Have you seen the new Strawberry Thief Bespoke Collection? A beautiful assortment of Liberty Fabrics printed on to Tana Lawn exclusively for The Strawberry Thief. Read on below to find out more about this very special and exciting new collection, and click on the link at the bottom to shop!

 

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The Strawberry Thief Open Day

Good news Perth friends! We are going to be hosting afternoon Sit and Stitch sessions on Saturdays from 12.30-3.30pm at the Strawberry Thief warehouse!

Our aim is to create a space where people can come and bring their current sewing project along, sit and stitch while having fun and also access the knowledge and advice of other experienced stitchers.

We will also be running classes, bringing in teachers to share with you their specialised skills and techniques. This is a wonderful opportunity to get involved in the creative Perth sewing scene, learn new skills and meet like minded people!

♥ Saturday 9th of September is our first Open Day 

For our very first open day, Robyn will be running her very popular Hexie EPP class in the morning. The class will run from 10 – 12, with students invited to remain afterwards for the general Sit and Stitch.

We will then be open to the public from 12.30pm – 3.30pm. 

♥ PRICES AND INFO 

10am – 12pm Hexie Class 
12.30pm – 3.30pm  Sit and Stitch 

♥ Afternoon Sit and Stitch – Cost $15
Sit amongst like minded stitchers, ask advice and share stories and wisdom. Bring what you are working on or a new project to start! Tea/Coffee and biscuits provided, please feel free to bring a plate of nibblies to share.
♥ Hexie Masterclass – Cost $100
Includes Hexie Starter Kit, Lunch and Afternoon Sit and Stitch

Under Robyn’s guidance, learn how to construct a hexie flower using English Paper Piecing techniques. You will receive a beautiful kit with everything that you need to begin your hexie journey/addiction – Aurifil thread, scissors, glue-pen with refill and enough pre-cut Liberty fabric hexies and papers to complete 5 flowers.
The class will run from 10am until 12pm. Participants are then provided with a light lunch and invited to stay and take part in the afternoon Sit and Stitch, which runs until 3.30pm.

We have limited spaces so bookings are essential. Please call (0400 933 902) or email us to book your place.

The Strawberry Thief HQ is part of a factory complex, please park outside the gate and we will let you in!
49 Peel Rd O’Connor

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YAY!!! We are pleased as punch to inform you that our very own range of Linens have finally arrived at The Strawberry Thief warehouse!

Liberty and Linen really is the most delicious combination… We have tried very hard to select a diverse range of colours that will not only be beautiful when used by themselves but are also very complimentary to our favourite Liberty fabrics.

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View the full range here!

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Made from 100% Linen and weighing 165 grams, our Linen is very fine and light weight – making it soft and durable enough for both quilting and clothing.

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Remember: Linens need to be given a good wash before use, and pressed with a product like Best Press for best results. They tend to have a bit of movement in them!

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Look at how beautiful these colourful Linens look next to some of our fave Liberty prints –

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Thorpe C with our Orange Peel, Melon and Poppy Red Linens.

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Small Susanna B with a range of our blue linens – Turquoise, Light Blue, Cyan and Powder Blue.

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Our Ocean Linen looking gorgeous with Christelle B, Gemma B and Rachael D

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More Lin-spiration! We love the following examples of linen in projects, especially when paired with Liberty!

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Super cute Linen pouch with Liberty hexies, made by VeryBerryHandmade

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While it isn’t Liberty, this beautiful mini quilt uses Linen background and colourful floral lawns – Source

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Liberty circles quilt on Linen background – Source

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How beautiful would a patchwork quilt like this be in Liberty and colourful Linens? Source

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This flying geese quilt would be beautiful using different coloured linens – with one or two sections featuring a liberty print to really make it POP! Source

Have you sewn something using Liberty and Linen? We would love to see! Tag us on Instagram (@the_strawberry_thief) or Facebook!

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Did you know that we made and named our Greenery Bundle before the 2017 Pantone Colour of the Year, Greenery, was even announced? Yup, it’s true. I’m not saying it was a stroke of genius, or that we can predict the future, or that Robyn has enough power to influence the folks over at Pantone (but hey, I’m also not NOT saying any of those things!) – but it didn’t come as much of a surprise that Pantone went for an inspirational green colour this year.

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From lush indoor gardens that ooze relaxing vibes and are oh so on trend right now – to an increased eco-consciousnous coming to the forefront of global matters – it really is the colour green’s time to shine. And no wonder, being that green is a positive colour of balance and harmony – it relates to nature, growth, connectivity and endurance. Refreshing and revitalising – what better colour to reflect the fresh hopes and change we are hoping for in this new year?

So let’s embrace the positivity of GREEN where we can! We have taken inspiration and updated our Greenery Bundle with of some of our favourite Liberty greens to soothe and INSPIRE you. Take a look for yourself!

