I LOVE of the American Flag. And I LOVED the idea from 'HoopSisters' of embroidering the 'Pledge of Allegiance' on the stripes - but I wanted a flag with more of a 'curved' angle (than my 2012 Flag I posted last year).
So I used the 'Simple Curves' Ruler from 'Phillips Fiber Art' to make my basic flag. Then I used a 'pre-designed' Star from my Embroidery library - but worked with it until I got it how I wanted it (would hold up to free-standing) - then copied it 25 times to sew out on Heavy Duty (double layered) Water Solvy in a 200 x 200mm hoop. (each hooping took 3 hours to sew out: total 6 hrs to sew out the Stars.)
I Have made many flags before - BUT this one is a 'Keeper'. And I am NOT done yet! :-) I am making one more, even Better - and that one will be going to my oldest son, who served 29 years in the US Marine Corp, and is currently doing his same job for the Military, but as a Civilian.
The 'Secret' to this guilt is to 'have patience' - as a Seam Ripper was 'joined at my hip' during this process. But I LOVED what I was making and therefore didn't mind all the re-doing. ie. had 36 stars in place before I realized that I had too many rows - and had to remove 26 that were previously sewn down. Also once I had all 50 sewn down, there were a few that I moved over just a bit. And for the stripes - there were 32 seams that I wanted lined up PERFECTLY so there were quite a few 'rip outs' there. What I FINALLY did was to loosely sew at each connecting seam, check it out, rip out if need be, re-sew until I got it right, then sewed the whole seam. LOTS and LOTS of FUN to make - and SOOOO worthwhile. :-)