July has been a hot, busy month
and it was nice to work
on a small quilt to
commemorate the signing of
Declaration of Independence
of the United States, July 4, 1776.
"Give Me Liberty"
30" x 36"
This July mini started out as
vintage x-stitch piece picked up by a
friend at a
"jaunting for junk" sale in Nebraska
a couple of years ago.
I'm thinking it was a piece completed
during the bicentennial, July, 1976.
I'm sure many of us did something similar.
My friend, Liz, thought I would like to
create something with it because of my
family patriots who served during the Revolutionary War.
She was right.
It took a few months to come up with a plan
and then to do the math to make the pieces fit.
But it didn't take long for my head to hurt because
the numbers were not good quilt making numbers.
I decided to go ahead and make hst's and see
what happened. The surprise was that by some
miracle it worked out. It sure didn't on paper.
The next pieced border needed
a couple of coping strips to make
In this case, the measurements looked good on paper,
but when it came to adding the
3" sawtooth star borders they was too short.
Adding some narrow background pieces on both ends
solved the problem.
Who wouldn't know that I didn't plan
it that way.
So much for paper and pencil!
I had to look far and wide for
an outer border that wasn't too plain
or too busy.
I finally found
an older French General print that
was the perfect one.
I pulled all the colors that were
in the original stitchery
and use them to create the quilt.
Along with another French General piece and a very old
Barbarar Brackman civil war fabric,
complete with cannons and flags,
I put together a backing.
Most of the quilting was simple
but the outer borders called for something more elegant,
I really enjoy quilting
organic freestyle feathers.
It gave the quilt the finishing touch.
It's a sweet quilt to be included in
my July collection of
red, white and blue and is
a special way to remember
that so many have given their best just for me.
Be sure to check out the links of other fabulous
on Wendy's blog, The Constant Quilter.
Until Next Time-