June 14th is American Flag Day. Being US citizen living outside US I still feel like I belong there and I miss everything I left behind when I moved to Lithuania almost three years ago. Watching American Flag flying can bring tears to my eyes. I have my own experience and my own reasons why The Old Glory is dear to me.
To feel some how still connected to Unites States last year I joined American Corner club hosted by local public library: http://www.savb.lt/en/ There I meet people who are somehow connected to US. We also speak English there and meet people from all over the world. They come to the club knowing that they will be welcomed and be able to find some one who speaks English.
About a month ago few of us decided to get together and make our own version of of the first American Flag called Betsy Ross Flag.
There were few of us originally. Roma and Rasa:
and me. None of these women were quilters or sewers. They were very surprised to see all the tools and I had to watch them not to harm themselves with rotary cutter or sewing machine.
Ann Sophie made fused stars, Rasa learned how to use my Janome:
We decided to make this flag as a quilt. That way it would be easier to put it up on the library wall and it would look better. Of course, I had to do quilting. I decided the quilting to be very simple, mostly echo lines that way quilting would not distract from the stars and stripes:
The back of the quilt was made from the nice piece of fabric celebrating 4th of July:
And the final result:
We had a club meeting where we presented OUR American Flag. It was fun project that brought us closer :