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American Flag Pillow

Happy 4th of July!  We’re on vacation this week and the next couple but before I left (in the midst of packing) I decided I should make something new.

I started by pulling out all my recent scraps and organizing them by color.  Basically I got two things done at once with this – cleaning up the scraps and a bunch of piles of color inspiration.  I was thinking of making some scrappy blocks by color.  The navy blue scraps were drawing me in so I started with them.  And from there I realized I should make something patriotic – my scrappy version of a flag.

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I decided to make this flag into a pillow so I worked with the dimensions of the pillow form that I had and came up with a plan.  The blue corner of the flag ended up a little too scrappy with some overly aggressive trimming at one point but I made it work.  I moved on and made the red stripes, which were kind of fun with some angled scraps I had.  Then the white stripes – I used almost every last scrap of white I had left, which is all the white I have…time to stock up!

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While it’s certainly a little more time consuming to piece together the little scraps, this pillow came together pretty quickly and it felt good to start and finish something in a few days.  (Maybe because the last pillow I made I dragged out way too long.)  I thought about listing it in my shop but then realized I had the perfect person to give it to – my mom, whose birthday is on the 4th of July!  So this pillow hopped into a box and made its way to Maine in time for the festivities of my mom’s birthday and America’s.

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We’ll be decorating a wagon for a parade and enjoying the festivities in Ocean City, Maryland.  We’ve got our patriotic gear on and are looking forward to enjoying the freedoms of this great country!  Happy 4th of July!

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