President's Day Quilts

When I was a child in school (1960s and 70s), we celebrated President's Day - two of them. First, for our first president, George Washington. And then for our 16th president, Abraham Lincoln. Now, we just combine them into one generic day and it's February 19th this year.

Let me show you some of my patriotic quilts, beginning with the most recent. This was made using Windham Fabrics and their Storybook Americana collection. These are reproduction fabrics based on REAL prints from the 1930s or so.

Take a look at this one! George is being scolded for chopping down that famous cherry tree!

George Washington chopping down that cherry tree!
And the quilt I designed for Keepsake Quilting catalog using these fabrics. The Lone Star has NO y-seams and is a 19" block. So easy to cut and sew with any acrylic ruler with those extra 45 degree lines on it (they all do, btw). (You can buy the pattern from me for $3 less than the catalog price.)

Storybook Americana Lone Star: 31" x 31"
And one I made with some of the leftovers. Steps to the Whitehouse. Yes, that George-cherry tree print is right in the middle (in blue). And the reason the borders are two different prints has to do with not having enough of either one. Pretty clever, huh?

Steps to the White House
Do you remember the American Eagle quilt I made several years ago using a reproduction coverlets line? I gave this quilt to my nephew. I called it Patriot's Day. The center block is 24" x 24" and the entire quilt is 45" x 45". My nephew saw the picture in one of my wall calendars of quilts and was so struck with it. I knew it needed to be in his home and not sitting on a shelf in my closet. A no-brainer, right?

You can download the pattern at my Craftsy site: Patriot's Day for $6.00. Perfect for that vet in your life!

Patriot's Day
Now, this next quilt isn't so much an Americana quilt as it just uses those same awesome colors of red, white and blue. Storm at Sea is a traditional quilt and my pattern includes an easy way to get those little boats stitched: paper piecing. The angles can be achieved with simple templates (included) or use your Tri-Recs tools (you know you have a set!)

This makes a lovely summertime quilt!

Storm at Sea
I hope you enjoyed seeing some of my red, white and blue quilts. And I wish you a lovely President's Day (whether you have it off from work/school or not).


  1. Hello Debby; Each of the quilts you have shared today are fabulous. I adore the fabric with George being scolded! I always appreciate your quilts and the details that you talk about. Like the sailboats, I somehow had missed them entirely and seeing them after your comment made me look again of course. It is a fabulous addition and one of the reasons I really admire all of your quilts and your artistry. Thank you for sharing and have a fabulous day!

  2. All lovely quilts, Debby. I love the last one best.


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