Friday, October 31, 2014

October Flags Finished

There was a little fussy cutting needed for my FLAGS blocks this month.  Three of the blocks
called for star buttons.  Of course, I didn't find any buttons I liked, and besides, as many as I would have needed the total was going to be about $50.00 for the buttons.
No Way!  No Way!

I had some fabric with stars on it so I whooped out my freezer paper, starch and handy tools for hand appliqué pieces and carefully cut out these little stars to use in place of buttons.

Looks good to me.
I also flipped the navy star fabric over and used the back side.  The front side was whiter and brighter but the back was darker and dull and looked better.  The red dotted style fabric I have had for AT LEAST 25 years.  It really wasn't cotton and wanted to be limp and loosy goosey so I STARCHED THE HECK OUT OF IT to get it to play nice with the other cottons.

I did more Fussy cutting on this block too.

Yep, 13 more fussy cut stars here too!
Wow, that's a total of 39 little round stars I sewed down on 3 different blocks!

No fussy cutting here, b-u-t those tiny letters.  I was glad when I finished those.  Kind of time consuming for me.

Finally, just an ole plain one.  YIPPEE!

This is the SONS OF LIBERTY flag.  This had to do with a TAX the colonist had to pay on EVERY piece of paper they used.  CRAZY!

here are my 5 completed blocks in the Sew Along for the month of October.

I wonder what blocks Lori from Humble Quilts ( our fearless leader in this Sew Along ) has 
lined out for us in the month of November???


  1. What a good idea to use the star fabric! They look great! I took the easy way out and used wool....

  2. Great applique, really awesom job on the "buttons".
    I had troubles with the letters as well and did spend nearly € 50 on the buttons.

  3. Guess I need to go out and search for some star fabric because I don’t want to use buttons.
    Great Blocks....

  4. I look at this way, when there is a will there is a way. I flip fabric over for different looks sometimes and use fabric that maybe aren't politically correct. Hey it is your and only you know for sure. Looks great to me. Chris

  5. Great idea - and the flags are looking great. When I saw the name of the post I first thought of Irises - which are sometimes called flags - silly me.

  6. What a great idea instead of the buttons! Your blocks look terrific!

  7. I absolutely love your fussy cutting solutions for the stars - your blocks are fantastic!

  8. great flag blocks - love your stars and letters!

  9. The fussy cut fabrics made very good stars for your flags.

  10. So clever, I love how you fussy cut the "buttons". What a great idea!

  11. Clever you! And adding instant age with 25 year old fabric is cool too :)

  12. Love all your fussy cut stars! Don't know that I could applique SO many little ones :)

  13. I never would have thought of using the fussy cut circles in place of the buttons. This is shaping up so cool.

  14. Love your blocks, and Wonderful applique stars!!! Thanks for sharing!

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