The red, white, and blue is ready to wave for Veteran’s day.  What better way to say thank you than to offer a lap quilt to a soldier for their sacrifice?  Carla here from Creatin’ in the Sticks with a free embroidery and quilt pattern to spark some patriotism.


Land that I Love – Quilt block and Quilt

Paper piece and stabilize embroidery with no marks on the fabric.  It’s easy with Stitch N Sew™ tear-away interfacing.

For center – flag quilt block


STITCH n SEW™ Non-woven tear-away stabilizer interfacing in medium weight cut to a 8 ½” x 11” piece

Pattern (Land That I Love)


Fabrics: (numbers coincide with the numbers on the pattern)

#1 Red– 2 ½” x 7”

#2 White- 2 ½” x 7”

#3 Blue- 4” x 5”

#4 Red- 2 ¼” x 11 ½”

#5 White- 2 ¼” x 11 ½”

#6 Red- 2 ½” x 11 ½”


Other supplies:

general sewing supplies (scissors, thread, iron, etc.)

ink jet printer (if you want to print the pattern on the stabilizer)


Print the pattern:

Print the pattern (it’s been reversed for you) on an 8 ½” x 11” piece of Stitch N Sew medium weight tear away interfacing. It’s so easy to print it right onto the stabilizer with this product.  Just cut the interfacing the size of a sheet of paper, press, and print right on the interfacing.


(This is the pattern and if you want to save it as a jpeg and enlarge it to suit your needs feel free to do so.  Just add the 1/4″ seam allowance) The full size pattern is free and available in PDF format in the Creatin’ in the Sticks Craftsy store.

Sew the quilt block:

If you are going to make this block for the following quilt, you will want to cover the entire piece of stabilizer.  Extend the stitching to the edges.  The fabric pieces are large enough to allow this.  The finished block will be 8” x 101/2” for the quilt or 8 1/2″ x 11″ unfinished. Paper piece the block together.  This is a simple block and perfect for beginning paper piecing.  There are great videos on the internet to show the basics.  Give it a try.


Now stitch the embroidery design.  If you like hand stitching, you can trace the design to the front of the fabric.  This design was machine stitched with a triple stitch following the pattern on the back.  No marking!!! Stitching from the back makes it easy to see and super fast.  Land, like flowers, is organic and if you miss a bump or line it’s not very noticeable.  Stitch the entire design, trim excess fabric making block 8 1/2” x 11”, then carefully tear away the stabilizer interfacing.


Land That I Love Quilt

finished size 40” x 48”


Quilt fabric Requirements:

Paper pieced flag (A)

Grey fabric:  2 yards

Red fabric:  ½ yard

White fabric ½ yard

Blue fabric:  ¼ yard

Light grey fabric for the pole:  1/8 yard

Backing fabric and binding fabric


Sewing quilt together:

**Use ¼” seams

Center Unit:

Sew A to E, then stitch C to the top of this unit and F to the bottom.  Stitch D to H, then stitch B to the top and join this unit with the first unit.  Now stitch G to the bottom.  This is the center unit.

Inner Border: Grey fabric – Cut 4 pieces 4 ½” x 24 ½”.  Stitch 2 pieces to the sides of the center unit and 2 pieces to the top and bottom of center unit.

Middle Border:  16 flag blocks and 16 grey blocks make up the middle border.  The flags and the grey blocks are 4 ½” x 4 ½” unfinished.  Cut 16 grey blocks and construct 16 flag blocks following the diagram below.


Stitch BB to CC then stitch to AA.  Stitch DD to EE, then stitch both units together.


Follow the quilt diagram to stitch the flag and grey block borders together.  You will need 4 flags and 4 grey squares for each border.  Sew the sides first and then the top and bottom.

Outer Border:  Grey fabric – Cut 4 pieces 4 ½” x 40 ½”.   Stitch 2 pieces to the sides of the quilt and 2 pieces to the top and bottom of the quilt.

Finishing the quilt:  Sandwich the backing fabric, batting, and quilt top and quilt in your desired pattern.  Apply binding to the edges of the quilt using your preferred method.


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