Count down to this weekend’s Liberty launch!

Liberty English Garden fabric bundle main

When it comes to fabric brands, Liberty always comes top of our list for iconic British design that add instant stye to any sewing project. So we’re delighted to discover that Liberty’s new quilting-weight fabric collection, The English Garden, is going to be demo’d live on air on Sewing Quarter TV this weekend!The English Garden collection reimagines classic nineteenth century floral prints, inspired by the colours of nature. We’re lucky enough to have a preview bundle here in the office (pictured above) – what do you think?

It’s Liberty’s  first quilting range for some time, and, true to form, it’s a delicious combination of intricate florals in a pastel palette. Liberty fabric can turn a good sewing project into an outstanding one, whether used in its entirety or added to patchwork. By combining their floral prints, or simply including a splash or two – you can give a quilt that instant ‘wow’ factor.

EQS Liberty English Garden fabric swatches

Our sister brand, Sewing Quarter will be stocking the collection in just a few days. And to bring it to life, they’ve enlisted the help of top quilting experts, who’ll demonstrate some project ideas live on air. So stay tuned this weekend and get ready to create your own Liberty masterpiece this autumn!

If you haven’t seen it yet you can watch the shows on Freeview 78 or online at www.sewingquarter.com. The Liberty launch starts at 8am and we hear on the grapevine that designer Jenni Smith will be showcasing quilt projects to show off the fabrics, and revealing the full collection up close!

Today's Quilter Alison Garrett Liberty quilt

Alice Garrett’s Summer Meadow quilt – resplendent in Liberty fabrics – from issue 25 of Today’s Quilter magazine.

 

A brief history of Liberty

Liberty is one of Britain’s most iconic brands, labelled ‘the chosen resort of the artistic shopper’ by Oscar Wilde. Established in 1875, founder Arthur Lasenby Liberty’s vision was to change the face of fashion and homeware by bringing a taste of the orient to London.

Arthur Liberty was a draper in his early career, and so fabric was always at the heart of his new store’s proposition. Tapping into Britain’s growing appetite for the Art Nouveau aesthetic, his fabrics offered the consumer something new – something that was both exotic and yet quintessentially British. ‘We flatter ourselves that we have created a new “English” period,’ said John Llewellyn, of Liberty’s silk department, in 1889.

More than 140 years on, Liberty is still a wonderland of luxurious furnishings, sumptuous fabrics and wearable works of art, with a distinct ‘Britishness’ at its core.

LIberty exhibit 1 blog

From romantic, densely patterned garments from the post-war 1930s to the Art Nouveau revival of the 1950s and Swinging 1960s, then Seventies Pastoralism with its characteristic smocking, we were lucky enough to see beautiful Liberty fabrics and vintage garments up close at this Autumn’s The Great British Sewing Bee Live exhibit by the Fashion and Textile Museum. Photograph © Fashion and Textile Museum/Daniel Lewis.