This is where the Prize Draw for that cushion you'll see at the end is taking place -
This is where you can buy books. cards and more
The Last Homely House
PO Box 281
this is the introduction to the Liberty Fabric Series I've been talking about lately.
Go here to see a lovely video about the factory that used to make all the Liberty for the Regent Street Shop
Here is a little bit about the designs - beautiful!
and some more
learn about William Morris here
and the V&A piece about the Arts and Crafts Movement
That is fabulous fabric. I love the shop it’s wonderful. The fabric is so fine when you touch it. I suppose it is expensive but if you love it and it’s for a project in your own home you could consider it. I absolutely love the velvet William Morris curtain material with the fox, hare and peacock but it’s £116 a metre 😭 I’m buying the lottery tickets and who knows what might happen in the future! I just love the arts and crafts period and recently bought a sewing table from around 1890. It came from Germany and has hearts carved into the wide legs. It was hardly used with the original pin cushion intact and drawer keys. Sadly the condition was poor condition but I’d been looking for a nice sewing table for years and I loved this one so I bought it! I decided to pay and get it restored and it’s been gone a long time but the french polisher returned it to me just this week and it’s fabulous. He loved it himself and I can’t believe how nice it’s turned out. If I can work out how to get a picture to you I’ll send one. Thanks for another amazing video. I’m really enjoying them.
I started following a few days ago and am hooked!! You are very entertaining in an endearing way. I usually have a big smile on my face... I am amazed at all you do!! Its fascinating and very educational!
I absolutely adore this Liberty quilt Kate! You know, as I think about it, maybe you’re out of this fabric, but would it be possible for you to make one just like this for me?
You remember me emailing you about making me a quilt? If you can oh that would be wonderful! If you can’t I truly understand.
I live in Catalonia and did not know Liberty fabrics, I find the way you work with them beautiful. I bought a lot of fabric from the Uk for my quilting (a hobby I got when I retired from teaching Spanish), but never saw this Liberty fabrics in the on line stores I frequented. Now, if Brexit goes further, I will have to stop buying in the UK. You make lovely pieces. And in other videos of yours I observed the very beautiful fabrics you use.
LIKE I SAID ON YOUR UNCORRECTED SOUND VIEDO
THIS WAS A EXCELLENT VIDEO.
NY HUSBAND AND I WATCHED IT TOGETHER. HE WAS IMPRESSED BY YOUR WORK AND THE HISTORY OF THE FABRIC
JOB WELL DONE LADY KATE
SIGNING off Scott's wife Vickie
Oh I just adore your Liberty fabrics ... so dreamy. There's a lovely simple quilt in the book "By the Bundle" [by Emma Jean Janson] which uses contrasting (cream) background fabric to 'snowball' one corner on four matching print squares, and then sews the four squares together to form a diamond in the centre. When you use Liberty prints and arrange them as you have in an "ombre/gradations/colourwash" look, the effect is simply stunning. It's my dream to make a quilt using my favourite muted Liberty floral prints one day (or I may have to settle for Liberty-look prints, which will be more affordable). Thanks for your series, Kate.
~Diana from Toronto
wow wow wow I just found you and what a super time. I had never heard of Liberty fabrics and yet I worked with beautiful lawns years ago made several darling dresses for my grands and a friends grands. Your video has intrigued me and I am now a subscriber so I will not miss your next informative views of Liberty. I also watched trip around the world block and teared up a bit when I saw your Mother with her quilt. I lost my Mother in Jan 2014 I was making a quilt for her the year before when she wanted matching goodies for her new LR furniture. I finished many pieces that we all enjoyed before she went down health and was placed in a nursing home for her last few months of life. She never got to see the finished quilt. I have it permanently on my couch.
Thank you so much, Kate, for the introduction to Liberty fabrics. I'm hoping to come across some in the future. Also, thanks for explaining the Patreon details. Anxious to see the collection of quilts you've made...they would make fantastic postcard photos, you know! Always enjoy your channel and your kitties.
Thanks for sharing your story about Liberty Fabrics. I am really interested in learning how to quilt but nobody in my area teaches quilting so I ‘ll be watching you and learning as much as I can from your videos. Thanks again.
Thank you Kate, a really interesting video, I didn't know they had moved manufacturing to Italy. Loved your story about your Mums friend, old haberdashery products are great, I still have a few things I bought from a shop that closed when I was about 18, some of the price stickers say mad amounts like 10p !
