Are you ready to celebrate flag day this summer? For quilters, this is another opportunity to quilt something that will complement to this kind of celebration. Showing our patriotism, let’s add this scrappy American flag quilt block on our quilting project. Surely this will help us get into the holiday spirit!
Memorial Day Quilting Project | DIY Scrappy American Flag Quilt Block
Learn To Create a Stylized Quilted American Flag
Flag day is a wonderful day to display your quilt project that has a patriotic accent. It can be a perfect quilt gift to veterans or member of the armed forced in your neighborhood. You can also make patriotic quilt designs to display in your home for a family reunion.
So, if you’re excited to celebrate summer with red, white, and blue quilts, then, let’s learn from Erin Russek of McCall’s Quilting’s tutorial of machine quilting design on the Scrappy Flag Block. She will teach us a block that is accentuated with a kind of blowing look. So here it is.
Here are the things you will need:
- Scrap fabric that has red, white, and blue with stars
- Safety pins
- Sewing machine
Step 1. Make a flag pattern out of scrap fabrics
Cut the fabrics to make a flag-like pattern and pin it together. Make sure to add some extra fabric for the borders (follow the pattern in the image).
Step 2. Start quilting
So to start, drop your needles between the borders and inside the pattern. Bring up your bobbin thread so you can hold on to that.
Step 3. Make swirls or parallel wavy lines
Now, start quilting. What you’re going to do is make a wavy parallel line. Add some swirls so it will look like a wind. Just like all machine quilting, keep your stitches as even as possible.
Step 4. Continue the same steps until you’re done
Continue doing the same steps and make sure to remove the pins. Make more swirls, or just follow the pattern with another wavy line. Ther’s nothing really very precise about this. Just have fun until you’re done.
You can watch the video here of McCall’s tutorial for more detailed demonstration:
This is one good demonstration for a beautiful all-over machine quilting design on the scrappy flag block. The simple innovative quilting pattern shows a gentle swirling breeze. It also chooses the perfect patriotic colors of red, white, and blue. If you want to make more, the designs depend on your choice. Just have fun and be creative.