“This is one of the loveliest books on quilts I HAVE EVER SEEN. Really. Ever.” – Mary Fons, Quiltfolk Editor in Chief
Turn on your kettle, prepare your favorite tea, and get ready to fancy some of the world’s most admired fabrics because February’s Book of the Month is about to transport you to … London!
British author and quilter Jenni Smith, a dear friend to Quiltfolk, recently wrote Quilting with Liberty Fabrics: 15 Quilts Celebrating 145 Years in Fabric — a beautiful book that is rooted deep in the history of the distinguished department store Liberty London.
Quilting with Liberty Fabrics offers more than a history lesson, though. Until Jenni, nobody had ever collaborated with Liberty to write about quilting with their highly regarded fabrics, including Tana Lawn and Lasenby Quilting Cotton.
An art historian by trade who is passionate about all-things fabric and thread, Jenni is the first person to research and write about the “anatomy” of a Liberty print — covering 15 fascinating original quilt projects, patterns included!
Come back in time with us as Jenni celebrates the iconic designs that have made Liberty London one of the world’s most famous fabric manufacturers, enjoying unparalleled success from 1875 to the present day. Here, 15 quilts celebrate Liberty’s history decade by decade, featuring these luxurious fabrics and reflecting changing fashion trends and major developments in both the store’s history and the history of design. A full swatch library includes details of the classic fabric designs produced over the years, and each quilt will inspire readers to finally cut into those precious bits of fabric and begin enjoying them in pieced projects of their very own.
In fall of 2019, we released an exclusive digital supplement to our print magazine titled Quiltfolk Explorer: London, England in which Liberty is featured. While our short-and-sweet article offers a brief introduction to Liberty, it is more of an appetizer compared to Jenni’s book, which reads like a full-course meal!