Patriotic patchwork: celebrating the Red, White, and Blue

Patriotic Dreams PillowSummer is here—hooray! We all look forward to fun in the sun, but here in the USA we also enjoy celebrating our country’s independence on the 4th of July. Picnics, barbeques, fireworks, and oh YES, a day off!

If you’re in need of some new holiday decorations, a new picnic quilt, or maybe just a little inspiration for a Quilts of Valor quilt, read on!

How cute is this little number? One red-and-white charm pack plus some extra red fabric and a bit of blue plaid is all you need for this easy-peasy table topper.

Teatime quilt
Teatime quilt from
Moda All-Stars: Lucky Charm Quilts

Sometimes simple really is better! The centered placement of rows of blue-and-white four patches on a red background is so effective. This quilt requires three charm packs plus a background fabric and a striped binding fabric, and it fits the guidelines for a Quilts of Valor quilt. Imagine the background fabric in a deep patriotic red—so pretty!

Tire Tracks quilt
Tire Tracks from
Moda All-Stars: Lucky Charm Quilts

If you have some red and blue 2½" strips hanging around waiting for a project, this quilt will fill the bill nicely! Imagine this one draped over your furniture for a nice pop of patriotic color.

Porch Swing quilt
Porch Swing from
The Big Book of Strip Quilts

More strippy goodness! Triangles cut from strip sets make this complicated-looking quilt super easy.

Fat Man's Squeeze quilt
Fat Man’s Squeeze from
Strip-Smart Quilts

Short on time (aren’t we all)? It doesn’t get any more patriotic than the American flag, and this quick-to-stitch version measures just 12″! So, no matter how small your home is or how little time you have to decorate, you can still show off your love for the Red, White, and Blue.

Leo's Star quilt
Leo’s Star from
Oh Glory!

Does it get much more “4th of July” than stars and pinwheels? This little table topper gives you both and could be stitched up in an afternoon!

Stars and Stripes table runner
Stars and Stripes from
Oh Glory!

For more fabulously patriotic ideas, take a look at the rest of the projects from Oh Glory!.

I just couldn’t let this patriotic post go by without showing off this show-stopping stunner by Kim Diehl. If you can get THIS one done by the 4th, well, let’s just say you’re a much speedier quilter than I am!

Liberty Star quilt
Liberty Star from
Simple Friendships

What’s YOUR 4th of July decorating style? Do you go all-out, use little touches here and there, or not decorate at all? (Hey, we know we have lots of readers from outside the US!) Tell us in the comments!

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