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Liberty Glory

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Dear Ann,
I was sewing the binding down on this little quilt while talking to you on the phone just now. Today seemed like a good day to finish it.
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This mini-quilt was inspired by Janey Forgone’s stunning “Liberty Jack” quilt, an international prize winner. (A picture and more details about the Liberty Jack quilt are at the end of this post.) All the fabrics in my wee translation are from Liberty of London, except for a scrap of Yoshiko Jinzenji on the pieced binding, and the backing, which is also Yoshiko Jinzenji. I always have that jones to break the rule.
It was only by making this that I realized how crucial the diagonals of the Union Jack are to the original quilt’s dazzling shimmer.
Love,
Kay

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28 Comments

28 Comments

  1. Beautiful! The soft colors are so nice, makes it a subtle, subdued bit of patriotism, which I definitely think is appropriate for a day like today. Thanks for the inspiration as always!

  2. just simply bravo
    911 day i worked on a red scarf
    for my service -i live in
    bradenton fl the president was
    so close by and so were they
    the quilt is lovely the cloth is artful
    have you seen spring summer debbie bliss
    she has a knitted lined clothes pin bag
    or peg bag i just might in memorys
    of my mom hanging out the clothes

  3. Kay. Perfect. I love your hand quilting.

  4. Oh, and how big is it?

  5. Love it Kay, and yes today is perfect for it!
    I have always loved Liberty fabrics, they are always beautiful. You are turning out some really smart quilts, fun isn’t it?

  6. Girl, your creativity is ON FIRE. I bow to you. And, maybe in your honor, I will knit a few rows tonight.

  7. “breaking rules” is the only way to create!……love your shades of goodness, kay…..

  8. Kay, I was so touched when my screen opened to reveal your sweet ‘Liberty Glory’. Yes, today was a good day to finish it. Thank you for sharing it with all of us.
    LoveDiane

  9. Love it! I’ve made several flag quilts but usually stick to the more traditional colors or muted/antiquey tones (tan or ivory, cranberry, navy or dusty cadet blue). My favorites were a tiny 8x10in I made for a neighbor’s wedding shower gift (she and her husband were both recent USMA grads) with Debbie Mumm patriotic prints in tans, cranberry and cadet (of course!!) blues and a larger flag sized bright RWB with an Ohio star block for the star field. Freulein Bernina hasn’t seen much fabric lately. Perhaps that needs to change!

  10. Wow! this is the coolest quilt I’ve seen in awhile. Something about it feels very American, too, even though it’s so far removed from the bright red, white, and blue. Great work.

  11. A spontaneous wow came out of my mouth when the picture loaded up. Some how it’s fitting on this particular day to see that the US flag as soft and comforting.

  12. Lovely. You inspire me!

  13. it came out beautiful!

  14. Lovely and glorious, in its own quiet way. I recognize the fabric from the binding; I had a lovely long dress made of that exact fabric the summer I was 16 years old, back in the ice age, when Libertys ruled the world.

  15. You’ve got to love a diagonal for adding pizazz to a design. But this looks fabulous, so glad to see some of those Liberty bits and pieces getting used. I recognise leftovers from a dress skirt in there! x x x

  16. LOVE it!!!

  17. Wow. Must resist the urge to make one — am in a major knitting phase and can’t be tempted!

  18. Really great. It inspires me to finish the quilt I started when you posted your quilt photos from February! Some day I am going to NYC to go fabric shopping! I love the fabrics you use…

  19. This is so sweet. I love the subdued colors and artful design. What are you going to use it for?

  20. Oh wow. Really amazing. I gasped!

  21. Oh wow. Really amazing. I gasped!

  22. Beautiful. And a perfect day to share it.

  23. I really like this one too. I’m sure it would win some sort of international prize if you just entered it ins some sort of competition!!

  24. Beautiful quilt.
    Last spring we went to the Betsy Ross House in Philly and although historians argue about whether she actually sewed the first flag (most say that there is no documentation due to her Quaker religious beliefs, as it was an act of war), she was definitely quite famous as the best seamstress in the city. Great to see the tradition still today.

  25. Very nice. It’s always nice to see a new take on the American flag. Lovely soft colors.

  26. I am so inspired by this piece. It never occurred to me to make collages with fabric this way. I just LOVE all of your mini-quilts. Maybe you will post them all together some time?
    I just found an embroidered flag wall hanging that my mom made for my brother in the bicentennial year. It was sitting, forgotten in her attic. I put it up in my son’s room, and we all love it. These things have longevity!

  27. I am so inspired by this piece. It never occurred to me to make collages with fabric this way. I just LOVE all of your mini-quilts. Maybe you will post them all together some time?
    I just found an embroidered flag wall hanging that my mom made for my brother in the bicentennial year. It was sitting, forgotten in her attic. I put it up in my son’s room, and we all love it. These things have longevity!

  28. I like seeing how your view of the world around you manifests itself through your handicrafts. You have an amazing ability to transform your thoughts, opinions and ideals and express them beautifully in cotton. I am even more grateful that we have this medium for you to share your projects. Thanks.