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Saturday, June 28, 2014

7 Patriotic Quilt Block Ideas

It is almost the 4th of July! I love the 4th of July and always have. I know Red, White and Blue is a reallllyyy big trend right now, but I am not complaining one bit. I've got an All-American, Walmart Flag bikini, my toes are painted Blue and I'm ready to celebrate 'Merica all summer long. Have you been seeing the patriotic shorts around or is it just me? I posted a tutorial on how to make DIY American Flag Shorts a few summers back if you want to make a pair yourself! 
It is pretty obvious that I'm all for the patriotic patterns these days. So, I cut into my HUGE stash of Patriotic prints. I was going to make a table runner, but couldn't stop experimenting with new block concepts. So now I'm working on fitting a bunch of randomly sized blocks into a cute quilt. I figured I'd share my ideas on here so y'all have time to whip up some blocks before the 4th. Who cares if you don't get to it before the 4th, though, because this is something we can celebrate all year long, baby!

First up is a basic pinwheel! I showed a short cut for making pinwheels here if you'd like to save some time. 

This block was what I originally started with. Use up all your scrappy prints to create a modern take on the flag.

These are my favorite. Pick any red, white and blue and just make a mini flag! I love, love the turquoise. 

Applique star blocks. Quick, easy, patriotic. 

Or you could make a few square-in-a-square blocks. And whose to say you couldn't make the inside square a pinwheel, too? It kind of reminds me of fireworks swirling. Right? Right.

You could even take your pinwheel-in-a-square block and put a red, white and blue border around it!

Finally, you could cut out some images from your patriotic fabric and applique it onto more American-themed fabric. I love these little flags with the quilt-looking side borders. 

If you don't want to make a whole quilt you could make a table runner, pot holders, wall hangings, pillows...you name it! 

What are your favorite ways to decorate for the Independence Day?


  1. Oh my word, these are awesome! I've always wanted to start quilting, and I've always been drawn to red, white, and blue Americana quilts. So cute!

    1. You should start now! It really is a soothing art form!


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