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If you are interested in purchasing a bundle of the above fabrics as part of our new and improved Greenery Bundle, simply click here.

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Did you know that you can browse The Strawberry Thief shop by colour? To shop for all Liberty prints featuring green, click here.

We also have a beautiful shade of green in our selection of Liberty Tana Lawn SOLIDS. Click here to view Green J.

 

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Introducing The Strawberry Thief’s take on a sweetheart quilt – the ♥ Love Liberty Quilt! ♥ Beautiful Liberty fabric, soft and fresh colours, sweet patterns…  ♥ All the things we love most in one quilt!

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We couldn’t think of a better project to express our love for Liberty this Valentines day than by making one of these lovely heart quilts. Yes, we know, heart quilts have been done many times before in thousands of styles – but this V day we just wanted to adapt a simple pattern of sweet little hearts to show off the beautiful Liberty prints and let the different designs sing together!

 

Our Fabric Palette Inspiration

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We thought that this quilt would be the perfect opportunity to use a few of the latest additions to the Liberty Classic Collection as part of our fabric pull. As you can see by our mood board above, in particular we were inspired by the gentle pastel pink and white silhouette of Mortimer C- which we decided to use as our background fabric – and the beautiful freshness of the yellow Betsy W. Once we had picked those two fabrics we knew that we wanted a soft and delicate rainbow palette to work around them- but with fresh pops of colour to make it really sing! This is what we ended up with:

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You can buy a Love Liberty Quilt Kit from our store if you would like to use the same fabrics as we did! It contains 32 x fat 16s in the colours shown above, as well as 2m of the background fabric, Mortimer. This is enough beautiful Liberty fabric to make the entire quilt top, including all the borders and the gorgeous scrappy binding. You can find out more and purchase it from our online store, here.


♥ The Strawberry Thief Love Liberty Quilt ♥

Materials required:
32 x different fat 16s of printed fabric (these will be used for the hearts, border and binding)
2m of background fabric (Mortimer C)
General sewing materials – thread, sewing machine, rotary cutter and cutting mat, ruler

Terms:
WOF = Width of Fabric
RST = Right Sides Together

Preparation:

Using your fat 16s you will need to cut:
– 32 matching pairs of rectangles (64 in total) x 3.5″x 6.5″
– 34 strips measuring 6.5″ x 2″ (for your scrappy border)
– 34 strips 2″ x WOF  (for your scrappy binding)

From background fabric (Mortimer) cut
– 128 x 2″ squares
– 64 x 3.5″ squares
– 6 x 5″ x 6″ rectangles
– 25 x 3.5″ x 6.5″ rectangles
– 8 strips 3.5″ x WOF (for borders)

Assembling the Heart Blocks

1. Mark a diagonal line from upper left corner to lower right corner on the wrong side of all of your 2″ and 3.5″ squares
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2. At the top left corner of all 3.5″ x 6.5″ rectangles, lay a 2″ square RST with the diagonal line pointed to upper centre of the rectangle. Sew on the line. Press seam on left side of all rectangles the same direction. Trim bottom 2 layers to 1⁄4″ seam allowance. Repeat this step for all of the 64 rectangles.
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3. Repeat Step 2  by placing a 2″ square on the top right side of the rectangle with diagonal line pointed to the centre. Sew on the line, trim seam allowance, and press the seam in the opposite direction than the left side square in Step 2. Opposing seams will make it easier to piece the two sections together later. Repeat this step for all 64 rectangles.

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4. Lay all of your beautiful matching rectangles in pairs side by side.
Place a 3.5″ square RST on the bottom end of the left rectangle with diagonal line pointing to lower bottom right. As in Step 2, sew on the line, press all seams in the same direction and trim the bottom 2 layers to 1⁄4″ seam allowance. Repeat this by then laying a 3.5″ square on the bottom right side of the Right rectangle with the diagonal line pointing to lower left corner. You will want to press the seam in the opposite direction than that of the left rectangle, for ease when piecing.
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 5. After applying step 4 to all of your matching rectangles, you can now you can sew your pairs together! You should end up with 32 heart blocks all in all.

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Assembling your Quilt Top
6. Referring to our diagram below, lay your quilt blocks out in 7 rows with the 3.5″ x 6.5″ background fabric rectangles in between each heart block. We tried to balance the layout of the blocks so that there was a good, even mix of bolder and softer coloured hearts throughout. Put the 6 mortimer rectangles measuring 5″ x 6″ at the beginning and end of the rows where indicated in the diagram.

7. Once you are happy with your layout, sew the blocks together in to rows. Then you can sew the rows together to make your centre block!

8. Stitch four of the 3.5″ strips of background fabric around the centre block to create the first border, and square it up.

