Tuesday, June 26, 2012

patriotic flag tutorial

Thank you all for your sweet comments and support on my new batch of goodies. You truly made my day!

Today is the day for the patriotic flag quilt block tutorial. This is my first quilt block tutorial, and it is simple one to sew together. I am not a professional quilter, so I apologize ahead of time if there are any mistakes. ;)
 It can be made into any size, but for today we are going to make a 12 1/4 in. by 7 1/4 in. block. Let's get started!

Lovely Materials:
(length by width)

*blue and white fabric for the stars-  one piece, 5 3/4 in. by 3 1/2 in.
*white floral or polka dots fabric- 1 strip measuring 7 1/4 in. by 1 1/2 in. 
2 strips measuring 12 1/2 in. by 1 1/2 in.
*red floral fabric- 2 strips measuring 7 1/4 in. by 1 1/2 in.
2 strips measuring 12 1/2 in. by 1 1/2 in.

*All piece are sewn together with a 1/4 seam allowance. 

*Cut all your pieces of your sweet fabrics, and let's get sewing!

*First, sew one small red strip, with your one small white strip together. Press the seams open or to one side, however you prefer to do it. I always press to one side. 
*Next, sew the last small red strip to the other side of the small white strip. Press seams with your iron, and your piece should look like this. 
*Take the blue and white piece of fabric and sew it to the left side of your three strips.
*Open and press the seam. 
*This is what is should look like when you're done! Hopefully, this is all making sense! ;) 
*Next, take one of your long white strips, and you will be sewing it to the bottom of your piece.
*Here is what it looks like upside down. You can pin the two pieces and then, sew them together.
*Open and press seams. It is almost done! 
*Continuing sewing your last three strips together in the pattern, red, white, and red. Make sure to press your seams when your done sewing each strip.
*I love my 1/4 seam foot for my machine!
*When you are finished with your last piece, iron, and you might have to trim the edges a little bit, to make the sides all even. And, that is it! You should have a vintagey patriotic flag! 
This block can be made into a pillow, a mini quilt, or used as an appliqué! Please kindly only use this pattern for personal use! Thanks!
Hope you enjoyed the tutorial! I added these patriotic mini quilts to my shoppe yesterday, ready for the 4th of July! Wishing you a lovely and creative day! 


68 comments:

  1. Thanks for the tutorial!
    I'm going to have to put this on my list of 'things I want to make' !

    Beautiful sewing!!

    {{hugs}}
    Kerin

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    1. You are so welcome! I am happy you like it! Thank you! Have a great night! xo Heather

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  2. super cute and the tutorial is fabulous!! thanks for sharing, heather!

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    1. Thank you Kerri, and you are so welcome! ;) xo Heather

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  3. Yay (clapping out loud)!
    Great tutorial Heather!
    Hugs. Trish :0)

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  4. Oh Heather, I love these SO much! I love them so much that I had to Pin them to Pinterest. Hope you don't mind!

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    1. Thank you Carol! You're so sweet! I don't mind at all! I appreciate you pinning it! Have a great night! ;) xo Heather

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  5. I can't tell you how sweet these are. I have to make myself not put something in my cart every time you add something to your gorgeous store. I don't want you to think I am out of control....Smiles...Renee

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    1. Thank you so much Renee! You're so funny, I will be the same with your gorgeous store! Have a great night! ;) xo Heather

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  6. This is a super nice post, Heather! Great explanation/how to! As soon as I finish classes this week I'll see if I can make one as cute at your flag!

    Tammy

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    1. Thank you so much Tammy! I am glad it all makes sense. Was a little nervous, as it was my first quilt block tutorial. Oh, can't wait to see your sweet flag! Have a great night! xo Heather

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  7. These flags are so cute. They would look cute framed too.

    xo,
    Danielle

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    1. Thank you Danielle! They would look cute framed! xo Heather

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  8. You make it look so easy. I would be a mess at getting it to look cute. They look like they are old/vintage, not made recently... that is a compliment. :D

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    1. Oh, you would be able to do it! :) Thank you, I definitely take it as a compliment! ;) xo Heather

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  9. Thanks for sharing the tutorial!! They are just darling!!

    chris

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  10. This is so great, and my mom will especially love it! (Her birthday is coming up...) Would you mind if I share this on Pinterest?

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    1. Hi Mollie! Thank you so much! You may share it! Thanks for asking. Have a great night! xo Heather

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  11. You are so totally awesome! You made it look so easy that even I think I can tackle this project. Clearly you are an excellent teacher!

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    1. Thank you!! You're always so sweet! Have a lovely day my friend! xo Heather

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  12. Hi dear Heather,
    What a beautiful mini quilt. You did a great tutorial.
    xx

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    1. Thank you so much Isobel! xo Heather

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  13. Wonderful tutorial-it's like you've been at it forever. I love the fabric combinations you have used. They are adorable!

