A Visually Striking Sailboat Quilt 

I made a sailboat quilt for a good friend of mine as a gift for Christmas and it was one of the quickest and most visually striking quilts I’ve ever made.

I started my quilt this way because when I searched for a nautical quilt pattern, I just couldn’t find anything that I really liked.

I had bought a bundle of someone else’s leftover blue and navy fabrics.

Fabric Planning

I used the blue waves fabric for the sea and the bird fabric for the sky and I added a pop of red for the bottom of the boat itself.

Building the Quilt around one Quilt Block

Once the FPP block was finished I measured the size of the finished block. I think it was around 12″ plus the seam allowance.

Next I measured how much of the block had the ‘water’ in it and how much had the ‘sky’.

I then pieced strips to either side of the block that were approximately 2/3rds sky and 1/3rd water.

This is not a quilt pattern where I can give you set block sizes but rather a bit of a DIY guide to building up around a hero quilt block as it were.

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