Sailboat Quilt Block Tutorial (Part 2: The Mast & Hull)

Free Tutorial for this 12" (finished) Sail Boat Quilt Block on Childlike Fascination

I’m back with part 2 of the 12″ finished (12 1/2″ unfinished) sailboat quilt block tutorial. This fun nautical themed block is perfect for the cottage commissioned quilt I’ve been planning and working on.  Next week I have a fun post planned to explore different layouts for this quilt block in a couple nautical themed quilt projects! You can see part one of this tutorial – how to make the sail in last week’s post.

Hull Instructions

Part one can be found here.


  • G (1) 1 1/2″ squares mast fabric
  • H (1) 1 1/2″ x 7 1/2″ background fabric
  • I (1) 1 1/2″ x 4 1/2″ background fabric
  • J (2) 2 1/2″ squares background fabric
  • K (2) 2 1/2″ x 1 1/2″ background fabric
  • L (1) 2 1/2″ x 10 1/2″ hull fabric

Pieces for the sailboat quilt block hull

1. Draw a diagonal line (with erasable) on the wrong side of both the (2) 2 1/2″ (J) background squares

Mark a line diagonally across the square

2. Align the (2) 2 1/2″ x 2 1/2″ (J) background squares to the 2 1/2″ x 10 1/2″ (L) hull fabric as shown below (direction is important!)

Align the hull and square with  marked lines as shown

3. Sew on the marked line then trim off corner 1/4″ away from the seam

Sew along the marked line and trim corners off 1/4" away from seam

4. Sew the (2) 1 1/2″ x 2 1/2″ (K) background strips to opposite sides of the hull unit

Sew rectangles to sides of hull

5. Sew the 1 1/2″ x 7 1/2″ (I) and 1 1/2″ x 4 1/2″ (H) background strips to opposite sides of the 1 1/2″ (G) square mast piece

Sew the I and H pieces to opposite sides for the G block for the sailboat mast

6. Join the mast strip to the hull to the sail

Sew together sail, mast and hull as shown

6. Bask in the sunshine on you brand new 12″ Sailboat Quilt Block!

Free Tutorial for this 12" (finished) Sail Boat Quilt Block!

Isn’t is lovely?!?!

For my sailboat wall hanging I needed 12 of these 12″ finished sailboat blocks. Next week I’ll be talking about layouts you could use with this design to inspire your nautical sailboat project! Hope you enjoyed this two part tutorial!

Free Tutorial for this 12" (finished) Sail Boat Quilt Block on Childlike Fascination

Sailboat Quilt Block Tutorial (Part 1: The Sail)

Free Tutorial for this 12" (finished) Sail Boat Quilt Block on Childlike Fascination

The other week I posted about the sailboat wall hanging I had been designing for my family’s cottage. After visiting a few design idea I ended up creating a fun 12″ finished (12 1/2″ unfinished) quilt blocks. Here’s part one on how to make this quilt block for yourself!  I’ll be posting in the coming week with part 2 and some layout ideas!  Part one of this free sailboat quilt block tutorial is to make the sail using half square triangles!

Pattern Yield: 12″ finished Sailboat Quilt Block

Sail Instructions


  • A (6) 3 1/2″ squares background fabric *
  • B (6) 3 1/2″ squares sail fabric (2 ea. of 3 colors)*
  • C (2) 2 1/2″ squares background fabric
  • D (1) 4 1/2″ square background fabric
  • E (2) 2 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ background fabric
  • F (1) 1 1/2″ x 12 1/2″ background fabric

* You’ll see in the pictures, I used 5″ charms for pieces A and B. At that size there was more waste fabric when trimming the half square triangles than I like to have so the pattern is written for a more accurate size.

