Liberty Past and Present

Seems I have been seeing lots of lovely Liberty fabric projects popping up.  Kerry made this lovely tea set for the Liberty Cafe  - how cool is that?  Leila made an absolutely adorable frame pouch.

I thought I would share my past experience with Liberty Fabrics.  You may or may not know this, but I have been a fashion designer for the past 23 years.  I have taken the past few years away from my career to spend time with my youngest son who goes to Kindergarten in the Fall. 
Way back when in 1999 : )  I worked as the women's woven designer for Nordstrom's Evergreen, now Halogen, line of women's clothing.  It was a wonderful job.  Halogen was a new line for Nordstrom and I was the first of two designers.  Those of you who are familiar with Nordstrom may know a bit about the different departments. At the time, Halogen was to sit in the Savvy department at Nordstrom.  The Savvy department houses young, fresh, higher end fashion.  I was lucky enough to travel to Europe for design inspiration, work with factories in Italy and even more exciting, to shop the most wonderful fabric show - Premiére Vision -  outside Paris!  We purchased fabulous Europen fabrics and that is where the connection comes to Liberty Fabrics.  I chose Liberty lawn for this little top I designed, bottom right.

I even still have the swatch booklet from the 1999 Liberty Fabrics line.

Can you tell it is well loved?  It has been travelling with me for the past 13 years : )
I love to open it and admire all the wonderful designs.
Someday I'll muster the courage to cut into it........

So... all that being said, and thanks for listening, but I couldn't resist this F8 pack of Liberty from Pink Chalk fabrics!!  I think I'll make the Rose Dream block into a zip pouch.



  1. what a lovely peek into your past Charise! You might want to look at Amities Liberty stash club for little cuts of lovely Liberty x

  2. Thanks for sharing your story Charise, I really enjoyed reading this post! Love the swatches and the top you designed!

  3. What a lovely story! Your fabrics will be perfect for that block!

  4. What an exciting career! Do you intend to go back or will it be difficult to reenter the field?

  5. Aww, now I feel all nostalgic and warm this morning:) Thanks for sharing! I always wondered what people do if they're lucky enough to be handed one of those Liberty swatch books!

  6. that top is so cool! i wish i had just an ounce of your fashion sense. how often do you pet the pretty fabrics in the booklet?

  7. So glad you told us about your past design history! No wonder you have such wonderful taste and come up with gorgeous piecing patterns! Thanks for sharing!

  8. Love the fabric at the bottom right hand side - little pansies/violas/violets. How cool to be a fashion designer!! You are very very talented!

  9. I also bought one of the scrap packs and have yet to decide what to make of with it. I have a liberty quilt top done but it is currently on the back burner. Such beautiful fabric!

  10. Just love those Liberty Prints and to think I live in London!! YAY for once. We might actually get it cheaper than you instead of the other way around. I HATE paying £s for $s by that I mean if it's $100.00 it translates into £100.00 with the $ at $1.58 to the £ not great rates you have to admit.


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