I was in Libertys on a day trip 3 years ago - no fabric was bought but what a lovely experience visiting every floor to see what was for sale. The BBC have had a couple of series showing the workings of the store, how items are chosen to sell, great programmes to watch, as are your video's :)
Great video, Kate. I had never heard of Liberty Fabric before 😮 I’m wondering where you get all your energy to travel, make seven quilts, create your own books, etc. I know your NZ trip was a while ago, but you are still very productive! I wonder if you could talk more about making multiples of things or any other tips to keep motivated and finish projects. Hugs from Aurora 🇨🇦 PS Cheese scones for lunch. Yum!
What an absolutely wonderful video.
Your liberty fabric is soooo beautiful.
I surfed a bit on the internet yesterday and found an online shop that offers a wide range of libertys.
But the meter of fabric costs about €34. That's a price that's prohibitive for most people.
So, dear Kate, how wonderful it is for you that you have received this generous gift.
I'll probably never own this fabric, but will watch all the videos of your new series because i like them so much.
You were able to regulate the sound, which squeaked a bit during the first video.
Big hug and thank you for this extraordinary video.
I finally figured out why I love watching you so much, especially in the morning with my first cup of coffee. Your vedios are so genuine, it feels as if I've come round for a morning visit. Thank you for inviting me into your home. And, thank you for not being overly fussy. The cats, the bit of clutter, even the patina on the ironing board that you don't try to hide or edit out add to that feeling of being there with an old familiar friend. Of course, we're not friends. We're strangers, oceans apart. But you remind me of my late mother-in-law, who loved to do all the things you love to do. She had poultry, a garden, cats, clutter, and a sewing room. She was soft spoken like you, but with a West Texas accent. More of a comment than you care to read. But, thank you again for having me and making me feel at home.
Your beautiful quilt reminds me of Monet's garden paintings . On one of my visits to London years ago I saw the exhibition of his lily paintings . They were huge and the way he portrayed light was similar to the colourwash quilt . Of course I visited Liberties too on my excursions and often bought in their sales which were so busy. I would catch the 6 a.m. train from Plymouth and catch the 6p.m. train back in the evening. It was exhausting but I love train journeys and as I was married to a railway man at the time it was free!
I think you will enjoy Milan. Food is amazing there, weather, people plus, you can visit Liberty Fabric.
Look for an artist named Duncan Grant online. One of the new Liberty fabrics for this year will be named after him; he will have two of his designs for the factory this year.
This was such a lovely video! I loved listening to you talk about the fabric and all the amazing colors and patterns in comes in.
I am looking forward to new videos. Are you looking forward to sitting in the pavillion this summer? I would think it would be a perfect place to sew an English Paper Piecing project. (Haha say that 10 times really fast.) I look forward to following on your spring and summer adventures! I know you probably think Why would anyone want to see me to this boring stuff? But I love it and I think there are others who do too. Cheers. ❣️💗
last summer that weather was so warm I practically lived in the pavilion - I had a long extension cable for recharging the iPad and a little camping stove for cooking - I even rigged up a little day bed in the 'bath' so - I'm hoping for a repeat of last summer when the only reason I'll have to come inside will be to watch Wimbledon! ha ha!!! I'll bring you all along! xxx
What beautiful fabrics! I have always been in love with florals and what I thought of as "feed sack prints" . Your colorwash quilts are really special. As always, thanks for sharing and have a joyful day.
Thank you for taking the time to explain Liberty fabrics. I had no idea there was such a rich history. Also your positive attitude about the company moving to Italy is inspiring. You could have fussed but instead you turned it into a vacation!🙌💚🌟
Your quilts are beautiful. I started quilting a few years ago. This year I was given quilt kit to make. the fabric was so rich feeling. I know just what you mean about the feel of certain fabrics. So I am glad your mothers neighbor was so generous to you. Have a nice week. I am from New Hampshire, U. S. Snow is just about gone. Yah!
Thank you for the interesting history and story behind your Liberty fabric. What a gift! I have heard the type of quilt you made for the quilting event called a watercolor quilt or technique. It is lovely. Looking forward to your series, and of course, the garden. Thanks ever so much. Take care.
The name of the factory is Olonia Stamperia, Gorla Minore, Italy, near Milan.
Perfectionist is the word you were looking for. My boyfriend doesn't understand the hoarding of fabric. I keep telling him that sometimes they discontinued the fabric that is why I have to buy it now or I won't be able to buy it later. I don't think he is sold on the idea. The Liberty fabric is beautiful, my Granddaughter's name is Liberty. She will be glad to know that there is fabric with the same name as hers. Can't wait to see what you have made with the Liberty fabric. Thanks Kate 😊
I love these fabrics, thanks for this series! Two questions - for the EPP projects, do you use the Tana Lawn fabric or a heavier weight? And could you please post how to make the little square- shapes for the window hangings ( the Liberty fabrics with the little Indian trinkets attached) many thanks! ❤️
At odd times here and there, I get Liberty here in the States in affordable scrap packs through Alice Caroline or Pink Castle Fabrics. Lucky for you and your mum to have such a thoughtful friend in Kathleen. She knew with whom to share her hoard!
