCancel

  • You made so many beautiful things this year! I’m looking forward to seeing what you do in 2015 :)ReplyCancel

  • Everything you make is so lovely! I’ve enjoyed reading your blog this year and I’ve gotten so much inspiration from all of your creations. Best Wishes for a wonderful 2015!ReplyCancel

  • You have made allot of amazing things this yeara, and thank you for shearing a being and incredible source of inspiration.ReplyCancel

  • wow! what a wonderful post filled with the sunniest and brightest reflections on 2014. HAPPY 2015!!!!!!!!!ReplyCancel

  • Lara

    Such a beautiful post Meredith! It’s been lovely watching your creative journey throughout the year and getting to see glimpses of you as a mum to your beautiful children. Much love, L xReplyCancel

I was tagged by Ashley over at Mommy by Day, Crafter by Night to participate in the Around the World Blog Hop. Today I get to answer some questions and tell you a little about myself. What are you working on? I’m working on a few things at the moment, but I’ll show you a […]

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  • Erin M.

    You make gorgeous things. I always know I’m going to like what you’ve done.ReplyCancel

  • Kristy

    Thank you for sharing your love for your craft.

    The picture of you and Layla is one for framing. I never remember seeing that one. How adorable!!!ReplyCancel

  • Love reading this Meredith!ReplyCancel

I’ve had several requests to do a post about sewing with Liberty of London fabric, so today I’m giving you a rundown of tools and techniques that will make the process easy peasy, and you won’t need to feel nervous about cutting into your precious lawn! What is lawn anyway? Liberty tana lawn is a […]

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  • seriously awesome! everything i ever wanted to know about sewing with liberty and then some. must try the aurifil thread…do you use ordinary needles or the microtex?ReplyCancel

    • Just a universal 70/10… and I’m sure you know WAY more about all things Liberty than I do!!ReplyCancel

  • Lara

    Thanks so much Meredith! Conveniently I ordered a set of Aurifil threads from Massdrop – they’re on route so I’ll hold off sewing until then! Such a great post xReplyCancel

  • Michaela

    I do have a stash of Liberty I’m nervous to cut into…I’m now thinking a rotary cutter might make the difference. I always love to see your photos of liberty fabrics, it makes it much easier for me to choose what to buy. Thanks for all the great tips!ReplyCancel

  • I bought my first bundle of Liberty of London tana lawn fabric. I haven’t even received it yet, and I’m worried about sewing it. Do you prewash and then starch your fabric before cutting? I’m using the fabric for quilts. The first one I want to make is Elizabeth Hartman’s Fancy Fox quilt.ReplyCancel

    • Camille! Its taken me forever to reply to comments, and I’m terribly sorry! So with Liberty I never prewash or starch when making clothing or quilts. Give it a good pressing, and you’ll be ready to sew. :) It won’t shrink.ReplyCancel

  • Scarlet

    Excellent entry. I am currently hand piecing small Liberty hexagons, and am having trouble finding the right hand sewing needle to piece Liberty without leaving gaping holes at the seams. Do you recommend a hand sewing needle/size for piecing (not hand quilting) with this fabulous fabric? Many thanks.ReplyCancel

    • For binding and really fine fabrics I use a long, extremely sharp needle that’s very fine and has a small eye called a straw needle. I’m not sure who manufactures them, but I get them from my local quilt shop. I’m assuming if you google “straw needle” you would find something that’s at least similar. I’m sorry to be so vague, but I don’t have any of the packaging on hand, as all of those needles are currently living in a pincushion.ReplyCancel

  • […] but aren’t sure how to use them. In addition, if you are new to sewing with Liberty, I have a great post written up on everything you need to know about sewing with this high quality, beautiful […]ReplyCancel

  • Mary Lynne

    I’m not familiar with aurifil thread; can you recommend a comparable product?
    What do you use to interface a collar on a dress?

  • Carol McE

    I’m glad to read that you don’t prewash the Tana Lawn before sewing as I hadn’t planned on doing that. Do you pre-wash the Free-Spirit solid voile?ReplyCancel

    • Nope! I only prewash things like quilt weight cottons if they are destined to become clothing. Voile and lawn don’t shrink and they are easy to work with unwashed. ReplyCancel

      • Carol McElhinney

        Thanks! Very helpful. I just received my Free Spirit voile and it’s even silkier than the Tana Lawn! I keep touching it and finding it hard to believe it’s really cotton!ReplyCancel

  • Julie

    When sewing garments, do you use a regular stitch length or reduce the length because of the thinness of the material? I am getting a little puckering, so I will try using a smaller needle and perhaps changing the thread, but I was also wondering if changing the stitch length would help as well.ReplyCancel

    • I don’t reduce the stitch length. I use about a 2-2.5. Getting a smaller needle and thread should take away any puckering. ReplyCancel

  • Andrea

    Regarding basting Liberty lawns for a quilt, do you use a spray basting material or pins? The basting pins I have seem way to huge to not leave marks in the Liberty. Thank you!!ReplyCancel

    • I detest basting spray. I know I’m in the minority as so many boast about how fast it is. I just use regular curved safety pins. They aren’t big- just normal size and I don’t have any issue with them leaving holes or marks. ReplyCancel

      • Andrea

        Thank you!! I’ve never spray basted and am reluctant to. Thanks again! ReplyCancel

  • Agnes Henderson

    Have a bag of Liberty scraps to practise on before I get down to some serious projects with my beautiful Tana Lawn fat quarter bundle and dress fabric. Can’t wait to get started. Thank you for all your very helpful tips.ReplyCancel

I’m beyond thrilled to show off today’s dress! I don’t know if I’ve ever been so excited about a handmade finish. My sister, Emilee, is my best friend. We understand one another on a level other people don’t want to go. :) We trade off on lunch, shopping, and other things, and I think that’s […]

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  • holy smokes!! that is some amazing pleatwork there. emilee looks gorgeous!!!!!ReplyCancel

  • Jennifer King

    Gorgeous dress!! Absolutely stunning. Do you or will you have a pattern for this dress available? I showed it to my daughter and she wants me to make it for her. :-)ReplyCancel

  • Lara

    Love love this dress Meredith! That’s one lucky sister you have!! Gorgeous hem detail! ReplyCancel

  • […] away. Still on my pleat-all-the-things kick, I decided to make Layla a dress similar to this one I made for Emilee a year or so […]ReplyCancel

After making one My Belle with a button down bodice, I just had to have another! I made this one with two prints from Juliana Horner’s Homestead collection which I absolutely love! In fact, as soon as I laid eyes on this blue print, I knew I needed a few yards just for a dress. […]

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  • You look gorgeous! Well done youReplyCancel

  • emily

    i had forgotten about that pattern in the book! it is gorgeous on you !!!ReplyCancel