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Monday, April 13, 2009

Patriotic Red, White and Blue

In honor of April being National Poetry Month, here is the first stanza of a poem to go with my post.

by Henry Holcomb Bennett

Hats off!
Along the street there comes
A blare of bugles, a ruffle of drums,
A flash of color beneath the sky:
Hats off!
The flag is passing by!

My bedroom is done in red, white and blue.
Here is a favorite teddy of mine that I made our of an old blue jean shirt.
He's my patriotic buddy. . .

This is a favorite old picture I have of our old glory. . . isn't it pretty?

A bicentennial pitcher sits upon the quilt rack. . .

and so does my child's old rubber patriotic bank drum.

Now here's a little information about me for those of you who don't know me (and maybe for some of you who do know me).

One year I took a notion to walk in our little home town's 4th of July Parade. Ripley is known far and wide for our parade. The President even visited it a few years back, and that just happened to be the first year I dressed up like Betsy Ross and walked in it.

Of course I think I humiliated my kids, they couldn't believe I was going to do it. But I did and I loved it.

Below is the replica of the 13 star flag that I quilted and placed over my arm when I walked in the parade. I throw this over the headboard of my bed in our bedroom.

And here is a little Betsy Ross mop doll that I crafted. It hangs from my quilt rack.

I love my country.
I hope you enjoyed looking at my red, white and blue collection with me today.
Have any of you ever walked in your home town's parade?


  1. You make a beautiful Betsy Ross.
    You are such a crafty person. I'm gonna have to take up quilting someday. That flag replica is beautiful.
    I once walked in a parade in Charleston when I was in the girl scouts.

  2. I love the blue jean teddy bear you made. He is adorable. What a cute costume for Betsy Ross.

  3. I love all the red, white and blue. I have a wooden replica of the thirteen star flag. My dad used wood and crafted all the different flags that have flown for the USA. Pine was used for white, cedar for red and he had to paint the blue.

  4. Love red white and blue themes. I think you made a wonderful Betsy Ross!


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