Life, Liberty, Happiness, Quilted.


I just shared this over on MQResource, but figured I’d better post it here, too.

Funny, I’ll call it “finished,” when it clearly has a long way to go — but getting past the quilting is a pretty big hurdle.  I’m pretty sure I’m not going to bind it — I think I’m going to face it, so that what you see here is all that will be visible on the front, I don’t want to add another visual element to the edges.


The quilting in the red and white stripes is freehand.  I did it earlier in the week, but had to pull it off the frame, partially finished so that my IQ could be installed.


My intention was to freehand the blue as well, but then I had a better idea, and let the IQ do the blue section with a star design that came preinstalled.  It’s not that easy to see, but it’s there.  It was very awesome to watch it stitch out.  And then go answer the phone and then talk to a customer whilst the computer kept working.


I thought it was pretty funny when I realized where the inspiration for the lettering came from. Actually a lot of the inspiration came from the same source, I guess.

I really did think I WAS being original and clever. And then I opened the door to the shop and looked down at the welcome mat in front of the door. It’s red and white stripes with the words Life, Liberty, Happiness on it. Duh. I’ve only been stepping over that thing nearly every day for most of year now. I’m pretty observant that way.


  1. Mary says:

    Looks great — how fun to have the IQ although I’m sure you purchased it for serious business reasons.

    Inspiration is all around us – how funny that you absorbed the inspiration from the mat without realizing it.

  2. Eileen C says:

    Your quilt is beautiful. Please publish a pattern – I would definitely purchase it.


  3. Warty Mammal says:

    You’ve done an amazing job! The mat story was amusing.

    Do you remember the old joke “Time flies like an arrow; fruit flies like a banana”? Yeah. I never got it. “Um, okay. Fruit could fly like a banana. It could also fly like an apple or I guess a watermelon. What’s the point?”

    One night at work I suddenly got it. I started roaring with laughter. When I explained why, the other people on shift looked at me with great pity.

    In my book, taking only a couple of weeks to realize your inspiration came from a doormat isn’t too bad!

  4. polka dots n petals says:

    I saw this hanging in the window today, and this is absolutely my favorite of all time! When I come to Traer I love to see the quilts hanging in the window. A pattern for this would be fantastic!

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