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
- 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.
1. Draw a line diagonally across the wrong side of the (6) 3 1/2″ (A) background fabric squares
2. Pair up the 3 1/2″ (A) background squares with the 3 1/2″ (B) sail squares, right sides together
3. Sew a 1/4″ to both sides of the drawn line
4. Cut the fabric along the drawn line
5. Press seam allowances towards the dark fabric to yield 8 half square triangles (HST)
6. Trim all HST down to 2 1/2″ square
7. Arrange HST, the 2 1/2″ (C) bacgkround squares and the 4 1/2″ (D) background square as shown below
8. Sew the HST and 2 1/2″ (C) squares as shown below
9. Sew resulting squares together as a four patch
10. Sew the 2 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ (E) background fabric to the sides of the sail square
11. Sew the 1 1/2″ x 12 1/2″ (F) background fabric to the top of the sail
The hull post
will be up soon can be found here: Sailboat Quilt Block Tutorial (Part 2: The Mast & Hull 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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