American Flag Rag Quilt

Last May my dear old Granny passed away.  The anniversary of her passing is coming up soon.  I miss her so much.

She was the cleanest person I’ve ever known.  When we would visit she would follow us kids (there are four of us) around with a wet washcloth wiping counters, tables, fingers, faces…meanwhile saying, “I’m sorry.  Oh, I’m sorry.”  She worried about everything!

My favorite Grandma-thing was to send her emails.  I would send her stories about my darling girls.  She loved them.  She told me every single time, “I’ve printed that out and put it in the scrapbook.”  God only knows what she meant by “scrapbook”.  My aunts have been cleaning her house and haven’t come across any such thing.

Grandma was in the Navy after World War II before she married and started having children.  There are grand old pictures dressed in her Navy uniform standing in front of this building and that car.  That’s where she met my Grandpa.  She told me once how they met…let’s see if I’ve got the story right.  They met at a burger joint, or some such thing, when they were both stationed in Corpus Christi, Texas.  The people there always called him Jay so my Grandma thought that was his name.  Well, it’s not.  His name is Richard.  My Mom was born in ’51 in Corpus Christi…

We all miss her so much.  There is a memorial service at the VA in Prescott, AZ.  I’ve made a quilt in memory of her, thanking them for the care they gave to her and a reminder to all that we love and appreciate how they’ve served our country valiantly.

Memorial Day is Monday, May 25th.  Please take the time to thank an American Hero near to you.  If you don’t know one then volunteer at a VA hospital, contact the USO or make a quilt (if you are a quilt maker) for American Hero Quilts or Quilts of Valor.

American Hero Quilts and Quilts of Valor are organizations that give quilts to our heroes returning from Iraq and Afghanistan, many of whom are injured.  It is a worthy cause that expresses love and touches with comfort.

And, if I might add, God bless the United States of America!

Granny's American Flag Scrap Quilt

Granny's American Flag Scrap Quilt


p.s. it is 8:41pm on july 12th, 2012.  i’ve had several ladies inquire about this pattern and i’m very happy to say that i got some in! if you are interested in purchasing it you can find it in my etsy store:  thank you so much for stopping by!

10 Responses to American Flag Rag Quilt

  1. Pam Gorham says:

    I luv that Grandma’s American Rag Quilt.This is an awesome memorial quilt you did for your grandma. What size of squares did use in this quilt, how many yards of material did it take for each color.

  2. Heather says:

    Thank you, Pam!! My friend Carol designed it and she can be found at The size squares were 6 x 6 (with the finished size being 5 x5) and I just used scrap fabric so can’t tell you how much I used. Have a wonderful week!

  3. Celeste Berkley says:

    I love it.
    Both my boys are in the Army.
    Both have experienced being overseas for a year and my oldest is due to go back in May 2012. This is great. I may make this for a present for him to take in May.

  4. Cheryl Johnson says:

    Heather, Your Granny American Flag Quilt is a wonderful tribute to a special lady. She would be proud of all you do. Thank you for sharing it with all of us. Have a safe and Happy 4th! Cheryl

  5. Ariane says:

    Hello! I have been lurking over your beautiful quilt for a week now, wanting so desperately to make it. Went to the link you provided and tried to contact and place the pattern in my cart and I think there may be something wrong with her web page. Do you know of another way I can contact her? And would you be able to tell me if this patter is sold in the retail setting and or if it’s in PDF format? Thank you so much.

  6. Kellie F says:

    I found this quilt on Pinterest and had to read the story. I live in Corpus Christi! What a wonderful story and a beautiful tribute to your grandmother. Your quilt is perfect.

  7. Heather says:

    Thank you, Kelly! I’ve never been to Corpus Christi…maybe one day I’ll get there. That’s where my grandparents met and my mom was born. It should be on my list of places to visit. :D


Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *