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Sewing a Sailboat Storytelling Quilt


I finally finished up the little quilt I wanted to make with the rest of the sailboat blocks that my son and I sewed. Last year when I wrote the sailboat block tutorial for our Classic Blocks Fresh Fabrics series, my 10 year old grew fascinated with quiltmaking – I guess he just needed to see the right block!

He helped me use 1/2 of our blocks to make a baby quilt for his 3rd grade teacher (he really loved her), and this little quilt uses the rest of those quilt blocks.


I think this sailboat quilt will be so much fun for telling stories of the sea. Looking at this end, there is an armada of ships sailing by day…


And looking at this end of the quilt, there are 6 little ships sailing under a starry sky. We’ll be turning the quilt round and round telling a tale of ships sailing night and day!


Part of what I love about this quilt is that we sewed it together. My son’s blocks are a bit… irregular. 🙂

What can I say, it was his first time quilt piecing! The fabrics are True Blue by Anna Davis for Blend. I quilted it with wavy lines to give the feeling of water and wind. This was so much fun, I can’t wait to try another quilt that tells a narrative. Have you ever sewn one?

So, what have you been sewing up this week? Did you make something with one of my free sewing tutorials or patterns? I would love to see! Tag me on Instagram @sewcanshe.

Happy Sewing,


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3 Comments

  1. Maartje Quilt in Amsterdam says:

    Love, love, love your boat and whale quilt. Wish I had the time. Love the quilting of the waves !! Thanks for sharing, will be inspiration for me.

  2. Pauline Ann Perry says:

    Your sail boat story telling quilt is awesome – gorgeous blocks and gorgeous colours.
    Pauline
    perry94022 at hotmail dot com

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