Fourth & twelve…

Because we’re in Texas, folks here might think that refers to football.

It doesn’t.  In this case, it means that the Fourth of July is twelve days away.  And there is sewing to do!

CT Portage Lake

If you haven’t started… this might be a bit ambitious.

This glorious quilt is Portage Lake.  The fabrics are from the Grand Traverse Bay and Miss Scarlet collections by Minick & Simpson.  Laurie Simpson designed this spectacular quilt, and made her quilt with hand-appliqué and piecing, and it’s hand-quilted.  The quilt shown here was made by Tammy Vonderschmitt and gorgeously quilted by Angela McCorkle.

Actually, if your friends call you “Speedy” – like Tammy is – you could get this done in time.  Maybe not as perfectly pieced… but it would be done.

What about a flag pillow?

CT Cluck Cluck Sew Flag Pillow

Alison Harris of Cluck Cluck Sew designed this terrific Flag Block and Pillow.  It’s a free pattern and tutorial and this is definitely finish-able in time to enjoy on the Fourth of July.

If you’re looking for flags, then Jan Patek’s Long May She Wave might be a perfect wall-hanging or table-runner.

CT Jan Patek Long May She Wave

While this has a bit of appliqué, it’s just a little bit.  Jan used some of the beautiful reds, blues and navy prints from her various collections.  Instead of navy, the prints in Garden House are Charcoal but the reds are perfect.

Indulge me… I love Laurie’s Sampler quilts.  After making Austin Bluebird with red, white, blue, gold and a teeny bit of green, she made another version entirely in shades of blue and white.  Hand-pieced.  Hand-appliquéd.  Hand-quilted.

CT Austin Bluebird Blue

Laurie is such a show-off.  And yes, I’m most envious of her talents and skills.

Minick & Simpson fabrics are also perfect for any kind of patriotic quilt – as evidenced by this gorgeous Nested Churn Dash quilt made by Sherri McConnell of A Quilting Life.

CT Sherri Nested Church Dash

Designed by Jane Davidson of Want It Need It – this Nested Churn Dash became a big summer quilt-along/sew-along in the summer of 2014.  The 24″ blocks can be separated with sashing for an almost 80″ x 80″ quilt.  Add borders and the quilt can be queen- or king-sized.  The block pattern is only available as a PDF download.

Sherri’s gorgeous quilt is made using a large assortment of scraps in shades of red, blue, white and cream.

A little over a month ago, Camille Roskelley of Thimbleblossoms “whipped” up a little flag block… and then a quilt.  And because of overwhelming demand, she created a simple pattern for her Stars and Stripes quilt that is only available as a PDF download.

CT Thimbleblossoms Stars & Stripes

Measuring 56″ x 72″, it’s made with Fat Quarters and some yardage.  Or scraps and some yardage.

Chelsi Stratton – the daughter-half of A Quilting Life – used their upcoming Desert Bloom collection to make this beautiful Desert Stars and Stripes.

CT Chelsi Stratton Stars & Stripes

Quilted and bound.  Actually, there are a whole lot of pieced, quilted, bound and newly-washed-so-it’s-officially-finished Stars and Stripes quilts popping up.

And finally, if you have some small scraps or a few strips, you can make a Flag Tumbler quilt.

Using a small tumbler template or a Dresden ruler, cut some tumblers.  Starting with strips measuring 2″ wide, these tumblers were cut in the middle of the smaller ruler so they’d be short-and-chubby.


You’ll need the following pieces:

  • Navy – 16 assorted
  • Red – 42 assorted
  • Cream – 32 matching or different
  • Chambray or other edging – 20 matching

For the edging – the chambray – this could be the same as the Cream.  I like doing this as it gives me an edge that I can trim straight to frame the flag.  Strips are sewn to the sides for a border – I cut those at 2 1/2″ wide.


Lay out the tumblers as shown.  More rows or longer rows are easily done – as are bigger or smaller tumblers.

The tumblers are sewn together in vertical rows.


Scant 1/4″ seam allowance – of course.  When the pieces are aligned right-sides-together, there should be a little “v” at the top and bottom edges of the seam that falls right at the seam allowance.

I like to press the seams open.  It’s not required.


When the rows are all assembled, trim the top and bottom edges straight.


After trimming, the rectangle measures 14″ x 19 1/2″.

I have twelve days to get this quilted and finished.

Meaning I’ve got at least ten days to think about it.

Happy Tuesday!



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16 thoughts on “Fourth & twelve…

  1. Thanks for some great and colorific ideas. You have inspired me to pick through my red, white and blue scraps and get sewing.

  2. Camille’s pattern is so much fun and fast to make I’ve sewn it this weekend. Now I just need to quilt it … yes, let’s see if I’ve get it done by July, 4th … wish me luck;-)

  3. Interesting “flag quilt”…very much the same quilt pattern as I made for our foreign exchange student a couple of years ago….Quilt was called Flags of Freedom and was a free pattern from a quilt magazine.

  4. Awesome post!! I have a weakness for sampler quilts…when I saw the red, white and blue one, I wrote down the information because I HAVE TO MAKE THIS…then when I saw it in a blue and white version, I had to laugh out loud….love, love, love blue and white quilts as much as I love samplers!!!
    I will definitely be getting this pattern, and putting the quilt really near the top of my to do list….
    I am also a hand piecer, hand appliquer, and hand quilter….I am already thinking about what fabrics I want to use for this…..
    Thanks for sharing all these great quilts!!

  5. Enjoy your blog posts–you make me laugh. Cluck Cluck Sew’s pillow is on my to-do list.

  6. I am wishing I was American right now so I have a good excuse to make some of these gorgeous quilts. But still, I am seriously contemplating the need to make Laurie’s Austin Bluebird Sampler – even though it is entirely out of my comfort zone, but I love Portage Lake too and I can’t decide…I can’t help but wonder if one is easier than the other, LOL 🙂

  7. I’m looking for the post from Monday. You featured a great tablerunner – had presents on each end. I think the designer’s name was Jen. Can you let me know where I can see it again?

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