Sailboat Log Cabin Quilt Block Pattern

  • 01 of 02

    Make a Sailboats Log Cabin Quilt Block

    Sailboats Log Cabin Quilt Block Pattern
    Make Sailboats Log Cabin Quilt Blocks. Janet Wickell

    Sew 12-inch Sailboat Log Cabin Quilt Blocks

    This easy Sailboat Log Cabin quilt block pattern finishes at 12" x 12".

    My log cabin block is designed mostly in contrasting blues, with a dark boat and a bright sail, but choose any fabrics you like for your own block -- they needn't be realistic.

    Unlike the most traditional log cabin quilt block, where strips are added to the center in a circular motion, the Sailboat Log Cabin is assembled more like Courthouse Steps quilt blocks. Opposite...MORE side strips are sewn first, and then a top and bottom strip, and then more sides (and the motion is repeated).

    The boat's sail is a half square triangle unit, and the boat itself is quick pieced with an easy technique we often use for Flying Geese. All other patches are easy to cut strips with the fabric's straight grain along their edges.

    I think the pattern looks good sewn in mottled fabrics, tone on tone fabrics, and fabrics that are all-over prints. If you sew with stripes or other directional fabrics, consider how they will look in the block before cutting.

    The Sailboat Log Cabin block is a good choice if you'd like to make a scrap quilt.

    Skills for Beginning Quilters

    Cutting for One Quilt Block

    Lightest Background, Behind Boat

    • (1) 3-7/8" x 3-7/8" square
    • (2) 2" x 2" squares
    • (2) 2" x 3-1/2" strips
    • (1) 2" x 6-1/2" strip

    Medium Light Blue

    • (2) 2" x 6-1/2" strips
    • (1) 2" x 9-1/2" strip

    Medium Blue

    • (2) 2" x 9-1/2" strips
    • (1) 2" x 12-1/2" strip

    Darkest Blue

    • (1) 2" x 9-1/2" strip
    • (1) 2" x 12-1/2" strip

    Bright Color for Sail

    • (1) 3-7/8" x 3-7/8" square

    Dark for Boat Body

    • (1) 2" x 6-1/2" strip

    How to Print My Quilt Patterns

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  • 02 of 02

    Sew the Sailboat Log Cabin Quilt Block

    Log Cabin Sailboat Quilt Block
    Sew the Log Cabin Sailboat Quilt Block. Janet Wickell

    I won't mention it in the assembly steps for the Sailboat Log Cabin quilt block, but do recommend that you press to set seams before pressing the seams to one side. That simple step nearly always helps improve accuracy.

    After adding strips to opposite sides of the block, press seam allowances towards the new strips.

    When adding strips, align midpoints and ends, pinning in place before sewing.

    1. Figure 1, middle patchwork, is the half square triangle unit. Pair the 3-7/8" lightest blue square...MORE with the sail square and follow my half square triangle unit tutorial to turn the pair into two units that each measure 3-1/2" x 3-1/2". One can be used for a second block.
    2. Sew a 2" x 3-1/2" very light blue strip to opposite sides of the half square triangle unit, orienting the sail as shown. 
    3. Figure 2, bottom patchwork, is the boat's body. The boat is constructed by sewing a 2" square to each end of the 2" x 6-1/2" boat strip. Use the technique shown in this Flying Geese tutorial, orienting the angles as shown in the illustration above. Unlike geese, the triangles that result after sewing and trimming will only rest at the ends of the strip, not meet in the middle.
    4. Sew the boat body to the bottom of the partial block, and sew a 2" x 6-1/2" lightest blue strip to the top.
    5. Figure 3. Sew a 2" x 6-1/2" medium light blue strip to opposite sides of the block as shown.
    6. Figure 4. Sew a 2" x 9-1/2" medium light blue strip to the top of the block. Sew a 2" x 9-1/2" dark blue strip to the bottom of the block.
    7. Figure 5. Sew a 2" x 9-1/2" medium blue strip to opposite sides of the quilt block.
    8. Figure 6. Sew a 2" x 12-1/2" medium blue strip to the top of the block. Sew a 2" x 12-1/2" dark blue strip to the bottom of the block.
    9. The quilt block should measure 12-1/2" x 12-1/2".