Wednesday, 23 May 2012

be still my beating heart

Spring Market in Kansas City was fantastic, and as soon as I get my hundreds of photos sorted I'll start sharing with you the exciting things that are coming in the world of fabric.

The one thing I really cannot wait to tell you about are the new Liberty Lifestyle Fabrics. It honestly didn't matter what the heck else was in Kansas City, my favourite shop in all of the world that makes my favourite fabrics in all of the world has launched a range of quilting weight cottons that will be available in regular quilting stores everywhere and at a way more reasonable price than the Tana Lawns are.

liberty lifestyle booth

So what is the difference?

Tana Lawn is a high thread count, very lightweight, superior quality cotton fabric that has amazing drape and is primarily a dressmaking fabric (although it quilts beautifully, and is much more hard wearing than you may imagine from it's hand). It is as soft as silk, can be tricky to sew if you're not familiar with it and has a hefty price tag - especially if you're not UK based. $40+ a yard for US peeps. That makes for pricey dresses (but it is worth it, I swear).

liberty lifestyle fabrics

The new lifestyle cottons are a quilting weight, regular cotton. Just like the cottons we buy from our quilt stores and make into all kinds of things. These are going to be super versatile, super affordable (I'm going to estimate they'll be slightly more than regular cottons, but a bit less than Japanese - the wholesale plus freight cost is making me think they'll be around $15/yard, I thought they might be less at first, but that was before freight was factored in, which bumps the wholesale cost up a little bit, and then obviously the retail price. I'm still only guessing that price though, but it'll be around that kind of area).

The collection, called Bloomsbury Gardens was designed and curated by Sholto Drumlanrig, from the ridiculously expansive Liberty archives (let's face it - that is some kind of awesome job. I'm not even going to pretend to hide my envy. I would kill for that job, or even the job of tea girl to the people in the Liberty design studio. I can make a lovely cup of tea, and I'm cheap, in case there's an opening). Sholto was manning the booth at Quilt Market and looked ever so slightly afraid, a bit like a rabbit caught in headlights. Quilt Market can be quite a scary place for a softly spoken Brit. I probably should have rescued him. He might have enjoyed karaoke with Tula and me. Next time, I promise...


liberty lifestyle


They should be shipping around July for UK, and October for US/rest of world (for once we get them first! Yay!) Brenda from Pink Castle Fabrics was the very first person to order them at Market, and as soon as they hit her store you know I'll be telling you (and you know I'll be having some kind of giveaway and fun shizzle planned when that happens as well). Annie from the Village Haberdashery has also ordered them, so for the UK peeps, sign up for her newsletter and get the latest news of when they're arriving. Annie is also giving away a swatch set on her blog (UK only), you should go and enter. I would share mine, but as you can see I've already cut it up (Sorry 'bout that. Actually I'm not sorry, I'm not sorry at all).

40 comments:

Monica said...

I loved their booth at Market! Unfortunately...being just a worker bee for the shop I was representing at Market, I had no buying power. Otherwise we would definately have ordered fabrics from Liberty.

Sarah said...

It is awffy pretty, but I want to know what that print is you've used for your centres there!

Laura Taylor said...

As you know, I am not the hugest liberty fan. But, oh me oh my, how I would love a dress from that Dorothy print!

Cathy said...

OH...MY...GOODNESS...!! You have made my day. I cannot wait! xo

Sylvie - Madame Créative said...

You cannot imagine how I envy you! Going to quilt market must be so exciting! + getting some great fabrics before the rest of the world! + showing off to us your finds!
You are a lucky lucky girl!

Aylin (Nilya2011) said...

IT´s so fun to read your enthusiasm. Makes me smile and want this fabric too ;-)
Aylin

Sadie said...

I haven't been hugely enthused to work with Liberty fabrics before, but I think that mostly stemmed from the prohibitive cost. I am certainly much more interested in these quilting weight Liberty prints :-) Thanks for sharing and for the heads up on the giveaway over at Village Haberdashery too x

Kris said...

Pfffft! Prices here in Oz are ridiculous. Tana lawn is $46 thru to $70 a metre here. Regular quilting fabric is anywhere from $22 thru to $30 a metre. It's no wonder more and more people are buying online. It means the end for the LQS here though which is not a good thing for quilting.

Rosa said...

