I can hardly believe I've finished this month's section of Sweet Land of Liberty before the end of the month! (I'm participating in Lori's quilt-along at Humble Quilts). Of course, I have a ways to go before I'm caught up -- about four months' worth to go!
These were fun blocks to make. I love practically everything about them, something I don't often say. The bowl fabric -- gosh, it's beautiful in person -- is almost copper in color. (The line is where the fabric was folded. It will quilt out.) It's a color I love but rarely find. This fabric came from a thrift store shirt. And the flowers: unusually bold of me to put that lighter fabric behind the deeper striped fabric. The doves fabric came from part of a sheet pressed into use for a round tablecloth. They are not quite white, leaning just slightly, just barely toward peach/coral/pink. Maybe noticeable in the photo when compared to the much whiter "liberty" fabric.
I like the flag and fish almost as much as the bowl. The fish's tail is a little wavy but I know that will quilt out. The tail and head were my first time sewing curves for a quilt block. Not exactly a great success but I wasn't about to redo them. Those letters are a lot out of kilter, maybe the only part of this block I'm not thrilled with but, again, I'm not about to change them. (At least not yet.)
While I was working on the flag the beautiful song "America" came to mind and I envisioned some of the lyrics -- spacious skies, amber waves of grain, purple mountains.... I especially love the phrase, "Confirm thy soul in self control." Gosh, wouldn't America be a grander place if we all had a little more self control?
I read Robin's post about her interpretation of this block. She stitched a tree and added the words, "Let music swell the breeze and ring from all the trees sweet freedom's song." I couldn't remember those lyrics in "America" and suddenly realized the theme of this quilt is not "America" but "My Country 'Tis of Thee," which is just as beautiful (though I like the tune for "America" better).
And here are the five pieced stars. These look a little cloudy, washed out even, in the photo. I left them wider than 5½" because I'm still hoping to add enough width to have a quilt that's about 64" wide. I don't know if/how these colors will work with the other blocks and will make others if they don't.
Finishing these stars and the two sections of Sweet Land of Liberty, above, completes my One Monthly Goal for July.
Now I'm on to Bromeliad for my version of Linda Brannock's Flowers quilt.
Fabrics for consideration.... These may change completely by tomorrow afternoon.
I hope you have a great weekend.
I'm linking this post to
> One Monthly Goal - July link-up at Elm Street Quilts
> Finished or Not Friday and Busy Hands Quilts
> Thank Goodness It's Finished Friday (TGIFF) at Sarah Goer Quilts
> Can I Get a Whoop Whoop? at Confessions of a Fabric Addict
> BOMs Away at What a Hoot!
Thanks for hosting, ladies.