Happy Independence Day to one and all!
Patriotic quilt patterns based on the design elements found in Old Glory are annual favorites, and for good reason. Stars and stripes in red, white, and blue are a perfect fit for pieced quilts—thanks, Betsy Ross!
Here are four patterns that have appeared in different magazines that our readers have made and shared with us recently, including how they personalized the patterns to make them even more meaningful to honor this land that we love and the people who call it home.
Patrice Flach, who serves as treasurer for the Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary #3225 in Clovis, California, sent us this photo and description of the group’s version of Homeland by Candy Hargrove.
The Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary announced a quilt contest last year to benefit the VA Hospitals in California. My auxiliary decided to use Homeland by Candy Hargrove in McCall’s Quilting’s July/August 2017 issue. We modified the pattern to comply with size requirements. Ten auxiliary members worked on the quilt. Those who didn’t sew helped to cut, press and mark squares. Vickie Smith and Barbara Hofer of the Mennonite Quilt Center in Reedley quilted our project on a long arm. We are very proud of our quilt and grateful to our veterans.
Homeland has been a popular pattern among McCall’s readers; click here to read about another reader’s version that was featured in a recent issue. If you’d like to make a smaller version, we have a free mini quilt pattern available; click here to download the pdf.
Land of Liberty
Alice Powell of Lake Charles, Louisiana, debuted her Land of Liberty table runner at last year’s 4th of July gathering and it was so popular we bet it makes a return appearance this year and for many years to come.
The Land of Liberty table runner by Thelma Forrest in the July/August 2016 issue of McCall’s Quilting got me “sew” excited I just had to make it. I just happen to have patriotic fabric that almost matched her selection. For the quilting I used variegated red-white-and-blue thread. My 4th of July table was a such a big hit several people wanted to buy my table runner. Thank you, McCall’s Quilting, for the inspiration.
Stars & Stripes
Robin Rodriguez of Huntsville, Texas, made Stars & Stripes as a Quilt of Valor to honor some very special veterans.
In July 2014, our quilt guild had the pleasure of hearing a presentation about the Quilts of Valor® Foundation by the Texas Region 4 coordinator, Cynthia Chaffee. We then decided that we would make 10 Quilts of Valor® and have a ceremony to present them to local combat veterans, including my husband, Jose Rodriguez. I made Mark Lipinski’s Stars & Stripes pattern in the September/October 2012 issue of Fons & Porter’s Love of Quilting. At the ceremony, my husband, as well as the other recipients, were blown away by the love they received and their beautiful Quilts of Valor®. Thank you for all you have done and continue to do for the QOV Foundation!
I enjoyed working on the Red Rockets wall quilt at our annual Neuse Quilters Beach Retreat in Emerald Isle, North Carolina! The quilt is in the July/August ‘16 (No. 170) issue of Quiltmaker.
I replaced one rocket with “USA.” I used variegated red-white-and-blue thread for the quilting and attached white curtain rings on the back for quick hanging. Fun and easy project!
Share Your Quilts With Us
Thank you to our readers for continuing to inspire us with the work that you do! If you’ve made a quilt based on a pattern from any magazine from The Quilting Company, please don’t hesitate to share it. Click here for details on reader submissions.