3 Ways to Make a Patriotic Quilt // a Veteran’s Day Special

Regardless of your political beliefs, I think most of us can agree that if it weren’t for the hundreds of thousands of people who have been willing to serve in the military to protect our homeland, America would not be what it is today.

Over the past few months I’ve had this amazing opportunity to partner with one of my favorite veterans (my mom!) on a project where we can give back to some incredible service men & women. Today I’m going to share with you 3 ways we made Patriotic quilts using the AccuQuilt Go! I hope they spark some inspiration for you!

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Every Adventure Tote Pattern Hack

Can you believe I have been quilting for YEARS and just made my first quilted tote bag?! Whether you’re wanting to get into quilting and learn the basics, or are a quilt-making machine, this tote bag pattern is a really great project to try! This pattern hack not only follows a completely FREE tutorial, but is specifically designed to teach you how to add interior pockets to your very own Every Adventure Tote!

Here are some of my favorite things about making this Every Adventure Tote:

  • Uses way less fabric than a whole quilt
  • Finishes so much faster than a quilt
  • You can bring it anywhere
  • Every time someone compliments it, you get to say “THANKS I MADE IT!”

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How to make a Quilted Graduation Cap

Graduation Season is coming up!

Are you a quilter graduating this year? Do you know any students struggling to know how to decorate their graduation cap? Are you wondering exactly how to decorate your graduation cap with a quilt? I would love to help teach some things I learned while decorating my graduation cap by making a mini quilt! Read below to learn how I made my very own quilted grad cap for both my Undergraduate degree and then also for my MBA!

My experience making my first Quilted Grad Cap:

In December of 2015 I finished my undergraduate degree at the University of Florida (Go Gators!) and knew that I had to incorporate quilting into how I decorated my graduation cap, but couldn’t really find any examples of how it had been done before. So, naturally, I decided to wing it. I learned a lot through that process and really perfected it my second go around when I completed my MBA in 2017.

Albert and Alberta

I’ll walk you through the steps I took while making mine, so you can be confident when you make your very own quilted graduation cap!

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Learning how to English Paper Piece (EPP)

Brimfield Blocks – that’s what caught my EPP attention!

As I am somewhat new to the EPP world, I’ll be honest: I don’t really know what I am doing here, but I want to share this journey with you because I am having a blast learning along the way! I learned some English Paper Piecing tricks last month at quilt con and I haven’t been able to put it down ever since.

I saw the Brimfield Blocks and immediately fell in love, and knew I had to try it. And since I am the type of person to always dive right in, I got the paper pieces in 3 sizes: Bitty Brimfield, Baby Brimfield, and the regular size Brimfield. I plan to make all the sizes and incorporate them all into one quilt.

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