Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Liberty of London quilt fabric: Lifestyle

When I heard that Liberty of London was coming out with a line of fabric specifically for quilters (over at Diary of a Quilter), I got pretty excited.

When I learned that Purl Soho was having an anniversary sale with 20% off everything, I figured it was a good time to pick up a few small pieces on sale.

The fabric is branded as their "Lifestyle" line, and is indeed in quilting weight.  Off the bat it was quite funny to feel their fabrics in anything besides the silky light base that I am used to, but I think it will be fun and interesting to work with.  

The base they used is quilting weight, but we all know there are various levels of quality in quilt fabric.  I found their fabric to be of high quality, with very clear designs.  Each piece had several colors used (more colors is more expensive to produce of course).  

In the deep recesses of my heart I was hoping that it would be really affordable when I first learned they were creating it...somewhere around $10-$12 per yard.  At Purl, it is $18.40/yd, which I'm sure is the going rate.  

Still it's half the cost of their original base, but my dreams of buying yards and yards of it have shifted to...how about a doll quilt?

See their latest line of super fine (old school) fabrics here:  Tana Lawn.  For me, I think the new fabric is cool, but my love affair with the original is far from over.



Lynne said...

I know, Marisa, when they said it would be much cheaper we all cheered...but it's still a hefty price to pay, isn't it?
And yes, I agree, the Tana Lawn is very very special fabric, and the handle is so different form any other cloth.

Looking forward to seeing what you make with the quilt-weight fabric....but of course you've got a teeny bit of Japanese fabric to get out of the way first, haven't you??

Cynthia@aquilterbynight said...

I'm right with you - the original Liberty is so special! But wowsa, the price!

Miriam said...

I love the designs on the new Liberty fabrics! Looking forward to see what you make with yours. I have a couple of small projects planned for mine, but I'm holding off cutting into them!
Tana lawn is indeed a very special fabric. :)