I went with simple-to-cut-out triangles in two sizes, with pinked edges, sewed into double folded white bias trim.
I have had red, white and blue fabric set aside for at least 6 years to make into something patriotic. At first it was going to be a flag-themed wall quilt, and then everything was put away with moving to Idaho from Utah, having two more babies etc etc etc. Since discovering blogging, banners, and adorable throw pillows, I think I like this result so much more.
Here's the pillow:
I have wanted to play with pinwheel designs for a long time. I found Vanessa's Pinwheel Tutorial, and decided to try it while I was cutting out everything else. I didn't pay attention to size, and ended up making the originals too big...these pinwheels were actually made with the scraps left over. I also couldn't seem to remember NOT to sew down the middle, and so there is a definite learning curve! I ended up making tiny pinwheels, with a 1 inch border between. I also had to add a second border to make the pillow front big enough to fit the form.
The bottom red pinwheel faces the wrong direction, and got a little wonky. This was really a "salvage my mistakes" project. I tried using prairie points again, mostly so I could use some of my red, white, and blue scraps. They are tiny...folded from 2.5 inch squares, and I caught the edges funny this time, so the corners are a bit buckled. The finished pillow is 11 inches square.
The fabrics are a mix of Moda, Aunt Grace, and other scraps I've picked up through the years. I love the fun Uncle Sam hats especially. I had to fancy cut this little kid with a flag for the banner. Isn't he adorable?
We've had crazy weather this June, for which I am thankful. I wilt when it gets above 82 degrees. My flowers, however are starting to thrive.
Wishing you a wonderful weekend with your families. We are planning on resting and recuperating. Stay tuned next week. My birthday is coming up, and I have a few giveaways in mind to celebrate. It's either that or cry. I didn't mind turning 30 at all. Even 35 didn't phase me, but for some reason 36 is bothering me a bit.
Itsy Bitsy Paper Red White and Blue Party