Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Red, White & Blue Blog Hop Celebration July 10th

This has been a wonderful, colorful display of what the colors of our flag are, wouldn't you agree.  I have always loved to make blocks in our red, white & blue.  I cannot tell you how many I have made and sent off to be in someone's quilt of Valor or have made my own quilt or table runner etc.  The first one I would like to show is of course a star...and who of us does not like a star done in not only red, white and blue but how about a little off white with red and blue to me this just is another way of ageing our colors, almost  like history.....I can't remember the name of the block, what can I say it is the chemo drugs so if you know the name then please post here for all to know.  I was making it at someone else's house and left the print out there.




I am going to show you 2- 6" blocks that I used in a R,W, & B quilt not because I am trying to break the rules but the first one I used as a border block in a Quilt of Valor quilt and I got to tell you I wish I had a picture of the quilt and I do have someone looking for a pic of it but it made it stand out beautifully so it is just another option instead of making it all R,W & B...here is my red and white border block.
Then this one a bunch of us ladies and one gentleman decided to have a red, white and blue signature exchange.  There were 24 of us in the exchange and we did take it one step further by adding a drawing to the center of a rail fence block of our state and they are awesome together but since I did not actually put it together yet I will show you just a few that were done.  I hope maybe it will give you another idea on getting a group of friends together to make just a little different red, white and blue exchange.

Last but not least "string" quilts seem to be coming back and I made these blocks to use as a table topper.  I used newspaper print paper  as a foundation and I will show you what they looked like in the beginning...you will need 2.5" strips for the center and then I used 5.5" squares to make the side strips.

You lay the red strip face up going from corner to corner first and then lay the side pieces face down on either side of the red strip, it will look like this...

And then look like this with both sides added to the center red strip....
Now before you start sewing your blocks together to get your 12.5" square you need to remove the paper in the back.  If you use a tiny stitch then the paper will tear really easy at the seams..
There are all different ways you can put your blocks together  but this is how I am putting mine together and will be doing it today.  Sorry that I did not get that far but it gives you an idea anyway...
I hope you are having fun and enjoying all of these wonderful blogs for the old red, white and blue.  Thanks to Jane and Madame Samm for having me.  Please follow the link on the side bar to see who else is scheduled today.  I am giving away a copy of this magazine and a yard of this sewing notion fabric from Hoffman.  If you would like to leave a comment please do and I will pull a name at the end of the day on Wednesday the 11th.  To me these colors represent freedom so please remember to use your freedoms in the best way possible and although we forget sometimes, our freedom was bought and paid for by plenty of men and woman who wanted to make sure we got to keep it.....


and here is the list of fellow creators today....


July 10th


Sharon
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