An Afternoon at Liberty

By  Elena from Modern Olivia.

This September, the LMQG had the pleasure of meeting with Sholto Drumlanrig, designer of the new Liberty Lifestyle Collection of quilting cottons. We met at the Heritage Suite within Liberty itself where Sholto, and sales/business manager Virginie, walked us through their process of creating and designing the new line.


Sholto shared how he found inspiration from the Liberty print archives and from his own artistic drawings to create the new patterns and colors for each fabric.

Many images were hand drawn. Final elements such has pattern repeats and colors were finalized via computer.

We ended the afternoon with a quick “show and tell” from guild members and Sholto and Virginie showed a lot of interest in our work. After all, much of quilting is about community, so we were more than happy to share our finished projects with them.


The Liberty team also showed off this gorgeous Union Jack quilt made up of fabrics from the new collection. Absolutely stunning!

It was incredible to hear directly from Sholto about both his creative process and bringing the fabric line to fruition.  Liberty has been producing fabrics for more than 100 years and is an English icon. It’s exciting to know that they have listened to what quilter’s want and that we now have access to such history.

PS – Annie, at the Village Haberdashery, stocks 11 prints from Bloomsbury Gardens along with this fabulous build-a-bundle.






One response to “An Afternoon at Liberty”

  1. Kim McBirnie avatar

    I’ve got a large half yard bundle of these fabrics currently burning a hole in my fabric stash – I really can’t decide how to use them. They are so beautiful and saturated with colour, I’m really glad Liberty are now making quilting fabrics.

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