Happy 4th Of July – Military Quilts


When searching for a photo to post on social media today to celebrate our country’s “birthday” I ran across a couple of military quilts I made years ago…for me, honoring our military with a quilt is as American as apple pie. I love that so many quilters are actually honoring our veterans with a program called Quilts of Valor…I have had the privilege of honoring two servicemen with quilts made from their uniforms…

This post is totally impromptu, it’s not a tutorial, and I’m not seeking new commissions. I just wanted to share photos of how I cut up uniforms, saving pockets, patches, buttons, etc to create quilts that would honor the men and women who wore the uniforms. I made good use of my Studio 180 Design tools and will point out the individual units made with these tools to inspire you to consider honoring someone special in your lives ~ and tell them thank you for their service from me.

The first quilt (2014) was made from multiple uniforms, the gentleman was from a family of military branches, he himself serving in two ~ among the uniforms provided for his quilt was indeed a female solider, if memory serves me correctly she was an aunt. The variety of fatigues made for good contrast in many of the blocks. The second quilt (2017) was made for a friend’s husband at church. Both of these quilts make me tear up with gratitude for all the men and women who have served and are serving our country. To me, this is what the fourth of July is all about! Our freedom gained by the sacrifices of the brave and their families.

Without further comments, here’s a photo collection of my attempt to honor our military. God bless America, the land of the free because of the brave.


Blazing Star to honor the stars and stripes of America, Quilt 1


Every veteran is a star in my book ~ Blazing Star, Quilt 2


V block and Corner Beam, Quilt 2


V block, Quilt 2


Square Squared, Quilt 1


Half Square Triangle units, I love pockets – and uniforms have a bunch! Each is still “useable” – Quilt 2


Lemoyne Stars to show honor, Quilt 1


Half square triangles surround yet another pocket, Quilt 1


Corner Pop and half square triangles, Quilt 1


Gotta love the V block surrounding more pockets! Quilt 1


Wing Clipper joins the Corner Beam with a few more half square triangles, Quilt 1


More corner beam and V clock units, Quilt 2


A challenge to quilt through the uniforms, around pockets, patches, buttons and colors. Such an honor. Quilt 2


Military Quilt (2014) made with pride and honor by Karen Overton, The Quilt Rambler


Military Quilt (2017) made with pride and a grateful heart by Karen Overton, The Quilt Rambler


As you celebrate our nation’s freedom with hot dogs, fireworks and family ~ I hope you will do so with pride and tears in your eyes full of love and gratitude for those who have sacrificed for our freedom. My personal thanks to my family members who have served and are serving. I’m proud of you and love you very much!

This is Karen Overton, The Quilt Rambler, Let Freedom Ring!

6 thoughts on “Happy 4th Of July – Military Quilts

  1. Phyllis says:

    Karen your uniform quilts inspire me …I have my daughter in law saving my son’s uniforms because I plan on making him a quilt to celebrate his retirement from the army in four years.

    • TheQuiltRambler says:

      Oh I’m so glad to hear this! Lots of uniforms make things easier as there really aren’t big patches due to those fabulous pockets! Thank your son for his service for me please!

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