Review Library Journal - March 1, 2013
Similar to the recent Liberty Book of Home Sewing, but not with the Liberty of London department store imprint, this collection of 25 quilt, accessory, and clothing patterns also celebrates the famous Tana Lawn fabric that Liberty's been producing for decades. This book is less British in style, both in the patterns and the book's slightly busy design, and that posh crispness that makes Liberty so beloved is missed. These designs, however, are approachable and inviting, especially the series of quilts: the Mad Plaid is a stunning quilted tartan, while the Nine-Patch Revisited Baby Quilt is simple enough for the beginning quilter, yet shows off the fabric nicely. The handful of clothing patterns are simple, although options are provided only for standard misses' sizes. Basic instructions for sewing and quilting are provided, but the author does use terms that she doesn't define at times. It's worth noting that Liberty fabrics can be somewhat difficult to find, are expensive, and are rarely copied, and that working with Tana lawn isn't the same as working with a quilting cotton. Other charming—and cheaper—fabrics could, however, easily be substituted. This book will dazzle Liberty lovers. Includes patterns.
(Publishers Weekly, 12/3/12)
Liberty of London's Tana Lawn fabrics are prized for their beautiful designs and soft feel - characteristic worth the hefty per yard price tag. In this collection of patterns, Abegg presents a variety of projects designed to highlight the beauty of Liberty fabrics, while helping quilters and sewists get the most out of these spendy textiles. The projects include quilts of various sizes, as well as accessories and garments, and the contemporary, streamlined style keeps the floral fabrics from looking too fussy. Basic quilting and sewing tips, as well as tips specifically geared toward working with Tana lawn, are included. VERDICT You don't have to love Liberty fabrics to find appealing projects in this collection, and sewists of all skill levels will be inspired by Abegg's stylish creations. (Library Journal, 3/1/13)
Alexia Abegg of Green Bee Designs and Patterns claims bragging rights for being a former minion to Anna Maria Horner (we are seriously jealous). She started Green Bee a few years ago and we're even more jealous because she's just that good. Now she's throwing a Liberty of London love-fest with nine original quilts, plus shirts, bags, pincushions and even an adorable dog collar. But the party really starts with her excellent tutorial on sewing basics and tips for working with these glorious Anglo-lawns.
Most of the quilts are completely beginner-friendly. And then there's that scrumptious Marcelle Medallion Quilt that is both modern and classic. Also check out the Classic Quilted Handbag, Little Pearl Dress and our fave, Olive's Collar. She's even included father-son camp shirts so our boys don't miss out on the Liberty obsession. We love it. Tons!
(Generation Q Magazine, Spring 2013)
Since 1875, Liberty of London has been producing high-end fabrics renowned for their sumptuous colour, striking design and silky-smooth hand. Alexia Abegg's fascination with these lavish prints began as a child. You can rekindle your love for Liberty with this delightful collection of 25 quilt and sewing projects. Each design combines fresh, modern aesthetics with the traditional Liberty polish we've all treasured for a lifetime.
You will learn how to combine the popular Liberty Tana Lawn lines with other fabrics, plus there are full-size templates with graded tissue-paper garment patterns.
In total there are nine quilt patterns, four small projects, six accessories and six clothing projects included. (Down Under Quilts Magazine, June/July 2013)
Liberty of London Tana Lawn and tradition are synonymous, so it comes as no surprise that many of the quilt designs in this book are low key and simple to piece in order to feature the main Liberty fabric. The 25 projects are predominantly based around the nine-patch block and half-square triangle, but it is the use of fabric and arrangement of these blocks that gives the quilts their charm. Full-size templates are included with graded tissue paper garment patterns. The quilts are simple to construct and make full use of the type of fabric design which is very easily recognizable as Liberty of London. (Fabrications Quilting For You, April/May 2013)
Liberty fabrics have long been loved by quilters and in this inspiring book, projects can be created by combining Liberty Tana Lawn lines with other patchwork cotton fabrics. Projects include quilts, clothing and accessories.
(Australian Quilters Companion, July 2013)
The famous Liberty fabric shop in London, England, started in 1870 selling imported textiles from Japan, China, and India. Today, known for its small floral prints, Liberty Art Fabrics releases two distinct and separate lines every spring and fall, a seasonal collection and a classic collection, according to the newly released book, Liberty Love, by Alexia Marcelle Abegg. Her book offers 25 projects to quilt and sew and features Liberty of London fabrics. Liberty Lifestyle is launching a line of quilt-weight cotton, coming late in 2013. The collection will be distributed in the USA by E. E. Schenck, so check your local quilt shop later on this year. (McCall's Quilting, November/December 2013)
The main quilt that everyone is loving is the Marcella Medallion quilt. I have to admit after seeing all the different variations via Flickr and Pinterest, I love it too.
The book is FULL of projects. There are projects that aren’t quilts too…ipod or Kindle covers. Even clothing patterns. and bag patterns. I’ve been wanting to make a medallion quilt. In fact, making one is on my bucket list. Even though I write and tell you about other projects in the book, I am still stuck on the medallion quilt…I really like it lots!!
Back to the review….there are lots and lots of projects in the book and they vary from beginner to advanced. It’s a good bang from your buck if you like sewing other things besides quilts too. (Jo's Country Junction, 9/20/13)
Coveted by so many, Liberty fabric is in a class of its own in terms of look, feel and heritage. We were excited to see a patchwork book devoted to the stuff, so much so that we've featured one of the projects on the cover of this issue for you to make. Author Alexia Marcelle Abegg wrote and shot this book, and the results are stunning!
(Love Quilting & Patchwork, 9/1/13)
This is a perfect book for beginners that need great tutorials for projects so they can get their feet wet in the world of quilting and sewing.
I found the reference section very comprehensive to help the inexperienced sewer or quilter tackle the projects in the book without worry. (Katie's Quilting Corner, 11/5/13)
Liberty Love is full of 25 sewing and quilting projects which is a fantastic value for your money. The range of projects is massive; from an electronic device holder to a necktie. Something for everyone - and also a great selection of things to make for handmade gifting!
(Sew Sweetness, 11/5/13)