I'm so excited to show you the classic quilt blocks that I've been working on for July. As soon as Blend sent me this fabric, I knew that I would make the sailboat quilt block. Isn't it perfect?
In case you are catching this blog series for the first time, we're spending a year making gorgeous quilt blocks using the classic patterns and fresh modern fabrics from Anna Griffin and Blend Fabrics! So far we've made the Dutchman's Puzzle Block, the Churn Dash Block, the Friendship Star, and the Snowball and Nine Patch blocks together!
Each month I also giveaway a fat quarter bundle of fabrics from Blend... the same fabrics that I used in my blocks. If you want to play, just make one or more of the current month's block within two weeks that the tutorial is posted, and share a picture of your block(s) in our facebook group entry album or in our flickr pool. As we go along you can search for 'classic' in the search box above to access all of the posts.
The fabric that I got to play with this time is called True Blue by Ana Davis. It's a delightful collection of nautical prints that comes in a boy colorway and a girl colorway.
The FQ bundle that we're giving away has 5 fat quarters from each colorway. Actually, one of the pieces is a half yard. :)
The sailboat block is easy and fun and if you've been stitching along with us, you've already made all of the elements before. So let's get started!
Like before, I used the iPhone quilt block app BlockFab to find my cutting dimensions and fabric requirements. I will provide here the cutting dimensions for a 12'' and 24'' block (the sizes I made), but if you have an iPhone or iPad you can download the app and find dimensions for just about any size Sailboat Block.
I'm going to divide the different parts into water, hull, sails, and sky.
For a 12'' block cut:
water - one 3 1/2'' x 12 1/2'' rectangle
hull - one 3 1/2'' x 12 1/2'' rectangle
sails - two 3 7/8'' squares
sky - two 3 1/2'' squares, two 3 7/8'' squares, and two 3 1/2'' x 6 1/2'' rectangles
For a 24'' block cut:
water - one 6 1/2'' x 24 1/2'' rectangle
hull - one 6 1/2'' x 24 1/2'' rectangle
sails - two 6 7/8'' squares
sky - two 6 1/2'' squares, two 6 7/8'' squares, and two 6 1/2'' x 12 1/2'' rectangles
The instructions below are for the 12'' block. Instructions for the 24'' block are in parentheses.
Let's prepare the sailboat block in rows, from the bottom up. Since the bottom row (the water) is just a rectangle, it's all ready. The next row up is the hull. Draw diagonal lines on the 3 1/2'' (6 1/2'') sky squares and pin them to the ends of the hull rectangle as pictured.
Stitch directly on the line you drew (like a snowball corner). Trim away the corner with a 1/4'' seam allowance, and press the block open.
Two rows ready!
The sails are made with half square triangle blocks. Draw diagonal lines across the two 3 7/8'' (6 7/8'') sky squares and pin them to the matching sail squares.
This time stitch a scant 1/4'' on either side of your drawn lines. Cut along the lines to make the four half square triangles. Press and trim to 3 1/2'' (6 1/2'')
Sew the 4 HST's into a sailboat pattern and then sew the 3 1/2'' x 6 1/2'' (6 1/2'' x 12 1/2'') rectangles on either side.
Now all the rows are ready! Stitch them together and your block is done.
Beware of this... the directional print strikes again (LOL Jessica)! At least it was an easy fix.
So... random.org will pick the winner of the True Blue fat quarter bundle on the evening of July 21st. You only have to make 1 block (in any fabric combination) to enter, but I know you'll want to make more! Links to the photo albums to put your picture in are above. Please just put a picture in one album so I won't get confused. :)