Happy Independence Day, America!

Independence Day ParadeCouldn’t resist this sweet parade photo from The History Channel!

We’ve been busy planning upcoming projects, patterns and blog activities for you — one of the pattern ideas we have is for a patriotic quilt; and while looking around online we came across some great free patterns and tutorials we thought we’d share with you this week in honor of the holiday.

First up is Doris’s favorite, a spider-web star block, free from Mc’Calls Quilting:

Spider web star quilt block patriotic quiltCan you see that in a long table runner?  or even single block pillows to dress up a porch swing or patio chairs for the holiday?

This Four Flags Block is another unique design, from Ladies Home Journal:

Four Flags block

The link above includes a setting idea and pattern for a pieced border.  There is a free pattern with a slightly different take on this block here.  Either one of these would make a FABULOUS Quilts of Valor veteran quilt!  A dear friend of ours, Dawn, served in Afghanistan a few years ago — she did us all proud, and is a great reminder of the sacrifices our military veterans have made for us.

This free pattern for “And Waved to Me” by Tish Douglas is a great patriotic pattern — and includes the ever so popular chevron technique:

Chevron Flag Quilt

For several more links to patriotic patterns, check out this page.

Have you made a patriotic quilt project?  Doris made this wallhanging, along with her mother from a pattern in American Patchwork and Quilting in 2008:

liberty garden madebyabrunnette quilt

Share a link to your own patriotic project in the comments — we’d enjoy seeing your quilts!

Enjoy your Holiday,

Trina & Doris