Monday, December 16, 2013

Plans don't always work out

I had this big idea to take the scraps from the top of my mother's patriotic quilt and create a scrappy flag on the back, as I mentioned I was going to do on this post.  To make a long story short, it didn't quite work out the way I had planned.  A lot of it had to do with some of the fabric that I was trying to use.  I had purchased the fabric years ago before I knew any better and quickly realized how cheap and horrible it actually was.  I ended up tossing aside the horrible fabric and went and bought some Kona Navy to finish up the project.  I also decided to keep the flag separate and create a wall hanging instead.  My mother isn't one for flashy quilt backs anyway.  So, without further adieu, here is my mother's wall hanging.


There are 5 stars represent my mother's 5 grand kids.   I used up every last piece of this fabric collection and I'm truly please with the results.


For the quilting, I used a wavy stitch setting on my Bernina.  It's just a additional touch to the flag to help give it some movement. 

My mother's patriotic quilt has about an hour worth of work left on it and then I will be finished with it.  I promise to show it off when it's done. 

My brother's quilt is quilted and all I lack is burying my threads from the quilting and putting the binding on.  I hope to have that done in the next couple of days.  I have a nice 12-hour drive to look forward to for the holidays and I plan on hand-stitching the binding down to help pass the time.

I hope all your holiday projects are coming to a close as well.

26 comments:

  1. Your patriotic quilt is wonderful! Love that the stars represent your mom's grandchildren. And Yay for projects to work on during car trips!

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  2. What a sweet wall quilt! Thanks for sharing. It is quite touching to know the meaning of the 5 stars.

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  3. I am sure your Mum will be delighted and love that you have put 5 stars on for the grandchildren

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  4. This turned out fantastic. That wavy stitch is perfect for the quilt!

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  5. Amazing. You are so talented. Your quilt is beautiful!

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  6. I know you fought with that navy fabric for awhile. I'm glad you switched it for the Kona, since I know you wouldn't have been happy with it unless the fabric was "behaving." I love It! The scrappiness of it is so great!

    :) Kelly @ My Quilt Infatuation

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  7. Absolutely beautiful! I have a grandson in the Marines and one who is going in next September ~ would love to do something like this for them. Thanks for the inspiration!

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  8. I love this! I have dreams of making a scrappy patriotic quilt, so it is fun to see the creations of others.

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  9. It is wonderful! There's plenty of lovin' showing in that quilt.

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  10. If this is something not working out then you need to not make it work more often :)

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  11. This quilt is gorgeous! Congrats. I really like thwack quilting, too!

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  12. So fabulous. So scrappy. So full of meaning.

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  13. good call on all those decisions you had to make! I think the wall hanging is cute. you are going to be so dang happy to have this done, aren't you? it's been a long time coming!

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  14. This is brilliant! The scrappyness is perfect, not too much not too little!

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  15. I'm sure your mother will love the quilt - it's beautifully done!

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  16. Oh, I've had to purge fabric before I knew any better, too! Painful but necessary. You did something beautiful that will now last :) Stopping by from WIP, RunningHen.blogspot.com

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  17. Beautiful quilt and your mom will love it! Thanks for sharing.
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  18. What a beautiful wall hanging! The quilting choice was perfect for a flag. Thanks for linking up to Sew Cute Tuesday!

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  19. This is just so fantastic! Extra beautiful in person! I need to make something like this for my grandmother...perhaps that is what I will do in the new year.

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  20. What a beautiful quilt, the meaning is just lovely.

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  21. Great wallhanging - and lovely quilting!

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  22. Love the five stars idea in your flag quilt! I think you did a great job!!!
    Esther

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