Finished Union Jack quilt

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Finished Union Jack quilt

I’ve been part of Stash Bee for several years now, and this year I requested Union Jack blocks because I decided that my British husband needed a Stash Bee couch quilt that he loves as much as I love mine from several years ago. I finally decided I needed to get a move on and finish it because, with the possibility of Scotland seceding from the UK reopened after the Brexit vote, I wanted to at least finish the quilt before the flags become obsolete!

Rainbow Union Jack quilt | Flying Parrot Quilts

I was initially inspired by this quilt which is part of the Victoria and Albert Museum’s collection. Fortunately, my husband is not too macho and so not anti-rainbow or purple/pink! I requested blocks following Molli Sparkles’ anatomically correct tutorial, because my husband would definitely notice if the flag were upside down or otherwise wrong. (I did not know that the British flag has an upside down a right side up until I got involved with him, but it does!)

Rainbow Union Jack quilt | Flying Parrot Quilts

Once I received the blocks, I had to make a bunch more, mostly in the orange/yellow/green range to bring the quilt up to a good size and fill out the rainbow. I debated for a long time whether to add sashing or not, but in the end I really liked the way the colors flowed without it.

Many of my bee-mates kindly used science- or marine-themed fabrics to make it really special:

Rainbow Union Jack quilt | Flying Parrot Quilts

I quilted the quilt with straight lines about 1/2″ across, because that seemed to best compliment the geometric nature of the flag. I used a variegated Aurifil thread in the colors of the British flag—who would have thought that I could find such a thread here in the United States?! 😉

Rainbow Union Jack quilt | Flying Parrot Quilts

For the backing, I used scraps of various London-themed fabrics I’ve collected over the years for bags and pillows I’ve made him, plus a bit of yardage.

Rainbow Union Jack quilt | Flying Parrot Quilts

Rainbow Union Jack quilt | Flying Parrot Quilts

The binding is a map of the London Underground, and I just love the way little station names and bits of the subway lines randomly pop up on the front.

Rainbow Union Jack quilt | Flying Parrot Quilts

Rainbow Union Jack quilt | Flying Parrot Quilts

Finished size: 60″x60″
Thread: Aurifil 4647, 50wt cotton
Batting: Warm & Natural 100% cotton

  1. What a special and meaningful quilt for your husband. Thank you for including the close-up photos – it is helpful to see the detailed work. The binding fabric is colorful and looks terrific, too.

  2. This is absolutely amazing! I saw the block when you requested it, but had forgotten it. (I’m in a different hive, so I’m sad to say I don’t have a block in this masterpiece.) It’s absolutely stunning, and I’m sure he loves it!

  3. This is just so fabulous! Thank you for using my tutorial, and creating a work that truly shows the beautiful and special nature of that flag! I hope it’s providing lots of love and warmth to your husband!!!

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