Friday, August 3, 2012

Sailboat Block Tutorial

In case you were wondering, here's how I made those cute sailboat blocks I made for Adam's quilt:
click on the pictures to make them larger
 Cut out 6"x 4.5" rectangles from your background fabric and your two prints. I used my little HST ruler thingy to mark two diagonal lines, 1/2" apart corner to corner, on the background fabric. Lay your background fabric cat-cornered, like in the last picture.
 Sew on those lines you drew then cut in between them. Repeat for your other print, but be sure to make the lines go in the opposite diagonal direction and lay it on the opposite corner, like in the last picture up there.
 Press your seams toward the darker fabric (in my case, the print). Square up your rectangles to 5"x 6.5". For the sail, choose the two fabrics that will point up to go together (if your print is directional). For the boat, trim the bottom triangles to 1.5".
 You can see we're almost there. Sew each boat piece to the sail piece on top of it. Press. Sew the two halves together. Press.
Square up your block to 6.5"x 7.5". And there you have it; a pretty little sailboat.

If you have any questions, shout 'em out!

PS- the fabric is Cloud9's "Seven Seas" collection. Super cute, right?


Tina in Boston said...

Oh my goodness! I saw this block on In Color Order and I love it! I have some nautical fabric that this block will be perfect for. Thanks so much for sharing!

When I was growing up my neighbors were a Navy family. Go Navy!!

Rachel Booth said...

I'm a new follower! I found your blog via In Color ORder, and I love it! I'm a Navy brat, so I have a huge appreciation for Navy families. I'm also a young mommy, so I love the mix of craftiness and babies!

Lizbeth Brown said...

Thank you, ladies!

Mull3g said...

I saw these on flickr and wanted to make some immediately! I have lokked at other boat designs (my husband loves sailing), but this is the easiest and most striking I've seen. Thanks for sharing your tutorial.

terrieannie said...

I think you mean to square up to 5-1/2" by 4" (not 6-1/2")
Such a simple but adorable boat block. Thanks for sharing!

Lizbeth Brown said...

Terriannie- yes! haha, so sorry. Good thing I posted pictures, huh?

Lauren said...

Am I just dumb...where is the quilt these blocks belong to? I'd love to see it!

Lizbeth Brown said...

Haha- no, Lauren, you're not dumb! I haven't had a chance to put it together yet. Hopefully I will have some quilting time this coming week and I will be sure to update you all.

Lauren said...

Whew! One more question: What line is that fabric from? It's adorable!

Lizbeth Brown said...

Bah! I can't believe I didn't include that in the post. It's Seven Seas from Cloud9. It has a lovely feel to it.