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From Russia with Love

July 30, 2010

I’ve been making flags.  Little one’s. And a lot of them, 80 in one sitting.  When I lived in Russia 8 years ago I met a wonderful woman named Josie who I became fast friend’s with.  She was an American, but living in Moscow with her 3 kids and her husband for his work.   They just left Russia this spring, for Holland and she asked me to make something for her girls to remember their time there.  Her oldest daughter was 8 when they moved (now 16) and her second daughter was just a baby (now 8).  I was totally inspired by this quilt by Amy Smart (Diary of a Quilter), and I give her all the design credit for this project.

Here was my stack that I started with.  Looks yummy, no?  After a LOT of cutting and sewing and pressing (and some unpicking, but that’s always how it goes, right?) I have something to show for it!

The flags are 3″x5″ set into am 8″ tan/brown block.  I’ve got one more top to make still.  And I’ve got to do something about borders.  The backing fabric is a creamy white, which the girls had all their Russia friend’s sign, like a big giant cuddly yearbook.  That was totally Josie’s idea, and I think it’s brilliant!  But I’ve got one done, and my living room and dining room are both covered with little flags and strings.  A lot of strings.  I’m off to vacuum.  I’m adding this to Sew&Tell at Amy’s.  And then I’m going to see what I can do about making a cherry pie.  Yum!

10 Comments leave one →
  1. lacey permalink
    July 30, 2010 5:13 pm

    So cute, and such a good idea. I should do that, oh wait i can’t sew. i still really need to get a sewing machine!

  2. July 30, 2010 6:04 pm

    It’s very striking! I think the tan or brown really makes the other colors pop. I love the idea of having the friends sign the backing.

  3. July 30, 2010 8:12 pm

    absolutely beautiful!! once again – i wish i had your talent 🙂 my mother-in-law can (and has) whip a gorgeous quilt like this in no time! at least there is someone in my family that can keep us warm by supplying us with beauties like the one you just made 🙂

  4. July 30, 2010 9:12 pm

    lovely. lovely. What a wonderful gift.

  5. July 31, 2010 11:07 am

    love it! there is a theme today with quilts that have great meaning, besides just being cute!

  6. July 31, 2010 3:10 pm

    Really love this project – the brown sets the flags off beautifully.

  7. July 31, 2010 5:49 pm

    Does it come with fur hats? Because I think that would really improve this design. ;o)


  8. August 1, 2010 3:26 pm

    I am just now catching up on blogs while I have a few free minutes… this quilt is SO cool looking! I love love love it.

  9. February 18, 2015 11:10 am

    If I were a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle, now I’d say “Kowabunga, dude!”


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