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
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Let your Freedom ring.
33 thoughts on “FREEDOM, More Than a Quilt”
Just do straight line, walking foot. Matchstick quilting was popular in Nashville for the MQG.
Freedom is a great word. I would stitch the triangles 1/2 inch from the edge and then outline freedom about 1/2 inch from the hexagons and use a curvy filler in the red
Thanks for sharing the idea of using fusible tape!
a fan pattern?
Love the fabrics!! So many great ideas on here for the quilting already and yes on the Perle cotton.
I love blanket stitch. I think that will look great!
Love the quilt!
Freedom is no better symbolized than stars and stripes! I think it would look great quilted with stars all over, in all sizes!
I think a radial pattern would go with the theme.
I might quilt it with spirals to give a sense of motion and energy. I LOVE this quilt!
I never know how to quilt things so I head to Angela for ideas. She has so much great info. There are pictures for Flying Geese blocks on Pinterest. Then do a little echo quilting around the words.
I think lines radiating out from Freedom might be nice.
Maybe quilt arcs in the flying geese and micro stippling around the letters.
Tara, faboulos thought to stitch with the Perle cotton. It can only make this piece even more rich.
I’m loving that fierce red! Wow!
A light background as you said just wouldn’t do it
I’m not an experienced quilter so I have no idea how you would quilt it.
Your quilt is beautiful! Honestly, I suck at the quilting part so I would probably just do diagonal lines or something. I need a lot more practice!!
I think some straight line, shadow quilting, maybe! Love your reds!
Looks great! I love your additions!
The red and pink really work, I wasn’t sure when you teased it last week.
Hahahaha!! Thanks! ?
Love the colors of your piece. I would probably do some echoing of the triangle shape inside the flying geese and then some meandering with stars thrown in for the background.
NEAT PROJECT-LOVE THE STAR!!! THANK YOU.
Such a beautiful quilt. I would follow the triangles.
Quilt lines radiating out fro the words. Thanks.
I love your fiery version and the improv pieced banner is fabulous 🙂
Love the changes you made and this quilt!
Love this quilt and the feelings you get just by looking at it! I would do some dot to dot curves in the triangles, but the red calls for flames; you know the ones that they put on cars or bikes? More movement and freedom as your worries go up in flames! 😉
I love your red background!! I think swirls around the letters and radiating lines outward, maybe interspersed with bursts of fireworks
Perhaps free motion some red star designs in the background and meander or straight line in the triangles with a neutral thread.
Your quilt is awesome. Love everything about it. Maybe some organic wavy line quilting? Might continue the movement of the feeling of freedom. And perle cotton to sew down the hexagon letters sounds perfect.
Straight lines following the triangles would look nice:)
Love the fabric, Love the Star, Love the pieced border… It’s amazing!!!
I like your idea about the Pearl cotton great Wall quilt…email@example.com