|Clockwise from left: Melissa, volunteer whose name I do not know, Joyce, Nikki, and me|
We pinned the stripes together in numerical order, with the raw edges pre-pressed under on one side and over on the other to create flat-felled seams:
Each seam then had to be sewn twice - once along the folded edge of the red stripe, and again along the folded edge of the white stripe on the opposite side.
The flag we were re-producing is 74 1/4" by 144", which is a very large flag! It was slightly disheartening to get to the end of one of those long seams and realize that it needed to be sewn again. :p And I only worked on the shorter stripes!
|Nikki sewing away on stripes|
|Joyce appliquéing the stars on the canton|
|Lauren with the 34-star flag|
|Lauren and Melissa examining the delicate piece of history|
|It was made of wool bunting with cotton stars.|
|Taking careful measurements|
These photos, among others, played on a slideshow next to us while we worked. It was very cool to see what we were re-creating.
Thank you to my wonderful husband, Brian the Engineer, for taking all of the photos of me on Saturday!
On Sunday we had even more volunteers helping out:
|Nikki showing a volunteer how to pin the stars in place|
|Melissa and a volunteer sewing stripes|
|Samantha and Melissa sewing stripes|
|More volunteers sewing stripes!|
|Lots and lots of stripes|
|Here you can see the screen with the slideshow of original flag images playing on a loop.|
|Samantha pressing under the edges of the stars|
|Carlie, another former co-worker of mine, stopped by to help out for a little while|
Once the pieces were attached, we took a short break for a photo op with President Lincoln:
And eventually it came down to lots of people sewing stars at the same time:
Which got a little cozy:
|Maybe a little crowded.|
Thank you to the kind volunteer who took these photos on my camera for me!
At 2:00 on Sunday we were to present the flag to President Lincoln. Before we knew it, it was time to fold up the flag for the presentation.
|(Did I mention this thing is huge?)|
|Melissa and Joyce folding|
Lauren gave a brief introduction before Lincoln spoke:
|Left to right: Samantha, Joyce, Melissa, Nikki, me, Lauren|
|Lincoln accepting the flag|
|And thanking us for our work|
He then gave a speech to the assembled public:
We listened intently:
And then posed for (about a thousand) more photographs:
|Another kind volunteer took these on my camera for me.|