An English quilt

I’ve been really busy with my quilting and haven’t had much time for other photography lately. I managed to finished the red, black and white quilts in record time……6 months. That’s pretty fast for hand quilting. So now I have moved on to one more quilt that needs to be finished for Christmas. I designed the pattern for a an English friend, born and still living in London. He recently celebrated his 20th birthday and he is English through and through. So what to do for a guy?

I decided on something patriotic. Since he is also a soccer/football player and also supports his National team I decided to do the English flag with a soccer fabric on the back. I also decided to include the British flag.

putting it together

First I made up patterns because I wanted to see that the scale was correct. I was going to band each flag in navy blue but after talking to his Mom I found out he is redoing his room in black and white. Perfect. I just spent hours cutting 2 1/2” strips, but I aim to please so recut them all in black and I like the result. It really sets off the flags.

I chose the top two

The British flag was the most difficult. If you look at it closely you’ll notice that the diagonal stripes are not all the same. I wanted to make sure I put the band widths in the proper order and then displayed the flag in the right direction. Like the American flag, there is a right and wrong way to display it.

piecing the British flag

ironing the British flag

After two days of cutting and another two of assembling the pieces it was time to lay it out on the floor and start the pain staking job of basting the layers together. It wasn’t that easy. I discovered that little pieces of thread would show through the white so I had to turn it over and clip every stray thread. Every time I thought I was done another few appeared. It took 2 hours.

sewing up the English flag

using my 1978 Bernina

checking measurements

putting the border together

laying down the backing

stray threads picked up with lint brush

Then after another 4 hours of basting the backing, batting and top together it is time to start quilting. There are 18 blocks. If I can get one quilted each day I should be able to get it in the mail and in his hands for Christmas morning.  I’m glad I have a lot of old movies I can watch because I am going to be stuck inside for a while.

top with red,white and blue border



About gretchen

I love living in the Pacific Northwest being close to the mountains and the ocean. My hobbies include photography, travel, reading, biking, walking and gardening. I am an Anglophile at heart and try to visit the UK often. My camera goes everywhere with me.
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One Response to An English quilt

  1. Sue says:

    A true labor of love! It’s wonderful!!!

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