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    1. Aw, thank you so much! Those repro prints are my favorite!! ;) xo Heather

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  14. These are GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOORGEOUS!!!! I mean they are outstanding!!! I have to admit that I am not much of a red white and blue girl in my color palette -- but these just are plain AWESOME! I just LOVE THEM!!!! Great job my friend I hope they sell like HOT CAKES or should I say FIRECRACKERS!!!!!! : ) HUGS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    1. Thank you Andrea!! You're so sweet, and I am glad you like them! Wishing you a beautiful day! xo Heather

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  15. Oh these are so lovely Heather! Thank you so much for sharing!! I even showed my husband them and he liked them too!! I can't wait to make a couple :) xo Holly

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    1. Aw, thank you Holly! Glad you both liked them, and look forward to seeing yours! Have a beautiful and crafty day! xo Heather

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  16. It's a shame I never learned to sew and now I really don't have the patience for it. An older lady who I worked with in the late 80's tried to teach me to use her machine but I kinda had a lead food when it came to the pedal. Sort of like how I drive. Ha! She finally just finished the log cabin block we were making because I couldn't control the speed of the machine ... seems I needed to be on slow speed, rather than full speed ahead. Oops! I love your flag blocks. Have a great day. Tammy

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    1. You crack me up! I have a lead foot sometimes sewing, when I forget the speed setting is on high, and I press all the way down, and there is goes flying through! Thank you, they were fun to make! Have a beautiful and crafty day! xo Heather

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  17. Heather, Thank you for this tutorial. For someone like myself who is fearful of fabric, I so appreciate these easy steps to follow. Your blog posts are so inspiring to me. Thank you for sharing all that you do! Elizabeth

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    1. Aw, thank you so much Elizabeth! So glad you enjoyed the tutorial, and it was easy to understand! Wishing you a beautiful and creative day! xo Heather

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  18. Love this tutorial! You are one creative lady! :)
    -Denise

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    1. Thank you Denise!! Hope your day is lovely! xo Heather

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  19. Hi my friend!
    Very cool this tutorial, I loved it!
    Have a blessed day!
    xoxo
    Luciana

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    1. Thank you Luciana! Hope you day is blessed, too! xo Heather

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  20. That's really cute! I love how you can use vintage fabrics for the red, white, and blue!

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    1. Thank you Corey!! The reproduction prints are my favorite! ;) xo Heather

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  21. Oh those are gorgeous! I love the prints you chose for each one, perfect! Thank you so much for sharing the tutorial. Yet another wonderful project to add to my wish list of makes, hmmm...it's getting to be quite a list :) Have a lovely week!

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    1. Aw, thank you so much! I know, my list of projects to do is so long, too! ;) Have a beautiful day! xo Heather

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  22. Besides being so patriotic, what a great idea! very creative, colorful and a BIG SALUTE to YOU! Keep up the lovely work, I enjoy seeing what you have. From one sweetie to another....Roxie

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    1. Thank you Roxie! You're so sweet! Glad you enjoyed the tutorial. Have a beautiful day! xo Heather

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  23. Oh my these are adorable!!!!! xoxoxo Hugs

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  24. I am not a huge red, white and blue fan, but your flags really look amazing! The fabric choices make them special and unique!

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    1. Thank you Amy! The repro prints are my favorite, and give such a vintagey feel! xo Heather

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  25. oh my!!! I came by to say thank you for leaving such sweet comments on my blog. I had no idea that such a treat awaited!!!! I am making this next!!!! You did such a great job. I would also like to share this post on my blog....would it be o.k if I borrowed one of your pic's and send people your way for the tutorial?

    GREAT idea!!!!!

    Blessings~~angela

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    1. Hi Angela! Oh, thank you so much! I would be honored to have you share this on your blog! Yay, thank you! You may use any of the photos! Wishing you a great day! xo Heather

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  26. Thank you for another fab tutorial! You totally rock! :-)

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    1. Aw, you are welcome my dear! Glad you like it!! xo Heather

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  27. Dear sweet Heather,
    Oh...how I love your darling patriotic little quilts! You are so kind to share your tutorial with us..and, your finished quilts are perfect! Your choice of colors, prints and your stitching are so lovely! Those little birdies clips are the cherry on top!
    Three cheers for the red, white and blue, my dear friend!
    Carolynn xo

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    1. Hi Carolynn!
      Thank you so much! You are always so sweet! Happy 4th of July to you and your family! xo Heather

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  28. Thank you for sharing this tutorial, they are so much fun to make.

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    1. You are so welcome! So happy you like them!! xo Heather

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  29. Thank you for sharing this. I use this tutorial to make a mini quilt for my best friends mom, who hosts our family at her farm every year for July fourth celebrations. I used some of my civil war reproduction fabric, and I think it makes it very special :) I Can't wait to give it to her tomorrow (July 4th, 2012) !

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    1. Oh, how fun!! The civil war repro fabric sounds so neat with the flag!! Great idea! ;) Hope your 4th of July was lovely, and thanks for making one of my patriotic flags. Have a great week! xo Heather

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  30. These are so, so lovely!! Love their vintageyness!
    Thanks for sharing at Show & Share! Featuring this in tomorrow's party!
    Happy 4th!

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    1. Thank you so much Jennifer!! Hope your 4th was wonderful! xo Heather

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  31. These are adorable---love your fabric choices. :) Thank you so much for sharing the tutorial with us. :)

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    1. Thank you so much Angie!! So glad you enjoyed the tutorial! ;) xo Heather

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  32. Hi Heather! Just looking through some of your older posts. I am wondering if you would happen to know what material you used for the red in this quilt block? I think it is adorable and would love to make something for my daughter with it. Thanks for your time, I appreciate it. Connie from Sadieloohoo

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  33. This is absolutely beautiful! I love the idea and will hopefully make on for the 4th of July :) Thank you for sharing your creativity. I am now following you and I look forward to visiting again.

    Hugs,
    Stephanie

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