Friday, April 29, 2011

Union Jacks & Canada Post Royal Wedding Keepsake Kit Giveaway

Well the big day has finally arrived and the ceremony just finished and Prince William is walking his bride down the aisle as I post this.   I am not the blogging blow-by-blow sort, but I can tell you I enjoyed every moment and the modern simplicity of the touches and service. I woke up at 5:00 am to see Prince William's arrival and Lily woke up just in time to see the Duchess leave the hotel.  My littlest one woke up just after the vows were spoken. I will remember this morning, just like I remember getting up to watch the weddings as a kid.

Giveaway: today, Canada Post releases its official Royal Wedding stamp today.  I have pre-ordered an extra keepsake kit scheduled to arrive next week - thinking that maybe someone who reads this little blog might like to win one. If you would like to win it, leave a comment on this post and how to reach you.  I will pick a winner on Tuesday (open to any reader with a mailing address).

So, I have spent the last four weeks or so creating projects so that my girls would remember this moment in time.  I have wanted to include a couple of boy-related projects to round everything out! 

My sewing pal created this awesome Union Jack pillow for her sons using licensed Mickey fabric and red polka dots.  The finished pillow is 13 X 21 inches.

Pal's Notes to File:
I worked backwards knowing that I wanted a quilt block that measured 13" x 21" (based on the pillow form size). I approached the project in stages. I first pieced together three long strips of white and red and white fabric, and cut it into 4 equal lengths. I then attached the triangles. I probably should have paid more attention to the angles at which I attached the strips to the triangles. I first tried measuring and cutting a triangle and sewing it to the red and white 'band'. That produced not so great results, so then I cut a big rectangle, sewed the strip to the rectangle, and cut off the excess. This method wastes a lot of fabric, but saved me some time (or so I think). A seasoned quilter probably has a tried and true method for sewing triangles; I clearly don't. Once the four 'quadrants' were assembled, the rest of the block fell into place. There were a few nervous moments when I went to attach the left side to the right side; luckily all the seams aligned. I probably would have abandoned the project altogether had the seams not lined up at this point. I quilted the block, and finally inserted a zipper.

I am somewhat pleased in the result, although a little disappointed in how two of the quadrants turned out (or didn't). Perhaps when Lily's Quilts' union jack block tutorial becomes available in June, all secrets will be revealed and I may toy with the idea of making a pillow for my older son. Until then, I will be making other things.

and I made this little Union Jack fabric bow tie (clip on) for my nephew.

Between my pal and I, much research has  between my pal and I has gone into Union Jack Quilt Blocks, I thought I would  share the links here:

Lily Blossom's Pillow pattern (not pieced - I posted about it here)
Shabby chic union jack over at Hayley makes it
Freezer paper stencilled over at Junkin Junky
Lily's quilts is full of inspiration, just start here
There is a free paper piecing pattern at Just Sew and  here
Free tutorial over at the Giantess (not pieced)
Free tutorial over at Blu Babes Creates (not pieced)
Lady Sew and Sew has a free Red Rose Union Jack Quilt Pattern
Amy over at Diary of a Quilter's work using the Victory Garden pattern is mind blowing
I was just perusing my pal's copy of the May 2011 issue of the UK's Homestyle Sewing Magazine and there are three wonderful Union Jack projects (a pillow, tea cozy, and luggage tag)

Enjoy this historic day!


  1. I'm glued to the tv too. I posted some free printables to celebrate the royal wedding last night on my blog. What a lovely wedding. Just lovely. Cheers!

  2. I am waiting for the royal kiss right now!
    Talk to you later.

  3. I am waiting for the kiss! I was up before 5 coffee in hand. I just kept thinking how awesome it would be singing a hymn standing next to Elton John!

    Thank you, for the wedding fun! PICK ME! PICK ME!

    Have the BEST day!


  4. Oh that was so sweet! I couldn't help but shed a tear :)
    Lovely and memorable projects KJ - they certainly are to be a reminder of a special day when a fairy tale came true!
    Love the keepsake giveaway!!

  5. Your work is gorgeous! At first I wasn't at all interested in this whole Royal Wedding but as the event got closer, I got pulled into the hype and found myself up in the middle of the night last night watching the coverage. I'm so glad I saw this historic event.

  6. I couldn't resist watching at least the highlights this morning, although I certainly didn't get up at 3 a.m. to follow the coverage!

  7. Your wedding inspired projects are adorable--I wish I'd checked in a few days ago so that we could have made crowns for the big event! Big Brother and I have been glued to the tv watching it all on DVR today and he is fascinated by the royal family AND all the military uniforms. And he came home from preschool yesterday saying, "We played royal wedding, Eve (his friend) was the princess and I was the soldier." So funny. We might go ahead and make crowns for this week just b/c they are on our minds....thanks for the idea!

  8. Hi KJ! I've loved following all of your projects in the lead up to the Royal wedding! Thanks for all of your inspiration!


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