FREEDOM, More Than a Quilt


About a year ago I started noticing a theme emerging in my life. I was embarking on another new era. This one is about the LIBERATION OF SPIRIT.

So when I saw this pattern for Freedom in Sherri Noel’s new book Text It!, I knew immediately that was the one I had to make. I knew I had to make it fiery. After a few days, I knew it had to be RED (even though the pattern calls for a light background). I knew the sassy Bridgette print in Jennifer Paganelli’s St. John fabric would be an integral part of this quilt (and a star!). That face, that hair! She embodies the FREEDOM of this piece.

 

Making this one really made me feel free. Those massive flying geese! Flying FREE! The scrumptous florals scrumptous florals are also St. John by Jennifer Paganelli.

What I didn’t expect was that I’d piece the center banner. I had a solid pink fabric I had planned to use there, but in the end, it didn’t work. So, feeling the freedom, I went all out and improved the banner with leftover bits from the background. Then I added two more free-flying geese on the sides! Because why not!?

I did go ahead and sew together the hexagons, but I used some fusible tape to affix the letters to the banner because I knew I wouldn’t get to sewing them down in the next week or two. I think I’ll use some perle cotton to blanket stitch them down. What do you think?

Check out more projects from the book!

MONDAY MARCH 4 – BEE HAPPY

PAMELA JANE MORGAN –MYSWEETLITTLESTITCHES        

SHARON LILABELLE LANE – LILABELLELANECREATIONS

TUESDAY MARCH 5 – INFINITY Quilt

LAURA PILAND – SLICEOFPIQUILTS

LEANNE PARSONS – DEVOTEDQUILTER

KATIE MUTER STARCHER – KATIEMAEQUILTS

WEDNESDAY MARCH 6 – PILLOW TALK

KATE COLLERAN – SEAMSLIKEADREAM

CHERYL DAINES BROWN – QUILTERCHIC

DORIE HRUSKA – FOREVER-QUILTING

THURSDAY MARCH 7 – FREEDOM Quilt

JEN SHAFFER – PATTERNSBYJEN

TARA MILLER – QUILTDISTRICT

LYNN KANE – PUPPYGIRLDESIGNS

FRIDAY MARCH 8 – LOVING YOU Wall Hanging

ELLEN AULT –HANDMADE3D

SHERRI NOEL – REBECCAMAEDESIGNS

MONDAY MARCH 11 – COUNTING SHEEP Baby Quilt

DEANNE EISENMAN – SNUGGLESQUILTS

RAEWYN BARGE – STITCHINGFARMGIRL

SUSAN PELLAND – SUEPELLANDDESIGNS

TUESDAY MARCH 12 – HOME PILLOW

JOANNE HARRIS – QUILTSBYJOANNE

PATTY DUDEK – ELMSTREETQUILTS

ANDY KNOWLTON – ABRIGHTCORNER

SANDRA STARLEY – UTAHQUILTAPPRAISER

CINDY PIETERS – STITCHINATHOME

WEDNESDAY MARCH 13 – LIFE IS SHORT Wall hanging

BECCA FENSTERMAKER – PRETTYPINEY

KATIE BOCK – SEWINGWITHKATIE

ALLA BLANCA – RAINBOWSBUNNIESCUPCAKES

THURSDAY MARCH 14 – HUSTLE PILLOW

TERRI BANDEN BOSCH – MEANDERINGSALONGLIZARDCREEK

WILLOW OLSON – BEARPAWDESIGNBLOG

ERIN SAMPSON – AURIBUZZ

FRIDAY MARCH 15 – SEWING MACHINE MAT

LAUREN WRIGHT – MOLLYANDMAMA

SANDRA HEALY – SANDRAHEALYDESIGNS

CHERYL KRISEL LYNCH –CHERYLLYNCHQUILTS

SATURDAY MARCH 16 – WRAP UP

SHERRI NOEL – REBECCAMAEDESIGNS

Giveaways – I have TWO!

Giveaways are open to US residents, only. Thank you for understanding.

Martingale has offered each of us on the hop a hard copy of Sherri’s book to give away! To enter, just leave me a comment below and let me know how you think I should quilt this! I’ll pick a winner using a random number generator on Friday, March 15th.

For a chance to win 2 large spools of Aurifil thread , leave me a comment on my Instagram post (the one dated 3/7/19 about this quilt).

Let your Freedom ring.

xoxo,
Tara

 

 

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Abstract Garden Grows Wild (and a Giveaway!)

I am tickled pink to be part of the Abstract Garden frenzy with Benartex! Because Holy Yummy Colorful Goodness! Also? How cool is it that this is happening Valentine’s week and the Benartex blog is called Sew in Love with Fabric?

When Christa told me her inspiration for designing Abstract Garden was so that she could get something to grow, I knew I had to create a flower explosion to show off just how much it could! And with her retro vibe it had to be a garden of yo-yos!

Meet Mod Garden! Christa’s unique sense of clean graphics and rich, bright, saturated colors just makes me happy. Super cheerful, every time.

#mymodgarden featuring Abstract Garden by Christa Watson for Benartex

This fun little pillow went all the way to Houston and hung out with Christa in the Benartex booth for Fall Quilt Market 2018. I wasn’t there, but some friends swung by to get a glamour shot.

If you’ve never made yo-yos before, get ready to fall in love with one of the easiest, most portable sewing projects possible. Wanna make your own Mod Garden? Check out the photo-illustrated tutorial!

But I couldn’t stop there. I had to make a mini version of my Churned Up pattern with Abstract Garden… (would that be a “tilled up garden”? Oh, stop, Tara.)

And because this post drops on Valentine’s Day, and I had a little more fabric leftover… I had to make something with hearts out of Abstract Garden, too, didn’t I?!?

Meet the Heart Happy pillow!

#hearthappypillow featuring Abstract Garden by Christa Watson for Benartex

Here’s a photo-illustrated tutorial for making your own Heart Happy!

The Abstract Garden Round Up

Here are the links for the rest of the week (including Tuesday and Wednesday in case you missed those):

Tuesday

Sherry Shish from Powered by Quilting
Lee Monroe from May Chappell

Wednesday
Annie Unrein from Patterns by Annie
Pam and Lynn from The Stitch TV Show

Thursday

Friday

The Giveaway

I love picking winners! Benartex is generously offering a bundle of 8-10 fat quarters of Abstract Garden! This giveaway is open to US residents only.

To enter, please leave a comment below answering this simple question no later than noon (EST) Sunday, Feb 17th.

What is your favorite flower?

I’ll pick a winner using a random number generator and announce the winner Sunday night.

xoxo,
Tara

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Abstract Garden Blog Hop & Giveaway Today!

Today’s the day!

Let’s get hopping on Christa Watson’s Abstract Garden!

Tuesday

Sherry Shish from Powered by Quilting
Lee Monroe from May Chappell

Wednesday
Annie Unrein from Patterns by Annie
Pam and Lynn from The Stitch TV Show

Thursday

Friday

 

xoxo,

Tara

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