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More Russian Flags

August 13, 2010

This week has been a Russian flag factory over here.  This quilt from two weeks ago is finished.  I had to do some unpicking and restitching, but isn’t that always how it goes.  I added the borders to it Wednesday night.  And even though it doesn’t have a stitch of pink, I really like how it turned out.

Oh, and then I made one more.  My friend Josie has two daughters, ages 8 and 16 and they will both be getting cuddly Russian quilts to remember the years they have lived in Moscow.  (They just moved to Amsterdam after 8 years in the Mother Country.)  I wasn’t thrilled about the borders when I first put them on, but I love how they look in these pictures.  Of course, I see a few other mistakes (which I wont’ tell you about and no one else will ever know!) but overall I really like my finished product!

These quilts were inspired by this quilt by Amy Smart.  Each of the flags are 3.5 by 5 inches, and set into an 8.25 inch block (finished to 7.75″)  There are a lot of polka dots in this quilt, but I don’t think that’s what you first think when you see it.  There are seven fabrics of each color (white, blue, red and brown/tan)

I’ve got to do a little work on the backs before they get quilted.  The girls friends from school signed the backs before they left Russia, so these are going to be like a big cuddly yearbook, only better.  They’ll get all the good memories without the awkward pictures.

So here you go girls! I hope that you enjoy them.  I am adding these to Sew+Tell at Amy’s.  And I’m going to spend the rest of the weekend cooking something delightful, sewing something fantastic, and organizing my closets.  I don’t think there is anyway to go wrong with that.  It’s going to be the perfect end to that vacation I’ve been pretending I am on.

PS- Today is Friday the 13th!  Which means it’s pretty much my favorite day of the year.  I think something lucky is going to happen.  I better go to the thrift store and find out.  Happy Friday!

17 Comments leave one →
  1. August 13, 2010 6:54 am

    If somebody tried to describe the red-blue-brown colour combination to me, I’d go: Ew! Seeing these quilts, however, changes my whole colour perspective – they work together so well! And the idea that the little squares are actual Russian flags, and represent something so meaningful and personal to the little girls simply makes these quilts priceless.

  2. August 13, 2010 8:19 am

    Ooh hope you were lucky at the thrift store!
    These quilts are so gorgeous! I am amazed at how quickly you put them together. Josie’s daughters are two very lucky girls. What a very special, meaningful, and cuddly present!

  3. Kim permalink
    August 13, 2010 9:02 am

    Ha! I absolutely love that when you want something lucky to happen your first thought is thrift stores. Someday I will venture to find one of these mysterious places that I have yet to discover.

    PS – I wish I possessed quilting skills.

  4. August 13, 2010 9:25 am

    These are super adorable. The colors really pop, when you would expect them to be muddy. Great projects that the girls will treasure.

  5. August 13, 2010 9:38 am

    The quilts are fantastic!!! I should make my son a Netherlands flag quilt (easy now that I’m an orange-convert). Great job on these – the girls will be thrilled. Good luck today!

  6. karen permalink
    August 13, 2010 3:46 pm

    Fantastic quilts! They are sure going to get lots of snuggling.

  7. August 13, 2010 7:08 pm

    They turned out great, aren’t you proud? How thoughtful to serve as memory reminders for the girls.

  8. August 13, 2010 8:38 pm

    great quilts!! I’m smiling about your trip to the thrift store…anxious to hear about your lucky find! 😉

  9. August 13, 2010 8:50 pm

    loved the quilt….I’m a pink girl myself. I LOVED THE embroidered note on the sidebar….to die for cute!

  10. August 13, 2010 9:28 pm

    these are such a perfect gift and reminder to those girls of their country….great job. i love the pattern

  11. August 13, 2010 9:52 pm

    looks so awesome! Quilting is so much work.

  12. August 13, 2010 11:17 pm

    I’ve missed you! Anyway, I love the quilts, and I really love the story behind them. Now I want to have a friend move away so that I can make her a quilt with flags on it. Who has a turquoise and pink flag? Those seem to be my colors lately:-)

  13. August 14, 2010 3:32 pm

    Lovely! They look so warm and cuddly. And no, I didn’t notice the polka dots right off–just the wonderful overall look of the quilts.

  14. August 14, 2010 7:30 pm

    Pink,

    Those are SO awesome! I love the colors; the brown really makes the red, white and blue stand out. I also love the layout. That is a really neat remembrance for the girls. They will be well loved!

    xo -E

  15. August 14, 2010 8:02 pm

    These are so awesome! I need to get back on the sewing bandwagon. Help! I’ve missed chatting (emailing) with you this week! We had a busy week. xo

  16. August 14, 2010 9:48 pm

    This are fantastic!! You did such a great job – I love how they turned out. And the pictures are so pretty too. Just think how even more totally rad they are going to be quilted!!

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