Stars and Stripes: and American flag quilt

For the past few years, I’ve wanted to make an American flag quilt using the Stars and Stripes pattern by Thimble Blossoms. Each year in late spring, tempting photos begin popping up on Instagram, with quilters all over the country sharing their version of the Stars and Stripes quilt. This year, I gave into temptation. I saw that an Instagram friend, Julia Davis (@redrainbootshandmade), was hosting a quilt along for Stars and Stripes. I joined the throngs of patriotic quilters and stitched up my own Stars and Stripes!

This pattern goes together quickly and is so much fun. I finished a couple weeks ahead of the quilt along schedule, and I couldn’t wait to show you my finished top. I’m quite proud to say that I did not purchase any new fabric to make this quilt top. I had enough navy, red and white in my stash to use for the blocks, and enough of my favorite Indigo Chambray (12051-13) by Moda to use for the sashing. Here are a few photos I took along the way.

The day that I finished my quilt top, I was excited to take some photos, but the wind made it a struggle. I thought you might enjoy seeing what I put my daughter Haley through.  She was a good sport, dashing all around our yard, trying to find a spot where the wind would cooperate. In the end, flags are supposed to flap in the breeze, so I guess our adventure was fitting!

If you are on Instagram, search the hashtag #starsandstripesqal2021 to see all of the fabulous quilt tops in progress. If you are not yet on Instagram, get the app and you’ll be amazed by all of the quilting inspiration. My handle is @taunjalynn and I’d be honored to have you follow me. (If this all sounds daunting, just ask a young person to get you started on Instagram. That’s how I got on board!)

Have a wonderful week!

~Taunja

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