I know many of you do too, but I like to make projects during the current season. For example, I like to make Christmas projects around Christmas time. Well since I am in the mood for summer, a time when I like to decorate in a patriotic theme, what better time then to share Home Grown. Home Grown is a beautiful design by Lisa Bongean of Primitive Gatherings. It is a gorgeous wool applique wall hanging on a flannel background setting. I had the pleasure of quilting Lisa's sample last year. Yup, still playing catch up on posting quilts from last year. :-)
In my mind, I could see this vase of hydrangeas sitting on a porch with an old lattice behind it. Sipping some iced tea while rocking in a chair, with this gorgeous vase of fresh cut hydrangeas beside me. Well, that is where the inspiration came for the quilting. :-)
I premarked the design with chalk before I loaded it on the machine. Yuck-o on that job, but made things so much easier in the long run.
I quilted the flag and then worked my way back up the quilt, quilting the background.Added: Karen asked in the comments section if I micro stippled in the squares. I actually quilted tight, straight lines back and forth for the filler. I DID, however micro stipple at the top of the piece around the "welcome" and top of lattice.
Once I was back up at the top of the quilt, I added the feather banner.
I noticed when looking at the photos that my lattice didn't line up in one spot!! Oh, the things we notice in photos that we don't notice otherwise!!!! One of the reasons I usually take tons of photos while I am quilting!! So I loaded it back on the machine, picked out the area I needed to and quilted it the way it was supposed to be!!! If I didn't fix it, it would be ALL I would see every time I looked at it!
This photo was after I fixed it and taken in my car right before I shipped it home!!!
Hanging in the Primitive Gatherings Booth in Houston. :-)
Can you believe I forgot to take pics of the back??!!!! I think I was so wrapped up in my little mishap, that it just slipped my mind. Here is a before quilting pic, though.
All the threads are So Fine by Superior. Black 80/20 batting from Hobbs. All the quilting is freehand. Kits are available here. Lisa recently taught this class in Utah. Looks like everyone enjoyed themselves! You can read about it on Lisa's blog here.
Makes me want to decorate for summer!! :-)