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« on: May 22, 2009 11:51:03 AM »

A few of my friends have graduated and I wanted to make them quilts of country flags. (I have some experience quilting, but not much) Really, two questions:
1. Does anyone know of any flag patterns for quilting? Because I don't want to use uber huge pieces of fabric that will sag.
2. Really, how should I go about this? The tri-stripe flags I'm not so worried about, it's the USSR flag. That's quite a big stretch of fabric on that one.

And now the explanation: One big inside joke of ours that's lasted through out high school years is dorkily comparing ourselves to the countries. We decided that our little group consisted of Russia (usually referring to USSR), Lithuania, Austria, and Poland. I thought it would be a nice gift (quilts are always nice gifts!) that would remind them of our old jokes and friends.
Of course, our America, Canada, and China graduate next year...

The flags, for those who aren't familiar with them:
USSR: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flag_of_the_Soviet_Union
Lithuania: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flag_of_Lithuania
Austria: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flag_of_Austria
Poland: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flag_of_Poland

EDIT: I have no idea what to do for a border or backing. Any tips? I want it to look as plain/like the flag as possible.
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« Reply #1 on: May 22, 2009 11:57:34 AM »

i would suggest applique for any designs on the flag

do you want a series of little squares that make up a larger quilt that looks like a flag

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a large flag pieced the size of a blanket

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a bunch of mini flags that are sewn together as the top?


large pieces of fabric wont really sag as long as you top stich the edges and either tie the quilt or actually quilt it
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« Reply #2 on: May 22, 2009 12:00:05 PM »

i would suggest applique for any designs on the flag

do you want a series of little squares that make up a larger quilt that looks like a flag

-or-

a large flag pieced the size of a blanket

-or-

a bunch of mini flags that are sewn together as the top?


large pieces of fabric wont really sag as long as you top stich the edges and either tie the quilt or actually quilt it
Ok, that was very helpful, thanks. And I think I'm, going to do the 2nd one.
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« Reply #3 on: May 22, 2009 12:16:31 PM »

i just needed to know upon which to give advice

the large piece of fabric will be very easy. you basically want to measure the size you want your quilt to be, then piece fabric together in those dimensions...add the applique and then stitch the back on

i wouldnt use a border, since it will dimish the appearance of the flag

now i wanna do flag quilts lol...add that to the list that is longer than i will ever live for
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« Reply #4 on: May 23, 2009 10:12:37 AM »

I agree with not doing a border UNLESS it's a thick gold braid fringe... lol. Then it would be perfect for a flag.

http://www.barbettind.com/86.jpg

Very ambassador-like! lol
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« Reply #5 on: May 24, 2009 06:14:08 AM »

Not to rain on your parade, but unless the friends intend to never return to their home country with the quilt you might be well advised to check and make sure that the laws in the country where they live are such that there will not be any legal problems with defacing the countries flag. Some countries aren't as liberal with their laws as the USA is and there could be severe legal repercussions for having  something made from the countries flag. Until it went through the Supreme Court it was highly illegal to deface the US flag and could land you in jail if you did.
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« Reply #6 on: May 24, 2009 06:27:27 AM »

Not to rain on your parade, but unless the friends intend to never return to their home country with the quilt you might be well advised to check and make sure that the laws in the country where they live are such that there will not be any legal problems with defacing the countries flag. Some countries aren't as liberal with their laws as the USA is and there could be severe legal repercussions for having  something made from the countries flag. Until it went through the Supreme Court it was highly illegal to deface the US flag and could land you in jail if you did.

damn..good point. unfortunate, but good (i think that you should be able to show your pride in anyway conceivable)
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« Reply #7 on: May 24, 2009 09:02:12 AM »

Not to rain on your parade, but unless the friends intend to never return to their home country with the quilt you might be well advised to check and make sure that the laws in the country where they live are such that there will not be any legal problems with defacing the countries flag. Some countries aren't as liberal with their laws as the USA is and there could be severe legal repercussions for having  something made from the countries flag. Until it went through the Supreme Court it was highly illegal to deface the US flag and could land you in jail if you did.

Well, the thing is, if I'm understanding correctly, you're not actually using a pre-made flag, you're making your own, which is a very fine point of definition, but it allows you pretty significant wiggle room in that regard.  The US, for example, however stringently or not-so-stringently enforced, has a whole WHACK of laws regarding how the flag is to be used and shown etc (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_Flag_Code) Canada, on the other hand, has practically NO laws about it, ditto the UK, and many other countries I did on a quick search. Mostly the laws on desecration have to do with burning an official flag, which this would not be by any stretch of the imagination. However, I'd at least check the wikipedia page for whatever flag you're making - if nothing else, they seem to have very good information regarding proportions (the page for the flag of turkey, for example, has the proper size and spacing ratios for the crescent and star).
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« Reply #8 on: May 27, 2009 11:57:49 AM »

Not to rain on your parade, but unless the friends intend to never return to their home country with the quilt you might be well advised to check and make sure that the laws in the country where they live are such that there will not be any legal problems with defacing the countries flag. Some countries aren't as liberal with their laws as the USA is and there could be severe legal repercussions for having  something made from the countries flag. Until it went through the Supreme Court it was highly illegal to deface the US flag and could land you in jail if you did.
Oh, sorry for being unclear. I don't intend to use any bits of actual flags, just to make them out of fabric. And all of the friends are American.
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« Reply #9 on: June 03, 2009 10:01:54 AM »

Can't wait to see what you come up with..I think it would be a great idea..
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