Stitch, create, celebrate: 10 patriotic quilt patterns

Have you started planning your 4th of July activities? Remember to mind your p’s and q’s. That is…patriotism, picnics, pyrotechnics, and quilts!

Windswept quilt

“Windswept” from Red, White and Sometimes Blue
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From a 12″ square paper-pieced block to spirited table toppers to bed-sized quilts that stretch from sea to shining sea, we’ve got plenty of patriotic quilt patterns that will be perfect guests at your Independence Day festivities. Grab your fabric scraps or hit your local quilt shop for some red, white, and blue, and get inspired!


Honor Old Glory with red, white, and blue quilt-block patterns from Red, White, and Sometimes Blue: Classics from McCall’s Quilting. From classic themes to scrappy designs, these quilts capture the all-American spirit of the 4th of July.

Quilts from Red, White, and Sometimes Blue
“Americana” and “Prairie Pinwheels” from
Red, White, and Sometimes Blue
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Quilts from Red, White, and Sometimes Blue
“Hometown Afternoon” and “Stars and Stripes Forever” from
Red, White, and Sometimes Blue


Kim Diehl’s Simple Seasons: Stunning Quilts and Savory Recipes combines two 4th of July favorites: the stars and stripes and picnic food! This small quilt is the perfect table topper for your Independence Day barbeque, paired with Kim’s mouth-watering recipes—confetti bean salad, summertime grilling marinade, and quick cherry crisp. Just don’t spill on your quilt! Place clear vinyl over your table topper to catch spills (and prevent stress). You can purchase clear vinyl by the yard at many sewing and craft stores.

Liberty quilt
“Liberty” from
Simple Seasons
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Thinking of making an American flag quilt but not sure where to start? Put your paper-piecing skills to work and create this patriotic, picnic-themed 12″ x 12″ block from A Year of Paper Piecing: 12 Sensational Seasonal Designs. Turn it into a little quilt or a fun pillow.

Country Picnic quilt
"Country Picnic" from
A Year of Paper Piecing
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Still hungry? Join American icon Sunbonnet Sue at her Independence Day cookout, surrounded by 4th of July appliqué designs in red, white, and blue.

Sunbonnet Sue at the BBQ quilt
"Sunbonnet Sue at the BBQ" from
A Year in the Life of Sunbonnet Sue
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Nothing re-creates the dazzling spectacle of the rockets’ red glare like a bargello quilt. These rippling designs always burst on the scene to the sound of oohs and aahs. Best of all, these fabric fireworks are legal everywhere!

From Twist-and-Turn Bargello Quilts
“Supernova,” “Surf Song,” and “Infinity” from
Twist-and-Turn Bargello Quilts

Which patriotic color dominates your stash: red, white, or blue? Tell us in the comments!

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