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9. Stitch the 34 x 6.5″ strips of your printed fabric together to make one long strip, then stitch this to the 1st border on the Centre Block to create a second ‘Scrappy’ border. Instead of making 4 individual pieces,  I make one long border strip that I can just stitch down one side of the centre block, cut the rest of the strip off, stitch down the next side etc without having to measure and cut all of the pieces at the beginning.

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10. Stitch the remainder of the background fabric in to one long strip to create third and final border, which you can then attach to the Scrappy border.
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11. Lastly you will need to stitch the 34 WOF x 2″ strips from your fat 16s together to make your beautiful Scrappy binding. Fold in half and iron.

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Look at that lovely roll of scrappy binding you have made! Go you! Now you are ready to lay up your quilt and attach your binding in what ever way is easiest for you! HOORAY!

I have just machine quilted mine (my first attempt at doing this EVER) and it went a bit puffy, as you can see in the photos, but I am hoping this will settle down after a wash. I will keep you updated when I add my bias – I ran out of time – but that could be worth doing a whole tutorial on itself!

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I hope that was easy enough to understand – feel free to ask any questions in the comments and I will try my best to help! Also, any advice for this novice machine quilter from you guys would be very helpful too!

 

EDIT >> This giveaway is now CLOSED! Thank you so much to every body who entered! We had such an inspiring response.

The winners are –

Fist Prize: @thimblesandneedles
Second Prize: @miffybeads
Third Prize: @lorena_in_syd

KEEP YOUR EYES PEELED for more amazing giveaways in the future!
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To celebrate Robyns big adventure over in London, we are doing a massssssive Liberty GIVEAWAY!
With one huge first prize, and two equally exciting runner up prizes!

TO ENTER: Leave a comment below telling us which is your favourite Liberty Fabric!

But wait! There’s more!
We will be multiple opportunities to enter the draw, so give yourself the best shot possible by keeping your eyes peeled and following us on –
Instagram @the_strawberry_thief
Facebook /thestrawberrythief
-Pinterest @berrythief

This giveaway runs until we announce the winners on Monday 28th November 2016.

With a prize pool of $500 it would just be SILLY not enter!

Take a peak at the prizes below…

 

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The lucky 1st prize winner will receive

1 x Liberty Florals fat 1/8 bundle
1 x Liberty Solids Rainbow fat 1/8 bundle
1 x Large Scrappy Boho Pack
1 x 1 inch laser cut Hexagon pack
1 x pack of Charm Squares
1 x 3m Loveday Bias Binding
1 x 6 pack 10mm Liberty Fabric Buttons

worth $278!

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The runner up will receive:

1 x Liberty Florals fat 1/16 bundle
1 x Liberty Solids Rainbow fat 1/16 bundle
1 x Small Scrappy Boho Pack
1 x Pack of Liberty Charm Squares
1 x 6 pack 10mm Buttons

Worth $141!

 

 

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The second runner up will receive:

1 x Liberty Florals fat 1/16 bundle
1 x Liberty Solids Rainbow fat 1/16 bundle
1 x 3m Milla Bias Binding
1 x 6 pack 10mm Buttons

worth $88!

WOW!   Don’t forget to head to our Facebook and Instagram page for more chances to enter the draw- Winners will be announced on Monday 28th November.

Good luck everybody!

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We have been busy behind the scenes creating a beautiful new range of pre-cuts, and it is with great excitement that we are finally able to share them with you.

Laser cut Liberty fabric packs take the prep work out of patchwork and let you get stuck straight into the stitching!

Liberty Tana Lawn Laser Cut Packs from The Strawberry Thief

Available in jelly rolls, hexies, charm squares, layer cakes and bias binding, in carefully curated colourways – we are completely besotted with them and we know you are going to love them too!

Shop the full range online here, or read on for details…


 

Available in 1″ and 2″ sizes and seven carefully curated colourways! A quarter inch seam allowance is added to finished sizes.

1″ finished | Qty 80 | $30.00

2″ finished | Qty 40 | $50.00

Order hexagons online | 1 inch hexagons | 2 inch hexagons


 

SQUARES

Available in 5″ charm packs and 10″ layer cake packs in seven carefully curated colourways!

5″ charm | Qty 20 | $40.00

10″ layer cake | Qty 20 | $120

Order squares online | Charm Squares | Layer Cake


Jelly rolls in seven carefully curated colourways. Each jelly roll includes 20 strips measuring 2.5″ x 54″.

Jelly Roll | Qty 20 | $120

Order jelly rolls online here


Bias binding is perfect for finishing your quilting projects and is available in 13 designs from the Liberty art fabric collection.

Bias binding | 3metres | $12.00

Order bias binding online here


Enjoy!