This is some crazy good news!!!!!
I'm a Liberty Loyalty member for several years and I have never been able to afford any of their devine fabrics. A visit to their shop when I'm in London is a must - I just cuddle the fabric and wipe my dripping saliva *lol*
You bet I will be keeping an eye out for that quilting weight fabric hitting stores!!!!

Amy Friend said...

I'm really excited about Liberty too...can't wait! Sew Me A Song on Etsy has ordered it too, fyi!

Lynn said...

I wish I could have scored one of those pretty boxes. I'll have to try for a sample give away or wait until fall... Must. Start. Saving.

Swedish Scrapper said...

Oh those reds!!!!! Didn't know lawns did anything for me.....but these do! Can't wait to see more posting!

Michelle said...

get outta town! I am so damn excited about this!!

Meredith Daniel said...

Haha. Don't be sorry! I love this Liberty fabric. Since you'll be getting it before us in the US I'm excited to see what you'll be making. Its like we'll be getting an inspiration preview. I'm excited to see more stuff from Market.

marcella said...

Oh wow, best news ever! Time to start pestering my local shop to carry them :-) Have FUN with those swatches and I hope we get to see what you're playing with soon.

mascanlon said...

I can't wait! I love liberty and it was the one thing I had to buy in London a few years back!

Tiara said...

So very excited!

Karen said...

It seems quintessentially English because of the chintz. Grew up in India and it reminds me of fabric we had available to make dresses.

susan said...

oh gosh, i am all tingly thinking i may be able to finally afford some liberty!

Mary on Lake Pulaski said...

I hope you enjoy playing with those beauties and show lots and lots of photos.

Marjanna said...

So excited! I made my very first quilt using Liberty lawn fabric scraps from a friend's dress. Can't. Wait.

♥Duff said...

Sara at Sew Sweetness had a blog post stating that there would be Liberty cottons and i just about fell over. That is so exciting! PInk Castle had preorders of FMF so maybe she'll do the same for Liberty--I'm in again!

Jacey said...

I don't blame you for cutting into those pretties so quickly!

Katy Cameron said...

What, you passed up the chance to rescue that bloke and try and secure your dream job, you could have become his bouncer! ;o)

Live a Colorful Life said...

I see you have the beginnings of something beautiful!

Cherie said...

Interesting prints there! No wonder you've cut into them already to make something amazing =D

I'm hosting a new swap over at my blog if anyone is interested please pop over for a look =D

http://ibescheraldine.blogspot.co.uk/p/goodie-bag-swap.html

Flying Blind... said...

Loving your attitude to sharing!

Poppyprint said...

OMG, OMG, OMG!

Nikki said...

I have loved Liberty since I was a girl and got my first dress made with their fabric. Not to be overly dramatic, but this post made my heart sing with JOY!!!!!

Marisa said...

AAAHHHH!!!! I could not BE more excited!!!!!! AWESOME!!!!!! This post rocked my world. I'll be linking to it shortly from my blog. I must repeat: AHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!

Eva said...

Liberty, aah! I'm going to go to London with a friend of mine in June and visiting Liberty is on top of my list. It really is the coolest shop I've seen so far! I'm going to visit their fabric department, pity the quilting cottons won't have arrived, yet ... The prints and colours look amazing!

Meredith said...

One of my favorite memories was the first tiem I went in the store and made my way upstairs. I can't wait to buy the fabric and get creating.

Susan said...

The new Liberty quilting fabrics look great - we have got the Liberty Tana Lawn at reasonable prices on Sewbox http://www.sewbox.co.uk/fabrics/liberty-fabrics/liberty-tana-lawn.html

bearpaw said...

Hi Katy, thanks for the heads up on these. I would love to stock them in my shop in the UK, but who is selling them wholesale? Is it Liberty themselves or another manufacturer? In other words who is the village haberdashery placing their order with? Thanks for any help given (wish I was there to get this info for myself!).

diane said...

love.................

Cheryl Arkison said...

They are indeed gorgeous. Amanda traded a book for two sets of charms, one for each of us. Smart thinking on her part! I'm dying to play, but work is getting in the way.
I heard that Mama Said Sew bought the entire line and my LQS is probably going to buy the cottons and the lawns. For us Canadians the retail price of this is pretty close to what we pay now for cotton, so it will be less of a hit.

**nicke... said...

i want to bathe in liberty! so damn pretty!

Archie the wonder dog said...

They're gorgeous!!

Leah said...

Beautiful!

Hi! My name is erica. Would you be my friend? said...

That's so exciting! I wish we didn't have to wait that long though... :)

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