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the flag of mommy country.

The Flag of Mommy Country by Kim Soper/Leland Ave Studios

the flag of mommy country by lelandavestudios

Happy Friday! I’ve got a finish to share with you that is very special to me. I revealed the first photos of my rectangular log cabin in my 2015 New Quilt Bloggers Blog Hop intro, but I wanted to take the time to share some additional details about this mini quilt, and why I love it so!

For starters, this quilt is made with hand-dyed scraps that I purchased from Kim Eichler-Messmer. Each strip has a unique variation and saturation that is so gorgeous in person, I feel the pictures can’t really do them justice. But rest assured — you can take my word for it — they are lovely, and if you want to feast your eyes on something extra-special, just check out her quilts!

In addition to the fantastic fabric, this was the first quilt that I have ever hand-quilted! It was such a different process to have to make each individual stitch by hand. I started the process feeling irritated that it was taking so long to complete each row, and by the end, I was sad that it was over! Who knew I could fall in love with hand-stitching?!? It was so nice to take my project with me wherever I went. It came berry picking; to the beach; and sat with me, my husband and a glass of wine at the end of the evening. I never knew how enjoyable the experience could be, and I think I may have fallen in love!

To quilt this mini and get the effect that I wanted, I used Auriful 12 wt. cotton thread (thanks, Karin [Leigh Laurel Studios], for the suggestion!). I am really not sure if there is a specific method for Kantha stitching, but that is the effect I was seeking.

the flag for mommy country by lelandavestudios

The scrap bag from Kim contained mostly solid fabrics, but there were a few over-dyed fabrics that I incorporated into the quilt as well. They complemented the overall palette and added a little something special (unexpected, maybe?) to the binding and some of the piecing. For the rest of the quilt I used a linen-like cloth that I unearthed in my stash. I wish I knew its origins, because I loved the texture and would be happy to purchase more of it!

flag from mommy country by lelandavestudios

Here’s a shot of the back of the quilt. I love it almost as much as the front! I know my stitches are uneven. . . so forgive the inconsistencies if they bother you. . .but I love that solid blue fabric where you can see the pattern made by the dying technique. Oh, and if you are like me, a complete novice to hand stitching, this tutorial from Creativebug was a great help in getting me started.

This mini is now hanging proudly in my sewing room, and because I rarely make anything for myself, my boys have deemed this the “flag of mommy country.” They now draw it when they want to make cards and things for me, and it has come to be my signature around the house. I think because it travelled to and from various places with us, they somehow became as attached to it as I did!

Hope you are having a great start to the weekend! We will be celebrating birthdays and anniversaries (while still trying to squeeze in some time for sewing)!

Linking up with Finish it up Friday, TGIFF (hosted by Michelle this week!), and Link-A-Finish Friday.

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  • Yvonne @Quilting Jetgirl
    July 31, 2015 at 11:01 pm

    I love the name your sons gave the quilt and how awesome that they draw it for you, too! The hand dyed colors are so rich, and I love your hand stitching. Do you think you will continue to try to have a hand quilted project to work on now?

  • Michelle @ From Bolt to Beauty
    August 1, 2015 at 6:19 am

    Your hand quilting gives this mini such great texture, and the perfectly imperfect stitches are a great complement to the variations in the hand-dyed fabric.

    Yay! I’m happy that you’ve completed a project that you’ll keep for yourself. : )

  • Gemini Jen NZ
    August 1, 2015 at 6:37 am

    Hand quilted! Fantastic effort!

  • Kirsty@Bonjour
    August 1, 2015 at 6:46 am

    Best name ever! Boys love momma quilts. I love it, too! That hand quilting – so beautiful, it must feel so nice when you run your hand across it. What a great reminder of your summer holidays. x

  • Jayne Willis
    August 1, 2015 at 9:32 am

    Kim this is beautiful! I love the stitiching, the texture is so amazing! I have never hand stitched before, I’m drawn to the stitches and they are perfect for this piece! You should be proud of this!

  • Lisa
    August 1, 2015 at 10:23 am

    Thanks for sharing more info on this great mini quilt. The hand stitching looks great. I love the name your kid’s came up with . It’s great that you kept the name.

  • Sarah
    August 1, 2015 at 6:43 pm

    Hurray for “selfish” sewing!! This is a great flag/symbol for you too. At least to me, it seems very your style. 😀 Not to mention, it’s gorgeous and wonderful, and holy batman cape that took a lot of patience!!!! I don’t even have the patience to handstitch a binding, forget about hand quilting!!!

  • Deb Chimes
    August 1, 2015 at 6:47 pm

    Just beautiful Kim! This quilt has been made even more special with the name your boys have given it. Thanks also for the tips and links. I will save this post for when I finally get around to trying hand quilting!

  • Wanda Ann Dotson
    August 1, 2015 at 7:24 pm

    Hand quilting is the most relaxing project. I prefer it to machine stitching. I’ve heard that some people have a “freak flag”, but a “mommy flag” is so much better. Lucky you.

  • Judy
    August 2, 2015 at 7:33 am

    Amazing fabric, quilt design and hand stitching…this combination really works. I think you did capture the Kantha stitching effect really well. Great finish! I really like that dye pattern on the back as well, very cool.

  • Carie
    August 2, 2015 at 10:10 am

    Wow isn’t it stunning! I love the way the different colours of blue work at a distance, it makes it look almost painted ?

  • Kelsey
    August 4, 2015 at 10:44 am

    The hand-dyed fabrics and hand quilting go together so well. Gorgeous finish.