Sweet Liberty "Backdoor Quilt"

Sweet Liberty wall quiltIn my Summer Update post, I failed to mention this mini-quilt, a kit purchased from The Cozy Quilt Shop sometime last year. The pattern for this wall hanging is from Cottage Creek Quilts' "Backdoor Quilt Series"; its the third design from this series that I have worked on. Almost two years ago, I shared my version of the Winter Blessings and Be Thankful designs.

I worked on this just before July 4th and finished it just in time to display for Independence Day.

This was a kit and although I used some of the fabrics included in it, I just had to substitute for the rest of them. First off, I'm not a fan of yellow sunflowers, so mine are purple coneflowers, just like those in my garden. Other than the background white fabric and parts of the American flag, I replaced almost all the fabrics used for the appliques with fabric from my stash. Most of the 'scrappy' sections were kit fabrics.

Similar to other applique projects I've worked on, I used Steam-a-Seam Lite to fuse the shapes to the background fabric, then machine sewed a blanket stitch around the raw edges.

The lettering for Sweet Liberty is machine embroidered - I used 4D Embroidery Design Creator to digitize the lettering using a double running stitch. Missing from this photo is a star-shaped button that I plan to add later to dot the 'i' in Liberty.

When it came time for quilting, I stitched in the ditch along the horizontal seams of the background fabric and scrappy borders, stitching through all the layers. Then I used my machine's dual feed foot and attempted to echo quilt around the various shapes. I didn't plan ahead where I was going, so this ended up being somewhat free-styled and meandered a tiny bit. Last, the stars on the watering can are stitched through all layers to add more quilting and as a design addition. The quilting is a little easier to see in this photo:

Sweet Liberty wall quilt


There are more photos of this project in my Quilted Banner & Mini's Flickr Set

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