I have been with Mr CM for quite a few years now, and almost every year bar probably 2 I have forgotten our anniversary. Each year he remembers, buys a very thoughtful gift makes me breakfast and he always gets the same reaction (blank expression) “Oh that’s nice of you what’s the occasion?…(pause)…oh shit not again?!”
This year I felt extra bad, not because it was a big one or anything, but other years I’ve been distracted and had an excuse, this year I really didn’t have one. Lets just all come to the conclusion that I am shit.
So I needed something big, the bag of fiery ginger beer bon bons and the little Lego Simpsons Moleman wasn’t going to cut it. I needed a grand gesture….
Then this idea popped into my head mid apology. I think it was so I could hang it up to ensure I’ll never forget again (Whats wrong with putting it in my phone as a reminder?)
When I first started looking online for ideas for flags there wasn’t many. I had a particular flag in mind and I couldn’t remember where I saw it from. At first I thought it had come off one of Nelson’s ships but that Google search proved unsuccessful.
So I had to work from the image in my head, watch out.
I wanted to turn in applique the words, but there are so many of them it was going to take another week so instead I sewn around the raw edges which made them look worn and “rustic” trying to give the impression that it had been sailing from the top on the mast over choppy sea’s for years.
The border sashes were easily cut strips of Kona solids that I’ve had lying around for years (one day I will have the whole bundle of solids in my stash, the day I stop being a tightarse). The whole thing was quilted with easy lines.
On the back, just before I sewed in the bias binding I made the loops out of some other binding scraps, wide enough for the flag quilt to hang off a dowling rod.
On the subject of bias binding and my bad track record, this time it turned out perfect. How is a mystery, especially considering it had the two triangles at the end.
The whole thing reminds me a bit of Tracey Emin’s quilts. Maybe it had planted a seed in my subconscious years ago and came out a bit now. Without the swearing of course.
I’m feeling a bit rubbish cold like, possible shock of general UK election result today so I shan’t write anymore. Have a wonderful weekend!