You guys- I haven't touched any holiday sewing. I claimed that would be my focus, but it's just not been happening. This DYO Sampler project- something I started on because of a whim- has been an obsession. It's so much fun. I get to try things out without committing to numerous identical blocks.
Here are a set of three feathers. I have made a baby quilt out of this pattern but I cut half of the feathers wrong- so it was nice to visit this again with more correct piecing:
There are several reasons why I chose this phrase:
- It was a practical choice. There are many quotes that I love but I didn't want to choose something that was quite long. I want the stag to be the focus.
- It reveals my connection to New Hampshire, where I grew up. It's the predominant phrase on NH license plates that makes me laugh: while so many states go with something light-hearted like: "the peach state," "vacationland," and "birthplace of aviation" - NH is all about making a bold political statement. I am sure there is some interesting history behind this.
- I identify with "Live Free or Die" - I feel pride for my country, I have lived in other countries and I am grateful for my freedom. Without getting into a long political discussion, lets just say that I lean towards the "Ron Swanson" type of feelings about government. (The irony of my husband working for the government is not lost on me!)
I encourage you to pick up a copy of Word Play Quilts. I did this entire phrase in one evening- I'd say it took me about three hours. It was easy and fun. I found that "v" was the most difficult but it only took me one try. Care had to be taken to have similar sizes for each word and I was also very attentive to my fabric choices- striving for high contrast so that it would be easy to read.
Linking up with WIP Wednesday.