Easy patriotic quilt patterns in time for summer celebrating (+ giveaway!)

Now’s the time to prep your home for summer’s patriotic holiday!

Oh Glory!

Stitch a salute to the American spirit with the easy patriotic quilt patterns and projects in Oh Glory! Show your pride year-round with table toppers, wall quilts, throws, and more—or make and give a project to honor and comfort service members and veterans you know.

Long May She Wave flag quilt
Long May She Wave: this quilt is the perfect size to make and donate to Quilts of Valor
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A frequent contributor to McCall’s Quilting and other magazines, Oh Glory! author Kathy Flowers began quilting in 1976. As you’ll see in her guest post below, she was inspired to write Oh Glory! on a very special day, and because of a very special man.

Leo's Star quilt
Leo’s Star: A perfect little quilt for that big 4th of July celebration.

But before we get to Kathy’s story . . .


GIVEAWAY! Our friends at Aurifil Threads sent us a box of Kathy’s designer red, white, and blue thread box, called Oh Glory, to give away to one lucky winner:

Martingale + Aurifil giveaway!

Learn how you can win Kathy’s thread box plus a copy of Oh Glory! at the end of this post.

For another chance to win, visit Aurifil’s Auribuzz blog—they have an interview with Kathy today and they’ve got another giveaway! 


Kathy FlowersQuilting and design are much more than a hobby to me. Learning to quilt was a gift passed along to me from my sister, Patty. I’ve found so much peace while piecing quilts. I quilt to relax, and other times, quilting and designing allow me to challenge myself, try something new, or learn a new technique. My designs are often geared toward beginners or confident beginners, hoping to draw them into this wonderful world of quilting and help them build their confidence as they test the waters.

Reflecting back, I think the inspiration for Oh Glory! came to me the night of May 28, 2004, as I watched my father, at age 78, walk humbly across the stage in front of a large crowd to receive his high-school diploma. I remember how proud he was to be saluted (again), thanked for his years of military service, and receive the high-school diploma he left behind as he went off as a young man to fight in World War II. The standing ovation and thunderous roar of applause left him almost speechless, except for a softly spoken thank you.

I Am Honored quilt
I Am Honored

That inspiration sat idly in my mind and heart for years, until I began designing the quilts for this book. As I designed these quilts, and now that the book is here, I thank not only my father, but all the members of our military for keeping us safe and for giving us the freedom to achieve our goals with dedication and hard work. This book is my small way of saying thank you to all military personnel, at home and abroad, for all they do to keep our country safe.

Song of Victory quilt
Song of Victory. A percentage of the proceeds from the sale of
Old Glory! will be donated to a military organization as a continued effort to thank those who selflessly serve and still need our help.

Oh Glory! is a collection of patriotic quilts, some traditionally pieced, some paper pieced, and some with a touch of wool appliqué. Some are large and others are small. I’ve attempted to design something for everyone, no matter your skill level.

As you flip through the book, you may notice that the fabrics used are not necessarily patriotic themed. This was done intentionally. The mere image of red, white, and blue shouts patriotic, and it’s quite easy to make some of these projects simply by searching your stash. Some stash-busting projects are Stars of Freedom and Patriotic Dreams.

Stars of Freedom quilt
Stars of Freedom

A fat-quarter friendly project is Pappa Bear.

Pappa Bear quilt
Pappa Bear

I hope you have as much fun making these quilts and projects as I did designing them. Please remember to thank that military man or woman in your life. Family or not, a sincere thank you goes a long way.


Oh Glory!Thank you for sharing the touching story behind your book with us, Kathy!

Who would you make a patriotic quilt for: your family, a veteran you know, Quilts of Valor? Tell us in the comments and you could win a copy of Oh Glory! plus Kathy’s designer thread box from Aurifil! We’ll choose a random winner one week from today and let you know by email if you win. Good luck!

And remember, you can start on one of Kathy’s projects today: buy Oh Glory! at ShopMartingale.com and you’ll be able to instantly download the eBook for free.

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Thanks to all who entered the drawing! The winner is Valerie, who says:

“I would love to make one for my dad he served in the war but he says he didn’t do anything. You see he was a mechanic therefore he feels he didn’t contribute to the war effort. I feel he did because you need all your engines running at 100% capacity to be able to fight long and hard to win! And I just want him to know what he did was important to all of us! I also have longed to make a QOV Quilt I live less than two miles from our NAF I feel it’s a small way to give back to OUR military personal, and I’m a beginner so I need simple patterns. Thank you for the chance to win good luck everyone.”

We’ll email you about your prizes, Valerie—congratulations!

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