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I've been quilting for over 30 years, teaching advanced quilting classes for over 20 years, and pattern designing for over 15 years. Every minute that I can spend quilting is a joy, and I hope to ...

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Underway Patriotic Quilt Pattern

from Quilts by Elena
(7) Name: 'Quilting : Underway Patriotic Quilt Pattern
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Underway Patriotic Quilt Pattern Underway Quilt
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Basic Skills Necessary:

  • rotary cutting
  • piecing with 1/4" seam allowance

Pattern Description:

At the time when this quilt was designed, my son was serving on the USS Providence, a nuclear submarine stationed out of Groton, Connecticut. When they would leave on a mission, it was called being "underway". So in his honor, this quilt was designed using patriotic colors of red, white and blue. This is a grand, old world style quilt with an elegant pieced ribbon border. It is bold and majestic, just like my pride in all of our servicemen and women.


  • color 1, light, 2 1/2 yds.
  • color 2, dark, 1 3/8 yds.
  • color 3, medium, 1 yd.
  • color 4, medium, 1 1/2 yds.
  • backing fabric 3 3/8 yds.

You Will Also Need:

  • rotary cutter, mat, ruler
  • thread
  • sewing machine