Time for a little show and tell. This is a quilt I made for Erik before Miss O was born. My mom saw something like it in a magazine, and collected a bunch of patriotic fabric for it.
I had the top assembled in a day. It was super easy. Just width of fabric stripes in various red, white, and cream fabrics, and 6-inch squares for the stars.
I used everything that had an Americana feel, even if it wasn't strictly patriotic or red white and blue.
The stars are just appliqued on. I used fusible web (Steam-a-seam brand), ironed them in place, then topstitched around with the blanket stitch setting on my sewing machine. I've washed this quilt a bunch of times, and the stars aren't fraying at all.
You can't really see in the pictures, but I had this quilt professionally machine quilted with (this is the really cool part of this quilt) the Marine Corps Hymn! If you have ever heard a bunch of motivated Marines sing their song, you are very lucky indeed.
The Marine Corps Hymn:
From the Halls of Montezuma,
To the Shores of Tripoli;
We fight our country's battles
In the air, on land, and sea;
First to fight for right and freedom
And to keep our honor clean;
We are proud to claim the title
Of UNITED STATES MARINES.
Our flag's unfurled to every breeze,
From dawn to setting sun;
We have fought in every clime and place
Where we could take a gun;
In the snow of far off northern lands
And in sunny tropic scenes;
You will find us always on the job --
The UNITED STATES MARINES.
Here's health to you and to our Corps
Which we are proud to serve;
In many a strife we've fought for life
And never lost our nerve;
If the Army and the Navy
Ever look on Heaven's scenes;
They will find the streets are guarded
By UNITED STATES MARINES.