A really easy and common four patch block, so that you will never forget your holidays! It goes around by so many names, sailboat or boat, etc. but the pattern is almost always the same.
Cutting Instructions for the Ship quilt block
Simple and straightforward half square triangles. a really easy block and perfect for beginners. I prefer to make a test block before cutting pieces for the whole quilt. It makes me more confident to continue and make the whole thing. In this particular block you could use scraps mainly for the sails of the ship, or just go with matching fabrics.
And always remember FINISHED SIZE means the size it will be in a completed quilt. The measurements given already have the ¼ inch allowance included.
Finished Block size
*SQ = Square/Squares
Cut 2 SQ from dark & white fabric
Cut 1 strip from light & white fabric
Cut 2 rectangles from white fabric
Cut 2 SQ from white fabric
1.5 x 4.5 inches
1.5 x 2.5 inches
2.5 x 8.5 inches
2.5 x 4.5 inches
3.5 x 12.5 inches
3.5 x 6.5 inches
4.5 x 16.5 inches
4.5 x 8.5 inches
Names of the block
The Mayflower, Tad Lincoln’s sailboat, Little ship of dreams
This blocks’ variations are many but they are not exactly the same as the current tutorial, so you could make them using the same instructions. So more tutorials to come with the rest of the variations!
Video Tutorial of the Ship quilt block
I hope you will enjoy this video tutorial on how to make the SHIP quilt block and don’t forget to subscribe to my channel for more fun quilt blocks!
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