I'm back with the sequel to my Indiana Quilt. Meet Tennessee!
Elliot and I took this quilt to an agricultural park this morning and had fun taking photos near the historic cabins. I've always loved the look of modern fabrics in a rustic setting.
Another fun thing about this photo shoot is that both of us were gross and sweaty from my Mommy Fit Camp workout class, which is possibly my favorite activity since moving to the volunteer state. Exercise was not a part of my life before we moved here. But the parks and neighborhoods are so beautiful, that they inspired me to get out in nature and buy a jogging stroller so the boy and I can enjoy our mornings working out together!
This idea behind this quilt was to create something meaningful that we could use at home, and I decided on a wall hanging for our entryway. I can't wait to get this back up on the wall so I can look at it every time I'm lugging in grocery bags and baby gear from the car.
I started this project last Thursday morning and finished the binding on Saturday. In my book, that classifies it as another quick and easy quilt project. It definitely helped that I'd tried the technique before.
Similar to my last state quilt, I used the book Scrappy Bits Applique by Shannon Brinkley for my raw edge fusible applique. I cheated a little this time and used a glue stick only for many of the fabrics, so I didn't have to run out and buy more Pellon Lite EZ-Steam II. It definitely works better with the fusible, so don't skip this step unless you must!
For the pattern, I found a printable state map, and enlarged it 380% in Adobe Acrobat, taping the 8 pages together. I free-motion quilted loops on the background fabric (Robert Kaufman Essex Linen) with my Baby Lock Tiara. I also stitched around each state and the letters in home. I satin stitched around the entire state border with white thread to create a nice finished edge.
If you peek real close at this photo, you can see the words "Nashville" I cut out from the Sweetwater fabric for Davidson county. Love it when things like that work out! I used fabrics from Ann Kelle, Carolyn Friedlander, Lizzy House, Cotton + Steel, and a few other favorites. The orange fabrics are a tribute to the University of Tennessee, though I went a bit more orange-red, because I just liked the fabrics so much better.
I don't know if there will be any more state quilts in my future, but I'm now dying to use this method to make a world map like Shannon Brinkley's "Around the World" quilt!
So, if you made a "home" quilt... would you pick the place you currently live? Where you were born? Or someplace else? I'm interested to hear what reminds you the most of home, and why!