Friday, January 10, 2014

Finish It Up Friday :: Liberty Mini

My first finish of the year and I love, love, love it - which is a huge relief since I cut into my precious Liberty Mini Rainbow Bundle that I bought at Purl Soho years ago. Years this fabric had been sitting on the shelf people, years. In all those years on the shelf it never brought me as much joy as this mini quilt does!

I cut 2.5" squares of the Liberty and just played with them until I liked the arrangement (which I could have kept on doing for a loooong time). Then I added a bright white (probably Kona) sash that I trimmed to an 1.25" (the original strips were 2" wide but I knew I'd trim them down after I attached them). Happily found everything I needed for this project in my own sweet stash.
Then I wanted to add some rick rack as a decorative element. First I thought about using the rick rack instead of binding but then I found this awesome tutorial at Bee In My Bonnet and I knew that was the way to go. I did want to try using the backing as binding as well and I loved this tutorial from Cluck Cluck Sew on how to do that. Doing both together worried me a bit as my machine doesn't like to sew through too many layers but it worked out just fine!
I had tried doing the backing as binding on a mug rug recently and absolutely hated it but I wanted it to work, I really, really did. So I kept looking at how people did it and Allison's tutorial seemed different enough than the way I'd tried that it might work better and it did! I left a longer edge to use as the binding (1") and shortened my stitch length considerably. Her method of mitering the corners also worked out really well for me (and she's not even paying me to say any of this ;-).
My dear husband was kind enough to add lights to the bottom shelf in the cupboard over the holiday break and it looks wonderful. Weirdly only the top two shelves were lit and I didn't realize how much it annoyed me until until he fixed it. Yay for handy husbands and IKEA lights!
My little mini happily ensconced in it's new home. It looks just how I pictured it - so satisfying!
So this was my "praying for a snow day" display. We got two ridiculously frigid days off earlier this week, which were nowhere near as fun as snow. We're keeping our fingers crossed a bit longer.
Enjoying the warmth and glow of this cozy winter cupboard.

Linking up with Crazy Mom Quilts for Finish It Up Friday. Thanks for stopping by, have a great weekend!

8 comments:

  1. Stunning! i am a serious Liberty lover, and it looks great the way you have it set it in your display.

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  2. What a beautiful display cabinet and such a cute quilt!

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  3. I am a new Liberty fabric lover... your mini is gorgeous and looks amazing in the display cabinet!! Thanks for sharing.

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  4. Ooooh the display cabinet is a beauty!!

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  5. Exquisite! I bought a half-yard of the Loden B Tana Lawn at Purl in October and just pull it out, look at it and sigh. I have 3 other meters I bought in London back in 2002 and haven't cut into those either. I love how they have swatches in old hoops in Purl hanging on the wall, but you've given me another option, and reason to buy a few more bits of Liberty!

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  6. Love your mini and it looks just right in its new home!

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  7. Oh! I love your mini! I too have fabrics in my stash that I just am afraid to cut into for fear I'll regret it. Congratulations on being courageous and your end result is just gorgeous! I love how you displayed it.

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  8. Divine! I'm an absolute sucker for Liberty prints, the ric rac is the cherry on top!

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