Nancy’s Quilting Classroom: Patriotic Quilts

Are you ready to celebrate with red, white and blue quilts? Rich in history, patriotic quilt patterns are perfect for decorating your home for the 4th of July, Labor Day, or Memorial Day. Whatever your summer plans, these quilt designs will help you get into the holiday spirit!

I created “Shining Star” from Love of Quilting May/June 2015 as a Quilts of Valor project. Quilts of Valor is a charity that provides quilts to honor Americans who have served in the armed forces. Red, white and blue symbolize the colors of the American flag. These colors paired with Star quilt blocks make a perfect patriotic quilt.

Shining Star Quilt
Patriotic Quilt Patterns
Shining Star Quilt

If you’re looking for a quick and easy project, look no further than “Friends and Heroes” from Quilting Quickly January/February 2016. Joy McKeon used a variety of blue and red prints to make this scrappy lap quilt. Learn how to make quick triangle-squares with this free quilting video tutorial, Sew Easy: 8-at-a-Time Triangle-Squares.

It’s always fun to decorate your 4th of July table with a festive table topper. Deb Finan used cute reproduction Americana prints to make “Americana” from Quilting Quickly May/June 2016. There’s even a free quilting video tutorial, Quilting Quickly: Americana, to guide you through the basics of making this project.

Americana Quilt
Americana - Table Quilt Patterns
Americana Quilt

Short on time and space? Make a patriotic Pillow! This quick and easy weekend project by the Fons & Porter Staff is from Easy Quilts Summer 2015. A festive pillow will add pizzazz to your holiday décor.

Salute America with this “Flag of Freedom” quilt by Marianne Fons from Love of Quilting March/April 2015. This simple design packs a lot of punch and the strip-pieced flags are easy to piece.

What do patriotic quilts mean to me? These quilts, like the American flag, are a symbol of our freedom and all the values we hold sacred. Many of us use patriotic quilts to decorate our homes to celebrate a holiday, but they can also be used to commemorate the sacrifices of the troops. If someone in your life is a veteran, a patriotic quilt can be a touching tribute to their contributions and a way to thank them every day.

Nancy Mahoney, Fons & Porter Guest Blogger

 

Happy Quilting!

Nancy

 

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Author, teacher, fabric designer, and award-winning quiltmaker, Nancy Mahoney has enjoyed making quilts for over 30 years, during which time an impressive range of her beautiful quilts have been featured in many books and in over 180 national and international quilt magazines. Nancy enjoys combining traditional blocks and updated techniques to create dazzling quilts. She doesn’t consider herself a specialist in one particular area, although Nancy’s favorite techniques include precision machine piecing, quilt design, and machine appliqué. When she’s not designing and making quilts, Nancy enjoys traveling to guilds and events around the country, sharing her quilts, teaching her piecing and machine appliqué techniques, and visiting gardens. Visit Nancy on her website, www.nancymahoney.com, for more quilting information and fun!

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