Pieces for Sailboat Quilt Block Sail

1. Draw a line diagonally across the wrong side of the (6) 3 1/2″ (A) background fabric squares

Draw a line to make half square triangles

2. Pair up the 3 1/2″ (A) background squares with the 3 1/2″ (B) sail squares, right sides together

Place the pieces of fabric right sides together

3. Sew a 1/4″ to both sides of the drawn line

Sew a 1/4" to both sides of the drawn line (not on the line)

4. Cut the fabric along the drawn line

Trim on the line

5. Press seam allowances towards the dark fabric to yield 8 half square triangles (HST)

Half square triangles

6. Trim all HST down to 2 1/2″ square

Trimmed half square triangles

7. Arrange HST, the 2 1/2″ (C) bacgkround squares and the 4 1/2″ (D) background square as shown below

Layout your sail

8. Sew the HST and 2 1/2″ (C) squares as shown below

Sew four patches

9. Sew resulting squares together as a four patch

Sew four patch together

10. Sew the 2 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ (E) background fabric to the sides of the sail square

Sew sides to the sail

11. Sew the 1 1/2″ x 12 1/2″ (F) background fabric to the top of the sail

Sew the top background to

Sail, complete!

Sail complete!

The hull post will be up soon and the some ideas on layouts for this 12″ finished quilt block with some nautical themed ideas!

I used the it’s Sew Emma Alphabitties to mark the pieces for an easier tutorial. Please let me know in the comments if you think this was helpful and if I should continue using them for tutorials! I purchased them a couple months ago and this is the first time I’ve used them and I thought they were helpful.

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Week 4 of the New Quit Bloggers Blog Hop

Welcome to the final week of the 2015 New Quilt Bloggers Blog Hop! I’m so happy and thankful that you’ve all been here to follow along and check out all these new quilt bloggers along with us. Today I am excited to introduce you to:

I invite you to click and visit their blogs, and leave them a friendly comment to say hi. Bloggers appreciate comments so much; so many of us don’t have friends to sew with and connect to the quilting world virtually. Comments make the online quilting world go ’round!

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We have 4 hosts, Cheryl @Meadow Mist Designs, Stephanie @Late Night Quilter, Yvonne @ Quilting Jetgirl and me, each posting about several new bloggers for you to check out on Mondays over the course of 4 weeks. So after you have had some time to get to know more about the Sewcial Swarm, please visit the other hosts to learn more about other new quilt bloggers! It’s a big blog hop, so that also means big giveaways. Scroll down to the bottom to check out this week’s awesome sponsors and big prizes.

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Week 3 of the New Quilt Blogger’s Blog Hop!

Welcome back to the 2015 New Quilt Bloggers Blog Hop -Week 3!

We took a little  break from introducing our readers to new bloggers since so many people travel during the first couple of weeks of July (most of our hoppers are US based.) But we’re back and ready to rock-n-roll again, with another round of new quilt bloggers for you to check out! There’s also another amazing giveaway for you all to enter at the end of this post.

I hope you were able to visit all of our previous bloggers during our break. If you missed them, here are the links to my groups for Week 1 and Week 2.  I am looking forward to getting to know more of the Sewcial Swarm this week, and I hope you have fun following along with me.

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Today I am excited to introduce you to:

We have 4 hosts, Yvonne @ QuiltingJetgirl, Cheryl @Meadow Mist Designs, Stephanie @ Late Night Quilter and myself, each posting about several new bloggers for you to check out on Mondays over the course of 4 weeks (on week 3 now!) It’s a big blog hop, so that also means big giveaways. Scroll down to the bottom to check out this week’s awesome sponsors and big prizes.

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Also, check out this great new advice post:

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Paddle Adventure on the 5th of July

Is has been nice to actually take some time to relax recently.  I finished my big project (30 pillows, 9 cushions in a 7 day deadline) and will have photos to share on that in the next week or two but I wanted to share another non-quilting or crafting related post so please take a seat and grab a coffee and enjoy my ramblings.

It seems like forever ago but in a past life I would take pictures all the time. It was long before I dabbled in portraits, model portfolio development photo shoots or weddings. I’m a serial hobbyist; always trying something new, never sitting still long enough to know what is going to stick.  I would go on adventures to parks, the city or drives down roads I’ve never taken before in search of a beautiful photograph.

At some point (probably when I was doing the model portfolio development, portraits or weddings) I lost the love of editorial photography; the photography where you take a beautiful photo just to capture the moment; no one is paying, there is no deadline it’s just about taking beautiful photos.  This past Sunday afternoon, armed with the dry bag, my “big girl” camera and telephoto lens (80-300mm Nikor) the boyfriend and I grabbed the kayak & canoe to go on a paddle adventure.

