My Fleg, Your Fleg, One More Time. (Stash Bee, HIve 6 January Block)

Hi Everbody,
My name is Helen and I blog at This is my second year in Stash Bee, and I enjoyed it so much I came back for another year. And this is my second time making the Molli Sparkles Union Jack Blocks for Stash Bee. And here they are.

I live in Northern Ireland and the Union Jack is our official flag, or as we call it here "fleg". We do however, have a complicated relationship with the flag. In a nutshell, we have my fleg, your fleg and our fleg. N Ireland is part of the United Kingdom and as such the Union Jack is the national flag. Those who are content with that are happy enough. However those who would prefer N Ireland to leave the UK and be united with the rest of Ireland, prefer the Irish flag, the Tricolour.

So we have an overabundance of flags here, and this can creates problems. Every Saturday afternoon there is a flag protest at the City Hall in Belfast by those who wish to keep the Union Jack. This amazes the tourists, though some days the tourists snap, snap, snapping outnumber the protestors. And one thing for certain, as the protestors dwindle, the Union Jack attached to the gates gets bigger! At least the flag makers are doing well!

When the fleg protestors are finished, the goths are usually hanging around and the gospel singers and preachers are lined up to take their turn. Why would I want to live any where else?

Anyhow, it was fun to revisit these blocks. It finally clicked with my dumb brain how to flip 180 degrees. This time any mistakes were just because I sewed the wrong bits together. The actual process worked like a dream. As Sylvia's husband is British expat I included a little something for him. I hope he enjoys the chocolate.

Now to tell you a little more about me.
I'm Helen, I seem to have simultaneously been married for a blink of an eye, yet also a lifetime. We have three adult children, one in the US, one in England and one who went away, came home and is in the process of moving out again. I'm also lucky that one of my sons' partner is very creative and a great knitter, so lots of common connections there. My first love was knitting and she has prompted me to knit again. I grew up with a family who knitted and sewed and read.  I first took up patchwork and quilting in the early 1990s and enjoyed it at the time. I felt a bit stifled though by traditional quilting and moved onto other things. Mostly scrapbooking. A couple of years ago I started reading blogs and, you know what? The sewing thing started all over again. And in between times I like to read, bake and work in the garden.

So enough about me. Nice to meet you and look forward to getting to know everybody better over the next few months.

Helen x


  1. Ever thought of opening up a wee shap on the Newtownards Road Helen? ;)
    V x

  2. How interesting that you got to make these blocks again this year, Helen. Maybe I will, too! :)

  3. I made his block once, for a tray mat for my mum. Making four would not be something I'd look forward to...they're a bit of a PITA, but worth the effort. I made my mum's 'proper'; his wide/wide/narrow stripes were up to her scrutiny apparently. She let me know!

  4. I think I remember when you made the blocks last year. Sounds like the process went much smoother this time.

  5. Yup that block keeps coming up! Not in my hive's yet though - if it does I might have to ask you to make it for me!

  6. Such a lovely pic of your quilt at the top there Helen!
    It's the great thing about blogging that it inspires us to create things we may never have done, isn't it? x
    Hope you've had a great start to 2016!
    Susan x
    P.S Love your flags!!


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