I chose several of our new Hometown Summer prints along with Quilter’s Candy Mirage-Cream to make this patriotic runner. The stars are fusible appliqué and the embroidery is done with a simple back stitch for a primitive feel. The pattern instructions have you complete the quilting and binding before embroidering the words. This is one thing I would do differently if I were to make this again, as you end up with exposed knots and threads on the back. It would be just slightly more work to baste your top to the batting, complete your embroidery through those layers, and then add the back. I chose to keep the quilting quite simple: I got out my stitch in the ditch foot, followed all the seam lines, and then did a straight stitch down the middle of each red stripe.
The saying “The Land of the Free Because of the Brave” holds special meaning to me as my husband is retired from the military. Our family knows firsthand that freedom is not free. Not only is there the tremendous cost of lost lives, but there is a day to day cost for families carrying on while their loved one, be it husband or wife, mother or father, son or daughter, is serving somewhere else.
Memorial Day is fast approaching: a time our country has set aside to remember those who have lost their lives while serving their country. I plan to use my finished project as a wall hanging—a visual reminder to be thankful for all who have served.