Bright Blue Dragonfly

I took a lot of terrible photos of this dragon fly before I got this one just right. I couldn’t believe the vibrant shade of metallic blue of this little creature.

Wild grasses on the river bank

I’m a sucker for bokeh. That term describes the effect when the subject stands out from it’s blurry background. I loved the way you can see the same beige grasses blurred in the background blended with the vibrant green from the side of the river.

Large dragonfly on a leaf

This dragonfly was a bit tricky to capture a photo of. There was so much to consider every time I lifted the lens to my eye. Is the kayak still moving in a forward or backward momentum? Is the wind going to blow me about? How can I stabilize myself well enough to get the subject in focus? If the kayak is still moving, how long until another leaf blocks my subject or I end up deep in the weeds with spiders on my vessel, again? Lots to think about when all I want to do is disappear into a world where the only thing is me, my subject and the landscape in the viewfinder.

A Vulture Flying in the Sky

I had actually forgotten I’d brought my camera until we spotted a pair of birds soaring in the sky.  At the height and the way they were flying we wondered if they were eagles or vultures.  Eagles are not necessarily common in the central Massachusetts area but there are a number of nesting pairs around.  The dry bag I mentioned was purchased after our last kayaking adventure where I watched a bald eagle catch a fish with it’s fierce talons no more than 20 yards away from me, it was a amazing. We decided that based on the photos this is probably a vulture but we weren’t sure.

Beautiful swamp forest

When we got off the river we took the back way home and drove through the dirt trails in a nearby state forest. I insisted we stop the truck for this landscape and then we headed back home.

Through the rest of the summer I’ll be posting a few more of these photographic adventure posts but there’s some sweet quilting posts coming soon too (one tutorial in progress on my craft table). I like sharing my R&R with y’all to try remind everyone to take some time for yourself in this crazy busy world of ours. All of this beauty was only 15 minutes away from home and gosh it was nice to just get back to nature for a little bit.


Terri Ann

A Quick Break, BRB!

I’m going to pull back on my 3-4 posts per week cadence that I’ve kept up with lately to let my life breath for a couple of weeks. I’ve been under a tremendous amount of self-imposed stress lately and it’s taking a toll on me and the blog is the things that has to give for a wee bit.

I am part of a line dance team sponsored by my favorite local saloon and we are performing at a big festival: the Great American Celebration, over the weekend of the 4th of July in Spencer MA. I’ve got one dance on the list that I’m still shaky on and I need to spend some time practicing and doing some endurance work to make sure I can keep up with some of the younger girls. If you’re a local reader please do get in touch if you’re interested in going, I’d love to meet you in person!!!

Great American Celebration - Spencer MA 2015

In addition one of the coordinators of the event (a good friend) asked if I would be able to help whip up some pillows and cushions for a palette bench in the VIP area at the festival. I foolishly agreed before getting solid details. It’s 30 pillows and probably 12 cushions and with only 2 weeks to order the fabric, get it delivered and making the pillows I’ll be a bit stressed out as it gets down to the wire!

The 2015 New Quilt Bloggers blog hop is going so wonderfully and I’m so lucky to be involved as one of the co-hosts with three other ladies that have quickly become very dear friends but these types of online events take coördination, dedication and effort. I am so thankful we have a 2 week break already scheduled into these next weeks because I sure need it to come back refreshed for weeks 3 and 4 of the hop.

In offline life I’m also helping coördinate a group weekend trip for about 30 people at the end of July and trying to make sure I spend an adequate amount of time with my boyfriend, family and friends while juggling all these things while things are shaking up over at my full-time job.

Sailboat Wall Hanging Plans

On top of that I have a quilt I need to get finished, a family commissioned wall quilt (fabric came yesterday!), a quilt to make for a contest, a product I’m planning a Kickstarter for, a quilt along I’m planning for the fall and countless other projects that have had to be pushed to the side while I screw my head back on straight since it’s been spinning like a top since the beginning of June.

Here’s hoping you get a chance to enjoy some summer festivities these next few weeks (or winter activities for all my Australian friends) and I’ll catch up with y’all just as soon as I can!