How it got started... It was July 2, 2002, I realized that for some reason that the only flag we had for the 4th of July was a little one that was a whopping 3"x5". Woo hoo! So much for having a flag for the 4th! Being the frugal quilter that I am, I started designing this pattern. The fastest and easiest star for me to make, is the Friendship Star block. I worked on a variety of sizes and settled on an arrangement of 4 - 6" (finished) blocks. (You may have some orphan blocks that may fit the bill. I know that I do on occasion.) I played with the amounts and styles of stripes for the flag. I like the balance of the 13 red and white stripes. (Just like the real American flag.) I can whip out half square triangles (HST) pretty quick and don't have to worry about biased edges. There's a tip on how to do that, but I'll get into that later. The binding was finished on the morning of the 4th. (It doesn't take that long to make this quilt, but I had a family to take care of.) My flag for the 4th of July was done! Whew! (Pant...pant) So here you go, the Scrappy American Flag Wall hanging. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did making it. BASIC SKILLS NECESSARY You should know basic sewing skills and how to make half square triangles. SIZING / FINISHED MEASUREMENTS 26" x 38"