Lucy Boston

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Flags, times 4

For September, and the second installment 
of Flags of the American Revolution sew-along,
(hosted by Lori of Humble quilts)
we were to do the 
four flags with tree appliques.

This sew-along is from the book: Flags of the American Revolution by Jan Patek.
With each block/flag there is a brief history written by the editor - Edie McGinnis.
I'm really enjoying the history lesson as I do each block!!

Anyway, these were 
FOUR good sized applique blocks,
but, I got them done on time - whew!
Each block finishes at 20 inches by 10 inches.  
I'm using cotton on cotton, 
with YLI silk thread to hand-applique.  
And, I still need to press my blocks (because I don't like my hand-applique smashed flatter than flat and not look like applique, I won't press these until they are together as a quilt-top, ready to quilt).

Appeal to Heaven, Block #2, and Bunker Hill, Block #3:
And Pine Tree Flag, Block #4 and Pine Tree, Block #8:

I did take a few close-up pictures so you can see my fabrics:
For the lettering on the Appeal to Heaven block, 
I used a Valdani pearl cotton, size 12, color O540, a variegated dark green to black.  
I used it single thread, and did a whipped, running-back-stitch
which is my favorite hand-embroidery stitch, 
that my Great-Grandma B taught me long ago.

October's 'assignment' is five flags with pieced stripes! 
Sounds like a lot of blocks for one month, 
but they do look pretty easy (and fun).
Can't wait to get started!


  1. Nice applique! I love the different values of green you are using.

  2. Your applique looks beautiful. Good tip about not pressing yet. I haven't pressed yet, but didn't know it's a good idea!

  3. Great blocks. I like the brighter blue you choose.


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