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Patriotic Pillows Revisited

Patriotic Pillows Revisited

Written by: 
Anna Dineen

The Moda team is getting ready for a long holiday weekend… Time to plan a quick project!

For many of us, that means a pillow. We’re big fans of the humble pillow around here – all the joys of quilting, neatly condensed into a plump little package. You don’t need as much fabric, so they’re a great scrap-buster; they are much easier to machine quilt yourself (a big win for beginning quilters); and if you’re pressed for time or just don’t mind, you don’t even have to quilt them at all.

They’re also an excellent opportunity to practice working with zippers, if you are so inclined.

Our friend Carrie Nelson is the Pillow Queen – she designed and made dozens of pillows for Moda over the years, and today, we’re resharing several of her festive, patriotic pillow patterns.

Stripes & One Star and Stripes & Stars – the OG patterns, first published in 2017. Carrie used a variety of Fig Tree & Co. prints for the lumbar pillow and Bonnie & Camille prints for the square pillow. She remade them a few years later with newer fabrics from the same designers.

Pattern: Stripes & One Star

Pattern: Stripes & Stars

A few years later, Carrie revisited those patterns and created a couple of new ones – Stripes & Three Stars, two ways: a lumbar version and a square version.

These two patterns use the same size star block, which makes it even easier and more efficient to make both at once!

In addition to her Fig Tree & Co. and Bonnie and Camille versions, she made Stripes & Three Stars pillows using lovely pinks and soft blues from a couple of Minick & Simpson collections and included some wovens. Perfection!

Pattern: Stripes & Three Stars – Lumbar

Pattern: Stripes & Three Stars – Square  


The gals of the Moda Marketing Team are making patriotic pillows over the long weekend, and we’ll be sharing them on the Fourth of July. Will you join us?

Make a patriotic pillow using any of the Stars & Stripes pillow patterns or your favorite Moda fabrics and post them to Instagram or Facebook so we can follow along with you! Be sure to tag us and include the hashtag #ModaPatrioticPillowParade.

The Moda family wishes you a safe and happy Independence Day for our stateside friends, and a great weekend no matter where you are!

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