Thursday, October 28, 2010

Blogger's Quilt Festival - A festive flag quilt

I'm so excited that Amy's Blogger's Quilt Festival is here again! I love this event and the crazy amounts of inspiration to be found. This fall I wanted to share my favorite quilt I made this year.  Some of you have seen this before.  It was my summer project: the red, white, and blue flag quilt.
Here's where it started. As a young adult I lived in the UK a couple of times: once as a student and a year later as a volunteer with my church. When I came home, I left a big piece of my heart behind.  I went back for the first time two years ago with my husband, and yup- there was that piece of me still there.  Last winter I started working on Union Jacks for a quilt.  (Because, in addition to my UK obsession, I just think the Union Jack is cool.)
Well, this summer one of my favorite flat-mates during my time in England was coming to visit me here in the States. She is from Oslo, Norway and I think we are long lost cousins because she is a kindred spirit. (I have a Norwegian great-great Grandfather so it's genetically possible!) We will go for years without seeing each other and then when we do, we just pick-up where we left off like no time has passed. I love those kind of friends.
So, I decided it was time to make her a quilt. And I used the flags from our two countries - to which we both have ties - and the flag for the country where we met each other.  It's extra great that their colors all coordinate so nicely.
The back.  The red gingham fabric in the cross is from Scandinavia.  The little blue and white floral reminded me of Julie's mom's kitchen in Norway.
The best part: all of the fabric was from the stash. Except one.  I needed something perfect for the binding and I found just the right thing.  I love this quilt so much - I really need to make a matching quilt for myself.  In the mean time, maybe I need to go to Oslo to check on the quilt in it's new home. Oh to dream . . .

To see oodles of lovely quilt inspiration, check out the Blogger's Quilt Festival

Amy's Creative Side - Blogger's Quilt Festival



Past Quilt Blogger Festival entries:
Arcadia Quilt
Vintage inspired red, aqua & pink
Peas and Carrots

61 comments:

Karen said...

I so love your flags quilt. Your fabrics are just perfect.

Elizabeth said...

Beautiful! What a great quilt!

xo -El

Liv said...

I love this quilt Amy you are so talented this and your Peas and Carrots quilt are so lovely!!
I love your blog and your Flickr photostream. Thanks for sharing !

Isisjem said...

Beautiful I love flags used in quilts especially Union Flags. But then I am English so a little biased on that score!

ktquilts said...

Great quilt!!! Loved it and its story from the first!!

Linda said...

Love this quilt and the sweet story!

jlk said...

Great quilt and even better story!

snippetsandyarns said...

It's beautiful Amy! And I agree, those are the best kind of friends!

~ Meagan

Victoria Paige said...

I love that quilt, and the story that goes with it too!

Those friends are the best type!

Lisnaweary Quilts said...
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live a colorful life said...

This is one of my favorite quilts, and the Union Jack is one of my favorite blocks. And such a great story. Love it, Amy!

Angie said...

I just love your flag quilts! What lucky friends you are! (Both of you!)

MomBrose said...

Gorgeous!! I just love that you chose this one! I'm getting my post ready.

Angela said...

such a fun quilt. I think flag quilts have universal appeal no matter what the flag because they are such striking designs. I myself created an all american flag quilt for a little boy who was being adopted by an american family from Guatemala. A little welcome!

Lynne said...

I'm a big fan of this quilt and already have it faved on Flickr - I'm a big fan of flags and especially UJs in quilts and I love the story behind this one!

upstateLisa said...

very creative!

Kriza said...

what a faboulous quilt to give to your friend! you did a great job.

thanks for visiting me and your comment!

Kristina
www.priscillacraft.blogspot.com

Jennifer said...

I just love this quilt! Union Jacks are cool and you have such a neat story behind the quilt.

Jennifer :)

Mom2three said...

Beautiful Quilt! I love the colors and it's story. How blessed your friend must be.

A said...

Love the quilt - and the story behind it. The colours are really striking together.

Leila said...

What a nice story! I love union jacks, they rock!

Rebecka said...

I love your quilt and story. I like the way you made the flag design simple for the US flag. Beautiful fabrics!

ANudge said...

What a great quilt. I love how you simplified the flags and still kept them recognizable.

Sinta Renee said...

Love your quilt!!!

Sarah Craig said...

It's gorgeous, Amy! I'm so glad you posted about this one - I loved it the first time and I'm glad to see it again!

RosaMarĂ­a said...

love those flags!!!!
it must be fun work in it!

Victoria @ BUMBLE BEANS said...

Very cool! I love it! I made one once for my husband, a big union jack, and I never quilted it!! it's stuffed in a cupboard somewhere... you've inspired me to get it out!

searchfamilies said...

What a lovely quilt you are certainly flying the flag for us here in the UK
Hugs Janice

Miss White Wall said...

I really like that quilt. That is such an original idea!

