I can’t believe that July 4th, 2013, is behind us already. Although it’s a bit overdue, I wanted to share this patriotic rag quilt that I managed to stitch up just a few days before our holiday party.
I didn’t have a pattern, but I had a great stash of 100% cotton red, white and blue fabrics. If you’re familiar with the basics of rag quilting, you can zip this one up quickly. If you haven’t stitched a rag quilt, there are great tutorials on You Tube.
I cut the 6 strips which formed the lower half of the flag 3 1/4″ inch wide x 42″ long. The seven strips to the right of the blue field* were cut 3 1/4″ wide by 26 1/2″ long. I stitched these strips together before attaching the blue field, which was cut 16″ wide by 16 1/4″ high. All seams were sewn 1/2″ wide. Additionally, I placed a 3 1/4″ wide x 42″ long strip of white muslin between each strip set, making each strip three layers. The muslin adds a little weight to the flag and helps fluff-up the seams after washing.
After the flag was fully assembled, I trimmed and squared-off any edges that weren’t exactly perfect. Since I did not attach a binding, I top-stitched 1/2″ from the edge, along each side, before clipping** the seams.
Here’s a peek at the finished back:
This flag is easy to stitch, and a great way to showcase your patriotic pride!
“…and forever in peace may you wave”.
*yes, there are more than 50 stars here ;-)
**Thank you, Teresa, for saving my aching hand by recommending the Fiskars Rag Quilter Snip. It made the job 200% easier and was a great use of my 50% off JoAnn’s coupon!!