At the beginning of the year, I had made a series of New Year's resolutions that were selected in order to increase my skills in quilting. All of my life I had been mediocre at everything I tried, a jack of all trades, master of none. But quilting has been the only hobby I actually stuck to longer than a year, and it's something I plan to master. One of the ways in which I wanted to stretch my abilities was to write my own quilt pattern. This would challenge my creativity, help me master the art of quilty math, and would be a pretty legit thing to have on my "resume". So without further ado, here's "Independence Day."
I've always really admired flag quilts. The variety and colors are beautiful, and the scrappy fabrics and long tradition of flag quilts gives you a feeling of historical continuity. Looking at those quilts gives me a sense of national pride and connection that all of their creators must share. Binge watching Netflix documentaries on the Civil War and the World Wars helps too.
I wanted something quick and easy, so "Independence Day" is an over sized, modern take on the American flag. The lines of top stitching are 3" apart. I didn't want the quilting to distract from the pattern, and sometimes I find that are quilted with a tight pattern are stiff and not as comfy-snuggly as I like a quilt to be. I thought a snuggly patriotic quilt was appropriate, it should feel like a hug from friends, family, summer nights, bare feet, fireflies, and clean sheets. It should feel like home.
I think this beauty will make a nice addition to our fireworks viewing this year too!
I will say that I have a new found appreciation for pattern writing. In the future I'll plan better instead of just diving right in with piecing and making it up as I go. That's how I usually quilt, but I learned a lot about the importance of organization. Thank you Robert Kaufman Fabrics for your Quilter's Friend QuiltCalc, you saved me from several headaches!
I also have a new found respect for those bloggers who regularly create pdf downloads, they are way more involved in creating them than I had anticipated. I'm sorry to all of those blogger's whose downloads I abused and underappreciated in the past.
You can download the pattern HERE
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