Sunday, July 5, 2009

Flag Day

I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday yesterday and enjoyed the 4th of July.

I like to put out patriotic quilts during the month of July.
This is one I made a few years ago called "Flag Day" from the book "Gone Crazy" by Buggy Barn.

Buggy Barn is one of my favorite techniques to work with. I like it because there are no strong quilt rules.
I liked mixing up different fabrics for the flags
The 4th of July always reminds me how grateful I am to be an American. I love a celebration day to mark the beginning of our country. I also am appreciative of living in a free land made possible by the sacrifices of our forefathers.

Because the 4th is a holiday here in the United States, we got together with family for another pool party and BBQ at our house. It's so hot here in St.George during the summer, that staying near a pool is almost a must.

Jill and her dad Andrew.

Jill and Mom April. Don't you love those goggles?

Our nephew Tanner.
We got our nephew Nathan out of the pool barely long enough to grab a few bites of food and then he was right back in the water.

While waiting for the sun to go down to do fireworks, Andrew entertained the kids by Juggling.

The teenagers played a game where they pass a small ball between their feet called "Hackysack"

A few days ago Mr. Cactus' brother Gary and his son Tanner came over to build our fireworks display. This is what they put together for the "Grand Finale".
Mr. Cactus has a tradition of putting on a large fireworks display in front of our house each year. We used to live on a Cul de Sac, so we called it "Cul de Sac of Fire!". Groups of neighbors and family gathered by the dozens.
Now that we live in St.George on a street, we've toned things down in size.

Just getting started.

More and more are catching on fire.

We had squealy rockets and spinners.

Kaboom! Mimi-Parachutes flew up in the air and landed on the spectators sitting on the front lawn.
Clap, clap, clap.
Mr. Cactus hosts another successful year of fireworks for the family.


Carol said...

What a fun, fun celebration! Love your quilt!

Gayle said...

Wow Nedra! Looks like you had a really special day! Hope you actually got to enjoy some of it, and that you weren't too busy working hard in the kitchen and playing hostess! That's quite the gadget that Kent built - didn't know he was talented in that area! LOL

We rode our ATVs on Friday up by Strawberry Reservoir and it was SO pretty! And cool!

dotti white said...

That looks like a wonderful celebration....thanks for sharing!

Lurline said...

Great to see folks having such fun and gorgeous quilt!
Hugs - Lurline♥

Sherri said...

Looks like some fun fireworks and 4th of July activities! Love your Buggy Barn flag quilt too!

Jane's Fabrics and Quilts said...

Love your quilt, and thank you for sharing you day with us with pictures. we are not allowed to do our own fireworks in Illinois, yours looked like such fun!!

Material Mary said...

Love your buggy barn quilt and it looks like yet another successful 4th of July!!

Dawn said...

Holy cow!! The contraption for the fireworks is cool!!

Martina said...

Just love your patriotic quilt. Well done!

Kritta22 said...

Coming over from Jane's blog! That firework stuff is awesome!

Kritta22 said...

Oh I love the quilt!

Unknown said...

Nedra, It looks like fun was had by all! What a great way to celebrate our country's birth and freedom. The quilt is just fabulous.

antique quilter said...

looks like everyone had a lot of fun
LOVE that quilt
have to get that book out and maybe make this quilt for next year!
I love house quilts and with the flag well they are the best.

amy smart said...

What a fun day! I have made that same buggy barn quilt! It's one of my favorites.