Is there anyone out there who doesn’t just love Liberty of London fabric? Their florals are classic and so amazing. Within the last year or so, Riley Blake Designs has been printing some of their classic florals on quilting cotton! Normally Liberty is printed on Tana lawn, which is oh-so-soft, but also oh-so-expensive. It has been so fun to finally add some Liberty into my quilting life at a fraction of the cost and in a quilting cotton weight with which I am confident sewing.
I used 3 prints from their latest collection, Winterbourne, to make this fun Gingham Pillow (free pattern by Meg of Monograms for Makers). Meg has written a clever way to use strip piecing and very little yardage to come up with a modern spin on a classic gingham pattern. The Liberty florals are allowed to shine in this configuration and pattern.
Are you a Liberty fan? Look for the Winterbourne collection in your favorite local and online quilt shops!
When I designed my Half Dash pattern, I knew I wanted to make it in a variety of ways to showcase how versatile the pattern really is. No matter your personal quilting style, this pattern works. I promise! Today I am so excited to share a version I made using Riley Blake Confetti Cottons.
I LOVE LOVE LOVE making quilts using solids. They are one of the best fabrics to use, in my opinion. They can be the star, or they can be a supporting role. You can add in a fun basic (like Swiss Dots, Blossom, Pin Drop) or just go for all solids. You can use solids with a funky print and add a different dimension. If you haven’t been using solids much in your quilts, start and I promise it’ll change your quilting life.
Confetti Cottons by Riley Blake Designs are among the softest solids out there. They are so soft, yet they have a wonderful feel to them and they provide a heft that other solids don’t. I’ve used almost every single brand of solid that is out there and Confetti Cottons are among my very, very favorites.
Riley Blake has been really smart as they’ve introduced different basics. Often you can find a basic that is the exact same color and has the same color name as one of their Confetti Cottons. This makes pairing a basic with a solid really foolproof.
This particular version of Half Dash uses 1/3 yard cuts of a confetti cotton plus a coordinating swiss dot in 10 different pairings. I loved this quilt so much that my good friend Jessica of Simply Love Fabrics is offering kits! You can find her kit HERE.
As always, the Riley Blake 1/4″ black + white stripe is a perfect binding choice for this quilt. (Is it ever NOT the perfect binding choice? I don’t honestly think so!) I hand quilted this quilt using Aurifil 12 wt thread in color 2024 and it added the perfect softness I was going for.
If you are interested in purchasing my pattern, you can find it HERE and once again, Jessica’s kits for this quilt are available HERE.
For those of you who follow me on Instagram (@heritage.threads), you know that I have majorly fallen down a rabbit hole. This rabbit hole is making neck ties for my 2 sons and my husband. My wonderful husband wears a tie to work every day. Probably a year ago he asked if we could work on drafting a tie pattern for our own use from one of his old ties. I said absolutely and then promptly forgot, as I do.
This year I finally decided to make it easier for myself and purchase Dana’s Everyday Necktie Pattern.She has an awesome YouTube video that goes along with her pattern and it is pretty much fool proof. If I can do it over and over and over, I promise you can do it as well.
I have learned that I can fit a men’s tie, a tween tie, and a boy’s tie all on 3/4 of a yard of fabric (one 3/4 yard piece for the front and one 3/4 yard piece for the lining). There is still weird waste, but it doesn’t feel as wasteful as 1 tie.
I made ties for Easter for some neighbors and then just couldn’t stop and made more and more and more ties for my boys……. I have 2 more planned and then I *might* stop….. maybe…… I thought it would be fun to document the ties I’ve made and I will continue to update this post as I make more. 🙂