Liberty Mandala Applique Quilt

I’ve not decided whether this is a Liberty flower or a Liberty mandala, but either way it was made from my stack of Liberty Stile I won at the Fat Quarterly Retreat…

The design was made on Illustrator and then I printed the templates from there and glue stick appliquéd them, with machine blind hem stitch around the outside to keep them down. The back was a vintage sheet I picked up for about £5 in The Shop off Brick Lane that I’ve blogged about before.

The quilting looks nice but was hard not to get folds in the back as I didn’t have a quilting bar until very recently so had to use an adjustable foot which meant the further out I went, the more that was bunched under the arm of my machine. I stopped halfway through to spray baste as well as pin. I think polyester wadding makes this harder too as it’s more puffy and less grippy than cotton in my experience. I also added a button in the middle as I felt it was missing something.

Size – 65″ square
Number of blocks – n/a – it’s a whole cloth.
Time to piece – 12 hours approx
Time to quilt – 3 hours approx (home machine)
Fabric – Plain white cotton plus Liberty Stile F8 bundle.
Backing Fabric – Vintage sheet with a bit of linen donated to me to make it up to size
Binding Fabric – Liberty Stile- scraps and more F8s cut into strips
Threads – Aurifil 50wt really white, not sure of the number, all the way through.
Batting – Cheap 4oz polyester.
Quilting- Spiral

Onto my Lovely Year of Finishes target for September, I have started yet another new project. OH’s sister went into labour last week 6 weeks early so my plans for a baby quilt have been rushed. We’re still waiting for him… If he can give me a week or so that would be useful (but not so nice for mum)!

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I’m following the Stars and Stripes pattern in Brioni’s fab new book, but half of the blocks to make it half the size and the fabric is half an early jelly roll of Bluebird Park by Kate & Birdie with some 2wentyThr3e charm squares. Everything else is on hold right now til it’s done!

Here he is “helping” with my Liberty Mandala…

In other news, Fletcher is being kept in the vets because he has blood in his wee. It’s been dark for weeks and we’ve only really just thought that it’s not a normal thing and he should get it checked out. We should find out later this afternoon what the outcome of the tests are but I’m hoping for kidney stones or a treatable infection, but it could be something much worse that doesn’t bear thinking about right now. He’s only 10 and there’s nothing visibly wrong with him otherwise. Either way, that’s my holiday money savings gone I’m sure, vets charge the earth! It’s going to be a long day…


  1. Posted September 3, 2013 at 11:14 am | Permalink

    I think this is one of my favorites from you! Looks great!
    I wish all the best for you and Fletcher and hope for the best!

  2. moira
    Posted September 3, 2013 at 11:17 am | Permalink

    love that liberty quilt – it’s really pretty. Fingers crossed for Fletcher x

  3. Posted September 3, 2013 at 11:20 am | Permalink

    I think that is perhaps my favourite quilt of yours, too!!! You do have the best ideas. The button is perfect!

    Good luck with the baby quilt but even more luck with Fletcher. 🙁 I do hope it’s a simple wee (pun intended) thing, he is such a cracking chap.

  4. Posted September 3, 2013 at 11:32 am | Permalink

    I love this quilt too!
    I really hope Fletcher has a simple uti or something and will be on the mend soon and without too much expense. He’s such a sweet dog 🙂

  5. Posted September 3, 2013 at 1:13 pm | Permalink

    Your quilt is lovely, I hope your dog is better soon.

  6. Posted September 3, 2013 at 1:28 pm | Permalink

    Oh Kerry it’s beautiful! Such a great idea for the Liberty and I love that button. Am keeping my fingers crossed that Fletcher is A.OK and that you hear soon, Sx

  7. Mary Ann
    Posted September 3, 2013 at 9:00 pm | Permalink

    Greetings from USA. Gorgeous quilt you just made. Really like how you quilted it.
    Hope all comes out well for Fletcher.

  8. Posted September 3, 2013 at 10:02 pm | Permalink

    I don’t know what a mandala is, so I’m voting flower 😉 Good luck with the baby quilt and the cat!

  9. Susan
    Posted September 3, 2013 at 10:29 pm | Permalink

    Swriously love that Liberty quilt.

  10. Posted September 4, 2013 at 3:52 am | Permalink

    Love your liberty quilt and hope you have more luck with your nephew’s quilt than I’m having with mine!

    Really hope fletcher’s ok and home with you by now x

  11. Posted September 5, 2013 at 5:40 pm | Permalink

    it looks lovely! I’m not a liberty fan but used sparingly like this, they are really pretty

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