Number Sixteen: American Flag Picnic Throw Update

This Is It

The process of revealing all sixteen, of my recently finished items, will come to and end with this post. So far I have provided updates on:

Not An Art Quilt

Surprisingly this last item is not an art quilt! Imagine that! 🙂 No! Instead it is one of the five quilts I had inherited from my mom and began while on a retreat at Woodland Ridge Retreat Center in March of 2017. By the time the retreat was over this particular quilt top was among the three that were finished. I have to confess though that this was the simplest of the five. The pattern was so easy to make that it would have been a shame not to finish it. Don’t we quilters strive to add another “finish” to our list of accomplishments? Even though the project was easy to assemble it still was a “finish” and of that I was thankful!

The Sandwich

The quilt, known as American Flag Picnic Throw (I didn’t choose the name), was sandwiched with a layer of Warm & Natural batting and a soft and cozy, red and black flannel. The flannel was taken from my stash. It was one of those purchases I made that was designated for a future quilt backing. How awesome to finally be able to put it to use! The fabric for the binding had already been acquired by my mom, which meant I had one last thing to purchase. This fabric is also a flannel. The colors chosen coordinated perfectly with the faux flag fabric.

The Finale

To secure the three layers together I used an all-over simple swirl pattern because I thought the swirls reminded me of the fireworks that burst about the sky on the 4th of July! American Flag Picnic Throw measures 70 1/2″ x 55″. This is what my American Flag Picnic Throw looks like now.

American Flag Picnic Blanket
American Flag Picnic Throw
American Flag Picnic Blanket (Quilting)
American Flag Picnic Throw Closeup
American Flag Picnic Blanket (Back)
American Flag Picnic Throw Backing & Binding

This picnic throw could very easily serve double duty as a warm and snuggly lap quilt.

That’s It

Well, there we have it! The last post in a very long series of reveals. I’ve had a wonderful time sharing and talking about my projects. I hope you have enjoyed reading about them. In closing I have one question, which one was your favorite?

Thank You!

Thank you so much for being a faithful follower! I truly enjoy the time we spend together. Let’s do this again real soon.


Smash My Stash # 5: Mom’s Unfinished Quilts

Smash My Stash

My Mom is getting on in years. For some time now she has been methodically sorting through her sewing studio removing anything and everything she no longer cares to maintain or finish. Each time I visit her she has piles of collectibles, crafts, and magazines waiting for me to browse.


After hauling home several boxes of items my spouse expressed his wish that I no longer bring things home. Before receiving that moratorium I brought with me two baskets containing the beginnings of five different quilts. All were in varying degrees of completion. Among the projects I found.

  1. Pam’s Nine Patch Garden By Waltzing with Bears
  2. An American Flag Picnic Quilt Throw
  3. Harvest Melody Quilt by Pat Koltz and Lisa Ippolito
  4. French Garden Quilt by Crab Apple Hill
  5. Stars & Stripes Table Quilt by Joan Karagovoorian

Because the quilts were purchased and started by my Mother I feel the need to see them through to completion. Be watching for updates as I tackle each item.

Cindy Anderson of In A Stitch Quilting