Introducing The Strawberry Thief’s take on a sweetheart quilt – the ♥ Love Liberty Quilt! ♥ Beautiful Liberty fabric, soft and fresh colours, sweet patterns… ♥ All the things we love most in one quilt!
We couldn’t think of a better project to express our love for Liberty this Valentines day than by making one of these lovely heart quilts. Yes, we know, heart quilts have been done many times before in thousands of styles – but this V day we just wanted to adapt a simple pattern of sweet little hearts to show off the beautiful Liberty prints and let the different designs sing together!
Our Fabric Palette Inspiration
We thought that this quilt would be the perfect opportunity to use a few of the latest additions to the Liberty Classic Collection as part of our fabric pull. As you can see by our mood board above, in particular we were inspired by the gentle pastel pink and white silhouette of Mortimer C- which we decided to use as our background fabric – and the beautiful freshness of the yellow Betsy W. Once we had picked those two fabrics we knew that we wanted a soft and delicate rainbow palette to work around them- but with fresh pops of colour to make it really sing! This is what we ended up with:
You can buy a Love Liberty Quilt Kit from our store if you would like to use the same fabrics as we did! It contains 32 x fat 16s in the colours shown above, as well as 2m of the background fabric, Mortimer. This is enough beautiful Liberty fabric to make the entire quilt top, including all the borders and the gorgeous scrappy binding. You can find out more and purchase it from our online store, here.
♥ The Strawberry Thief Love Liberty Quilt ♥
32 x different fat 16s of printed fabric (these will be used for the hearts, border and binding)
2m of background fabric (Mortimer C)
General sewing materials – thread, sewing machine, rotary cutter and cutting mat, ruler
WOF = Width of Fabric
RST = Right Sides Together
Using your fat 16s you will need to cut:
– 32 matching pairs of rectangles (64 in total) x 3.5″x 6.5″
– 34 strips measuring 6.5″ x 2″ (for your scrappy border)
– 34 strips 2″ x WOF (for your scrappy binding)
From background fabric (Mortimer) cut
– 128 x 2″ squares
– 64 x 3.5″ squares
– 6 x 5″ x 6.5″ rectangles
– 25 x 3.5″ x 6.5″ rectangles
– 8 strips 3.5″ x WOF (for borders)
Assembling the Heart Blocks
1. Mark a diagonal line from upper left corner to lower right corner on the wrong side of all of your 2″ and 3.5″ squares
2. At the top left corner of all 3.5″ x 6.5″ rectangles, lay a 2″ square RST with the diagonal line pointed to upper centre of the rectangle. Sew on the line. Press seam on left side of all rectangles the same direction. Trim bottom 2 layers to 1⁄4″ seam allowance. Repeat this step for all of the 64 rectangles.
3. Repeat Step 2 by placing a 2″ square on the top right side of the rectangle with diagonal line pointed to the centre. Sew on the line, trim seam allowance, and press the seam in the opposite direction than the left side square in Step 2. Opposing seams will make it easier to piece the two sections together later. Repeat this step for all 64 rectangles.
4. Lay all of your beautiful matching rectangles in pairs side by side.
Place a 3.5″ square RST on the bottom end of the left rectangle with diagonal line pointing to lower bottom right. As in Step 2, sew on the line, press all seams in the same direction and trim the bottom 2 layers to 1⁄4″ seam allowance. Repeat this by then laying a 3.5″ square on the bottom right side of the Right rectangle with the diagonal line pointing to lower left corner. You will want to press the seam in the opposite direction than that of the left rectangle, for ease when piecing.
5. After applying step 4 to all of your matching rectangles, you can now you can sew your pairs together! You should end up with 32 heart blocks all in all.
Assembling your Quilt Top
6. Referring to our diagram below, lay your quilt blocks out in 7 rows with the 3.5″ x 6.5″ background fabric rectangles in between each heart block. We tried to balance the layout of the blocks so that there was a good, even mix of bolder and softer coloured hearts throughout. Put the 6 mortimer rectangles measuring 5″ x 6.5″ at the beginning and end of the rows where indicated in the diagram.
7. Once you are happy with your layout, sew the blocks together in to rows. Then you can sew the rows together to make your centre block!
8. Stitch four of the 3.5″ strips of background fabric around the centre block to create the first border, and square it up.
9. Stitch the 34 x 6.5″ strips of your printed fabric together to make one long strip, then stitch this to the 1st border on the Centre Block to create a second ‘Scrappy’ border. Instead of making 4 individual pieces, I make one long border strip that I can just stitch down one side of the centre block, cut the rest of the strip off, stitch down the next side etc without having to measure and cut all of the pieces at the beginning.
10. Stitch the remainder of the background fabric in to one long strip to create third and final border, which you can then attach to the Scrappy border.
11. Lastly you will need to stitch the 34 WOF x 2″ strips from your fat 16s together to make your beautiful Scrappy binding. Fold in half and iron.
Look at that lovely roll of scrappy binding you have made! Go you! Now you are ready to lay up your quilt and attach your binding in what ever way is easiest for you! HOORAY!
I have just machine quilted mine (my first attempt at doing this EVER) and it went a bit puffy, as you can see in the photos, but I am hoping this will settle down after a wash. I will keep you updated when I add my bias – I ran out of time – but that could be worth doing a whole tutorial on itself!
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I hope that was easy enough to understand – feel free to ask any questions in the comments and I will try my best to help! Also, any advice for this novice machine quilter from you guys would be very helpful too!