I first wrote about Kaffe Fassett’s new book here – when the rains on Nashville turned our eyes to disaster. More than a month has passed and the folks of Nashville still need our help and today I am back to thinking about Kaffe Fassett’s Simple Shapes Spectacular Quilts. Inspired by the lovely geometries Kaffe illustrates – and the upcoming summer months – we have decided to begin a Quilt of the Month project – starting with our all-time favorite American Flag Quilt.
We have applied a variety of stencils from our Alabama Chanin archives to our Flag Quilt; however, you may use any stencils that you have available in any combination of techniques from Alabama Stitch Book and/or Alabama Studio Style.
1/2 yard 100% organic cotton jersey in Navy
1/2 yard 100% organic cotton jersey in Storm Blue
2 yards 100% organic cotton jersey in Burgundy
2 yards 100% organic cotton jersey in Ruby
2 yards 100% organic cotton jersey in Parchment
2 yards 100% organic cotton jersey in Sand
Stencils of your choice
Approximately 8 spools Button Craft thread in Maroon #41B (depending on the amount of embellishment you plan to incorporate).
Approximately 8 spools Button Craft thread in Dogwood #155 (depending on the amount of embellishment you plan to incorporate).
1 spool Button Craft thread in Navy #12
18” C-thru ruler
Measurements and Guide below: Finished Size: 103” X 62”
The quilt is worked up in long stripes that are 5” wide and 103” long (finished width) with 1/4″ seam allowances on each side – 5 1/2″ cut width. (We cut the stripes into smaller pieces that we can incorporate scraps into our final project and to add color variation.) The short stripes are 5” x 64” with 1/4″ seam allowances – 5 1/2″ cut width – on each side and broken into smaller pieces as well. We also chose to break the blue star area up into smaller parts; however, you could choose to make this one piece with appliquéd stars. The finished measurement of the blue field is 32” in height and 39 “wide. Below is a guide to the stencils that we chose for our project but remember that any stencil will work and the quilt works up lovely with no embellishment at all. Technique by Block: A Abbie’s Flower Applique B Clematis Reverse Applique C Apples Reverse Applique D String Quilted E Lotus Applique F Climbing Rose Reverse Applique G Rose in 3-D Applique H Poetry Stenciled Only I Dove Reverse Applique J Gothic Quilted K Trumpet Vine Reverse Applique L Clematis Reverse Applique M Bloomers Reverse Applique N Stripe Reverse Applique O Fish Double Reverse Applique P Poetry Reverse Applique Q Black & White Stenciled Only R Anna’s Garden Reverse Applique S Hearts Reverse Applique T Spiral Stenciled Only U Rose 3-D Applique V Dove Reverse Applique W Apples Reverse Applique X Abbie’s Flower Applique Y Spiral Stenciled Only Z Lotus Applique AA Vitae Reverse Applique BB Black & White Stenciled Only CC Abbie’s Flower Applique DD Moths Reverse Applique EE Fish Double Reverse Applique FF Small Rooster Reverse Applique GG Clematis Reverse Applique HH Small Latin Cross Reverse Applique II Stripe Reverse Applique JJ Skull & Crossbones Reverse Applique KK Lotus Applique LL String Quilted MM Moths Reverse Applique NN Abbie’s Flower Applique OO Rose 3-D Applique PP Apples Reverse Applique QQ Climbing Rose Reverse Applique RR Pig Reverse Applique SS Flowers & Machine Reverse Applique TT Poetry Reverse Applique UU Stripe Reverse Applique VV Dove Reverse Applique WW Gothic Quilted XX String Quilted YY Climbing Rose Reverse Applique ZZ Lotus Applique AAA Anna’s Garden Reverse Applique BBB Black & White Stenciled Only CCC String Quilted DDD Clematis Reverse Applique EEE Trumpet Vine Reverse Applique FFF Small Rooster Reverse Applique GGG Hearts Reverse Applique
Embellish as desired, construct in strips, add appliquéd stars and enjoy your summer… Get inspired by Kaffe Fassett’s Simple Shapes Spectacular Quilts and use our Alabama Studio Style techniques to create your own…