Long may she wave: quilts to make for Flag Day

Looking for an American flag quilt-block pattern for summer celebrations on the way? You’ve come to the right place—and now is the right time to make one to celebrate a special day arriving even sooner than the Fourth of July: Flag Day!

National Flag Day is celebrated every June 14; it commemorates the adoption of the United States flag on June 14, 1777. Did you know that since 1777, the design of the flag has been officially modified 26 times? (Actually . . . that’s kinda like modifying quilt layouts—sounds about right!) For 47 years, the 48-star flag was in effect. In 1959, the 49-star version became official. Then President Eisenhower ordered the 50-star flag on August 21, 1959.

There’s plenty of time to sew a patchwork ode to Old Glory in time for summer’s patriotic parties. No matter how many stars or stripes you choose to wave in your flag quilt, we hope you’ll be inspired by the choices below. Red, white, and blue are the unofficial colors of the summer season, so let’s get stitching!

Leo's Star quilt
A fun afternoon project: Leo’s Star by Kathy Flowers, from
Oh Glory!

We are United table runner
This sew-on-the-go We are United table-runner pattern shows you how to piece and quilt your project at the same time. Find it in
Stitch on the Double.

One Flag quilt
One Flag by Country Threads, from Civil War Remembered
: can you spot the flag in this star-studded quilt?

Freedom Waves quilt
Simple, strippy blocks combine with a bit of fuse-and-stitch appliqué in this Freedom Waves quilt by Geralyn Powers. Find the pattern in
Patchwork Plus.

Long May She Wave quilt
Alternate red and white Courthouse Steps to create stunning stripes that salute the flag.
Find the pattern in Oh Glory!

Star Spangled Banner quilt
This Star-Spangled Banner quilt is perfect for your red, white, and blue scraps—find the pattern in
Fast Favorites from McCall’s Quilting.

Patriotic My Best Sampler quilt
Try a little piecing, a little appliqué, and a lot of Flying Geese in this sweet sampler quilt from
Folk-Art Favorites.

Where do you take quilts along with you during summer: to the park, the beach, a summer cabin? Tell us in the comments!

You might also like: Re-creating the Star-Spangled Banner





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