Hello Everyone! I hope you are enjoying your 4th of July weekend if you are in the United States and just enjoying the weekend elsewhere. I hope you are still safe and well. I have been quilting and stitching patriotic projects for the past two months and will be wrapping them up shortly.
Lets start with Stars and Stripes Forever by Fig Tree and Co.
I finished my version yesterday afternoon on the 4th. I’m really pleased with the results and as you can see, I went with the light blue border, just as in the original full size quilt. Thanks to those who gave me your input, I think it was unanimous to use the light blue. I made four blocks using 4 different star units. All the fabrics are from Catalina Island by Fig Tree for Moda.
I quilted Stars on my domestic Pfaff QE 4.0 using Aurifil thread and one layer of Quilter’s Dream Select batting. I did not use my ruler foot to quilt the straight lines and some of them got a little wobbly, but overall, they aren’t too bad. When you stand away from it, you just notice the texture. It took about 7 hours to quilt it.
Remember in my last quilting update post I told you about the pillows Carrie Nelson of Moda Fabrics made? I decided to use the leftover strips of the red and white flag fabric to make my own version of the Stripes and Three Stars pillow. The patterns for the pillows are free on the Moda Fabrics blog.
My stripes finish at 1″ instead of the 1 1/2″ that Carrie’s do. My stars are also 3″ instead of 6″, so it’s almost half the size of the original pillow. The two stripe panels finish at 2 1/4″ x 13″. I wanted to keep the pillow on the small size so there isn’t a pillow form that would fit. I stuffed the pillow with fiber fill and used a two piece back to finish it. (Here’s a little secret, I haven’t sewn the back up yet because I wanted to take pictures of it yesterday to post on Instagram for the 4th)! I plan to finish the back this afternoon. The star fabric is from the Mackinac Island fabric by Minick and Simpson for Moda.
After finishing these yesterday, I displayed them on the bench in our foyer and will leave them there throughout July. I think they go nicely with the Popsicle pillow also by Fig Tree and the Camper pillow by Sherri Falls of This and That. The fabrics in those pillows are by Bonnie and Camille, also Moda Fabrics.
I was hoping to get Tootsie Pops, also by Fig Tree, finished by the 4th, too. I’ve got a little bit quilted, but I stopped working on it so I could make sure I finished Stars and Stripes. I’m really pleased with this one, too. The fabrics are also Mackinac Island. I’m going to finish this one in the next day or so and I think that will be it for patriotic quilts for the year.
I don’t want to wait until Wednesday to share my finish of Memorial Day by Hand On Design. I stitched the last two columns of the right flag early on Saturday the 4th. I was hoping to get it fully finished, but I think it will have to wait until I can get to a store with frames. It will just fit into an 8″ x 10″ frame, but the letters on each end touched the edge of the frame. I also like the blue fabric it’s on so I would like to mount both on mat board and then insert both into a frame.
That’s it for now. I hope you have a great week ahead and stay well. Thanks for stopping by.