Leslie said...

this quilt is amazing. your flags looks so cool. amazing job.

Rene' said...

I love your flags quilt!!! It has a wonderful story too. Thanks for sharing!

Allie said...

Your flag quilt is awesome! What a fun story, and lucky friend. :)

Mary on Lake Pulaski said...

Your Union Jack quilt is one of my favorites Amy! I can't believe I don't even own a red, white and blue quilt, but I will remedy that next year for sure and your quilt will be part of the inspiration. Thanks for sharing and telling it's story. Hope a trip to Oslo is in your future.

Cathy said...

A fun quilt and a great story to go with it. Thanks for sharing.

Carol said...

That is one cool looking quilt lassie :)
I have to make one cause I'm from Britain and hubby's grandparents were from Norway :)

Aunt Spicy said...

oh amy, I could almost cry I love this blanket so much! you are so talented!

Quilting in My Pyjamas said...

This is one of the most unique quilts I have ever seen and I mean that as a compliment of the highest order.

What a fabulous idea and what a striking quilt. Well done and gorgeously finished.

Thanks for choosing this one so we can all share it!

Sandra said...

Amy, Hello again.
What a crisp, clean, vibrant quilt and what a lucky friend. I played with union jacks a bit with a burgoyne surrounded quilt. Need to get back to it.
The store looks great, I was there last Saturday.
Come see both my entries but esp. my antique 1890 schoolhouse quilt.

Amelia said...

I love this quilt! I have been wanting to make a flag quilt for a while with flags from me and my husband's heritage (Australia, Northern Ireland, Finland and Holland). Thanks for some wonderful inspiration!!

Philippa said...

Fabulous quilt and what a great idea. Union jacks seem to be everywhere. I have tea cosy planned for a dear friend who is English - of course now I'm tempted to go the whole way and finally make her a quilt! Thanks for the great inspiration.

Linda said...

I like the idea of using flags as quilt blocks. I also love the red white and blue combo. Beautiful quilt!

Jill said...

Oh Wow! This is super fun.

QuiltSue said...

What a fun quilt. I love it - and no, it's not just cos I'm a Brit living in Britain!

SheilaC said...

What a great idea for a flag quilt! Thank you for sharing the story behind it.

SheilaC

Rachel said...

Love it! I made some pillows using a paper-pieced Union Jack pattern I designed but I never thought to make a quilt with the flags. This is awesome!

Karen said...

This flag quilt is great! Fantastic entry for the quilt festival.
What a wonderful gift!
I also love your Halloween quilt in the next post. Great colours!

Angie said...

This is a great quilt! I can't believe that you were able to utilize your stash for this quilt.

Sabine said...

My daughter and I both love your flags quilt. We are anglophiles, too, and my daughter is actually thinking of making one herself after having seen yours (she´s twelve). Thanks for sharing.

Nanette Merrill and daughters said...

I love this quilt. I love seeing it again. I adore it. I just really want to make one. This is something I really MUST do. I want to put the slovak flag with mine for my dad and the denmark flag for my mom. I think they would be fantastic together. I MUST DO THIS! Thanks so much for inspiring me. Always.

Dresden Quilter said...

It is a fabulous quilt. I love all the thought you put into it for your friend.

Christine said...

Amazing quilt and gift for your friend. I love it!

Katherine said...

What a special and beautiful quilt! I love the story behind the making of it. It seems like it was meant to be made - since you had what you needed in your stash. Love that.

quiltmom said...

What an interesting design and great story- The binding is perfect for your friend's quilt.
Thanks for sharing. Enjoy the festival - there are so many wonderful pieces to see.
Regards,
Anna

Robin said...

Wow! Nifty quilt! I love how you interpreted the flags and put them all together. The story behind it is great too. Thanks so much for sharing!

Marg said...

This is an awesome quilt, I have admired it from afar on flickr. I just love the way you have combined the flags and it has such a great story attached to it. Beautiful!

SLIKstitches said...

What a great idea - I especially love it as I was born in Norway, live in the UK, and have both my dad (Norwegian) and my step dad (British) living in America! If Julie doesn't love it, I can give it a good home LOL!!!

Benta@SLIKstitches.co.uk

schmidt1016 said...

A great quilt! And a great story. I think you need to go to Norway, just to check on it. Wink, wink.

Leslie S. in MN
esclante at comcast dot net

Anonymous said...

Dear Amy, I love your quilt, Sunniva is here and loves it too. I feel so lucky and blessed to be one of your special friends. You are always welcome over here =)
Love Julie

Summer :) said...

Beautifully done! :) I love it! :)
What a keepsake for a friend! :)

Eileen said...

such a nice quilt and such a fun story. love your quilt. the pictures are fantastic--love those utah mountains. have a great day and thanks for sharing

Inca said...

Love it ...
and great looking Norwegian flags.
Thanks for honoring my country =)