I dug out another unfinished project and have been working on it this past week. Before we moved to Italy I started making flag blocks but then they got put away in the move.
Now that I’ve visited more countries I thought it would be fun to make flags for all those countries.
So these are the flags that started it all.
Actually, I started making the flag blocks smaller and then switched to this bigger size. This is actually an 8 1/2 X 11 inch block which is the size of American computer paper. I thought that size would be both flag shaped and easy to make paper pieced if I needed to.
I’ve visited 20 countries now so I made a quilt layout that would be 4 flags across and 5 down. So far, I’ve made 16.
Some have been easier than others. And I wouldn’t recommend starting a project like this without a good supply of red fabric!
So, I don’t think I will completely finish this quilt until we leave Europe because I have plans to visit more countries. (Of course I’ll have to visit countries in multiples of 4!) But I think a black and white map type fabric would be nice for the sashing so I’m on the search for something like that.
I was thinking it would be nice to print or embroider the country name onto the flag and maybe the year I visited.
I was able to use my Liberty of London fabric to make the British flag which worked out well.
What didn’t work was the paper pattern I created for this flag. It took a little trial and error.
As did my Canadian flag. I tried to use a leaf pattern I had but it was set on point so there was a lot of math to get the flag the correct size.
The Spanish flag also gave me trouble. I planned to make the background and then paper piece & applique the crest emblem.
I was trying to get the correct size for the crest emblem but do you see the problem with my flag? I didn’t see it until I had already sewn it together.
I got the background flag correct but my crest emblem looks a little … well, simple. Hopefully, in the overall quilt, it will just look like the Spanish flag.
These flag blocks have been a lot of fun and I think it will be hard to decide that the quilt is finished because there’s always more places that I want to visit. I’ll definitely share my progress on this project.