Lots of Stars and Stripes!

Hello Everyone! I hope you have had a good week! Ours has been a rainy one, which means everything has grown like a weed around here. I spent one morning trimming bushes because they are growing out of control. I do like how green everything is though.

My daisies are in their first bloom this week, which usually produces the largest flowers. I’ll need to cut a few for inside. What you can’t tell in this picture is how tall they are, almost 5 ft high. Tallest I think they have ever been. These are either Becky or Shasta Daisies.

This week I’ve been working on all things patriotic. I haven’t finished anything yet, but I’ll share some progress shots.

I finished the sections of Fig Tree’s Tootsie Pops, but they are not pressed. I’ll get these pressed today and hopefully add the borders. I’m using Minick and Simpson’s Mackinac Island fabric by Moda.

I spent most of my time this week making the star bands for Fig Tree’s Stars and Stripes Forever pattern. I’m only making four blocks for a wall hanging instead of the full quilt. I have to say, those stars took a lot of time. They are small and part of the construction uses a square in square technique, which is probably my least accurate piecing technique. There were also lots of flying geese units to make. I can’t image how long it would take me to make the full size quilt. If you recall, I bought the kit to make the full size quilt, so I have lots of fabric left over and more options to finish it. The fabrics are from Fig Tree’s Catalina line.

I’m having a hard time deciding on the fabric for the outside border, though.

The medium blue cherry fabric is used for the border on the pattern quilt. Right now I’m leaning towards that one because it’s not so busy. I like both of the flower fabrics, but not sure if they are right for the border. Neither of those fabrics were in the kit. I might have bought a little extra just in case. Suggestions are welcome. I would like to get this one and Tootsie Pops quilted this week.

I had some leftover half square triangles from Tootsie Pops and some pieces from Stars and Stripes, so I decided to use them to make some mini pin cushions. I sewed 1 1/2″ squares together for the blue and gingham mini and cut down the HSTs to make 3/4″ finished squares for the one on the right. The cross stitch is Star Spangled Spectacular by With Thy Needle and Thread that I finished earlier this week.

I made a two piece back, which I’ll show when I get them completely finished, and sewed around all four edges. I think this is a little neater way to finish little pillows than stitching up the bottom. I should have these fully finished by my next post.

Pillow by Carrie Nelson of Moda Fabrics

I wanted to share this fun pillow by Carrie Nelson from the Moda Fabrics blog. She shares the directions for this one, plus two others on the blog for free. This is my favorite and while all my fabrics are out, I may try to make it this week.

That’s it for now. I hope everyone has a great week and thanks for stopping by!

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7 Responses to Lots of Stars and Stripes!

  1. Karen Capellman says:

    The medium blue cherry really makes a bold statement. The red border is not jarring to the eye. I think it depends on what you want to say! How you want it to feel. I hope this helps. All lovely work. Karen


  2. debby says:

    I think the blue frames it beautifully, and while I love the red fabric, it seems a bit busy for this piece. Love all your work, especially the patriotic ones.


  3. lydia Sheffield says:

    I agree about the blue. I love the pillow you shared.


  4. Suzanne Walker says:

    The medium blue with cherry gets my vote.
    When you say “two piece” back for the pincushion, do you mean envelope style or sewn up the center? I will be anxiously awaiting your next post….as I always do.


    • Brenda says:

      Thanks Suzanne! Make sure to view the last WIP Wednesday post for an explanation the two piece back.


      • Suzanne says:

        I read it immediately and want to thank you for the clear explanation. I have 2 FO’s I am going to finish with this 2 piece back method. Thank you!!!!!


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