Old Glory

The grand old flag stands tall within a primitive sawtooth border in this folk-art salute to the Stars and Stripes.

What You Need:

You'll think of many ways to display this patriotic piece.
  • One 18 x 1-1/4-inch strip each of dark red print and solid off-white for flag applique
  • One 6-1/2 x 2-inch rectangle of navy star print for flag applique
  • One 14-1/2 x 20-1/2-inch rectangle of cream print for applique foundation
  • One 6 x 10-inch rectangle of red plaid for house applique
  • One 5 x 6-inch rectangle of black print for roof applique
  • One 1-1/4 x 1-7/8-inch rectangle of tan print for chimney applique
  • One 3-1/2-inch square of gold floral for star applique
  • One 1-3/8 x 3-7/8-inch rectangle of navy plaid for door applique
  • 1/4 yard of gold polka dot for window appliques and outer border
  • 3/8 yard of black stripe for flag pole applique, inner border, and binding
  • 1/4 yard of red print for outer border
  • 25 x 31-inch piece of backing fabric
  • 25 x 31-inch piece of quilt batting
  • Black embroidery floss
  • Old Glory patterns (Downloading requires Adobe Acrobat software.)

Old Glory Patterns

Download Adobe Acrobat

Finished quilt top: 19 x 25 inches

Quantities specified for 44/45-inch-wide, 100-percent-cotton fabrics. All measurements include a 1/4-inch seam allowance. Sew with right sides together unless otherwise indicated.

Cut the Fabrics:

To make the best use of your fabrics, cut the pieces in the order that follows.

1. From dark red print, cut:

  • One 5 x 1-1/4-inch strip
  • One 11 x 1-1/4-inch strip

2. From solid off-white, cut:

  • One 5 x 1-1/4-inch strip
  • One 11 x 1-1/4-inch strip

3. From black print, cut:

  • 1 of Pattern A

4. From gold floral, cut:

  • 1 of Pattern B

5. From gold polka dot, cut:

  • Two 2 x 22-inch strips
  • Two 2 x 17-1/2-inch strips
  • Eight 1-1/2 x 2-1/2-inch rectangles

6. From black stripe, cut:

  • Three 2-1/2 x 42-inch binding strips
  • Two 1 x 20-1/2-inch inner border strips
  • Two 1 x 15-1/2-inch inner border strips
  • One 7/8 x 20-inch strip

7. From red print, cut:

  • Two 2-1/2 x 21-1/2-inch strips
  • Two 2-1/2 x19-1/2-inch strips

Assemble the Quilt Center:

1. Join the dark red print 5 x 1-1/4-inch strip and the solid off-white 5 x 1-1/4-inch strip to make a short flag stripe unit (see Flag Assembly Diagram). Sew the short flag stripe unit to one short edge of the navy star print 6-1/2 x 2-inch rectangle to make the top half of the flag. Then sew together the dark red print 11 x 1-1/4-inch strip and the solid off-white 11 x 1-1/4-inch strip to make the bottom half of the flag. Join the top and bottom flag halves to make the flag applique unit.

2. Referring to the photograph for placement, lay out the red plaid rectangle, the black print A piece, the tan print rectangle, the gold floral B star, the eight gold polka dot 1-1/2 x 2-1/2-inch rectangles, and the navy plaid rectangle to form the house on the cream print foundation rectangle. Arrange the pieced flag applique unit and the black stripe 7/8 x 20-inch strip on the foundation. When pleased with the arrangement of all the pieces, baste them in place.

3. Using threads in colors that match the fabrics, applique the pieces in place, working from the bottom layer to the top.

4. Using black embroidery floss, backstitch the words "Old Glory" on the cream print foundation to complete the quilt center.

Add the Borders:

5. Sew a black stripe 1 x 20-1/2-inch inner border strip to each side edge of the quilt center. Then join a black stripe 1 x 15-1/2-inch inner border strip to the top and bottom edges of the quilt center. Press all seam allowances toward the inner border.

6. Cut a zigzag pattern with six points along a long edge of each gold polka dot 2 x 22-inch strip.

7. With right sides facing up, center a zigzagged gold polka dot strip atop each red print 2-1/2 x 21-1/2-inch strip, aligning raw edges. Applique the gold polka dot strips to the red print strips to make long outer border units.

8. Sew one long outer border unit to each side edge of the quilt center.

9. Cut a zigzag pattern with five points along a long edge of each gold polka dot 2 x 17-1/2-inch strip.

10. With right sides facing up, center a zigzagged gold polka dot strip atop each red print 2-1/2 x 19-1/2-inch strip, aligning raw edges. Applique the gold polka dot strips to the red print strips to make the short outer border units.

11. Sew a short outer border unit to the top and bottom edges of the quilt center to complete the quilt top.

Complete the Quilt:

12. Layer the quilt top, batting, and backing. Quilt as desired.

13. Bind the quilt with the black stripe 2-1/2 x 42-inch strips.

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