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Happy 4th of July

It’s party week here in the USA with 4th of July fun and games ramping up. Mostly, everyone in my neck of the woods (Utah) is trying to keep cool as the temperatures soar above 100 degrees. It’s dry heat, so its not that bad- as long as you can occasionally submerge yourself in a body of water to cool off and chill out.

We’ll be heading south for some family holiday fun- in the mountains, by a lake, sleeping in a tent… what’s more American than that? So, have a wonderful holiday- whatever you do- and enjoy this Treasury of darling patriotic items I’ve gathered up on Etsy.  I couldn’t get it to post here with all the shop links so click on the link below to do any further research on wares.
Happy 4th of July!
handmade patriotic goods
Stars and Stripes treasury

Americana


We survived the 4th of July festivities with only one trip to the clinic for an x-ray due to a foot-float incident– the result of playing paparazzi with your sailing friends on their float. We’re pretty certain the brand-new (literally, one day old) Chaco sandals my husband was wearing saved him from a completely crushed foot. (Hey Chaco, can we get a new pair?)
Regardless of injuries… it was a great holiday- food, friends, fun. I must say I love the party vibe that surrounds the 4th- crazy costumes, dancing in the streets, men in kilts, treats at midnight and fireworks on a hot summer night- can’t beat it.

Now back to sewing, I’m making up some new goods for Park Silly Sunday Market this weekend, give you a peek tomorrow. It’s raining here- finally- putting out all the fires and watering the tomatoes.

tutorial: God bless America banner


Make good use of an abundant fabric stash or make a stop at the fabric store for a few fat quarters– here’s a quick and easy, last minute project to jazz up your party or your space this 4th of July.

I picked fabric from my stash, skipping the trip to the store (this time) and here’s what I came up with in red, white and blues or ‘America’ themed fabrics.

Cut the fabric into strips, I used a wavy rotary cutter but a straight edge would work just fine. I alternated two different sizes of rectangles (that will be folded over) 9″ by 3″ and 8″ by 2″.

Fold the flags in half and run an iron across the fold to make a crease. I used twill tape, but you could use rick rack, ribbon, twine or bias tape to string the flags all together. Arrange the flags about an inch apart, alternating colors and large and small flags, fold in half over string and pin into place.

Sew the two sides of each flag together and in place on the string by sewing around all four sides of each flag, then the next flag and the next until all the flags have been sewn into place.

Here is the finished banner, and a simpler one (above) with one size flag spaced 3 inches apart.

I thought I’d shared these two small, patriotic quilts I inherited from my mother-in-law. I think they must have been displayed outside for years before they fell into my hands because the colors, especially the blues are faded– but that’s what I like best about them.

Have a fantastic 4th of July!
This year, as I think back on my recent journey to Cambodia, I feel even a deeper gratitude and appreciation to live a country in which I am free- a land of opportunity and plenty. I hope I can use these advantages to make this world a better place, to help others who don’t have the privileges of freedom, education, enough to eat every day or even clean water to drink.
Let us all make decisions out of love and not fear.