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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33 Comments (leave a comment)

  • Blue is my predominant color, but I do have some reds and of course white. So I really have them all. They are great colors to work with. Go USA!!!!

    —Patricia D. Roberts on June 10, 2015
  • Kim Diehl’s Liberty quilt is on my bucket list–maybe I will get to it this year? I have a huge amount of blue in my stash, but not so much red!

    —Karen in Breezy Point on June 10, 2015
  • Our quilters’ group at Sr. Center has pretty much an equal number of red, white and blue fabrics. We make quilt tops for American Hero Quilts so we always have a quilt top in the process of being made. We make tops only as we do all of our quilting by piecing and quilting by hand and it would take us much too long to do all the processes to get quilts out. We send our tops off to Vashan, WA, where they are sandwiched and then machine quilted by the ladies who have longarm machines there at American Hero Quilts. We love making quilt tops for our men and women in service for our country.

    —Pamela Zajicek on June 10, 2015
  • Blue is a color I really have trouble with. I don’t like it as a rule, I don’t wear it very often, and too much blue makes me blue. White is an essential but I love red. Red is my go-to, feel-good color. It makes me happy.

    —DebMac on June 10, 2015
  • That should read,"we do all of our piecing and quilting by hand…"

    —Pamela Zajicek on June 10, 2015
  • Definitely reds – dk reds, orange reds, pink reds, bright reds – all kinds of red – high school colors were red – college colors were red – seems to be a lot of reds throughout my life!!

    —Gale on June 10, 2015
  • What color — red, white or blue? ALL of them.

    —Whiskers on June 10, 2015
  • I would have to say blue (one of my favorite colors) is the dominant Patriotic color in my stash

    —Sherril M. on June 10, 2015
  • It is a toss up as red and blue seem to dominate almost evenly in my stash. I was on a patriotic kick for a while and everything I did was red, blue and white or cream. I even have a tote set aside for a Freedom Star quilt but no pattern; just the name!

    —Maureen on June 10, 2015
  • Blue. Cause I never have enough. And even though I have my fair share. I never seam to have what I need at the time I’m putting a quilt together. So I have to buy more. Whoop wezee me.

    —Barbara Weygandt on June 10, 2015
  • Blues, Blues, Blues, and more Blues!

    —Elizabeth P. on June 10, 2015
  • Reds with blues and whites a close second.

    —Lori S on June 10, 2015
  • Red, red and more red! Not much blue.

    —Gloria on June 10, 2015
  • My stash has all colors, but red is probably the most plentiful. As blue is my favorite color, it finds its way into almost everything I make, I have quite a few shades from baby blue to cobalt. Love the Northcott line with the metallic highlights in the blues and reds, really sets some projects off with class. Thank you for being the premier publisher of the finest books on my quilting passion, I love each and every book.

    —Betty Grove on June 10, 2015
  • Blue but more red is creeping in!!

    —Virginia in AK on June 10, 2015
  • I mainly have blues than reds, hardly any whites.

    —beth daniels on June 10, 2015
  • Red is my go to color as it gives a feeling of warmth and well being.

    —Carol on June 10, 2015
  • Blue!

    —Diana O. on June 10, 2015
  • I’ve got several red/white and blue/white pieces along with tons of stars/stripes and patriotic themed fabrics. Right now, I’m working on a log cabin stars and stripes table runner to be raffled off at the local VFW for July 4th.

    —debra lee on June 10, 2015
  • As an English woman who emigrated to Australia, I love that many of your Patriotic Quilts translate to both the British and Australian flags which are also Red, White and Blue 😀

    I have always been drawn to Reds and Blues but the Reds are winning in the Stash at the moment. On reading the post, I realised that I am very low on White! Luckily a local fabric store has a 1/2 price sale on Quilter’s Cotton this weekend – It must be sign! 😀

    —Kayt Deans on June 10, 2015
  • Blue then red then white! Three colors I have the most of in my stash are green, blue, and brown … red comes in 4th white is down the list but lots of creams!

    —Tonie Peterson on June 10, 2015
  • Blue and red pretty much run neck-and-neck. Blues range from pale to dark, soft to intense, teal to periwinkle. Reds have a great range also, with many tonals and geometrics. In the past I rarely used white but have recently played with tone-on-tone or light color on white. SO many options!!

    —Jane on June 10, 2015
  • BLUE because I use it in so many other themes, too.

    —Marty on June 11, 2015
  • Love these quilts and hope I get the time to make a few of them as Quilts of Valor quilts. I hope you don’t mind but I shared your post on my blog. with a link back to this page on your blog to read the actual post.

    Not at all, Debra, thank you for sharing! –Jenny

    Debra Pugh on June 11, 2015
  • Blues, but do have dark reds too. Primitive patriotic quilts are my favorites….,hurray for the red, white and blue!

    —Renee Welton on June 12, 2015
  • My favorite trio – red, white and blue! I put this combo in my stash almost every chance I get. Love it!

    —Margaret on June 12, 2015
  • Whites

    —Jacqueline on June 12, 2015
  • I would have to say blue and red…I use both colors in many other quilts.

    —Jeanette S. on June 12, 2015
  • Red

    —Linda Christianson on June 12, 2015
  • Blue- lots of denim and all colors of blue in my stash. Red is my favorite color so I try to do as much red and blue together for charity auctions. It makes me feel good to know some vet or patriotic person will treasure it as much as I will making it.

    —Cindy B. on June 15, 2015
  • Always have lots of blues

    —Delinda on June 16, 2015
  • More red, but have almost as much blue and white.

    Loretta F on June 24, 2015
  • Blue! I’ve bursting at the seams with blue.

    —Lori in South Dakota on July 5, 2015

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