Tuesday, July 5, 2011

July 4th Postmortem

We had a wonderful July 4th weekend with our children here for a visit. We did a lot of visiting, had a barbecue with lots of good food,  played cards, and watched a movie.  Last night after everyone had gone home, I sat out on the deck and sewed a few more yo-yos.  Later in the evening, I did my usual evening blog reading.  I saw some gorgeous patriotic quilts, table runners and place mats.  I looked around here and wondered where all of my patriotic quilts were.  I remembered a flag I made years ago.  This morning I looked, and there they were still in the UFO basket. 

This is from one of the Little Quilts books.  I know this one is a real oldie but goodie.  I think I was just beginning to quilt when I made this.  You can see some  of the basting stitches still in this one.  It is the size of a place mat - maybe 14" X 18".


Here is another little quilt made from the same pattern.  This one is quilted, and the binding is even sewn on.

And, here is a patriotic quilt top.  These were second Saturday sampler blocks from one of our quilt shops.  If you took your finished block back to the shop on the second Saturday of the month, the next month's block kit was free.  Of course, there were also fat quarters for sale that coordinated with the original block.  I made all 36 blocks that year.

One of the blocks even has the Pledge of Allegiance. 

This is one of my favorite blocks with a bit of the story of the moon landing in 1969.

I used the leftovers from the blocks to make these braid borders, but I think the quilt has enough going on without adding these busy borders.  I think I'll square these strips and use the solid blue and make a strip quilt instead.

This morning I also remembered these patriotic cupcake papers and the little flag decorations for the cupcakes.

I know I'm a day late remembering all of these things, but the good news is that I've got 364 days to get ready for next year.


Thanks for stopping by for a visit today

31 comments:

Ellen said...

You are way ahead of the game for next year. Hopefully, you will have some finished to show off!

Staci said...

LOL! Enjoyed your post! Glad you had a nice time, and will be all ready for next year!

Keep Stitchin' said...

I've been doing the same things! We moved last fall, so I had gotten rid of a lot of things and also forgot about certain holiday UFO's. So lately I've been trying to get on top of that and complete items for the next holiday now!

Cardygirl said...

Great patriotic stitching...love it all!

Janet O. said...

Love the little flag quilts, but the sampler quilt really wowed me!! That is beautiful. I think I agree on the braid borders, but they would look great as their own quilt with those strips between. I've always had a fondness for braid quilts and started one once upon a time. I wonder where it is?

Karen said...

Your patriotic blocks are just gorgeous and I love the fabrics! The braid borders are really great.

Aunt 'Reen said...

All of your patriotic quilting projects are wonderful! I LOVE your Saturday Sampler - it turned out gorgeous! I also like your idea for making a strip quilt out of all those wonderful RWB braids.

Brenda Kay said...

These projects are just wonderful. Not to worry you are not the only one remembering things abit late. I have a patriotic flimsy I had hoped to quilt by the 4th, its still on the shelf. Perhaps by the end of the month.

scraphappy said...

Thanks for the patriotic collection of pictures. I'm glad it isn't just me who gets all excited about holidays when it is just a little too late to do anything about it. Sounds like a perfect time to start getting ready for next year though.

Kathryn D. Duke said...

I have one of these little quilts in my sewing room too...get yours finished and up, then you can post for us to see!!

Vivian said...

It's so easy for the R/W/B quilts and projects to be forgotten, at least in my house. And I have quite a group of magazine articles set aside with instructions for more R/W/B projects. I haven't done a single one of those.
You have an impressive group. You're definitely getting ready for next year.

Linda said...

Love them all. Beautiful red, white and blue!!

blauraute said...

Dear LuAnn,
your patriot quilt looks great. You used beautiful fabrics.
It sounds you've a wonderful day with your whole family.
Now enjoy the summer and some time in your sewing room
Roswitha

The Civil War Quilter said...

Luann, Better late than never you know! I like your optimism for using them next year, Do you want us to give you a gentle reminder, say about July 1st? Teehee. You have some lovely quilts to choose from!

Michelle said...

Love the braid quilt it's going to look great with the blue.

Me and My Stitches said...

You sound like me - always a day late and a dollar short! Love your patriotic quilts!!

Yvette said...

Everything is so patriotic and it makes me want to start a red/white/blue quilt.

Kris said...

I hate to admit I also forgot to get my patriotic quilts out this year. I love your large quilt. It has some beautiful blocks. I also have some Little House flag quilts which I love. Small world.

Sandie ~call me crazy said...

I love your patriotic quilt! And the little flags are adorable! I think I made one a long time ago, I wonder where it went because I didn't have it this year. I'll start looking and maybe I'll have it by next year! lol Have a happy day!

Susan said...

You have some lovely things there.

Who is the author of the Little Quilts book? I googled and found several. Just wondered if it was one I already had........

Maureen said...

LOVE your patriotic sampler! I agree with you about the border.
I made the Little flag Quilt, too. I really like the wavy quilting.

Lee Prairie Designs said...

Beautiful display of all of the red, white and blue.

Hugs, Carolyn

Connie said...

Love all your patriotic items! I think your braid quilt will look wonderful with a blue solid as a strip quilt.

Sandy said...

Just love all of your patriotic goodies. The quilts and small flag are fantastic!

Sharon said...

Beautiful quilts...I have made several of the little flag quilts and I don't have any of them for me! You are now officially ready for the 2012 4th of July...holidays have a way of sneaking up on me too!

Candace said...

Great looking quilt projects. Next year should be really festive. I have good intentions too, but I'll have to start from scratch.

merumo said...

What a lovely patriot quilts collection you have going!! They all look so pretty. You are absolutely right the next 4th!

Jeanne said...

What a nice collection of patriotic quilts! I really like the sampler. Way to stick with it.

Scrapatches said...

LuAnn ... you have some beautiful quilts in your UFO pile ... um ... I admit I have a few of those, too. ;) On the 4th of July weekend, I realized I have never completed a patritoric quilt for my own use. You are way ahead of me on that one. My red/white and blue fabric is still in stash form, including some yummy Americana Layer Cakes I collected in a swap one summer awhile back. I have made and gave or contributed blocks to some Quilt of Valor. Next year I hope to also have one made to warm my heart and home.

I also enjoyed looking at your crochet pictures and blog. I love the pink and brown! I used to crochet and knit, but now mostly I quilt ... sew many quilts ... sew little time ... :) Pat

Connie said...

I made one of the little flag quilts too. Mine hangs on the wall in my longarm room. They are fun to make! I love yours!

Elly D said...

WOW! You're well ahead of the game for blue, red and white this month! Beautiful sampler you have there and I think the braided pieces would make a beautiful quilt as you have suggested. You have a lovely garden too :) Ellyx

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