Mini Anthem block for Independence Day

For years I’ve wanted to play with my Anthem quilt pattern and make a “mini” or smaller block with it.  Now that it’s summer, and July, I pulled out some solids and started playing.  I’d forgotten how quickly these blocks come together, and before I knew it, I had a new idea and several stars to play with.  My mini Anthem block got me thinking about how many patriotic quilts have been made across generations in many countries.  It’s a theme that’s constantly being explored, and yet I’m happy to jump in.  I love these colors and this theme!  A little Independence Day sewing!

I decided on a light blue background, and there are actually two shades of blue in there.  It’s a nod to my Peppermint quilt version, but the blues don’t have quite enough contrast with one another.  It’s very subtle.  And yet, I really like the light blue background instead of a white one.  It makes the white stand out more.  I do think you can see the two blues and their secondary design a little more in the photo below.

To my surprise, I found sewing the narrow strips of red, white, and blue very satisfying.  In fact, I loved it!  Sometimes it feels really good to do something small AND accurate.  I’m smiling as I type because I enjoyed it so much.  I decided to make a large block by sewing four of them together and framing it with more stripes.  Something tells me I’ll be doing more of that.

We had our annual 4th of July breakfast this morning, complete with a flag ceremony and Independence Day trivia.  As a family we talked about the difference between the principles set forth in our founding documents, and the way our government currently functions.  It’s tricky.  It’s also easy to feel disillusioned or cynical about our nation.  But we talked about separating the pure principles of the Declaration and Constitution from the imperfect ways that historical figures and politicians administer in their offices.

I’m grateful for this holiday, a great day to remember and honor our foundation.  I find my heart in harmony with the words of Phineas Richards, who said, “as we have inherited the spirit of liberty and the fire of patriotism from our fathers, so let them descend [unchanged] to our posterity”.  I have inherited great love for the founding principles of our country.

We’re off to barbeque, watch fireworks, and listen to patriotic music.  But you’d better believe I’ll be back in my sewing room making more of these mini Anthem blocks tomorrow!  Happy Independence Day!

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