Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Thursday 27, My Flag

As we are in the midst of "crippling" blizzard (honestly, that's how the news people stated it lol), and the lights have been flickering, I figured I had better post my Flag on a Stick today as there is no guarantee that we will have power later or tomorrow. The wind is really fierce and being as we live in a heavily tree'ed province, it's not unusual for the trees or large branches to come down and take out power.   SO, WE ARE GOING TO PRETEND THAT THIS IS THURSDAY, MARCH 27, MY DAY TO WAVE MY FLAG!
Of, course, for most everyone reading this, it is actually Thursday...hope you are not confused yet :)

Thanks so much to Ms. Thearica for hosting and cheering us on, and to Madame Samm for the blog hop idea. And a big round of applause for our Sponsors, Flags on a Stick,  and Flag Outlet .

Here's my flag! I absolutely love it. I am and not ashamed to admit it lol! It turned out much better than I thought it would. It measures 12.5 x 18. My flag hanger is buried under 3 feet of snow so I had to lay it out on the floor :(
My back...some fabric that I had with quilting notions and words on it, and my hanging sleeve is there at the top but it is hard to see as it blends in.
A close up look...
My process....I knew from the first that I wanted my flag to represent the fact that I am a quilter and stitcher. I spent weeks just thinking how I could effectively do this, what elements were important enough to me to go on the flag, what kind of a look I wanted to go for...bright and cheery or country folkart; and finally, what would the final construction process be for joining the front and backing.

After several weeks of thinking and decision making, I knew four things: I wanted country colors, a spool block, a crow, and needle and thimble. Could I fit all these elements onto my flag?

Out comes the drafting paper:
I think I changed the shape and size of that spool block at least 4 times before it felt right. I let the sketch sit for a few weeks, coming back to it to see if I still liked it. Mentally, I re-arranged a few things.
Then, to start pulling fabrics to audition:
I knew I HAD to have red and that went into the spool. Funny enough, lots of blues here but they really didn't end up playing major parts in the design.
First, I made the spool block and attached it to the grass and flower bottom. Then as I started to place the applique elements around I realized that I wanted their placement different than my sketch.  A girl has the right to change her mind, eh?! lol That's where the rick rack suddenly came into the picture. And this is Vintage Rick Rack...I collect them and even have a vintage Rick Rack Box to store them in.
Look at the price..29 cents!
To put my front and back together, I fell back on an old sewing staple from the "80's...see, there's no such thing as an outdated stash lol, eventually, you will find a use for it :) I used Pellon Heavy Duty Wonder Under Fusible to join the back and front of my flag. I wanted something really stiff so that the flag would have a better chance of staying down. I store my fusibles in plastic ziplock bags to keep them from drying out and pulling away from the paper.After fusing, I machine blanket stitched all around the outsides edges of my flag. I like it..I would do it again.
Well, if you have patiently read this far, you deserve a chance to win an award lol. I have this cute little notepad cover to give away. If fits in your purse and is so handy for writing down all your to-do's.

To enter, just leave me a comment, YOU MUST LEAVE ME A WAY TO CONTACT YOU IF YOU DO NOT HAVE A BLOGGER ACCOUNT! will pull winner at the end of this blog hop which is april 3.

I really enjoyed taking part in my first blog hop with Madame Samm. If you haven't done one yet, go ahead and sign up! Well....what are you wait'in for lol!
Please go visit those who are also waving their flags today!

March 27th

Bumbleberry Stitches

Quilted Delights

Red Quilts

On the Banks of Frog Creek

Words & Stitches

K and S Sweets and Stitching

The blizzard is raging here, total whiteout conditions. Please Lord, let the power stay on!

God Bless and happy Stitching :)

75 comments:

Terry@ a quilting blog said...

Your flag is beautiful…love your design, color and fabrics!! Thanks for sharing and stay safe (and warm)!!!

barcord said...

Love your flag. The ricrac is a great idea. Hope your power stays on.

Quilt Hollow said...

Cute! I like the Rick rack too!

We better get a decent Summer right?

Teresa Burtt said...

Love your flag! All the details and the process to design it. Now to check to see if I have any "old" ricrack.
Quiltladytm, aka, Teresa Burtt. :)

Amy said...

How cute! Love the sweet little bird and sewing theme.

OhioLori said...

Very cool Flag!! Great job! But think it is toooo Awesome to hang outside in the every day weather!! Arrrgh! Also..loooove ric-rack (have some in my Stash too...used when daughter was lil'...she is 37 now!lol)

Love the Notebook too... :)

Melody said...

I absolutely adore your flag. You should release it as a pattern -I'd buy it. Fabulous giveaway too. I'd love to enter.

