Friday, July 3, 2015

Hey, Hey! USA and FREE patterns

A few weeks ago I shared a new collection of fabrics by Windham called "U.S.A." These are appropriate for all year long sewing, especially those of you who make the Quilts of Valor. Tomorrow is the Fourth of July and we all think red, white and blue.

There are 3 free patterns at the end of this post. I created large 18" blocks which will be perfect for those quilts you and your guild make for service men and women.

U.S.A. Collection by Windham Fabrics
I created Stars and Stripes (the July BOM in my Galaxy of Stars quilt) just yesterday!

12" Stars and Stripes block
 I invited my friend Jeannine to share these fabrics with me. We each took 4 fat quarters and then I split the remaining 4 fat quarters in halves. We went to our sewing rooms and came up with some fun things. Actually, Jeannine had the better ideas. To a professional quilter, EVERYTHING is a quilt. Jeannine is more broad minded and came up with some clever things. Let me show you.

Her first projects were banners, which created scraps and leftovers (banners shown further down. She also made a basket liner. She felt she needed to use up the scraps (silly girl; who uses up scraps? We just buy more fabric!)

Basket liner and star trivet by Jeannine
 Can you believe this awesome coin purse and key ring?

Scraps of the scraps from Jeannine's banner projects
She had more scraps and made a mug rug for her daughter's friend who loves all things patriotic. Jeannine paper pieced that "K."

Mug rug for a friend of Jeannine's daughter in college
Jeannine made not one, but two wall banners. Basic stars with elongated lower sections. Jeannine served in the US Army for 20 years and retired as a lieutenant colonel.

Wall banners by Jeannine.
She tells me she still has scraps. What? Do you think you have to use up all your scraps? I would need 7 lives or take my sewing machine up to heaven with me!

Now, let's see what the (ho hum) professional quilter made. Surprise! A quilt!

I enlarged 3 of my blocks from my Block a Day Calendar (Martingale; in quilt shops everywhere).

(Links for the FREE patterns are given below)

Old Glory Star is at the top of my 3 block banner. Can you see the "fireworks" quilting?

Old Glory Star: 18" x 18"
The middle block is Yankee Charm:

Yankee Charm: 18" x 18"
And, finally at the bottom, Star Spangled Banner. I longarm quilted these with swirls and stars that look like fireworks. I used my Handi Quilter Sweet 16 Sit Down machine.

Star Spangled Banner: 18" x 18"
Now for all 3 blocks together, making an 18" x 54" wall banner that is now in my kitchen for the weekend (and probably throughout July). I sewed them together, block to block, and just added binding (a blue and white stripe from Windham's Basics Collection).

Hey, Hey! USA wall banner
I hope you have a wonderful weekend. Take some time to try out these patterns. You will love making such big blocks!


  1. Hey the wall banner sewn by your friend Jeannine. Just goes to show how different sewers view the use of fabric...Love your 18" wall panel....

  2. These are three wonderful blocks to repeat and make a Quilt of Valor!
    Thank you Debbie!

  3. Great patriotic blocks. Thank you for the patterns.

  4. I had a nice 4th, but not nearly as creative and productive as you and Jeannine! Both of you had fabulous ideas!

  5. I am loving the wall banner you made from these three blocks! CHARMING! Thank you for the quilt blocks! I love each of them.

  6. Very nice so many cool ideas......ty for

  7. Thank you so much for sharing your work and patterns with us. I love all of the beautiful pieces. Donna


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