Red, White, Blue & Quick

Here’s the conundrum for a long weekend… sewing is relaxing and that’s what weekends are for, right?  But it’s a loooong weekend, so that means there is time for fun and relaxing!  But sewing is fun… right?

Hurrah by Laurie Simpson of Minick & Simpson.  Okay, not quick.  But Red, White-Cream and Blue.  Scrappy Minick & Simpson collections.

These are quick.  Ish.  They are the Sweet Liberty Tuffets from a pattern I had many years ago, a pattern that is now out-of-print.  (All seven of the pincushions in the pattern were made with a single Minick & Simpson Charm Pack.)

But to celebrate Independence Day – Sweet Liberty Tuffets Schnibbles Pattern.

Last year, I also shared two Patriotic Pillow patterns.  The first one is made with fabrics from Fig Tree & Co.‘s Coney Island collection – with one or two additions because I wanted all the stripes to be different.  But any reds, blues and white-ivory will work!  This pillow measures 12″ x 24″ finished and it’s titled Stripes & One Star – Stripes & One Star Instructions.

(You’ll forgive the hand-drawn diagrams, right?)

Download the pattern here – Stripes & One Star.

The second pillow is Stripes & Stars was made with Bonnie & Camille’The Good LifeBasics and a stripe from Vintage Picnic.  The background is one of my favorites – it’s from Miss Scarlet by Minick & Simpson.  The pillow measures 20″ x 20″ finished.  

Download the pattern here – Stripes & Stars Instructions.

If you’d like to know a little bit about how I make my pillows, including quilting, backing and putting in a zipper, you can read about that here.  

I hope you’re getting a long weekend – this weekend or next.  We had the option of choosing which one so I’ll be relaxing, having some fun and hopefully sewing this weekend.

Happy Friday and Happy July 4th!

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28 thoughts on “Red, White, Blue & Quick

  1. Thanks for the inspiration and all the pattern links, I love having ideas for all those tiny scraps too loved to throw out!

  2. RE: Red White Blue Quick – Our Flag is to be respected. By inverting all the colors ie: red where blue should be with blue stripes and by reversing and placing it backwards is disrespectful. We are a military family- I decorate with many flags both quilted and x-stitched……that would NEVER be in our house.

    1. Just change the colors around to make yourself happy. I do wonder why they made the color selections that way, though…

    2. Polly and Laurie (Minick and Simpson) are from a military family and were instrumental in Moda’s participation in Quilt of Valor years ago. Please don’t confuse their design choices with disrespect or lack of patriotism.

      1. As a quilter, I can guarantee that when I invest HOURS of my time on a patriotic project, pillow or quilt, there’s NO disrespect involved. The creative process should be honored by ALL Americans.

  3. Thanks you for the patterns. So cute!! I am headed to my sewing room right now to make the small pin cushions. I think I can finish before the 4th. I will put them in a little basket. Thanks again.

  4. There is a long tradition of interpreting the American Flag in folk art. One trip through the American Folk Art museum or Museum of Modern Art – and this would be apparent. The stars, stripes, and colors have been tweaked for artistic display since the country was founded. This particular quilt was a reinvention of a WWII fundraising quilt. We have interpreted the American Flag in our textiles, in many forms, since we began. I can assure you that no disrespect was intended and both Minick and Simpson are from military families.

  5. Thank you for the patterns, it makes my heart full to know that there are people who are willing to share their talents with others who might not be able to afford to purchase these items. God Bless the USA.

  6. Thank you, Carrie, for the instructions to sew those cute tuffets!! Enjoy your long weekend! Happy 4th of July!!

  7. How nice of you to share these patterns! Thanks very much. I’m always looking for ways to perk up the summer months. These little projects will do very nicely.

  8. Thank you, Carrie, for the free patterns. Maybe I can sew a pillow this weekend! Have a Happy and Safe July 4th!

  9. Thank you for the patterns Carrie. I hope you and the Moda Team enjoy your National Holiday weekend.

  10. I loved all these patterns from the moment I saw them. I have finished the top for the Stripes and Stars pillow and love it! I just need to sew it together. I love the tuffets–I won the pattern in the giveaway but so far haven’t made them. Someday I will dip into my Minick and Simpson fabrics and make Hurrah! Those hst’s won’t take too long, will they?

    Thanks for the great post Carrie!

  11. Enjoyed your stars and stripes post with the quilt, pin cushions and pillows. Have already pulled fabric for the “stripes and one star” pillow. Thanks for the ideas!

  12. I just loooove the pincushions and pillows. Wow, you included them- thank you SO much. I’m feeling a bit under the weather but I think I can manage these. Happy 4th, Happy summer. Thank you again!

  13. Thanks so much Carrie! I have the Tuffet patterns but not the pillows and they are perfect for an lazy afternoon in the sewing room. Can’t wait to see what you’ve been up too!

  14. THANK YOU so much for your generosity. I want to make them all. I am also a huge Minick and Simpson fan and loved Laurie giving us that reminder about history. I hope you have a delightful holiday and am grateful for this sweet addition to mine.

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