Nov 16, 2011

Prayer of an Unknown Confederate Soldier

This is so wonderful, I just had to share it. It so perfectly fits any of us who belong to the 99% and are still doing the very best that we can in spite of any of our life challenges!

Prayer of an Unknown Confederate Soldier

"I asked for strength that I might achieve;
I was made weak that I might learn humbly to obey.

I asked for health that I might do greater things;
I was given infirmity that I might do better things.

I asked for riches that I might be happy;
I was given poverty that I might be wise.

I asked for power that I might have the praise of men;
I was given weakness that I might feel the need of God.

I asked for all things that I might enjoy life;
I was given life that I might enjoy all things.

I got nothing that I had asked for, but everything that I had hoped for.
Almost despite myself my unspoken prayers were answered;
I am, among all men, most richly blessed."

(author unknown)

And, I just realized for the first time today, that as a child of the Union of the North (Alaska) and the South (Louisiana) I am a Union/Confederation ancestral blend. I love that!

And in honor of today being my husband's 62nd birthday and his having served in the National Guard after graduation from college in 1971 ...Vietnam, not Confederate era ;) I updated my free patriotic patterns list.... again!

So, in honor of our soldiers (both at home and abroad) and in the spirit of the good work and service that so many do in our country..... here's my collection of over 100 links to free quilt or quilt block patterns.

It includes some that are traditional, some that date back to the Civil War, and some amazing and wonderful stars, stripes, flags and even service banners!

Free Patriotic Quilt Patterns: UPDATED!

Free Union & Confederate Soldier's Patriotic Quilt Pattern
Soldier's Patriotic

Union Eagle Quilt

Gunboat Quilts...applique motif ideas like above

Pomegranate (Marriage )Quilt

Flags & Heart

Be forewarned:
McCalls now requires a sign in to download next 16 patterns below but there is no fee for downloading and using any of them:

54-40 or Fight
Independence Day "
A Nation's Pride "
Midnight Stars"
American Classic "
Shining Through
Bear's Paw
Stars & Stripes Forever
Born in the USA
Summer Spirit
Celebration 2000
True Colors

Sweet Land of Liberty by Marcie Patch
her free patterns including this American Eagle

Sweet Liberty Table Runner
The finished quilt top measures 21” by 42”
Made by Julie from The Intrepid Thread
printable PDF version

Land of Liberty star
15" x 20" pieced quilt project from Debbie Mumm

Liberate! block from Quilter's Cache

Liberty Star Basket

Patriotic Star string quilted star pattern from Maryquilts

Party Hats

Indian Trail

Northumberland Star

Royalty...the 911 block

Ohio Star

Spiderweb Star

Patriotic mini quilt: a free pattern for an 1890's reproduction by Patricia Cummings

In The Line of Duty (no longer links if you have one to this, please let me know, so I am including it in that hope, anyway)

Shuttle (In Memory of the Columbia) Pattern

American American Flag patterns flying horizontal, vertical, or waving!

Star in a Wall Hanging

Compuquilts: free patriotic blocks and quilt patterns as below:

The Crazy Star Flag

The 4th Star Flag Block and Quilt

Sapphire Stars Quilt (3 sizes)

Scottish Stars Quilt (39" Square) by Joy Hoffman

From Darlene Zimmerman:

Stardance Quilt (52.5" x 61.5")

GalaImage of Galaxy of Stars Quiltxy of Stars Quilt
39" x 29"

Thumbnail image of free quilt pattern: Star in a Wall Hanging

Star in a Wall Hanging

Thumbnail image of free quilt pattern: Stars All Around Tree Skirt

Stars All Around Tree Skirt

52" Diameter

Thumbnail image of free quilt pattern: Old Fashioned Stars Quilt

Old Fashioned Stars Quilt

61" x 82"

Shooting Stars

Ribbons to make in Red, White and Blue, Pink, and Yellow

three ribbons

Directions For Making a Blue or Gold Star Service Banner

Armed Services Flag for families with a member in active duty at this time! Fly proudly in your window!!!

3" x 6" US Ribbon Block

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US Ribbon Block

Quilt, below

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Amerihearts at Home

A nation's pride...'stained glass look quilt block pattern'

US "We Support" Ribbon wall hanging

July 2000 Block

Americana Flag

Navy Star

Army Star

Patriotic Block Patterns:

"A Dandy"...You will need six of these blocks!


"Log Cabin" ... You will need two of these blocks!


