Welcome hoppers! Happy Monday! I'm so glad to be sharing my work with you today, and I hope you'll leave some comment love for me and my fellow bloggers I'm sharing my day with.
A huge thank you to Mdm Samm and Thearica for hosting the hop, it's always a blast to follow along and see what everyone thinks up. We're all so creative! I also wish to thank our sponsors Flags on a Stick and Flag Outlet for helping inspire some ideas as well.
I'm warning you now, in case you haven't been here before: I have a lot of pictures. Enjoy!
So my original flag plan revolved around my husbands and my love of football. I thought to make a banner/flag-like arrangement to hang over our TV in the living room. Then life happened and we went to Portland this weekend for my twin cousins 21st birthday party.
Cousins Jessica and Jennifer
And so I got the following done for my football idea, and it's going to be great!
I'm actually showing off the seam ripper my Grandpa (mom's dad) made for me for my birthday :)
And here is my design process, and the pencil my Grandpa gave me as well (which he also made)
My husband's team colors
Yup, that's right, we live in Washington :)
I got these AWESOME patches on an Etsy site: Wiggums World
They are embroidered and iron on, and the quality is fabulous! Plus they shipped within 3 days for me, literally across the US because she's in Massachusetts.
The idea is to have the team flags on either end of the "GO TEAM" and drape them across the alcove our TV sits in. It will be amazing, especially when we get our full size helmets to display up there too. Hahaha, I just have to laugh at us, we really do like supporting our teams that much!
Well, once I realized I would not be able to finish these, I happened to visit sewwequilt.com and the flag of the day had KITES all over it! Well, I LOVE KITES! It's a pastime I don't get to play with often enough, and I own some pretty awesome competition kites I inherited from my other Grandpa (my dad's dad). Flying kites holds special memories of him. He passed away, jeez, 17 years ago now? Wow. Well when he and Grandma would visit on their drive from Montana to Arizona (snowbirds...) we would always go down the street to the big field next to my middle school and fly. I can actually remember one time being dragged for a ways because the wind was that strong! So much fun. Also, my husband flew that rainbow kite on the wall with me at the beach, and it was his first time ever flying a kite, which was a thrill for me to share with him.
So I started playing with the following:
Found a fat quarter of a perfect blue batik for sky, and testing whether or not I want rocks with my flower field.
After I got the field on, I decided against anything more in the background. Which actually works well with showing my love of simplicity.
Made a couple flags, and of course had to have a little quilt.
It actually has a back and everything!
To attach it I just tied it to the front layer of fabric, but it looks more realistic now.
Then added kite strings.
Utilizing the 4.5 hour drive to Portland for the birthday celebrations. Had I really thought ahead, I could've taken my laptop with me... silly me!
I hand-stitched my wind on one part, I'll probably add more later to get it filled in a little more.
I just love the stripes! Normally I abhor working with directional fabric, but in this case, it works just fine.
See the rainbow in the corner, a kite decorates my sewing room! And thanks again John for helping hold my Flag to show my friends!
So that's my flag, I hope you enjoyed seeing my happy memories, and have a wonderful time browsing the other blogs today! See you again soon!