When tragedies occur, quilters and crafters rally together and use creativity to comfort and heal those in need. There have been Quilts for Japan, Pillowcases for Newtown, and many other examples of the love and generosity of our community. Now as we watch the events in Boston unfold, again we are putting our hands together to do something for those affected. “To Boston With Love” is a collaborative effort of makers to bring peace and love from far and wide. What we’re planning is a public exhibition of flags strung into banners that will be displayed in Boston – hopefully by early June 2013. Details are still being ironed out, and given the mayhem it may be a couple of weeks before we finalize the exact location and date. In the meantime we need to get going on flag making!
This is a small project that can easily be made in an afternoon. You may make as many flags as you are up for. The more flags, the bigger the impact. The overall idea is to provide Boston with an uplifting experience from quilters and sewists around the globe. We are inviting other modern quilt guilds to participate in this project and Berene Campbell will be coordinating participants. Please let her know if your guild would like to join us and where you are located, and she’ll keep track of things. Her e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org
After you make your flag, please add it to the To Boston With Love flickr group or if you’re on Instagram tag it #tobostonwithlove.
And spread the word! Feel free to put a button on your blog and let others know about the project!
Theme: Love, Hearts, Peace (Need some inspiration? Check out this post full of tutorial links!)
Colors: Uplifting bright colors – see the recommended colour palette below
Option 1: two pieces 6 1/2″ X 8 1/4″
Option 2: one long piece 6 1/2″ x 16″ (see step 1 for design direction)
Both Options: 16″ x 1 1/2″ long strip for the binding /tie (Please do not use bias binding as it is stretchy)
There will be a number of flags on each bunting and we have to take weight into account. We’d also like the flags to hang softly and not be stiff. For this reason please bear the following in mind:
– No batting between layers.
– If appliquéing your design on, please use lightweight materials for fusing.
– If using buttons or any other sewn on items, please keep them to a minimum.
– If using fabric ink use the washable and iron-able kind, and be sure to heat seal it. Please do not use puff fabric ink or the fabric pens that are not iron-able. The same applies for your name on the back. These need to be iron-able.
All guilds should set a delivery deadline for their members based on the fact that all strings of buntings should be in Boston no later than
May 31 May 21, 2013.
Please note that there is a REVISED DEADLINE of MAY 21st, 2013. Discussions are in the works with a very prestigious Boston institution, who have requested an earlier deadline, so that the flags might be part of a very special Memorial Day celebration. As a result of this, if your flags are to be in the exhibition opening, we will need them to be in Boston by no later than May 21, 2013. If flags arrive after this date they will still be added to the exhibition, however will obviously miss the opening event. And we need as many as possible for the opening to make a great impact. We realize that this will be an inconvenience for some, however we believe that their reasoning for this deadline is good, and that the event will be far beyond what we had originally imagined it to be. So please keep up the enthusiasm and get them to us as soon as possible.
For VMQG members, your deadline is still the May 20th meeting for now. Please hand your flags in to Berene at the meeting. If you are unable to make the meeting please find someone else who can bring it in for you.
This tutorial is to make a 6″ wide x 8″ tall flag with a 16″ long binding strip to be used as a tie.
Seam allowance is 1/4″.
(click on the photos to view them larger)
STEP ONE: Prepare your design on your fabric
You can either piece, appliqué or embroider a design, or hand-stamp a design on with washable fabric ink.
If you are going with option 2, fold the fabric in half to position your design on a 6″ x 8″ size. Note the bottom of each side’s design should towards the fold.
Please stitch or stamp your name and town in smallish type on the bottom back corner or up one side. If your flag doesn’t have a back then just pick one side to put this on.
Note: Kindly refrain from using political messages or specific (non-generic) religious imagery or messages.
STEP TWO: Make the flag
Option 1: Place two flag pieces right sides together with the top of the designs both upwards. Stitch down one side, across the bottom and up the other side, backstitching at beginning and end. Snip bottom corners and turn right side out.
Option 2: Fold the fabric in half lengthways with right sides together. Stitch down each side backstitching at beginnings and ends. Snip bottom corners and turn right side out.
STEP THREE: Finishing touches on the flag
Press and top stitch down sides and along bottom close to the edge.
STEP FOUR: Make the tie with binding
Fold binding strip in half widthways and press.
Then fold each side inwards in half again, and press.
Mark the centre of this strip and the horizontal centre of the flag. Slide flag in between the layers, matching centre points.
Topstitch along binding close to edge, making sure you catch all layers, and backstitch at the beginning and end.
Note: Please do not replace the one long piece of binding with two shorter strips attached to the corners. The reason being that the one long piece is stronger when many are tied together, and will not put stress on the corners where the ties are attached when pulled. Please follow the above instructions for one long piece of binding. Thanks!
STEP FIVE: (FOR GUILDS) Assemble the bunting
Each guild needs to assign a member to collect and tie their flags together. Flags should be tied with a double knot with roughly an inch spacing between flags. Please don’t make the knots too tight as we may have to adjust bunting lengths based on location specs when hanging.
SHIPPING DETAILS: can be found HERE, along with details about who we’re inviting to participate.
REMINDER: the DEADLINE is MAY 31, 2013.
Please note that there is a REVISED DEADLINE of MAY 21st, 2013.
Thanks for participating in a great cause. We are so excited to see all the banners hanging up for everyone in Boston to enjoy.