I believe our flag is more
than just cloth and ink.
It is a universally recognized symbol
that stands for liberty and freedom.
It is the history of our nation,
and it's marked by the blood
of those who died defending it.
Take one little ol' guess what dropped my jaw when this post popped its pretty little head in my blog Reader. Did you see it?! Over at Jann Olson's blog, Have a Daily Cup of Mrs. Olson?!
Jann Olson image
Of course, her yo-yo flag! Casually draped over a rustic wooden box. You guessed it: I was smitten!
When I commented on it, she replied, "I do love that yo yo flag. My sis made it for me years ago for my July birthday. It would be fun and easy to make!"
So, happy birthday, Jann!
And a very happy July 4 birthday to my country, the United States of America! To celebrate, like Jann's sis did, I made my own sweet sister a yo-yo flag.
I took this photo below in the Knoxville, Tennessee airport. I'd flown on a Thursday to Florida to spend Father's Day weekend with my dad.
The calico is my favorite!
I think it'd make a darling dress for my Dana.
Here's the flag's progress as of Friday's two-plus-hour car trip to Disney World.
My sister's yo-yo flag,
Tracing around a Corelle teacup onto cereal box cardboard yielded a four-inch yo-yo circle pattern.
One-fourth yard of each cotton print yielded 20 four-inch fabric yo-yo cuts (four different red prints, four different white prints and four different navy blue prints x 1/4 yard each = three yards of fabric total).
My sis's yo-yo flag
Here's another one I made for my friend Lady Blessington. You can tell I quilted together these yo-yos in a tighter fashion than my sister's flag. This is how my vintage yo-yo quilt was constructed decades ago (seen here and here).
On a flight from Newark, N.J., to Greensboro, N.C.
Having no scraps to use, each yo-yo flag cost under $10 to make.
I'm well on my way to a third yo-yo flag quilt. There's definitely enough navy blue, but I will need a little more white and more-than-a-little red fabric to finish a third yo-yo flag.
Like Jann's sister's yo-yo flag, my flags each required 32 red yo-yos, 26 white yo-yos, and 12 navy blue yo-yos.
Lady Blessington's flag is exactly one full yo-yo shorter both horizontally and vertically than my sister's.
Yo-Yo Flag Recap
-- Before mailing them last week, I failed to stitch my name and the date somewhere on the back of the yo-yo flags, like "Joe" was stitched on my vintage yo-yo quilt.
-- I would not use two different dotted fabrics again.
-- I should've steam-pressed all the yo-yos flat.
-- I'd purchase an odd number of seven different red fabric prints, especially for better variety, and five of the navy blue.
-- I wish I could've found some navy and some red plaids like Jann's sister used on her yo-yo flag. Perhaps shirts at a thrift store?
-- I decided I like the tighter yo-yo quilt versus the first version I made.
-- I could have used some of the star-spangled fabrics I found in the fabric stores, but I didn't like the silver shine nor the sparkly/glittery fabrics.
-- I'd like to make some yo-yo flags to give as gifts next year but will use a three-inch yo-yo pattern instead.
-- A one-inch yo-yo pattern, yielding teensy tiny yo-yos, would make a great card front but a custom envelope would likely have to be made to enclose it. The tiny yo-yo flag could be stitched right to the card, the stitches hidden by an inside liner. That idea is adorable!
-- Country colors of maroon prints instead of red, tan prints (for a stained and vintage patina) instead of white and the navy blue would be really cute.
-- For a coastal, beach appeal, what about coral instead of red, cream instead of white and aqua instead of navy blue? Wouldn't that be precious as a yo-yo flag table runner at my house?! Make a series of flags back to back? Perhaps with a row of periwinkle or soft yellow in between? Yeah!
Thanks again, Jann, for the inspiration,
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and God bless America!