Friday, June 14, 2013

July Jelly Roll Party: A Friday Finish

In the United StatesFlag Day is celebrated on June 14. It commemorates the adoption of the flag of the United States, which happened that day by resolution of the Second Continental Congress in 1777.[1] The United States Army also celebrates the Army Birthday on this date; Congress adopted "the American continental army" after reaching a consensus position in the Committee of the Whole on June 14, 1775.[2][3]In 1916, President Woodrow Wilson issued a proclamation that officially established June 14 as Flag Day; in August 1949, National Flag Day was established by an Act of Congress. (Wikipedia: Flag Day United States)
U.S. Flag Day
(Image from Wikipedia)
The July Jelly Roll Party quilt at Ruth's Stitchery will be Hexagon Garden by Pam & Nicky Lintott
Hexagon Garden Jelly Roll Pattern

Since it's for July, I used the "Old Glory Gatherings" jelly roll by Primitive Gatherings.

Here are some hints for making this quilt. 
  1. You will need a design wall. If you don't have one, a flannel-backed plastic tablecloth will serve.
  2. Pin early and often -- every seam is not too much.
  3. Don't try to chain piece the triangles together. It's too easy to lose your place and sew the wrong pieces together (ask me how I know this!). It would be easier to sew the rows together if you could arrange your design wall to be within reach of your sewing machine! 
  4. Be very careful when pressing, as you'll be working with bias edges. Remember: press, don't iron!
I found the directions to be a little vague about how to trim off the edges so they were a straight line before adding the borders. [In fact, the pattern doesn't explain this at all!] I used my 8.5" X 24" Creative Grids ruler and trimmed at just a smidge wider than 1/4" away from the edge of the points on the right-hand side of the quilt. Then reverse and repeat for the opposite side. 

Even with my greatest care, I found the centers of my hexagons "poofed" a bit. Buts, as my long-armer jokes, "that will quilt out."  Well, it did, but washing the quilt and laying it flat on the bed to finish drying is what made it lie nice and flat!

The candle is lit for the Sailors on the USS George Washington, who will soon be heading out to sea for their summer cruise. Fair winds and following seas!

Addendum: had to add this image from Amy Barickman on Facebook.  Happy Flag day to all ships at sea!

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  1. Ooooh, that hexagon garden pattern is so beautiful, Marti - both in the colours on the pattern and in the colours you've used. Something else I need to add to my maybe-one-day list! :o)

    1. And I forgot to wish a safe summer cruise for the USS GW and all those on board. :o)

  2. That's a striking looking quilt! Sounds like the pattern left out some important tips but it turned out great, no poofy centres that I can see!

  3. What a beauty - it is so striking in those colors! Glad you conquered it.

  4. I love that quilt and I think that it will look great in the colors you picked!

  5. Its a very effective pattern - but I can see so many places where it could go out of whack...very patriotic quilt for Flag day and thanks for the history lesson.

  6. This looks lovely Marti. I have this pattern so thanks for the tips. Hugs......


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