There are no more 'items' on the quilt top; the last thing to show and tell is the collection of lace that I have incorporated between the blocks.
There are seven kinds of lace. All but two are handmade by ladies in my family, grandmothers, aunts and my mother. Originally the lace must have been made for bed linen. Most of them can be traced to fine sheets and pillow cases, but in my mother's stash I found a number of odd bits and ends of lace.
In honour of all 'kafferep' parties these ladies have hosted, I wanted to make use of these pieces in my quilt.
This lace was crocheted by my mother:
These are bobbin lace:
This lace I have bought, and it is machine made:
As you can see I have placed the lace on top of either blue or yellow fabric. By doing this I wanted to add the colours of the Swedish flag.
How a national flag is used varies of course from country to country.
In Sweden I feel it is a symbol of summer; it is flown whenever there is a festival, like this Midsummer Dance around the May pole. Also it is flown to celebrate a national holiday, a birthday or graduation.
Anyone with a private yacht, a country cottage, a caravan or a sunny balcony is likely to have a small flag on display.
When the rectangular flag is not used, a pennant like this is flown.
One of the Swedish traditional Christmas tree decorations is bunting:
Many flags have names, the Union Jack (Great Britain), Stars and Stripes (USA), Dannebrogen (Denmark, the oldest flag in the world) ... and while writing this I found that the Swedish flag is supposed to be called Swea. This is something I have never heard before. If you know anything about this, I would be interested to read your comment.
A flag that does have a name is the Japanese, Hinomaru. This must be the easiest flag in the world to draw - you take a sheet of white paper and draw a red dot in the middle!
This simple design has given name to the most frugal form of boxed lunch, the Hinomaru Bento (the seventh picture from the top). It consists of a bed of cooked rice with a pickled red plum in the middle.
During WWII another version of the flag, with sunrays, became the symbol of ultra nationalism and aggression.
A flag is like any powerful symbol, it can evoke pride, shame, unity, distance taking or other strong feelings. The power of a piece of fabric!