Wednesday, July 11, 2012

A Red,White and Blue Celebration

Reds, whites, and blues
are the perfect color combinations for quilts,
especially for the month of July.
It's one of my favorite palettes
to work with and it 
brings my patriotic spirit right into my home.

I love all the red, white and blue
fabrics that the designers,
Laurie Simpson and Polly Minick,
create for Moda fabrics.

Last year this pattern
Stars and Bars
was available on line.

When the fabrics arrived at the store
I knew I just had to make this quilt.
It was easy,
making sawtooth stars,

using lots of different fabrics
from the line,

and really highlighted the bunting
fabric and the large floral.

I machine quilted it myself
and practiced making large free formed
feathers meandering in the bars.

The only problem I had was that
after I washed the quilt, because my
chalk lines wouldn't disappear from the
dark blue bunting fabric,
the extra dye on the surface of that fabric
cocked and left the blue color
a little uneven.

But it's okay,
and gives it an aged appearance.

I had some fun with the back
using up the left overs of the
red floral and some red and white ticking.

The blue was something I had been saving for
something, which I have no idea what it was.
So it was good to use it up.

This second quilt is all
those wonderful ticking fabrics
I had been collecting again for that
elusive project.
I chose the patriotic color scheme
and started sewing.

Stars and Stripes Forever

There's nothing simpler than  a
four patch set together with an
alternating plain square.

I quilted it with perel cotton
and a big stitch.
It was fun and now it's

I had a yard of this wonderful
striped ticking fabric, which wasn't enough for
the entire backing so I framed it with a red and white
striped ticking.

So rather than having these unique and fun fabrics
only seeing the inside of my closet,
it was fun to actually use them
and now enjoy them especially in July.

It's the perfect quilt to take to the fireworks
and wrap up in.

This last show and tell is a simple table runner
from Kim Schaefer's pattern,
Calendar Table Runners.
It's one of the months that I made
as a store sample.
 4th of July Table runner

It's a fantastic way to use up some pieces
of patriotic fabric you have been collecting
and stashed away.

The appliques were fused and then machine stitched
around the edges.
Add some machine quilting,
and you have a sweet

holiday table runner.

Hooray for the simple red, white and blue
so that you can
show your colors proudly.

 Until Next Time-


  1. Wow you really do love red, white and blue! And I love your label.

  2. Love your quilts, I have never seen those before.

  3. Love your quilts - the backings, labels etc. Very nice!!

  4. Love the quilts, I am a smitten for everything Americana.
    I was hoping to hear some baby news.....been thinking of Jessica.

  5. Kyle - I LOVE all your RWB Americana quilts - I imagine how festive they make your home as you display them. Your pieced backs are delightful, and the labels are great too! I had hoped to finish a RBW pinwheel that I started last summer, but I didn't find it in my studio until AFTER the 4th! LOL Oh well, there's always next year! Thanks for all the eye candy!

  6. what a lovely collection of patriotic quilts! I especially like the first one. Your home must look great in the summer!