Easy Sailboats Quilt Pattern with 2 Quilt Blocks

  • 01 of 03

    Use Two Different Quilt Blocks to Make a Sailboats Quilt

    Easy Sailboats Quilt Pattern
    Sew an Easy Sailboats Quilt. Janet Wickell

    Sew a Patchwork Sailboats Quilt

    This easy Sailboats quilt pattern is assembled with thirty-five 12-inch patchwork quilt blocks sewn into horizontal rows and separated by sashing and cornerstones. Two different sailboat quilt blocks are alternated with each other side-by-side and row-to-row.

    The quilt finishes at about 72" x 100". Add or subtract blocks (12" finished) and sashing (2" finished) to alter its size. Each column or row that you add or subtract (block plus sashing) alters...MORE the quilt's dimensions by 14".

    In the quilt illustrated, one block's background is created from a single blue fabric. The same fabric is repeated underneath the boat in the alternate block. A lighter blue is used for the sky in the alternate sailboat blocks, and that fabric is repeated in cornerstones.

    Boat fabrics are sewn in warm colors that contrast with the cool blues of the sea and sky. Sails are cut from lighter fabrics. Vertical sashing is a deep, midnight blue and horizontal sashing strips are cut from a very pale blue cloth.

    Sailboat Quilt Pattern Fabrics

    • Light blue for sky in yellow-boat blocks, cornerstones: 1 1/4 yards
    • Darker blue for the entire background in brown-boat blocks and for the sea in yellow-boat blocks: 1-3/4 yards
    • Palest blue for horizontal sashing: 7/8 yard
    • Deepest blue for vertical sashing: 7/8 yard
    • Yellow for boats: 1/2 yard
    • Brown/red for boats: 1/2 yard
    • Light for yellow-boat sails: 3/8 yard
    • Light for brown-boat sails: 3/8 yard
    • Blue for binding: about 370 running inches of doublefold binding that will be sewn to the quilt with a 1/4"seam (Quilt Binding Strip Instructions)
    • Backing: 6-3/8 yards if using standard quilting fabric (Quilt Backing Instructions)
    • Batting: About 84" x 112"
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  • 02 of 03

    How to Sew Sailboats Quilt Blocks

    sailboat quilt block pattern
    The two sailboats quilt blocks used to make the quilt. Janet Wickell

    Sew Sailboat Quilt Blocks

    Refer to the two sailboats quilt block patterns linked below for assembly instructions. Make a sample of each sailboats quilt block before you cut all of the fabric required for the entire quilt.

    Cutting instructions assume your fabric has a usable width of at least 42".

    Sailboa...MOREt 1, Yellow Boats

    Cutting for 18 quilt blocks:

    Sky:

    • (36) 3-1/2" x 6-1/2" bars (from one 6-1/2" x selvage width strip and one 6-1/2" x 22" strip)
    • (36) 3-7/8" x 3-7/8" squares (from one 3-7/8" x selvage width strip and one 3-7/8" x 24-1/2" strip)
    • (36) 3-1/2" x 3-1/2" squares (from three 3-1/2" x selvage width strips)

    Boat:

    • (18) 3-1/2" x 12-1/2" bars (from one 12-1/2" x selvage width strip and one 12-1/2" x 11" strip)

    Sails:

    • (36) 3-7/8" x 3-7/8" squares (from one 3-7/8" x selvage width strip and one 3-7/8" x 24-1/2" strip)

    Water:

    • (18) 3-1/2" x 12-1/2" bars (from one 12-1/2" x selvage width strip and one 12-1/2" x 11" strip)

    Sailboat 2, Brown Boats

    Cutting for 17 quilt blocks:

    Sky:

    • (17) 3-1/2" x 6-1/2" bars (from one 6-1/2" x selvage width strip and one 3-1/2" x 18-1/2" strip)
    • (34) 3-1/2" x 9-1/2" bars (from three 9-1/2" x selvage width strips)
    • (34) 3-7/8" x 3-7/8" squares (from three 3-7/8" x selvage width strips and one 3-7/8" x 16-1/2" strip)
    • (34) 3-1/2" x 3-1/2" squares (from three 3-1/2" x selvage width strips)

    Boat:

    • (17) 3-1/2" x 12-1/2" bars (from one 12-1/2" x selvage width strip and one 12-1/2" x 18-1/2" strip

    Sails:

    • (34) 3-7/8" x 3-7/8" squares (from three 3-7/8" x selvage width strips and one 3-7/8" x 16-1/2" strip)
    Continue to 3 of 3 below.
  • 03 of 03

    Assemble the Sailboat Quilt

    sailboats quilt pattern
    Make rows for the sailboats quilt. Janet Wickell

    Sashing & Cornerstone Cutting and Assembly:

    Cut (40) 2-1/2" x 12-1/2" light blue sashing bars (from two 12-1/2" x selvage width strips and one 12-1/2" x 21" strip)

    Cut (42) 2-1/2" x 12-1/2" dark blue sashing bars (from two 12-1/2" x selvage width strips and one 12-1/2" x 26" strip)

    Cut (48) 2-1/2" x 2-1/2" medium blue sashing cornerstones (from three 2-1/2" x selvage width strips)

    1. Gather five light blue sashing bars and six cornerstones. Sew...MORE the pieces into a horizontal row as shown, top illustration, beginning and ending with a cornerstone. Match edges carefully.
    2. Press seam allowances towards the sashing, taking care not to stretch the row.
    3. Make a total of eight sashing/cornerstone rows.
    4. Gather six dark blue sashing bars, three blocks with boats sitting on the water and two blocks with boats sitting at the bottom of the block. Sew the blocks into a row as shown, middle illustration, alternating blocks and beginning and ending with sashing bars. Press seam allowances towards the sashing bars.
    5. Make three more identical rows.
    6. Gather six dark blue sashing bars, two blocks with boats sitting on the water and three blocks with boats sitting at the block's bottom. Sew the components into a row as shown, bottom illustration, alternating blocks and beginning and ending with sashing bars. Press seam allowances towards the sashing bars.
    7. Make two more identical rows.
    8. Refer to page 1. Sew all rows together, placing sashing/cornerstone rows between rows of blocks and at the top and bottom of the quilt, easing where necessary to match seam allowances. Use straight pins to match seam intersections.
    9. Press.
    10. Mark the top for quilting if necessary. Sandwich with batting and backing and baste. Quilt the quilt and remove excess batting and backing.
    11. Finish by applying the binding.