Today we launch a month-long celebration of all things American, culminating in my annual neighborhood 4th of July Parade (Kids vs. Adults Baseball Game and Grill Extravaganza). We have searched high and low to find the spirit of red, white, and blue.
For today’s DIY Thursday, we start by (re)sharing instructions for our American Flag Quilt. The flag is, after all, the epitomic icon for Independence Day. Get started now to display for your July 4th celebration.
Check back tomorrow to begin our month of ‘Celebrate America’- featuring new products, projects, stories, and recipes to make your own celebrations spectacular.
P.S.: And we won’t forget Dad— so stop by for some of our favorite Father’s Day gifts too…
Purchase one of our DIY Flag Quilt Kits which comes cut, stenciled and ready to sew with all the needed notions or follow the instructions below using our 100% organic cotton, up-cycled t-shirts or scraps.
We have applied a variety of stencils from our Alabama Chanin archives to our DIY Flag Quilt Kit; however, you may use any stencils that you have available in any combination of techniques from Alabama Stitch Book, Alabama Studio Style, and/or Alabama Studio Sewing + Design.
1/2 yard 100% organic cotton jersey in Navy
1/2 yard 100% organic cotton jersey in Storm Blue
2 yards 100% organic cotton jersey in Burgundy
2 yards 100% organic cotton jersey in Ruby
2 yards 100% organic cotton jersey in Parchment
2 yards 100% organic cotton jersey in Sand
Stencils of your choice
Approximately 8 spools Coats & Clark Button Craft thread in Maroon #41B (depending on the amount of embellishment you plan to incorporate).
Approximately 8 spools Coats & Clark Button Craft thread in Dogwood #155 (depending on the amount of embellishment you plan to incorporate).
1 spool Coats & Clark Button Craft thread in Navy #12
18” C-thru ruler
Measurements and Guide below: Finished Size: 103” X 62”
The quilt is worked up in long stripes that are 5” wide and 103” long (finished width) with 1/4″ seam allowances on each side – 5 1/2″ cut width. (We cut the stripes into smaller pieces that we can incorporate scraps into our final project and to add color variation.)
The short stripes are 5” x 64” with 1/4″ seam allowances – 5 1/2″ cut width – on each side and broken into smaller pieces as well.
We also chose to break the blue star area up into smaller parts; however, you could choose to make this one piece with appliqué stars. The finished measurement of the blue field is 32” in height and 39 “wide.
Below is a guide to the stencils that we chose for our project but remember that any stencil will work and the quilt works up lovely with no embellishment at all.
Technique by Block:
A Abbie’s Flower Applique
B Clematis Reverse Applique
C Apples Reverse Applique
D String Quilted
E Lotus Applique
F Climbing Rose Reverse Applique
G Rose in 3-D Applique
H Poetry Stenciled Only
I Dove Reverse Applique
J Gothic Quilted
K Trumpet Vine Reverse Applique
L Clematis Reverse Applique
M Bloomers Reverse Applique
N Stripe Reverse Applique
O Fish Double Reverse Applique
P Poetry Reverse Applique
Q Black & White Stenciled Only
R Anna’s Garden Reverse Applique
S Hearts Reverse Applique
T Spiral Stenciled Only
U Rose 3-D Applique
V Dove Reverse Applique
W Apples Reverse Applique
X Abbie’s Flower Applique
Y Spiral Stenciled Only
Z Lotus Applique
AA Vitae Reverse Applique
BB Black & White Stenciled Only
CC Abbie’s Flower Applique
DD Moths Reverse Applique
EE Fish Double Reverse Applique
FF Small Rooster Reverse Applique
GG Clematis Reverse Applique
HH Small Latin Cross Reverse Applique
II Stripe Reverse Applique
JJ Skull & Crossbones Reverse Applique
KK Lotus Applique
LL String Quilted
MM Moths Reverse Applique
NN Abbie’s Flower Applique
OO Rose 3-D Applique
PP Apples Reverse Applique
QQ Climbing Rose Reverse Applique
RR Pig Reverse Applique
SS Flowers & Machine Reverse Applique
TT Poetry Reverse Applique
UU Stripe Reverse Applique
VV Dove Reverse Applique
WW Gothic Quilted
XX String Quilted
YY Climbing Rose Reverse Applique
ZZ Lotus Applique
AAA Anna’s Garden Reverse Applique
BBB Black & White Stenciled Only
CCC String Quilted
DDD Clematis Reverse Applique
EEE Trumpet Vine Reverse Applique
FFF Small Rooster Reverse Applique
GGG Hearts Reverse Applique
Embellish as desired, construct in strips, add appliqué stars and celebrate.