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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33 Comments (leave a comment)

  • I place a flag on my front porch, put a red and white checked tablecloth on my dining room table, and make burgers for my husband to grill.

    —Linda Towers on June 12, 2017
  • Since my birthday is July 7( my Mom told me I was late and due on the 4th). I have gone all out with swags, pinwheels and all and some years, I do a bit less!

    —Judi R on June 12, 2017
  • Guess you could say we go all out. R-W-B is one of my favorite combinations so it is ALL over the house and then we go outside. There’s also the boat dock and then a parade! Anything goes there, if it has wheels, jazz it up and off we go – kids LOVE it! Yep sounds like all out for here!

    Joyce on June 12, 2017
  • The one item that must be part of my July is our American Flag. Then reds, blues, and whites are sprinkled throughout my home.

    —carol on June 12, 2017
  • I go all out for the whole summer patriotic season. From Memorial Day through Labor Day, honoring all in the USA!!! Have fun with red white and blue!

    —Ruth on June 12, 2017
  • I usually decorate with patriotic colors for Memorial Day and then add a little more as the 4th of July approaches. Of course it includes a flag out front and some red,white and blue touches in the kitchen. This year I am working on a table runner for the dining room table( I better hurry up!)

    —Vickie A Bell on June 12, 2017
  • I like to start my Red White And Blue decorating around June 14 for Flag Day and leave it out through July. I have wall hangings,table toppers and a table cloth I made with matching window toppers . An outdoor garden flag and the flag on the flag pole. It’s just a fun time to show our colors. Not everything is the red white and blue colors.

    —Rita S on June 12, 2017
  • I have a little here and there. I made a patriotic table runner for a friend and like it so much that now I want one too.

    —Joanne O'Neal on June 12, 2017
  • I put out a patriotic tablerunner on the buffet. Also my quilt guild challenge for the year 2017-2018 if to make a QUILT OF VALOR quilt to donate to the cause.

    —Frances Claassens on June 12, 2017
  • I decorate for all holidays…even now that the kids are gone we still enjoy our decorations. We have several flags, a couple of flag books,
    some small items, red, white and blue candles…just fun things to celebrate the 4th.

    —Barbara Dolan on June 12, 2017
  • I go all out! Table runners, wall quilts, pillow wraps, & RWB accents – I try to put some patriotic touch in every room to remind me what a privilege it is to live in the USA!

    sonja on June 12, 2017
  • I love Red, White and Blue and the USA so I decorate, beginning in June. Place my flag out for Flag Day and patriotic items to celebrate all over the house.

    —gloria on June 12, 2017
  • My husband and I recently purchased a reproduction flag with 13 stars representing the 13 original colonies. We love American history and deeply appreciate the wisdom and sacrifices made by the early settlers and founding fathers of our great nation.

    —Rebecca on June 12, 2017
  • Little touches here and there … but make sure the flag is waving in the front garden!!!

    —Tonie Peterson on June 12, 2017
  • little touches here and there. I love Americanian decor

    —apple blossom on June 12, 2017
  • My quilt guild hold a show for a local Watermelon Festival. So being quite busy with that I don’t decorate.

    —Stephanie Woodward on June 12, 2017
  • I decorate with onelarge patriotic quilt that i made for my father. He passed away on July 3rd, 2014. He had insisted that i keep the quilt after he passed since i had worked so hard on it. Yeah, i miss my dad!

    —Sue in Kalamazoo on June 12, 2017
  • I don’t really do anything special – but I have patriotic placemats that are used from Memorial Day through the 4th of July. My goal is to make a patriotic table runner soon as my coffee tables have various runners for different holidays, just no patriotic ones yet.

    —Joy B on June 13, 2017
  • I like flags on the front porch and a RWB picnic quilt. Simple but striking.

    —Lorrie on June 13, 2017
  • I get excited for the July 4th celebration, perhaps I go overboard with decorating. The community has a parade, baseball games and live music and fireworks. Lucky us found a home two blocks away and I love the party.

    —Althea Klosterman on June 14, 2017
  • I decorate the whole house with patriotic decor. It’s a chore, but so love it!

    —Janet L. on June 15, 2017
  • I go all out. My husband spent over 30 years in the US Navy. We are a patriotic and country loving family. Very proud of him.

    —Karen B. on June 16, 2017
  • I try to make a quilt every year so I have big collection of quilts and quilt flags.

    —Linda Christianson on June 16, 2017
  • When we have family in, I decorate. When we go to their place, we just fly our flag on the pole.

    —Marta on June 16, 2017
  • I’m starting to go all out. I’ve made a large wall quilt and I’m currently making a valence for over the patio door in the same room.

    —Cindy S on June 16, 2017
  • I do some decorating, but I have red, white, and blue year around in some areas.

    —Billie Fellers on June 16, 2017
  • We get a flag placed in our yard by a local club (we pay for so many holidays to have the flag placed) and then the money is used for scholarships for graduating seniors to go to college.

    —Renea Yarolim on June 16, 2017
  • I have some red, white and blue in almost every room and then I add my bears and blueberries from Memorial Day until Labor Day. Only a few small flags outside.

    —Louise Mease on June 18, 2017
  • I go all out. I have a little red white and blue in every room. And several things outside along with flags everywhere!

    —Welton Renee on June 18, 2017
  • Our flag flies high all year long, properly lit at night. Our bedroom has been decorated in red, white and blue, with some tan thrown in for many years. Whenever I think of changing the decor, I can’t think of anything I’d rather have. For the actual 4th of July, I don’t decorate unless you can call my flag cake I’m always requested to make decorating 🙂

    Paula Hedges on June 18, 2017
  • I love to decorate in the summer with red, white and blue patriotic pieces. My grand daughters help with the theme, too.

    —Linda Klungle on June 18, 2017
  • I’ve only used little bits here and there. But am adding to my set of decorations so it will increase.

    —Pearl on June 19, 2017
  • Since it is my husband’s birthday also, I try to go all out! From quilted table runners and napkins, placemats and wall hangings. We fly a flag from the front porch and have various items on the porch also.

    —Sherbie Tollefson on August 11, 2017

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