It is Independence day today and I want to wish everyone out there a Safe and Happy 4th of July. I hope everyone is having a Great time this weekend, and celebrating the Holiday.
This week I played Betsy Ross and made the American Flag. Let me explain.....I found this article in one of my many magazines and it had the American Flag as a small Wall hanging. It was sewn together by hand and made with assorted scrap of red, white and blue material. When I seen this picture, I just had to make it. Did you ever just see a picture of a quilt and you said "That one I must make"? Well, I do ever so often and this was one. I had 3 real good reasons to make it.
1. I wanted to make something for the 4th with my patriot material that I had purchased at the Quilt show in Paducah, KY. But I was running out of time. (It was already June 26th when I seen this article)
2. The pattern had curves on two sides which made it more interesting to me, more of a challenge
3. Since they needed to be sewn by hand, meant that I could sew them anywhere I wanted. I prefer sitting on my swing watching the birds and the fish in my pond. Talk about relaxing!
Anyway, after I got all the pieces hand sewn together. I had 7 strips of 7 pieces. These I did by machine for they were straight pieces and running out of time. I then layered and quilted by my machine. The binding, well, I did not put any on, I cut the batting a little shorter than the quilt top, then rolled both the front and the back together inside to the batting, pinned, and did a slip stitch all the way around.
After I had it all completed I hand sewn to little strips on either side on the back to hang it up. I wanted to hang it in front of my chest in our living room.
Finished size is: 21" X 13". This was a lot of fun to make......now on to the next project!
I am still waiting for my long arm, so still have the Perennial quilt top and the Kaleidoscope quilt top to quilt. But that won't keep me waiting....for I have 126,345,678,980,987,654,323,456,789050,987,654 more ideas.
Check my website gallery for more selections: http://janesquilting.com