I love Americana inspired home decor. The muted colors of the red, white and blue just touch my heart. This American Flag Quilt is very Americana. Three years ago I discovered a great sew along by Melissa of Cornbreadandbeansquilting that featured the American flag. I started with a bang, but I never did get around to finishing it. Until this week.
You might be wondering why I keep dragging out these projects that I started two or three years ago. Well, two years ago we moved to Texas from Iowa. Many of the projects that I started back then were packed away never to be seen or heard from again. In one week, we are moving to Kansas. That means I am going through my sewing room, rediscovering all these old treasures. This is the last project I will have time to work on before we go.
There were five parts to the sew along. For one of the weeks we made American flags.
Another week we made the dresden fans. I did really enjoy sewing the blades for the fan together. It was a nice little factory line.
One of the things about this pattern that drew me in was the dresden fan. I never made one before and really wanted to try it out. As you can see, I had a bit of a fitting problem. If I remember correctly, I didn’t have the right sized ruler for the pattern I was following. I was just winging it.
I did manage to get it sorted out though.
Sewing on the half-circle by hand was a challenge for me as well. I wanted to make the circle my own way, not being a good student and following the instructions.
I soon amended my wicked ways and got back on the path. I love hand sewing applique so much, I could do it forever.
As you can imagine, my sewing project started to feel quite lonely. She even left me messages on Instagram. Alas, moving and packing didn’t help the poor thing. Many times over the next two years I pulled this American flag quilt out. There is no real clear answer as to why it got put away again.
I think making a quilt that has many different skills involved is my favorite. While this isn’t a sampler quilt, it has the same feeling. You never get tired of making the same thing fifty times. In this project there were four flags, one star block, four dresden fans and setting blocks. Plenty to keep your mind busy with I’d say.
American Flag Quilt
This last weekend I pressed the quilt, layered and pinned. (My basting spray is packed.) I plan to quilt mostly in the ditch. I don’t want to change the focal point from the flags to the quilting. That’s my plan, and hopefully I will get it finished. Hopefully.
American Flag Quilt Update
After a careful search (not really) through my fabric bins, I came a across a brushed cotton plaid that seemed pretty near perfect to me. The more I look at this quilt, the more I realize my reds don’t quite match. That’s okay, right?
When it was time to pick a backing for this American flag quilt, I knew it would be this fabric. I had just the right amount to cover the back, and I love this print. For a long time I was collecting rooster and chicken fabric. After awhile I stopped collecting, mostly because I stopped buying fabric.
This is where I’m at in the finishing process. The quilting is done, and the binding is machine sewed in place. Now I am ready to hand sew the binding to the back. My favorite part.
We are heading out of the great state of Texas next Monday. Next time y’all here from me, we will be in Kansas. If any of you live in Wichita, say hello! I would love to make some new sewing/quilting/knitting buddies.
Linking up with Judy at Patchwork Times