Flag Day-Flag Etiquette

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Photo courtesy of Olivia Kennedy (iPhone)

Today is Flag Day –a day commemorating the adoption of the American flag in 1777 by resolution of The Second Continental Congress.  Americans are encouraged to fly their flags for a week starting today.

There are just a few rules to consider when hanging your flag…

  • The American flag should only be flown during daylight–unless it is lit with a spotlight.
  • The flag should not be flown in inclement weather.
  • The Flag should not be allowed to touch the ground.
  • The flag should not be torn or faded.  (An old flag should NEVER be thrown in the garbage.  It should be burned — many VFWs and Boy Scout troops offer this service.)

There are many other rules related to flag protocol that you can read about HERE.

I plan to hang my flag, plant a few more flowers in the flower boxes and enjoy the wafting scent of our lilac tree.

Hope your day unfurls smoothly!

Lori

Repeat and Vary–A Design Tip

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Whenever I am stitching away and find myself at a loss for ideas, I return to the design principle of Repeat and Vary.  In visual design, repetition creates unity within a pattern, while variety develops interest.  A quilt pattern that is too repetitive is boring.  One that has too many design elements looks messy and chaotic.  The best designs balance repetition and variety.

In the little quilt above, I started with the tulips (See tutorial HERE)  and then I repeated the spiral from the tulip, but combined it with a straight line stitching pattern (see Tutorial HERE).

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In addition, I repeated the tulip row, but varied it by stitching it in a smaller scale in the outer rows of the quilt.

The Design Principle of Repeat and Vary is an easy one to incorporate into quilts as well as gardens, home decorations, etc.

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The next time you are struggling to plan your quilting–look for an element already in your quilt–and see if you can alter it — For example, if you have sewn a wedding ring quilt–stitch quilted rings in the border.  If your fabric is floral, copy that flower in your free motion quilting line.

When you are at the Garden Center, consider adding two new flowers of the same color, but different forms to your garden.

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Maybe next time we should talk about Focal Point?

To read more about design in quilting, you might like Contrast: A Design Tip   HERE

Tuesday Tutorial-The Tulip and The Figure Eight Leaf

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It’s Tutorial Tuesday!  and today I have a “two-fer” for you. Two tutorials in one–Tulips and The Figure-Eight Leaf.  (No more alliteration, I promise!)

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This pretty flower would look great on any quilt.  It can be made large and it looks great stitched very small.

Start with three drawn lines, one inch apart.  The pattern will be stitched on the center line and the two outer lines will serve as guidelines to keep our stitching straight.

Begin on the bottom and stitch a straight line up the center line.  Stop and stitch a semi-circle

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Next, stitch a spiral.

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For more on spirals see the “Four Steps to Perfect Spirals” tutorial HERE.

As you spiral out, finish the spiral ON the center line.  STOP HERE.  From this point, begin the next tulip by stitch a straight line up the center line.

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When you reach the last tulip in the line, stop at the same point as above.  From the stopping point on the center line…stitch a left-sided semi-circle to close the tulip.

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Stitch down the stem and you are now ready to stitch The Figure Eight Leaf.

See photo below:

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The Figure Eight Leaf can be varied by adding a second figure eight within the first–The Double Figure Eight Leaf  (Maybe we should call this the 88 Leaf or the 16 Leaf???)

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It looks rather cute all by itself don’t you agree?

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I hope you will incorporate The Tulip and The Figure Eight Leaf into your next quilt!  Or, use it for a “vase quilt”  as I plan to do!

Tune in later in the week–I have a few design tips for you and I hope to have this little gem finished–I have some pink peonies in my garden that would look great on a Tulip Vase Quilt-–Wait!  That doesn’t seem right, does it?  Maybe, I’ll have to design a peony quilt for my peonies…and arrange tulips on my tulip quilt…but what about my Bachelor’s Buttons???  This could get out of hand very quickly!

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Happy stitching!

Lori