The Sailboat Block

sailboat quilt block

sailboat quilt block

This is my third block care of the ‘Art of Quilting’! It is the Sailboat block and it was anything but plain sailing. I think it’s true to say that I made this one all the more difficult by doing it half asleep, late this evening, at a certain time of the month… really not advisable!

Let me tell you… unpicking tiny fraying squares, especially when you’ve used a small machine stitch and secured each end, particularly when your eyes are not properly open, and you are a little stroppy to say the least, is an absolute nightmare.

sailboat quilt block reverse

sailboat quilt block reverse

But I did not growl too much and though I considered abandonment, I rode the waves and I’m now really pleased with it. I think it’s kind of cute! It’s very apparent how keeping a consistent 6mm seam is of crucial importance. You can see from the top edge that I didn’t manage it exactly but I think I can ‘wing’ that edge when it comes to putting it all together.

I’m still behind by one issue and I’m sure the next one is due soon but one is definitely enough for this evening. Give me a vintage dress to make any day!

Block Facts:

Name: Sailboat
History: Some variations of this design date back to the late 1800s. This version has a ‘Deco’ feel and is more likely to belong to the 1930s.
Level: Beginner (apparently!)
No. of pieces: 14