I had made two wall hangings similar to these several years ago. The big difference was the blue square on the flag. They were purchased at a LQS and had the words "Old Glory" embroidered on them.
|Flag wall hangings I made back in 2014|
For my version, I replaced the "Old Glory" square with different 10" pieced stars, for a stars and stripes theme.
In case you are looking for a super quick patriotic project, I thought I would write up a quick tutorial on how to put these together.
You will need a total of 6 red 2 1/2" x WOF strips and 5 white/cream 2 1/2" x WOF strips.
Sew your strips together, so that you have one strip set that is Cream-Red-Cream (C-R-C), two strip sets that are Red-Cream-Red (R-C-R), and one that is Cream-Red (C-R).
Next, attach the C-R set to one of the R-C-R sets and a C-R-C set to the other R-C-R set.
The strip set on the left (5 strips) will be the top half of the quilt and the strip set on the right (6 strips) will be the bottom. I have marked the top and bottom of the 6 strip set as orientation of this strip set is important.
Now that they are trimmed, we are ready to start making the 10" star. I went a little over board and made a total of six flags as gifts. Below are the instructions for making the 3 different stars that I used. Pick your favorite and sew away.
For all of my stars I used the following methods to construct the half square triangles and flying geese.
Half Square Triangles:
Start by drawing a diagonal line on the back of one square.
Place the squares right sides together, and sew a 1/4" away on both sides of the diagonal line. Next, cut on the diagonal line, press the seams towards the darker color and trim to the desired size.
You will need a rectangle and two squares in the specified sizes. Draw diagonal lines on the backsides of both squares. Next place one square on top of the rectangle, right sides together and sew on the diagonal line.
I like to trim the square about a 1/4" from the sewed diagonal line but not the rectangle underneath. That way when I press the wing of my goose, the size is more accurate.
Next, place the other square on the opposite side and sew along the diagonal line.
Fabric: 1 blue fat eight and 4 cream fat eighths.
4 blue 5 1/2" x 3" rectangles
4 blue 3" squares
1 3 1/2" square in each of the four creams
2 3" squares in each of the four creams
Using the 3 1/2" squares, place the cream 1 and cream 4 together and the cream 2 and cream 3 to make HST. Trim the units to 3." Then using the 3" squares use cream 1 and cream 2 to make two flying geese and cream 3 and cream 4 two units like the picture below.
Arrange the units like the diagram below and sew the rows together.
Fabric: You will need 1 blue fat eighth and 2 different cream fat eighths.
4 blue 5 1/2" x 3" rectangles
4 blue 3" squares
8 Cream1--3" squares
4 Cream1--1 3/4" squares
4 Cream1--1 3/4" x 3" rectangles
8 Cream2--1 3/4" squares
1 Cream2--3" square
Combine the four blue rectangles and eight Cream#1 3" squares to make 4 flying geese units and the four Cream#1 rectangles and eight Cream#2 1 3/4" squares to make 4 flying geese units.
Arrange the units like the diagram below and sew together.
Four Patch Variable Star
Fabric: You will need 2 blues fat eighths and 4 cream fat eighths.
4 Blue 1-- 1 3/4" x 3" rectangles 8 Cream 1-- 1 3/4" squares
4 Blue 2--1 3/4" x 3" rectangles 8 Cream 2-- 1 3/4" squares
4 Blue 1--1 3/4" squares 8 Cream 3-- 1 3/4" squares
4 Blue 2-- 1 3/4" squares 8 Cream 4-- 1 3/4" squares
1 Cream 1-- 3" square
1 Cream 2-- 3" square
1 Cream 3-- 3" square
1 Cream 4-- 3" square
Combine 4 Blue 1 rectangles with the 8 Cream 1 1 3/4" squares to make 4 flying geese units. Then use 4 Blue 1 1 3/4" squares and the Cream 1 3" square to construct the small star below.
Repeat steps so that you have a Blue 1/Cream 1, Blue 1/Cream 2, Blue 2/Cream 3 and Blue 2/Cream 4 stars like the picture below.
Now you are ready to sew your blocks together to form your Rising Star block.
After you have 10 1/2" unfinished block pieced we can attach it to the top (5 strip set).
Then attach the bottom to your top and trim the right side of the quilt.
Honestly, I usually just eyeball the length, but it is around 40."
And there you have it, an Americana themed flag. Will I get my six completed before Christmas? I have high hopes. I have also provided a PDF version that you can download here. As always, if you make an Americana Flag of your own, I would love to see it! So this Christmas, light a sparkler and enjoy a big ol' cup of hot chocolate and marshmallows.
And a big thank you to Cheryl over at Meadow Mist Designs for taking the time to review my pattern for me. If you haven't heard already, Cheryl will be hosting a pattern writing blog series starting in January. I know I'm looking forward to it and hope you check it out as well.
Spools of some of my favorite Aurifil colors are pulled. Quilting shall commence this weekend. Stay tuned for some quilty goodness.
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