Monday, June 14, 2021

Monday Mixer - June 14th - National Flag Day, Flag Jokes, Flag Quilts, Bird Watching, National Sewing Machine Day

 Who is happy that we can say hello to Monday?  I'd love to hear about what you are doing today to find happiness, as well as hopefully sharing happiness with others.  Let's spread happy.  We can think happy and be happy together, making the world a really happy place!

Today I have plenty of reasons to be happy.  And, I want to heighten awareness that today is National Flag Day, some Flag Jokes, Flag Quilts, how you can get a free quilt book and a few more reasons why I'm happy today!

Flag Day, also called National Flag Day, in the United States, is a day honoring the national flag, observed on June 14. The holiday commemorates the date in 1777 when the United States approved the design for its first national flag.

We have our flag proudly displayed.  Do you?  I love seeing our national flag proudly displayed.  And I really love when I go into a community that shows their pride.  I hope you live in such a community.  One of my earliest memories of such pride was during a business trip to Ft. Collins, Colorado.  Wow, did they have flags displayed on almost every home just like this picture:

How about sharing your favorite Flag jokes?  I'll start:

Where was the Flag of the USA first hoisted?

On the pole.

What did the Flag say to the pole?

Nothing, he just waved.

What’s the best-rated Flag?

The US, it has fifty stars!.

How did the Founding Fathers decide on our country’s Flag?

I guess they took a flag poll!

How is a flag like Santa Claus?

They both hang out at the pole!


AccuQuilt has a pattern for a cute Tumbler Flag Wall Hanging Quilt.  Sally, my Inner Squirrel, highly encourages everyone to make this Patriotic quilt.

Many, many, many years ago I made a Patriotic Sail Boat quilt for a fundraiser held on the 4th of July.

When it came to pulling fabrics from my stash for the back of this quilt, I came up with an artistic flag.  Thus, this quilt was really two quilts in one!  Great fun and super easy to make.

Sally, my Inner Squirrel also wants to heighten awareness of this lovely Patriotic quilt design called "Liberty" Quilt Pattern by Villa Rosa Designs?  It is on sale at Quilt In A Day and includes free shipping.  


As we get older, we continue to enjoy watching birds and spotting new birds.  I honestly wish I had paid more attention to birds when I was young, as there are still so many I don't know their names.  A bird that we've not paid much attention to in the past, has recently caught our attention.  We think it is a Western Kingbird, possibly even a Tick-billed Kingbird.  It has a well hidden nest outside of our bedroom and is extremely protective when even larger birds come close.  A week ago, we spotted a Red Tail Hawk in  the tree and the Kingbirds were squaking.  Then the same noise happened when some crows came by.  This afternoon, there was much noise when some Mockingbirds came too close to the Kingbird nests.  I've yet to get a good photo, but here is a little clip from youtube by someone else in So. Cal who shared this species hasn't been sighted since 1992.  Wow, maybe this means we are finally paying attention to birds in our area.  We may have a Thick-billed Kingbird vs a Western Kingbird.  Either way, we are enjoying seeing this couple and hearing their chirps through out the day.


Ok, this wasn't a National Day that I had ever heard about before.  But my FAV machine heard about it and decided she deserved to go back to the spa.  Well, in layman's terms she broke 3 nails (aka sewing machine needles).  While she was recently at the spa and I don't think she deserves to be pampered any more, she has gone on strike and refuses to do any more FMQ/Rulerwork on my king size nine sisters quilt.  So, this morning I'm taking her back to the spa.  I'm not happy about it, but I hope it is a short visit with no extra fees.   In the meantime, this means I get more time to clean and organize my sewing room.  I can honestly say I'm glad Sally, my inner squirrel has disappeared.  She'd see everything and come up with more creative projects for me to work on.  I'm sure I'll be more productive cleaning and organizing without Sally.  I hope she is off doing something fun and creative on "her" time.

Again, I hope you are having a wonderful Monday, that you have a wonderful week, and you find plenty of time to enjoy and create.  Still, I hope we can all help spread joy with others.  The World needs more joy.


Kathy E. said...

Happy Flag Day to you, too! This post serves as my reminder to get out my patriotic quilted pieces and set the tone for some stars and stripes celebrating! It seems I make another piece every year, so there are many to spread around the house. My husband is interested in birds and has a free app on his phone that will identify a bird by its species as it listens to its song. It will also show a photo of the bird. We've learned a lot using this snazzy app!
Spreading joy in this world is what it's all about. I aim to do that every single day. <3

Needled Mom said...

Happy Flag Day! I enjoyed the post. I think we enjoy our slower paced lives which allow us to watch the birds. We’ve been watching our mockingbirds and blue jays protecting their nests from each other. They need to establish a safety zone between them! I home the machine will be back quickly so you can continue on with your quilting. said...

Happy Flag day. It's also my husband's birthday so it is a special day for sure! Enjoyed your post about the flag. We watch the birds here build nests and raise their young. . .it is a wonderment every year. We have a pair of Red Tailed hawks that nest in a tree in the neighbors field. The nests of the sparrows and robins are works of art!

MissPat said...

I just got the email with your post this morning, so this is a little late for Flag Day. My father-in-law was born AND died on Flag Day. He would have been 100 yesterday. The Lions Club in our village does an annual fund-raiser involving displaying the flag. For a $35.00 donation, they put up flags in the front yards of the donors on Memorial Day, Flag Day, Fourth of July, and Patriots Day (9/11 anniversary). It's wonderful to see the flags flying up and down the street. Only wish more people would participate. Hope your machine doesn't need to stay at the spa too long so you can get back to your quilting.

Rebecca Grace said...

I love that you have named your Inner Squirrel "Sally!" I also love that Liberty flag pattern, which I'd not seen before, and of course I already have the AccuQuilt tumbler dies for their flag pattern...

Snoodles said...

Definitely a happy post, and very uplifting! Thank you!

Cheryl's Teapots2Quilting said...

There are actually 2 different National Sewing Machine days. The 2nd one is September 10th. Sorry your machine isn't happy. Hopefully she will get her nails fixed, and start sewing nicely again.