Every summer of my childhood was spent up in Maine at my grandfather’s house, once his parents’ house. My grandfather was a Navy man, as his father was, which is evident upon walking into their small country home. The walls are covered with pictures of men in uniforms and the ships they sailed. There are model boats built in glass bottles; there are books about tying knots and paperweights shaped like anchors. It was in this home that I first discovered nautical flags, the shapes and bright colors delighting me as a way of communication. I had long wanted to work them into a crafting project and this idea for transforming them into set of napkins came to me as our ever-expanding family gathered for yet another annual Maine trip.