Today we launch a month-long celebration of all things American, culminating in my annual neighborhood 4th of July Parade (Kids vs. Adults Baseball Game and Grill Extravaganza). We have searched high and low to find the spirit of red, white, and blue.

For today’s DIY Thursday, we start by (re)sharing instructions for our American Flag Quilt. The flag is, after all, the epitomic icon for Independence Day. Get started now to display for your July 4th celebration.

Check back tomorrow to begin our month of ‘Celebrate America’- featuring new products, projects, stories, and recipes to make your own celebrations spectacular.


P.S.: And we won’t forget Dad— so stop by for some of our favorite Father’s Day gifts too…

CELEBRATE AMERICA - photograph by Robert Rausch

Purchase one of our DIY Flag Quilt Kits which comes cut, stenciled and ready to sew with all the needed notions or follow the instructions below using our 100% organic cotton, up-cycled t-shirts or scraps.

Our DIY Flag Quilt Kit is made from a double layer of our 100% organic cotton in a mixture of Burgundy and Carmine, Storm Blue and Navy, as well as, Parchment and Sand.

Cut quilt pieces are then embroidered and constructed with our Button Craft thread in Navy, Maroon and Dogwood using techniques from Alabama Stitch Book and Alabama Studio Style.

We have applied a variety of stencils from our Alabama Chanin archives to our DIY Flag Quilt Kit; however, you may use any stencils that you have available in any combination of techniques from Alabama Stitch BookAlabama Studio Style, and/or Alabama Studio Sewing + Design.


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
Airbrush paint
Approximately 8 spools Coats & Clark Button Craft thread in Maroon #41B (depending on the amount of embellishment you plan to incorporate).
Approximately 8 spools Coats & Clark Button Craft thread in Dogwood #155 (depending on the amount of embellishment you plan to incorporate).
1 spool Coats & Clark Button Craft thread in Navy #12
18” transparent ruler
Rotary cutter
Cutting mat

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 appliqué stars. The finished measurement of the blue field is 32” in height and 39 “wide.

Robert RauschCELEBRATE AMERICA - photograph by Robert Rausch

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

CELEBRATE AMERICA - photograph by Robert Rausch

Embellish as desired, construct in strips, add appliqué stars and celebrate.



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