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!

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26 Comments (leave a comment)

  • To the cabin — to sleep under, to decorate with and to work on completing 🙂
    Love the fabrics used in the first table top flag!

    —ADK Kate on May 12, 2017
  • I like to keep a quilt in the car so that it is handy at any time.

    Gladys Bacon-Rust on May 12, 2017
  • I don’t take my quilts anyplace in the summer, I won’t put them on the ground because we have fire ants.

    —stephanie woodward on May 12, 2017
  • We have special,quilts for our RV & traveling.

    —Charlotte on May 12, 2017
  • I keep a small quilt in my car because it makes me happy. 🙂 That is reason enough. 🙂
    Create on!

    —Christina in FL on May 12, 2017
  • The early part of this summer will be spent recouperating from surgery. So, I’ll be taking the quilts to the recliner and or the couch with me.

    —Barbara Wiggins on May 12, 2017
  • I have to admit that I do not take quilts with me during the summer. I live in Florida and tend to stay inside with my quilts in the hot weather!

    —Elizabeth McDonald on May 12, 2017
  • You really did a good job selecting the quilts. I wish I could make all of them.

    —Shirley Smith on May 12, 2017
  • Quilts have gone to Galveston Beach during my childhood, then with my children & grandchildren! It’s like a soft safe area to sit, laugh & make memories.

    sonja on May 12, 2017
  • I take quilts camping over the summer.

    —Debbie on May 12, 2017
  • To the ballpark when the sun goes down!

    —Kathy on May 12, 2017
  • I always take at least one quilt along on vacation. It keeps me comfortable when I am in a new place and also reminds me of home.

    —Patty on May 12, 2017
  • Quilts are perfect for camping. picnics, beach trips, and to keep in the car in case you are riding in the front seat and someone in the backseat keeps asking you to turn up the air conditioner when on a vacation trip.

    —Linda Heckathorn on May 12, 2017
  • I take them to finish the binding in the car and to show.

    —Linda Christianson on May 12, 2017
  • I like a quilt for picnics.

    —carol on May 12, 2017
  • I will bring a quilt for the July 4th celebration when it is time to watch the fireworks. Here in Wisconsin the air turns cool and a quilt is the thing to use.

    —Althea Klosterman on May 12, 2017
  • I don’t take quilts with me to use, but to have something to work on.

    —Louise Mease on May 13, 2017
  • To the beach. I love laying a quilt on the sand, it’s so comfortable..

    —Lynn D in NC on May 13, 2017
  • I have quilts in our camper, on the bed, on the recliner couch, and over the back of a chair, and one on the wall. Makes me happy to come in and see them.Also made a couple of quilts to use at the beach, and in a stadium…always have some nearby to work on, too. My husband thinks it’s great.

    —Norma on May 13, 2017
  • Forgot to say they are in all the bedrooms of our house, and on chairs, sofa, walls and tables throughout. Daughters-in-law are always after some too, so I’ve made lots for all family
    members: 5 married son and spouses, 9 grandchildren.

    —Norma on May 13, 2017
  • 受教了!呵呵!

    增达网 on May 14, 2017
  • I take them camping: nice to keep warm around the fire, in the tent and in the car on the way.

    —Susan Goodwin on May 15, 2017
  • To the cabin….Gets nippy up there, and always nice to have a warm blanket.

    —Karen B. on May 15, 2017
  • In the car all summer. In case it’s needed!

    —Barb on May 18, 2017
  • I take quilts with me when I go to the beach and that is the best. The beach, the moon, ocean sounds and your favorite quilt there is nothing better than that. Thank you.

    Rose Ortolivo on May 18, 2017
  • To the park!

    —Karen Longo on May 26, 2017

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