May 9, 2013

To Boston With Love- Flag and a Tutorial

I took a little time off from finishing up my Angle Quilts to make a flag for the "To Boston With Love" project. One of my favorite things about the Modern Quilting community is that it is so giving. I have participated in donating quilts, quilt blocks and pillowcases for various causes and when I saw the opportunity to make flags for the people of Boston, I knew I had to participate!
This is the flag I made to go alongside all the others that will be displayed at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts. Isn't that so cool? 

For more information on how to make your own flag, go here. I have also made a quick tutorial on how I made the heart block on the front of my flag. I took the photos with my iPhone because my real camera was acting up. The quality may be less than optimal, but I think you'll get the idea. So, here we go!
    Supplies:  8- 1.5"x6.25" strips cut from assorted prints.
                       1- 6.25"x8.5" rectangle for the background.
                       1- piece of freezer paper, at least the same size as your background fabric
                       (To complete the flag, you will also need 1- 6.25"x8.5" rectangle for the back and 1-
                       1.5"x16" strip for the tie.)


1. Using a 1/4" seam allowance, sew the strips together to make a rectangle that measures 6.25" x 8.5". Press your seams all one direction and then topstitch them down, close to the seam.


2. Draw a heart on your freezer paper and cut it out. Iron it to the wrong side of your background fabric, waxy side down. It will stick to your fabric. Make sure you leave room on the edges for a seam allowance. Mine is super close to the edge.

3.  Leaving about a 1/4" seam allowance inside the heart, cut the heart out of the center of your fabric.

4.  Clip the curves all the way around the heart.
5.  Press the seams towards the freezer paper so that they lay flat and you have a finished edge on your heart. Once you have the seams pressed, carefully remove the freezer paper.
6.  Pin the background fabric, right side up to the right side of the rectangle made from the strips.

7.  Topstitch all the way around the heart, close to the edge.
8.  Pull back the background fabric and trim the seam allowance.

 The back of your block should end up looking like this.

You are finished! The Vancouver Modern Quilt Guild has a great tutorial on how to finish up your flag. Mine only took a couple of hours start to finish. It's not a lot of time to give for a great cause and I was able to use only scraps. Such a satisfying project!


  1. Great tutorial. I need to make one of these. Thank goodness for the weekend to work on it.

  2. This looks great, Kyndra! Thank you for participating. I felt the same way about this project. It feels good to do even a very small something to help.

  3. It's a great flag and would make perfect bunting - thanks for the tute :)

  4. Your flag looks great! Thanks for the tutorial :)