This Thursday marks a special day on the American calendar. It’s July 4th, America’s birthday–typically celebrated with flags and speeches, fireworks, baseball, and backyard barbeques.
In many of America’s small towns (and big cities), the day is also celebrated with a parade: local scout troops, Little League teams, and beauty queens; a fire truck or two; the high school marching band; kids on bicycles festooned with homemade decorations of red, white, and blue. In keeping with the spirit of the holiday, today’s post is a “parade” as well: a parade of patriotic quilts. Stars and stripes, the American eagle, the US map, important dates in our country’s history–even Uncle Sam makes an appearance here.
If you’re feeling the urge to make a patriotic quilt of your own, you’ll find a number of books and patterns in the marketplace to help you accomplish your goal. One “stellar” example is Star Celebration, a pattern designed by Alex Anderson for JWD Publishing. The pattern includes instructions for making the quilt in three sizes: wall quilt (shown below), twin-bed size, and double/queen-bed size.
Martingale & Company has a delightful pattern called Fireworks, designed by Kim Brackett. The quilt is one of 18 from Kim’s book, Scrap-Basket Surprises, and the e-pattern is available as a stand-alone download from the Martingale site. Click on the Fireworks link above for the details.
That’s if for now. ‘Til next time, have a safe and happy holiday . . . and of course, happy stitching!
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