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Thursday, July 4, 2013

Happy Independence Day.....

Happy Independence Day to those of you in the United States!  Hope your day has been a good one.  I had been wanting to make this little project from the book *101 Fabulous Small Quilts* for a while now.  In the book it's called Feedsack Flags and they are all made with red/white 30's prints.  I love 30's prints, but I just didn't seem to have the right ones to make this, so it kept simmering on the back burner.  One day when I was tidying the patriotic prints, I saw this blue/white star print and thought that might work.  Sew, I looked through the red/white section and grabbed these last night before I closed the shop.  I fiddled around with them last night and then again this morning.  The quilt is to have sashing and a border, but I guess Harriet and I will have to work on that part tomorrow  =)

While I was sewing, it got me to thinking about Independence Day and the USA.  Independence Day is so named because on July 2nd, 1776 the Second Continental Congress drafted the Declaration of Independence that was later signed, at least in part, on July 4th.  The colonies wished to declare their independence from Great Britain and wished to democratically rule themselves.  It took many years and many lives to win that independence.  As I looked at the different reds and whites to use in this little project, I wasn't so sure they would all be okay....some seemed pretty diverse.  But as I got it up on the design wall, it all seemed to somehow work out okay, I think mostly because of those white stars on the blue background that were the same in each little flag block.  It made me think of our diverse nation.....we embrace democracy and the rights of our many diverse citizens to live here freely.  And those who have served and sacrificed to allow us to enjoy our diversity and our freedom, they are like the white stars on the blue background that *make it all work*.  My gratitude to each and every one of you today as we celebrate Independence Day. 

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