The sound is so much better, I don't know how you did it! The story of Liberty was interesting. I wish now that I still had the piece(s?) of it that I had years ago. And I wish I remember how I came to have them since it was before the days of internet shopping. Looking forward to future videos in this series. Your colour-wash work is so beautiful!
Hi Kate, YAY, another quilt video.
I thoroughly enjoyed your back-story. The fabrics and their collection/colourways are gorgeous but the story of your mum and her friend is priceless. What an interesting family.
I'm looking forward to the upcoming videos and creations. I feel you are rekindling interest in the craft of quilting. Good on you.
No Norma again?
Take care. Regards from Oz. Sue xx
Awe, that's too bad about the factory moving to Italy...yup...I think you need to go on vacation! It is gorgeous fabric. Is the flower ones behind you, Liberty as well? They look like a painting!
Dale from Canada
Loved both videos and seeing the beautiful fabrics. Way to pricey for the things I make but so lovely to dream about. I do recognize some of the patterns from days gone by. Seems like My gran and old mother in law had house dresses in similar patterns.
Kate, If I ever quilted ( which I haven't...YET 😊) When you showed the big quilt...my heart melted. THAT is what I imagine MY quilt (or English paper piecing which is about ALL I probably can handle lol) I'm lost. But too far expensive for me at that price. Can't wait for you to make another cushion. I don't believe there's anything of yours I've disliked. Kindred spirits! ~ Hugs, Anita S
Had not heard of liberty fabrics until I started following you, they are beautiful and make you want to create. They sound pretty pricey but sound lovely and worth having some in a stash! Thanks for sharing and loved your story of how you came to have the liberty fabric. Your quilt and pillow are beautiful and am looking forward to more time with you and liberty!
Your hair looks cute! I checked out Liberty fabric a while ago when you were talking about it. It’s expensive here in the US also. Too expensive for me! As my husband says champagne taste on a beer budget. 🙂 Shame your factory moved. Italy sounds like a great idea for a trip!!
Very informative. So much so, I’m feeling a bit put out that I don’t possess any! 😁. I looked it up and found some on fabric.com but it was over $32.00 a yard so alas, I’ll just be drooling over it from afar!
Beautiful fabric! I’ve been quilting for 18 years and I am very happy I can’t get my hands on that fabric line. Lol! I’m a bit of a fabric hoarder. Thank you for sharing your videos. Mimi from Painesville, Ohio USA
Hi Kate, Liberty fabrics are printed by Stamperia Olonia , which is located in north Italy not far away from Milan.
I agree with you , its 'sad when a factory closes and the same job it's done in a foreign country. It has happened to many factories here in Italy too. I really like your channel which I started to whatch for the quilts you make ( I am a beginner) , but i fuond en entire fantastic world. Thankyou for sharing your life and all your skills.
yes - a few people have posted the location - I won't be going - I have enough fabric to last me a while and I have so much to do here with all the beaks and mouths and plants to see to - From about this time of year its hard to get away even over night! but I'm happy with that! xxx thank you!
Ooo I love me a bit of William Morris. I adore your videos Kate. I'm going to break down and treat myself to some liberty. Yes, I am. Love and blessings from my heart to yours. 💞 your quilt pushed me to the 'dark' side. 😉on Ebay yes I blasphemed
Haha, no Kate you are not to blame, remember my marbles are still lost somewhere. I did however buy some on Amazon for 9.00 . When it arrives I will let you know. Tana Lawn I think, hopefully there will be enough to follow along with your next project. Take care till then. Much love.
Hi Kate, watched the second upload of the video today and I always thought I cover the speaker of my phone somehow. Just saw this upload, quickly checked the sound (great and understandable as usual) and now enjoying to watch the video a second time today. I really love to hear the story behind the fabrics and how you came to them. The fabrics are really gorgeous and I fully understand that you love them 😉 Looking forward to the other videos of the "Liberty series". xoxo from Germany, Stephanie
I was interested to hear your story of your Liberty collection . I love Liberty fabric and have collected a MUCH smaller stock of pieces to use. 😏Sometimes I ask for a birthday present of fabric , which people are pleased to do . They know I'll be delighted .
I've also bought some fabric reduced online in the end of season sale .....odd as I live in London and could pop down the road ( but few bargains there !)
Currently slowly sewing my paper piecing Liberty cushion . Like yours but hexagons. Labour of love ❤️
Looking forward to the series. Lovely to have some projects to watch unfold.
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