Fourth of July Fireworks over the Zakim Bridge Quilt Block

by Judy Tucker

The City of Boston is being proactive and has moved it's annual outdoor Fourth of July Concert and Fireworks at the Hatch Shell up day due to Hurricane Arthur which is coming up the Eastern Seaboard of the United States.  The celebration is going to be tonight, July 3rd, instead of tomorrow on the actual holiday.  So it seems appropriate to start the party for the Fourth here on the blog a day early too!

In honor of the Fourth of July Holiday, I want to share Amy Friend's  quilt block of the Zakim Bridge here in Boston.  She designed the pattern for the {Big} City Girl Quilt Along which she hosted with Aylin of  on Flickr last summer.  Each of the blocks in this Quilt Along represented cities around the world.  Amy designed her block to represent Boston, Massachusetts.  Isn't it a beauty?

Boston's Zakim Bridge, design by Amy Friend,
I had fabric with the fireworks design in my stash.  When I was rummaging through my bins looking for fabric to make the block I knew it was the perfect choice.  I didn't think about how many hours it was going to take me (and how much un-sewing!) to get the fireworks to match up on this paper pieced pattern!
I wasn't as much of a perfectionist with my sewing as my Mom would have wished when I was a teenager. (Hurry up and get done already…looks OK to me)!   She would have been so proud if she could have seen this block!

I like the Zakim Bridge block so much that I had mugs made up with an on-line photography processing company.  It's a great way to enjoy your quilt blocks on a daily basis!

Here is my post about the completed {Big}CityGirls project from earlier this year.

Amy's pattern for this block is no longer available*. But she has a great collection of paper-pieced blocks  for sale at her DuringQuietTime shop on Etsy and on

*Addendum 7/3/2014: Amy commented to this post and said the pattern for the Zakim Bridge block IS still available.  It's free and you can find it at the link below:
DuringQuietTime Pattern Store at  Thanks for the correction Amy!

Both the {Big} City Girl hosts are busy with Quilt Alongs with their children this summer.

Amy and her eight year old daughter, Lily, are currently hosting a Little House on the Prairie Quilt Along on her DuringQuietTime blog.  They just posted the third block today so you can still easily catch up if you want to join the fun.

Aylin's 12 year old daughter is in the Tula Pink City Sampler: 100 Modern Blocks German Quilt Along.  Her Mom said she could use any of the fabrics in her stash!  Very generous!  The blocks Aylin's daughter has making are beautiful! Check them out on Aylin's blog.

Whether (or weather!) you are celebrating July 4th today or tomorrow I hope you all have a 
Happy Independence Day!