liberty of london hexagon wall quilt


When my husband and I traveled to London in the spring of 2012, a trip to the Liberty of London flagship store was obviously a must on my to-see list. As a souvenir of my visit, I purchased a packet of precut Liberty Tana Lawn hexagons, prepped and ready for English paper piecing.


As I traveled over the next several months (and years!), I stitched together linen-cotton half hexagons, solid white triangles, and those Liberty hexagons (along with a few other floral lawns from my stash). I remember working on this project in North Carolina coffee shops with a friend, as well as in a New York City hotel room during a birthday trip (I vividly remember watching a Downton Abbey season finale while stitching). I'm sure a plane ride or two were in there as well.


The top sat finished for awhile, and was finally basted last fall during a sewing weekend with my mom and a friend. Though I contemplated hand quilting the piece, in the end I machine quilted it with cream thread. I maintained the quilt's angled edges, binding it with bias-tape binding made from American Made Brand's Dark Raspberry, which matched the pink floral backing.


After adding a sleeve to it yesterday, I finally hung it on the wall of our bedroom. What I love so much about English paper piecing is its portability; I can take it wherever I go. As a result, each of those hexagons carry memories of time spent with dear friends, new places, and conversations. This quilt will be treasured for years to come.


Quilt Stats
Finished dimensions: 36.5" x 37"
Fabrics used include: Assorted Tana Lawns by Liberty of London; Essex linen by Robert Kaufman; floral by Denyse Schmidt
Quilt pattern: Salty Oat

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P.P.S. And here's the English paper piecing project I was working on while in London.


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