The GIVE AWAY is now CLOSED thanks to all who played along! The winners have been announced and the pattern is available HERE.
Welcome to today's stop on the American Made Brand Blog Hop. I'm so excited to be a part of this fun 50 state blog tour. As a long time resident of Georgia, I was thrilled to be asked to make a block for my state. I am also a huge fan of history, especially quilting history, so I started my research immediately. I found so much information but I kept coming back to my favorite quilt from Georgia made by a former slave named Harriet Powers in 1886.
I love this quilt for so many reasons, and I knew I could borrow her "style" of freeform applique that looks as if it is tossed onto the quilt. I chose her sashing and cornerstone style as well. Once I added the sashing and cornerstones I didn't have much space left to work with. So I quickly realized I would have to layer my elements.
I chose 7 colors ( light khaki #11, dark brown #16, taupe #62, dark taupe #63, orange #36, dark orange # 37, and olive #24 ) that I thought would look nice together and give a cheerful look to the block. Then I drew the peach and the letters on paper. I fused the fabrics to a light fusible and cut out the shapes.
I placed the shapes on the block in several different arrangements until I was happy with it.
Then I fused the shapes in place and stitched around the edges in a very tiny zig zag with matching threads. I wanted it to look a bit primitive but still be durable.
These fabrics were fantastic to work with and the colors are amazing. I especially love the dark brown I chose for the letters. The nice folks at Clothworks want to give you a chance to play with these fabrics too, so they are GIVING AWAY a fat quarter bundle (8 fat quarters) to one lucky reader of each blog. If you would like a chance to win this bundle, please leave a comment below telling me if you have ever been to Georgia. A simple yes or no will do, a detailed travel itinerary is also welcome. I would love to hear anything you might want to say!
Good Luck and don't forget to keep hopping!
Enjoy every state!