Beauties for your red, white, and blue stash (+ fabric giveaway!)

With Flag Day kicking off summer and 4th of July celebrations not far behind, many Americans think of red, white, and blue as the unofficial colors of the season.

Americana quilt by Gerri Robinson

“Americana” by Gerri Robinson

But if the patriotic scheme isn’t part of your decor, fear not! Instead, pare down to two colors—red and white, or blue and white—for a look that’s fresh year ’round.

You’ll be amazed at the drama you can create with simple combinations of these three colors—and there are sparkling examples of each in Red, White, and Sometimes Blue: Classics from McCall’s Quilting.

Is your stash of red, white, and blues ready to shine in everyday quilts, heirloom beauties, and fun seasonal tributes? Take a look below. But first…


FABRIC GIVEAWAY ALERT! Our friends at Marcus Fabrics have generously given us two bundles of their new Collector’s Gallery line of fabrics to give to you—and they coordinate perfectly with the quilts we’re featuring today!

Collector's Gallery from Marcus Fabrics

Enter to win a fabric bundle plus a copy of Red, White, and Sometimes Blue at the bottom of this post. Visit the Marcus Mentions blog and comment again to increase your chances of winning!


Red + white: romantic, dramatic, classic

Garnet Glaze quilt
“Garnet Glaze” by Vicki Hoskins.
Dig deep in your stash for a variety of red prints to make this stunner. When selecting fabrics, include lights, mediums, and darks, as well as a mix of prints and textures to give your quilt sparkle.
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Celebrer quilt
“Célébrer!” by Lissa Alexander.
This traditional Ocean Waves quilt is made with three simple block designs. Lissa used quilting cottons and heavier woven striped fabrics to add gotta-touch-it texture. Feature your favorite prints in the large squares.

See 5 more red-and-white quilts >


Blue + white: cool, crisp, calming

Bits of Sunshine quilt
“Bits of Sunshine” by Julie Sheckman.
The square-and-rectangle blocks in this breezy quilt are made even simpler with raw-edge, fused yellow centers.
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Blue Moon quilt
“Blue Moon” by Charlotte Angotti.
Shrink your stash of creams, tans, and blues when you combine them in a scrappy star quilt. The design looks complex, but is based on just two different blocks.

See 3 more blue-and-white quilts >


 Red + white + blue: dazzling, spirited, patriotic

Hometown Afternoon quilt
“Hometown Afternoon” by Sarah Maxwell and Dolores Smith.
Wow summer guests with this bed-sized beauty. Twenty easy-to-piece blocks and a wide striped sashing make this pattern speedier than it looks! And although this quilt is scrappy, you’ll only choose only four fabrics per block.
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Stars and Stripes Forever quilt
“Stars and Stripes Forever” by Gerri Robinson
. Striped twills and scrappy blue and red prints make this star-studded quilt pop! Wonky appliquéd stars, cut from dark-red overdyed wool, march around traditional eight-pointed stars.

See 3 more red, white, and blue quilts >


Red, White, and Sometimes BlueWant this beautiful collection of quilt patterns at your fingertips? Pick up Red, White, and Sometimes Blue today.

Print book (includes FREE eBook!): $24.99
eBook only: $16.99


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Which color combo gets your creative flag waving: red and white; blue and white; or red, white, and blue? Tell us in the comments and you could win one of the Collector’s Gallery bundles from Marcus Fabrics plus an eBook copy of Red, White, and Sometimes Blue! We’ll choose two random winners one week from today and let you know by email if you win.

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Thanks to all who entered the drawing! The winners are Tanya and Gail.

Tanya says, “It’s hard to choose but I love Blue Moon and Garnet Glaze. Fabric is gorgeous in them all!”

Gail says, “Decisions, decisions. I’ve always loved red and white, but the blue and white with the bit of yellow is perfect!”

We’ll email you both about your prizes. Congratulations!

You might also like: Stitch, create, celebrate: 10 patriotic quilt patterns

All ePatterns just $1.23 each!


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