Judy B said...

Love the sewing theme you used for your flag! Thank you for sharing how you put it together and also for joining the hop.

Theresa said...

Your flag is cute!

Anita said...

Fabulous crow, spool and everything! A very nice flag!

Shari said...

Such a great flag! Love all your elements and your fabric...sew very creative!

Heidi [Banks of Frog Creek] said...

What a great flag to wave... The needle on the ric-rac thread is my favorite part (funny how we both used vintage ric-rac on our flags!!), but truly, everything on your flag is perfect to represent a quilter :)

Vroomans' Quilts said...

I just adore anything with crows on it and all the great embellishments just ad to the sweetness of your flag. We had just a bit of snow, but it blew in such a gale that I don't think it had time to land! Was so afraid the roof was going.

Kay said...

I love that you made a sewing flag, thanks for sharing. xx

Vickie said...

Shelley, Your flag is perfect for a quilter's flag hop ! Sew cute !!

QuiltSue said...

Your flag is so clever, I love it.

Elizabeth Coughlin said...

I hope you made it through the storm OK! Your flag is wonderful, I can see why you love it! The ric rac is a very clever addition.

Leah said...

Your flag is adorable! Love the sewing theme.

Barb said...

cute flag! love the bird and the rick rack -

Thearica said...

Brrrr... It may be cold where you are but your post warms the heart! LOVE your flag! This will look so cool outside once your snow melts! I hope you still have power this morning so you can read all of our comments.

Your giveaway is divine! The cover is gorgeous!

Marjorie's Busy Corner said...

And why wouldn't you just love it!! It is just adorable...I love your flag!!!

Mosaic Magpie said...

I really like your flag...the bird is a cutie! Thank you for sharing the process you went through for creating your flag. Very interesting post.
Deb

StitchinByTheLake said...

What a great folk art piece! The use of ricrac for the thread was a perfect choice. blessings, marlene

Linda said...

What a great flag!! I love the rick-rack as well as the fabrics you chose! Great job!

Ruth said...

Very cute flag and I love your notebook cover! Please add me to the drawing!

KatheG said...

Love your flag. I use rick-rack in a lot of my work and I have a stitch on my machine that imitates it. I feel it is a 'signature' of my work. Thanks for sharing.

Mdm Samm said...

Hi Shelley, are you on the east coast...we have relatives there and they called last night said they got 3 feet of snow....ohhhh I would just collapse...lol
YOUR FLAG now, is adorable...very authentic like you....totally squawks, quilter lol....really nice work there my sweet

Renea said...

I love your flag. It is sew cute. Have you thought of sharing the pattern? Thanks for the giveaway.

CeLynn said...

Hope that you don't loose power,and that spring finds you soon!

I really love you sewing the ed flag,and your vintage ric rac box is devine.

Brenda said...

Love your flag! Thanks for the chance to win the cute notepad holder.

Josie McRazie said...

Awww cute! I love the pop of the ric rac! Thanks for sharing!

Doris Rice said...

Oh your flag is just absolutely adorable. I love, love, love it. It's happy, tells a story, and has my favorite things on it. Don't tell me your address, your flag might be missing soon! lol. Great job!

Gill said...

Gorgeous!
I love the bird and the ric rac!
I hope Spring arrives with you soon!

Sherry VF said...

Nice touches on your flag. The bird atop the spool was an expected surprise. What a sweet giveaway. svonfumetti at yahoo dot com

Annette Schultz said...

great flag..... to me it says a quilter lives here..... :0)
thanks sew much for sharing with us today. in stitches

patchouli moon studio said...

Darling Flag! I love rickrack too and have some I found at yard sale with 10 the original 10 cent price on the package. Your notebook is darling too and such a nice giveaway, but please don't include me in the giveaway as I have made tons of them and I really don't need another one. I would rather someone else have the chance at winning.

Brandy Pettit said...

Yay, you made a flag that represents YOU! I wondered when we'd get one, as that was the whole idea in the first place :) I adore it, the bird and spool are so homey, it looks like a flag that says "welcome". Hope the snow isn't causing you too many problems!
~Brandy

Carol said...

Cute, cute flag! I hope it warms up for you soon!

Scrapatches said...

I hope you are safe and warm and the power is on.
Your flag is sew adorable. I love the country look and the fabrics and rick rack. Thanks for sharing your method and all the extra pictures. Great post. Thanks for sharing in the hop ... :) Pat

Purl Buttons said...

The ric rac is the perfect punctuation for this cute flag. I really like your idea.

MooseStashQuilting said...

