Several weeks ago I decided to cut out a new project, and so started my Liberty Long Leaf quilt.
Every time I teach, I come back to my studio wanting to sew, and coming back from QuiltCon this year was no different. There’s something about the excitement of others taking on new skills and new projects as well as seeing so many different fabric and color combinations–it makes me want to sew!
I didn’t spend a ton of time thinking about what I wanted to do. I’ve been enjoying cutting from my Long Leaf templates, and I also wanted to dive into my Liberty stash–so, that’s what I did. Liberty is not only buttery soft, but it’s also one of those fabric genres that plays so easily together. There’s no need to worry–it’ll all work together. I just started pulling and cutting out prints that caught my eye and laying them out on the floor.
For the background, I had a hankering for blue. Without a ton of thought, I grabbed a few blues that were on the top of my solids pile–Harbor and Mediterranean–plus a bright blue piece from Kept. I felt like 3 was a good enough variety, while still speaking to the same idea.
I plan to make this a bed-sized quilt, so I’m orienting the triangular pieces to run sideways across the bed. I’ll add solid panels to the top and bottom to make it the size I want and to give the piecing a bit of room to breathe. Plus, I don’t really see a need for a ton of piecing under where I’ll be setting my pillows. As for which fabrics to use for the borders, I want to go with blue so that all of the blue reads as the background, but I’ll definitely audition a few other choices before making the final call. Sometimes you can be surprised by an option in a good way so it’s worth a shot!
Pattern: Long Leaf (with some layout changes)
Templates: Long Leaf
And here it is as a kite since we went out to photo this on the windiest day ever. Ha!