Liberty of London Nine Patch Quilt – FINISHED!

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Hello Farmgirl Friends! Do you remember the Liberty Nine Patch Quilt that I started almost two years ago? Normally I am a quick finisher… I do not do well with unfinished projects. But that quilt required more (expensive) Liberty fabrics and more time than I had energy for (smile!) so I literally put it away. (Knowing that if I left it in sight it would drive me crazy!)

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This winter when my mother came to stay, I knew the time was right to purchase more bits of Liberty Betsy fabric and get that quilt finished! Here’s the crazy thing… once I purchased the fabric, it literally only took me a couple days to finish the piecing and get the quilt top finished!

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I had the privilege of working with Hobbs Batting and I used their Tuscany Silk batting. Because Liberty fabric is so lightweight I definitely wanted a batting that is also lightweight, but yet of good quality. And this was the perfect match for my quilt. It feels like absolute luxury!

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I kept going around and around on what to use for my quilt backing fabric. I really wanted to use a Liberty print… but Liberty yardage is so expensive that four yards would literally cost me $160.00. But my mother (the frugal old ranch girl) shocked me when she said, “You’re probably only going to make one Liberty quilt… buy the expensive Liberty fabric for the backing”!! And guess what? I DID!!! And oh my word… best decision ever! I chose to veer away from the Liberty Betsy line and purchased this beautiful Liberty Clare. It is so gorgeous!

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My mother had such a wonderful time hand quilting on my quilt. We chose to hand sew simple diagonal straight lines and Mom and I worked on opposite ends of the quilt and spent many evenings hand quilting and talking. It was absolutely wonderful. I love this picture of her sweet hands working on my quilt.

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What is it about simple hand quilting lines that add so much sweetness to a quilt?

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This quilt feels different than all my other quilts I’ve made. Partly it is due to the fact that Liberty fabric just has a soft, luxurious feel to it. Hand quilting also makes it softer. The batting I used is warm so even though the quilt is very lightweight it is so warm. But there is this interesting feeling I get when I’m curled up in this quilt… it feels like home… I’ve decided it has to do with my sweet little Momma and I working on it together. The memories are precious and they are sewn into every seam.

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We had a lovely late winter snow storm and it was really fun to take some photos of my quilt in the snow! That doesn’t happen very often here in Tennessee.

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Now it’s time to announce the WINNER of the giveaway from my blog post last month!

Heather Neeper – you are the winner!

(Heather, I’ve sent you an email!)

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Thank you friends for entering my giveaway, for reading my blog posts, for faithfully commenting and following along!

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Until our gravel roads cross again… so long.

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Dori

  1. Arlyne says:

    Your quilt is beautiful!!!

  2. Sandy Keller says:

    I agree about working on a quilt with someone or for someone makes it special! I often write on the label that love is sewn in with every stitch. That is just the way it feels.
    I have only heard about Liberty fabrics, I am almost afraid to actually see and touch any! Would I ever sew with anything else?

  3. STACEY M MITCHELL says:

    Such a beautiful. congrats for a finished quilt.

  4. Wanda Sue says:

    So beautiful! Congratulations Heather!!

  5. Ladybug loves lilacs says:

    Such a beautiful quilt and the best part is the love stitched into it by your momma as well as the conversation. Something for you to always treasure.

    Congratulations to Heather my farmgirl sister!

  6. MICHELINE D'ANGELIS says:

    This is the most beautiful quilt I have ever seen. Lovely! I can’t sew a straight line, but when I see this, I want to make one. My toxic trait is believing I can. Ha ha. That will not stop me from trying though. I simply love it! Such a great, clean work. You and your mom are real artists. Congratulations on finishing this absolute treasure.

  7. Peggy Smith says:

    I love your quilt. It is absolutely beautiful. Do you use a quilting rack for hand sewing.

  8. Patty says:

    It’s beautiful and I love the backing fabric. It’s so precious to know your mom helped stitch it!

  9. Joanne Seruto says:

    Love it !!! Congratulations it is just beautiful !

  10. Joan Piercy says:

    Dori, the quilt is beautiful! I love it that your mom worked on the quilting as well. What a treasure! And thank you for your blog. You always raise my spirit!

  11. Sheila LaPoint says:

    Dori, your quilt is so pretty, it looks like spring time! I do not sew, maybe hem or sew a patch on. I do needle point and am working on a stamped cross-stitch my first one. I can feel the love as you talk about working on it with your mom. I makes me smile and makes my heart feel good thanks for sharing .

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