" Pieced Star" ... You will need two of these blocks!


"Starflower"... You will need eight of these blocks!


Moda Marbles Stars Tablerunner

Finished Size: 15" x 33"
Moda Marbles Stars Tablerunner™

Nantucket Knots Free Table Warmer Quilt Pattern Free Patriotic Quilt Pattern Here

Four Flags Quilt Block from Better Homes and Gardens Free Patriotic Quilt Pattern Here

July Flag from : Free Patriotic Quilt Pattern Here

Rainbow Stars from Better Homes & Gardens: Free Patriotic Quilt Pattern Here

Stars & Stripes from Benartex: Free Patriotic Quilt Pattern Here

Union Star from Free Patriotic Quilt Pattern Here

Veteran's Pride from Free Patriotic Quilt Pattern Here

Free pattern, click here.
Susan K. Cleveland prairie points tool flag

New York State Table Topper

Pat Sloan's Patriotics: See all her free patterns!
including these amazing beauties!

Final with binding_1 Liberty Heart




Liberty Stars made with her Sweet Liberty Fabric line

CLICK HERE to Download the pattern


Sweet Liberty fabric and her free Stars and Stripes pattern:

CLICK HERE to Download the pattern

Patriotic Heartstrings of Memory idea made by Michele Bilyeu "With Heart and Hands":

see:String Quilting:Tutorial and Free Patterns

Patriotic Checkers from Bernina and Free Patriotic Quilt Pattern Here

Blue or Gold Star Service Banner


An 1890s reproduction quilt, and a free pattern for you

by Patricia Cummings

patriotic mini quilt

Patriotic Miniature Quilt

US"We Support" Ribbon wall hanging

beginner sewing pattern

Military Free Printables

And for pure inspiration (but not free patterns) check out:
America's 9-11 Memorial Quilts Web Site

Shown at top:
one of my lap-sized string quilts with a pre-purchased center panel, makes up quickly and easily and is perfect for someone who is usually seated, as in a wheelchair.

With Inspector General, Willow Fern Bilyeu, (my daughter's 9th and always the best, birthday gift.) Now, age 16, she is at the helm, in all ways, in our household.

At her age, she pretty much sits wherever she wants to! Even when I am quilting!!!!

String Quilting
Comfort Quilts
Patriotic Heartstrings


Carol- Beads and Birds said...

Its a humbling prayer. So very thought provoking, no matter your ancestry or religion.

Josie McRazie said...

One of my very best friends and her Hubby are an awsome pair. on their mantel they have a pic of his grandfather ( a German soldier) and her grandfather (an American soldier) both from only two years apart! Kind of cool! Thank you for links for all the great patterns

Celia said...

A wonderful prayer and thanks for all the quilt patterns and links.

Angie said...

Happy happy birthday to your dear hubby!! :) Did you make him a birthday cake and sing to him? ;) Thank you bunches for the prayer...I want to print it out and post it on the fridge or somewhere where all in my house will see it. And thank you for the pattern links. You are such a generous soul. :D (p.s.I would love to have access to you by phone, snail mail, rails, and trails.) LOL

Lynne said...

A very thought provoking prayer.

Happy birthday Mr Heart and Hands.

Paula, the quilter said...

I will echo the others on the prayer. Also, the photo of kitty is just priceless! Thank you for the updated list of patriotic quilts

Alycia~Quiltygirl said...

Thanks for all that hard work. I love the quilt that kitty is working on!! Kitty has good taste.

Magpie Sue said...

Thank you for sharing that prayer. It doesn't matter that it's from a Confederate soldier. It's applicable to everyone/anyone. Oh that we could all be possessed of such wisdom.

Wonky Girl said...

So glad I came back to catch up on blogs! Look at all the patterns you have listed, doing that is wonderful. For the past year I've been collecting patriotic fabrics for making soldier's quilts. In
2012 I hope to finish several to donate. Maybe I shoud give one to my hubby, he gave 24 hard years to the Army (combat arms).
Thanks for the list!

Anonymous said...

I love the picture of the cat with this poem. He looks as if he's bowing his head in prayer. Thank you for the patriotic list. I'm trying to compile a New Testament list, and it's tricky, but fun!

Shelina (formerly known as Shasta) said...

Wow - sorry I am so late at commenting and reading. I've been busy writing articles on the website. What a great poem and huge list of quilting patterns. I'll forgive you for the cat picture since this one is so appropriate! Aak Choo!