Quilt Designs by Glenda Sha!
Welcome to the virtual home of Liberty Homestead. Quilters who have visited my booth at national quilt shows or here at our new shop, Liberty Homestead Mercantile, often remark “I just want to live here!” This is exactly the feeling I’m going for in all my quilts, and I’m happy to bring my designs and fabrics to you at your house.
In my popular series of quilt books, Farmhouse Quilts, I’ve concentrated on what I call “down home quilting”. These are back to basics, traditional quilts with a little bit of “pretty” thrown in, and feature our own line of Hand Dyed, SUEDED Cottons. While I am a big fan of fine hand quilting, many of my quilts are finished with a running utility stitch that was very prominent in the good old country “made to be used” quilts. My style of quilting reminisces about a simpler time and place, and hopefully brings those “old timey” feelings into our very modern world.
I started Liberty Homestead in 1979 and have been designing quilts and publishing quilt books ever since. Mainly I work with traditional quilt patterns and folk art themes, using a variety of solids, prints, and plaid fabrics including cottons, flannels, and wool. I prefer working with smaller quilts like wall quilts, banners and throws, but every now and then I’ll throw in a pattern for a bed-size project. To add additional interest, I like to combine traditional quilt piecing with unusual additions like wool applique and hand embroidery.
Hand Dyed, Sueded Cotton
One of the main ingredients in a successful quilt, and the best way to bring that “down home” feeling into your work is through the fabric. Liberty Homestead’s Hand Dyed, Sueded Cotton is a perfect fit for both. Almost all of the quilts shown in the Farmhouse Quilt Books & patterns use this fabric for the backgrounds and all the solid colors.
The dye process known as "Sueded Cotton" is certainly not a secret or an exclusive technique, and is available from several different companies. While I have used this fabric in my designs for many years, it was about 15 years ago that I started experimenting on my own - testing out the many different techniques my research had turned up. Using the same 100% cotton fabric as the starting point, I finally perfected the look I liked the best. And because we dye the fabric here ourselves, I can create and control my own colors. You’ll love the softness and the subtle shading of our deep, rich colors. Our Hand Dyed Sueded Cottons bring a depth and texture to your quilt that will flatter your work and help you create the heirloom look we all love.
The Hand Dyed, Sueded Cotton is sold in two yard bundles and in multi-color fat quarter packs. In addition we've dyed beautiful gradation collections and packaged these in fat eighths (8 yummy shades), fat quarters (8 shades) or half yard bundles (4 shades). While no one can honestly claim to make the only hand dyed quilting fabric that truly looks like suede, or that this is an exclusive dyeing process, the end result for you as a quilter is a beautiful quilt. Which, of course, is always our goal here at Liberty Homestead!
Liberty Homestead's Hand Dyed, Sueded Cotton - "It's To Dye For"!
Taking the Show on the Road
Many of you may be familiar with Liberty Homestead and the Farmhouse Quilt Books from seeing our booth at the many quilt shows all across the country. Check out our current show schedule to see where we’ll be exhibiting next. I’ve enjoyed meeting and talking with quilters from coast to coast. I love hearing about all your projects and watching how you put my fabrics together with endless color combinations. I also love it when you bring pictures of quilts you’ve made from one of my books, and I keep these in our album we take to shows. I’m now starting a new page on the web site where I can post those pictures of your finished quilts for everyone to see! So check out our show schedule, and keep those cards and letters coming!
Liberty Homestead Mercantile
When we’re not on the road, our newest venture is the Liberty Homestead Mercantile. After living in Liberty, Missouri for 25 years, we’ve moved to the southeast edge of Kansas City, near a small town called Kingsville. We’re out in the country with lots of room around us, and have put together the Liberty Homestead Mercantile. This is our new home base, and we’re having a lot of fun with it. The Mercantile is a combination quilt and antique store. The antique store is packed with treasures from Victorian to Vintage, specializing in antique sewing accessories and the original Singer Featherweight Sewing Machines. The quilt store is the new home for all the Liberty Homestead quilt books, patterns and kits. And of course, we feature our complete line of Hand Dyed, Sueded Cotton. You can choose more fabric from our shelves filled with bolts of fabric from Moda, Maywood Studios, Honey & Me, and others, including lots and lots of beautiful flannels. You’ll find hand dyed wool in warm, country colors an d a selection of basic quilter’s tools. We are open by chance or by request. If you’re in the neighborhood, give us a call at 816-597-9402. Our motto is “If we’re home, we’re open!”
Weekend Quilt Retreats
Another fun thing we’re now able to do is the Weekend Quilt Retreat. As we all know, the only thing better than making a quilt is making a quilt with our friends! At the Homestead you and your friends can get together for a wonderful, relaxing retreat weekend where you have nothing else to do but share your love of quilting and enjoy each other’s company. You’ll stay here with us, all meals will be included, and you’ll be amazed at what you get done. And you’ll be smiling, laughing, and relaxing the entire time. Come see us! And bring your friends! And stay awhile!!