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Saturday, July 7, 2018

Old Glory Tutorial

After many requests for a pattern for my Old Glory quilt, I decided to put together a little tutorial for it.  Because structured improvisation is included in my book in great detail, I am only including basic instructions for the components and layout for the quilt using solid color representation for the blocks.  If you want to make this quilt using your scraps with improv as shown, check out my book, Stash Statement, for three different easy methods!


This quilt is actually pretty simple in its design.  It only uses two classic quilt blocks, the half square triangle (HST) and Sawtooth Star, plus squares.  It's not even constructed on-point!  What makes it so much fun is the scale of the quilt. The layout of these components creates a giant flag, and with the diagonal arrangement of the stars and stripes, it creates quite a striking result!

For this quilt, first you'll need to make your Sawtooth Star blocks.  These should measure 6.5" so they finish at six inches in the quilt.  I love the four-at-a-time method for HST, but if you prefer another method, feel free to modify the construction to suit your preferences.



Then, you'll need HST's and solid squares.  I've counted up the number of different combinations for you and included them in the graphic below.  Again, make sure your unfinished units measure 6.5" so they will finish at 6" in the quilt.  I used the four-at-a-time method, starting with 9.75" squares to make the HST's.



Once you have all of your components ready to go, just lay them out, and sew into rows!  The quilt is constructed in 12 rows with 10 blocks in each row, yielding a quilt that measures 60" x 72".  


It goes together easily, but it gives really big "bang for your buck."  I hope you try it, and if you haven't already, I hope you'll check out my book Stash Statement HERE!

**If you already own Stash Statement and would like the exact improv requirements (using the specific terms used in the book)  just let me know.  I'm not posting it here because those terms might not make sense to readers without the book.

21 comments:

  1. Thank you for the great Old Glory tutorial. This will be a perfect QOV for our presentations at our next Quilt Show.

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  2. I love this quilt sooooo much! Thank for sharing the pattern and tutorial!!!

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  3. This is terrific, thanks for sharing!

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  4. Because it is scrappy, I would have never known that the stripes were made from HSTs. Fantastic!

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  5. I love this tutorial! Thanks for sharing it.

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  6. I have the book. Thanks for sharing an additional pattern that can be used with this technique. I hope to try it soon.

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  7. Thank you. Much easier than it looks.

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  8. It is stunning! Thank you for the tutorial.

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  9. This quilt is fabulous. Love it! I have the book and would be interested in having the improv requirements for this quilt. Thanks! londagrace at gmail.com

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  10. That's fantastic! It's a great pattern and you put it together in record time...how in the world do you do that?!

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  11. Many thanks for this tutorial! I got your book in Friday's mail and can't wait to get going making improv blocks!!

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  12. This is an awesome tutorial, Kelly. I do have your book and would love to have the improv requirements for the quilt. This will make a great QOV!!

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  13. That is a fantastic quilt design!

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  14. I have been reading blogs that showcase projects from the book and my interest has piqued. But honestly this little tutorial has tied the knot and I am buying the book. Thanks for bumping me off the fence.
    xx, Carol

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  15. Kelly, I love this pattern and oh what fun. I have all my red and white blocks laying down now to work on the stars, can I send you a pic?

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    1. Hello Betsy! I'm so glad you're enjoying it! Yes, I would LOVE to see a photo! (btw- when I replied back to your comment via email, it bounced back to me, so I am replying here).

      :) Kelly

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  16. Hi, Kelly, I just bought the book - I just want to confirm that the everything except the sawtooth stars and the solid white are scrap pieced. Is that correct? I am NOT a good scrappy piecer, so I'm hoping to improve to make this for a church fundraiser!

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  17. Hi, I just ordered your book and would like the directions for using the technique in the book to piece the solid squares. My email address is gdgardiner@cox.net
    Thank you! Gail

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    1. I hope you can send the address to my email. I could not figure out how to sign in or sign up to be recognized :( Thank you!

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  18. I love your scrappy quilt. Please send me details at samquiltdesigns@yahoo.com. thx

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