Today I am sharing one of my favorite projects ever, my Stars and Stripes Quilt! Why is this my favorite project? Because it combines two of my favorite things: quilting and traveling with my family. We decided to take an EPIC road trip this summer. We traveled over 7,200 miles through 25 states. It was incredible! To top it off, we took my quilt with us and took pics of it everywhere!
Before I get into the epic journey of this quilt, let me tell you more about it. I recently got a new machine (yay!) and it only likes Aurifil thread (me too!) I am also an Aurifil Artisan! This month as Aurifil Artisans, we are sharing our favorite thread weight. My favorite thread weight is 50. Why? Because it is so versatile! I was able to piece, quilt and bind my Stars and Stripes quilt without changing thread (besides a bobbin or two…or twenty).
Here’s a close up of the quilting and the binding before I sewed it on. This Aurifil is the best! It quilts through all three layers of backing, batting and the quilt top so beautifully. I quilted wavy lines with my walking foot. It reminded me of a flag flying in a summer breeze.
I was curious what other quilters thought about thread weight so I made up a little poll. 89% said they prefer 50 weight thread! It is a winner! Now the quilt specs: the pattern is called Stars and Stripes and is designed by Camille Roskelley. I used my Bonnie and Camille fabric stash for the blocks. I then pieced and quilted it on my new Tula Pink Bernina with my favorite Aurifil Thread!
On to our EPIC journey! We set a goal as a family to hit all 50 states. We were making some good progress and then the baby was born. And we decided we had to start over so she could visit all 50 as well. So here we go! 25 down, 25 more to go!
We stopped at a number of places along our route. We stopped at State Lines to take some fun pics! We love New York and visit all the time!
I love National Parks! We also tried to visit as many as we could along the way. I had never been to Badlands National Park. It was amazing to see!
We couldn’t leave South Dakota without a stop at the infamous Mount Rushmore. It was HUGE! It was a surreal moment to see it. We loved every minute we were there! And took tons of pics!
We seriously couldn’t get enough of Mount Rushmore. It was such a fun place to have my Stars and Stripes Quilt.