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Saturday, July 4, 2015

Hooray for the Red, White and Blue!

Happy 4th of July!!!


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I'm so happy to have my new calendar quilt, Flowercrackers! decorating my home this holiday :*)


This is the 6th quilt I've made from Kim Schaefer's Calendar Quilts book, and I still have to finish the August project before I will be finished making all of the ones I really love.  I have used this book of patterns more than any other quilting book I own!

This quilt is made almost completely from scraps too!  Many of the fabrics are pieces left over from my Dear Jane quilt.  I really dug deep into my scrap bins and anything red, cream, or blue was fair game.  I only used yardage for the binding and backing.  That green plaid leaf you see near the bottom is from a recycled men's shirt :*)


I quilted this one very simply, choosing once again to stitch down the applique as I quilted, cutting out that one step and speeding up the finish considerably :)  I always love picking out yummy threads for quilting!!!


For the borders I just did a simple straight stitch following some of the lines, using painter's tape to cross from one section to another in straight lines ....



I did a buttonhole stitch on the star flowers to give them a frame ....


 ..... and a quick straight stitching on the stems and leaves.  I had fun playing with freemotion sloppy-by-design circles around each of the flower centers ....


Deciding on the binding for it was not easy.  I really wanted a nice plaid, but didn't have anything on hand that worked and certainly wasn't going to buy fabric for that!  Kim put blue on her original quilt, but it looked too out of place on mine, and red was too much red all by itself - no clear separation from the quilt because there was so much red in the borders.  So I decided to use one of my favorite binding techniques - a tiny flange of blue to stop and frame the quilt between it and a red binding ...


I love that Debbie Mumm selvedge!!!
Can you see her logo on the very left?  
There's no date on this one, but it's a few years old :*)

I began by stitching down my blue strips all around the quilt, a little less than 1/4" away from the edge....


Then I stitched the red binding strips on top of that using a full 1/4" inch which covered the previous stitching on the blue ....


Don't you just love it when the join lands smack dab on the top of the corner???  Grrrrrr!!!!!  I had to stop, tear out several inches of stitches, cut out the join and start it further back before the corner ....



Next, I machine stitched the binding down by stitching in the ditch between the blue and red ....



I use wonder clips on the sides and very fine pins at those tricky corners to keep the binding in place on the back so it is caught neatly in the stitching.....


I just love the look of this technique and have used it on several projects.


It is very effective at providing a frame for the center of the quilt by that line of color as a stop before the red comes in again in the binding.

The backing is a fun, summery sunflower print on a bright blue sky background .... not at all patriotic, but definitely playful and happy, and I think it complements the quilt nicely :*)


Now I need to get busy on my August calendar quilt!

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This is the first of my Q3 Finish-Along projects to be completed - woohoo!!!!  I'll be linking up with Adrianne at On the Windy Side.

2015 FAL at On the Windy Side

Also linking up with SoScrappy for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge ... lots of fun happy RED scraps in this one!!!

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And I'm happy to finally  have something to link up with the awesomely fun Scraptastic Tuesday!!!!

Scraptastic Tuesday

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I hope you all enjoy the 4th by doing whatever it is that you love most, 
with those whom you love the most -
and that we will all remember the men and women 
who have fought so hard to give us the freedom to do so!!!

.... and please celebrate safely my friends :*)

Hugs & Blessings!
Teresa
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29 comments:

  1. Happy 4th to my American family and quilting friends. Love that blue flange in there...it's perfect.

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  2. It is a beautiful finish for your 4th of July decorating. I love that pipe binding you used on it.

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  3. How cute! A friend and I were looking for stripes for binding yesterday. I love stripes on binding.

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  4. A great finish in time for the fourth!

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  5. Flowercrackers is the perfect name for this cute little quilt. With all this rain we have been having, we need something cheerful on display.

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  6. What a perfect finish for today! Love the blue flange!

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  7. Absolutely WONDERFUL my little "flowercracker" friend! I love this binding technique as well! You are so right about it framing the quilt from the binding! I guess I am gonna have to find a copy of this book now! LOL

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  8. Congrats on your fun finish! That binding treatment is perfect, Teresa. You did yourself proud!

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  9. Teresa, it's wonderful! I've made four from this series, but not that one, yet! Now that I see how sweet yours came out, you can be sure one will be hanging on the wall next year!

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  10. Cute quilt! Thanks for walking us through your process. I've used a flange a couple of times, and really like the look.

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  11. So many pretty details in your quilt. What a great way to celebrate the 4th

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  12. great details. I love using painter's tape for straight lines. I should revisit that book. LeeAnna

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  13. A delightful work, and thanks so much for the excellent photos and tutorial on the binding. I always need improvement on that.

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  14. What a delightful quilt it turned out to be ... loved seeing it on the wall (and getting a tiny peek into your home). I love that flange tutorial ... you make it look so simple ... I think I'll try it on my Kiss quilt that I'm currently quilting. I do have a couple of questions re: the flange. How wide are your flange strips? And I assume you don't miter the flange corners?

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  15. What a pretty project, your tutorial for finishing is wonderful too; thank you for sharing. I love this wallhanging and definitely am going to check out this book, thanks for the recommendation! Happy 4th weekend!

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  16. Adorable! I have a pattern stashed away that uses those star flowers - must stop saving it for Someday.

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  17. The firecracker is adorable.

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  18. This is great...Thank you for the awesome pictures & tutorial. Several of my friends have started creating in wool with applique. I still love the quilting like your project. I am going to check out the calendar.

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  19. Your Flowercrackers quilt is so cute. I love your tutorial for how you did things too. Don't you just love it when you can finish something so cute all from your scraps! Way to go!

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  20. It's beautiful. Love those prints and colors. So timely!

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  21. LOVE what you chose for the backing -- perfect summertime look! Excellent binding/piping, too.

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  22. wall hanging looks great! I need to continue my calendar quilts too...

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  23. I have this book and have yet to make one...I must remedy that after seeing yours!!

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  24. That is just the cutest little quilt, Teresa! Thanks for all of your great tips!

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  25. Most adorable quilt!!!! LOVE it!!

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  26. Glad you are linking up with us too at #scraptastictuesday. What a fun finish to share with us and a cute way to celebrate my daughter's birthday - which happens to be the 4th of July!

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  27. This is so pretty! I really need to make a patriotic quilt.

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  28. This is a great quilt! I love the white star flowers. Perfect!

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