Can we say just adorable!!! That and are well all just about over all this snow! I hope you kept your power and are able to stay warm at least. Sending along best wishes that your wonderful flag can fly free in sunny skies soon!

Texas Quilting Gal said...

Your flag is so cute and creative! Great job! I also love the little notepad and cover! Cute idea!

barb said...

you did a wonderful job on your flag! what a beautiful welcome to your home. you did a great job on the journal cover too. babscorbitt@gmail.com

Leanne Parsons said...

I love your flag! It is so wonderfully a stitcher's flag. Hope the blizzard wasn't too bad in the end...I think we got off pretty easy here. Not as much snow as we were expecting, and school was open for the afternoon. I sure hope that's it for winter!

Barb said...

Enjoyed your flag..

Anonymous said...

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Love your flag!!! Thanks for the chance to win

Lana said...

What a DARLING FLAG!!!

Beth Strand said...

Sew fun! I love your design and hop it makes it to the flag design! Beth @ Words & Stitches, pbstrand@msn.com

Rose Marie Andreozzi said...

Loved your rick rack box! I love your flag, but can't believe your flag holder is under 3 feet of snow! yessewingisfun@yahoo.com

Sallie said...

Sew cute!

Carla said...

Love your sewing theme. Very cute.

ShirleyC said...

I adore your flag! It is so creative, and I always love anything related to sewing!
You must post again when the snow melts so we can see it waving in the wind!

Susie Q said...

HI Shelley, congratulations on your first Hop and it is a lovely flag. I love the crow. Thanks for the Giveaway and for sharing. Susie x

MoeWest said...

I love your flag design! The flag looks wonderful and I like the ricrac thread. Thanks for the giveaway.

Brenda said...

A fun fun flag. I like the way that you incorporated the symbols that are meaningful to you and I think that you did a great job. Loved seeing your drawing. Think my favorite things are graph paper and rulers (pencils are given).

Tinliz said...

Your flag certainly says that you are a stitcher.
We have a cold rain today, but the snow is gone except for where it was piled high to clear the road. Hope spring comes your way soon so you can display that darling flag.

Mary said...

Your flag is extraspecial. So sorry you are in the midst of a crippling blizzard! You will be ready for spring, when it does finally arrive!

Janarama said...

Your flag is adorable. Very cute design.

Kathy H said...

I love your flag too! The bird on the spool is so cute. I am glad to see the ricrac used too as I have always liked it. I am glad you said about the heavy duty fusible. I was wondering how to make the flag not so much like a quilt.

Farm Gate Creations said...

I love your flag it is just perfect.

madebymeinred said...

Yes, the thinking process is the longest part of creating. But your thinking produced a lovely flag that not only says spring but shows your talent of sewing and quilting. Wonderful!

LJ said...

Very cute. Your art is wonderful and your piecing and quilting 'spot on'. Love the Rick Rack; most of the vintage stuff is good ole cotton and not poly...an asset in my book.

Christine M said...

Your flag is lovely Shelley. I had a little chuckle when I read your flag hanger is buried under the snow! Thanks for the lovely giveaway.

Kids and Sewing said...

Love you flag. I had a crow as a pet (rescued) until he could fly. This would had been a perfect flag to have by his cage.

Marian said...

Sew Creative and that to was what I was trying to do with mine, represent that I am a quilter. :)

Great Job!!

Soma Acharya said...

Your flag represents you so perfectly!! I do hope that your power stays on and you stay indoor, safe and warm, far away from the blizzard's reach!

-Soma

Mary Pat Callihan said...

Shelley, your flag is awesome! So much thought and work went into it, but it really paid off. Your post was as good as your flag! I saved a copy of your flag in my photos :)

Susan said...

Congratulations on your first blog hop entry. You did good. I have a lot of vintage rick rack, binding and fabrics (form my mom).

Anonymous said...

Love your birdie flag on a stick!

Createology said...

Your flag is the cutest ever! I adore how it came from your mind to drafting paper to fabric. Thank you sew very much for Hopping and Flag Flying...
I do hope you get some Spring soon.

nicolesender said...

Your crow flag is so cute! Hope the snow melts pretty soon!

Anonymous said...

I wish I had a crow that sews--mine only tear up the garbage bags & make a mess !
Marilyn
lmshetler@embarqmail.com

Anonymous said...

Love your flag. It will be so nice when you can display it on the lawn. Thanks for the giveaway.
nlcalendar@hotmail.com

Wendy said...

Awesome job!! Love the primitive style of your flag and congrats on participating in your first SWQ blog hop :)

Cindy said...

Your flag is beautiful, love the crow! Thank you for sharing and for your generous giveaway, thank you for the chance to win. :)