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!

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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.

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Let your Freedom ring.

xoxo,
Tara

 

 

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33 thoughts on “FREEDOM, More Than a Quilt

  1. 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

  2. Freedom is no better symbolized than stars and stripes! I think it would look great quilted with stars all over, in all sizes!

  3. 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.

  4. 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

  5. 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!!

  6. 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.

  7. 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! 😉

  8. I love your red background!! I think swirls around the letters and radiating lines outward, maybe interspersed with bursts of fireworks

  9. Perhaps free motion some red star designs in the background and meander or straight line in the triangles with a neutral thread.

  10. 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.

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