Happy Almost 4th of July! We have had the most wonderful summer so far in “Colorful Colorado.” (where I live) Just about the time it gets too hot the thunder clouds start forming and rolling to the east with a nice wash of rain. All the lawns in our neighborhood (and green spaces) are just beautiful and with the back drop of the Rocky Mountains; I couldn’t be a happier more productive girl!
I was supposed to have my blog posted a few days ago, but as I was driving to work on Monday morning I had a flash of inspiration. I love decorating my home for the seasons and I realized that I don’t have very many patriotic decorations. So, once a flash of inspiration driving to work is now brought to life in this little paper pieced number.
I am VERY new to paper piecing (and as a scrapbooker this might be a dangerous thing to learn!!) But here is my pattern. Also, as I was designing this piece I knew that I wanted the stars to “pop” off the quilt a bit, so I decided I was going to applique that on after the block was pieced. I have intentionally left it so the edges would fray up after washing, giving it a 3-D look. (check out our free section to get all three of the patterns to make this project)To paper piece this project I started at one of the “white” sections. I just added fabric all the way around. Because I wanted that “3-D” look when I completed the pattern, the last strip that I sewed on was sewn down and the edge of that last strip will fray when washed. I think it adds a little extra contrast to the piece. If you want to “hem” that last strip, feel free. 😉
To make my little project I used this gorgeous fat quarters set from Benartex fabric. It is from the Vintage Scrapbook line. Here is my first paper pieced block:
A couple of thoughts I had when this was finished:
1. This would be such a cute banner/bunting design. I can see it raw edge sewn onto a piece of burlap or canvas. Make 5 or 6 blocks, attach the blocks to a piece of ribbon and hang it from your front porch, on your mantel, or off the stair case for a darling Patriotic Decoration.
2. Make 5 or 6 blocks and sew them end to end for a great table runner.
3. This would be a charming quilt design backed with a soft flannel for a nice warm quilt to wrap up in while you are stretching your neck to watch fireworks.
I had already decided that I wanted to make 4 quilt blocks so I could make a little table topper (we also have a large microfiber ottoman and I love having a topper there to break up the brown in my couch.) At first I laid out my 4 blocks in this design:
But I guess I had some superhero on my brain because my finished block turned out like this:
I love the diamond shape it formed in the middle. (and I can’t wait to wash it to see the stars REALLY pop!) I added a little red border to break up the imperfectness of the strips not really matching up. And I love the way the red fabric frames it. I purposefully did not use any blue except on the stars so that they would really pop off the piece. (there is a bit of blue in the striped binding fabric I used that ties it all together.
Here is a close up of me machine quilting (I sew on a very basic Bernina and I love it! Nothing to complicated or fancy and my machine has never done me wrong)
One more close up!
And one last picture of it on my dining room table with my candle holder.
What are some of your favorite Patriotic quilt projects?