I also told you that I was teaching an Americana Flag class last night. Richard wanted to know if I would share pictures. So I am sharing one now and I will share my newest one when it is finished. These are fast, easy flags that make great gifts any time of the year. No, they are not strip pieced. And, yes, I did machine quilt them (I have made at least 20 so far!) and, gasp, I did straight stitch, raw edge applique on the star! I also tell students that they can hand applique the star, satin stitch the star, or blanket stitch the star by hand or machine. I find it is easier to give something away when I don't have so much emotional baggage involved as when I do a lot of hand work. This way, when the cat or dog is laying on it, or the husband (or, I guess, wife) is using it as an oil dipstick rag, I can feel more sanguine about it. (Ok, I would be pretty steamed and hot under the collar at any of those behaviors, but I digress....)
A short post for tonight. I just updated the schedule portion of my website so it is current through the end of August. Lots of cool stuff planned for fall--but you'll have to wait for that information for a bit longer.
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