Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Mountainside Freedom

Ever since I can remember, the 4th of July meant barbeque cookouts, celebrating freedom in this country, hot weather and fireworks!!  Always fireworks! I can only remember a couple that I didn't go see in my life.

Each year, I can appreciate freedom in this country and realize we are so blessed here in the USA.

Anyone that really knows my heart, knows for sure that I love the mountains.

 The patriotic song we are all so familiar with, America (My Country 'Tis of Thee) was first sung publicly in Boston, MA on a July 4th.
There are many verses that go with this melody.

Mountainside Freedom

designed by Feathers in the Nest
copyright 2011

colors suggested are:

Dark blue----Gentle Art---Uniform Blue

White/ or natural---Crescent Colors-- Snowball or Ecru

lighter blue--Gentle Art---Dungarees

red---Gentle Art---mulberry

fabric of choice

The words to this tune, were written in 1832 by Reverend S. F. Smith while the composer of the original melody is still unknown, but thought to be Henry Carey. There are six verses which are full of beautiful language that describes our country's plethora of natural inspirations.

I love them all, and besides the first verse which is the most popular sung in the US, one I cherish is:

We love thy inland seas,
Thy grove and giant trees,
Thy rolling plains;
Thy river's mighty sweep
The mystic canyons deep,
Thy mountains, wild and steep--
All though domains.

I hope wherever you are today, whether, moutainous, inland, near river's or canyons that you enjoy the day and the beauty of your area.

I know I look out our windows and feel so blessed to be surrounded by the mountains!
My childhood dream to live near the mountains one day, came true. My dream to visit other beautiful areas of this country is my hope.


  1. Wonderful post Jennifer. And I just LOVE the pattern. Thank you so very much for sharing with us.

    Have a fabulous 4th!

  2. What lovely thoughts. I'm proud to be an American, and of the freedoms we've fought for. There is so much natural beauty in this world, if we only open our eyes to see it. Hope you're having a great week!!

  3. Thank you so much for sharing your lovely pattern. Wishing you a wonderful holiday weekend.

  4. Great post and another wonderful freebie! Thanks for sharing with us Jennifer!

    Enjoy your fireworks!!

  5. Hi Jennifer. I lived in the US for 5 years (a long time ago) and my son started his schooling there. After a fortnight or so, he said, 'Mum, where's Tisape. 'What do you mean?' I asked. 'Well' he said,'Every morning in school we sing, 'My country Tisapee' and I wondered where it was.' He was only 4! Blessings from the UK

  6. Jennifer, such a touching post and love the chart! Thank you for sharing all that you share with us. Happy 4th! Another proud American, Deb

  7. Great post Jennifer! Love the pattern. Thanks for sharing!

  8. OOOHHH! How did I miss this design. Perfect especially for where WE live! ;)


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