Friday 29 June 2012

This little tea kettle went to Liberty

You already know that we all got a great preview and hands on experience of Liberty's new quilting range, Liberty Lifestyle and you may well have read about the desgin process behind its first collection, 'Bloomsbury Gardens' on Katy's blog.  The fabric has started to arrive in USA stores and I know Annie at Village Haberdashery is stocking some of the 55 variations- that's 5 colourways and 11 prints!  
Michelle, otherwise known as Liberty Lifestyle lady, asked me to make a Lifestyle teacup just like the Liberty Lawn version I made testing Laurraine's Quilted Teacup pattern.
I was more than happy to oblige.

I love the mix in this collection, it is not matchy matchy- some prints look like they will never work with each other but they do and with a kick!  I added a label for Laurraine- her cute and easy label tutorial is here.
The linen is the same as the previous cup, Robert Kaufman's Essex linen/cotton blend in 'Unbleached'.

These pics remind me of vintage tea china sold in pairs and trios in antique shops!
And as the teacup was going to live a new and glamourous life in Cafe Liberty, I thought a little tea cozy would be a suitable traveling companion.
I was drawn to this print, Copeland, for the main body of the tea kettle.  Bold, dramatic and with a hint of bygone age.
tea cozy in Liberty Lifestyle
Next to the teacup, it looks just about the right size to fill the cup!
I used some Lecien Cosmo embroidery floss for steam and a little Liberty pun on the cozy reverse.  you can find Cosmo at Eternal maker

The selvedges gave me just enough text for the handle and knob.
A bit of vintage Liberty lawn for the lining and a little label using Laurraine's tutorial inside.

You can find the tea kettle pattern on individual sale here and as a set here.  The tea cozy tutorial is in my free patterns and tutorials here.
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  1. I love your blog, always interesting and just lovely!

  2. Hi Kerry! This is the best I have seen for a while! Just amazing tea cup and wow your imagination to make a tea cosy to mach - so beautiful! I wish you happy weekend! x Teje

  3. OMG you are too clever for words! Awesome tea cup!!! Awesoem Liberty! Awesome everything!!!

  4. Fabulous set Kerry! I almost wish that I could still drink tea :)

  5. Loving the look of the fabrics and perfect projects to show them off!

  6. Most fabulous knob!
    How brilliant xxx

  7. That's just gorgeous! Amazing work!

  8. This is totally fab Kerry. Love how you've done the teacup- brilliant!

  9. I love when you make whimsical things like this, willing them into existence through imagination, artistry, and skill. Delightful!

  10. I love the cup and saucer but nowhere near as much as I love that completely totally and utterly magical tea cosy - how cool it's going to be on display in Liberty - just perfect!

  11. Kerry, what a wonderful set, and to have it on display at Liberty?? That's just such a deserved honor! I love that you used selvedge for the teapot on the cozy, they're going to adore it!

  12. Kerry~
    Absolutely perfection!

    The entire set is gorgeous! Love what you did with the fabrics and the tea cozy is precious!

  13. Totally wonderful!
    They must be so happy at Liberty that you made this. It's very inspirational.
    I can't wait for the fabric!!

  14. Kerry, They are both so wonderful and they will be in Cafe Liberty, wow!!!, congrats!!
    I hope to visit them someday : )

  15. How cool is that? I am with Charise, I'd love to go visit them some day!

  16. Oh wow! The tea-cup is cute and the tea-cosy is just amazing. What a fabulous duo! How exciting to have them at Liberty's! x

  17. Now that is one fab cosy! Maybe I will be tempted to use some of my precious Liberty for something similar!?

  18. Wow wow wow so many amazing things in this blogpost, Kerry! You've done such a great job using liberty fabrics for both your cup + saucer and the tea cozy! They are so beautiful! If I lived closer to the liberty cafe, I'd go there and enjoy a cup of yea while seeing your lovely projects there! Congratulations, Kerry! Such amazing news!!

  19. These are to die for! Unbelievably gorgeous.

  20. This blog is truly awesome in all aspects.
    tea kettles


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