Hello everyone, I hope the weather in your neighborhood is treating you kind. It is cold here in southern Illinois but this cute baby quilt sent me on a journey to warmer days full of sunshine. This is Denise, the voice behind For the Love of Geese, and I'm excited to share with you this adorable baby quilt made using appliqué shapes from the new limited edition GO! Nautical Medley (55497).
AccuQuilt produces many appliqué dies that are acceptable for any age or gender and the new GO! Nautical Medley (55497) is one of them. When I received this die from AccuQuilt, I was reminded of a comment from a fellow quilter, “there are not many masculine quilt patterns available.” I wanted to create a quilt design you'd be comfortable gifting for either a boy or girl...or man.
With the GO! Nautical Medley you can embellish any pink or blue quilt (curtains, pillow, handbag) with all three shapes. If you haven't played with the GO! Quilt pattern customizer here on the AccuQuilt site, I invite you to have a GO! at it. The tool can help you see what fabrics look good togetherYou can find the link to the right on menu bar or by clicking here.
Let's see how I made this cute sailboat quilt for the next little girl or boy in my family using the GO! Qube Mix & Match 8" Block. We will then embellish it with the GO! Nautical Medley shapes and I hope it inspires you to make your own.
For this project I pulled out pre-cuts and coordinating yardage. As an Island Batik Ambassador, I received these 10” squares and yardage from the Quiet Shades collection and have been waiting for the perfect project and this is it.
- Assorted scraps of fabric or one package of 10” squares (I made 2 of these quilts and still had enough for a 3rd small project)
- 2 yards for the background and sashing. I chose a white solid from Island Batik.
- ¾ yard for outside border.
- Fusible web - five 4½" squares
- An accurate ¼" seam
GO! Nautical Medley (55497)
From the GO! Qube Mix & Match 8” Block:
- Shape 1, 55708- GO! Square - 4½” (4" Finished)
- Shape 2, 55709- GO! Square - 2½” (2" Finished)
- Shape 5, 55712- GO! Half Square Triangle - 2” Finished Square
- Shape 8, 55715- GO! Rectangle - 2½” x 4½” (2" x 4" Finished)
AccuQuilt provides pre-cutting dimensions both on the die packaging and on the website. Just click on your die and scroll down to the “Details” section. You will also find an instruction video for most of them at the bottom of the die pages.
All of my patches are cut and ready for assembly.
You will want to reference the layout diagram below to set the HST's as well as the center block. I chose to place the ships wheel in the center but you could easily add a pinwheel instead if you prefer.
Constructing the 3 Main Blocks in this Pattern
#1 Chain Block
There are a total of four Chain Blocks in my quilt. For each block you will cut:
- Four 2½” x 4½” rectangles from background fabric (55715)
- Six 2” finished HST from background/chain fabric (55712)
- Two 2½” squares from background fabric (55709)
Join the four center blocks with two HST's and two squares as shown in photo above. It helps if you press seams to opposite sides for nesting. Add one 2½" x 4½" rectangle to each side.
Join one HST to each side of a 2½" x 4½" rectangle as shown in photo above, two times. Add to top and bottom.
#2 Chain Block with Solid Center
You will make only one Chain Block with Solid Centers. Cut:
- One 4½” square from background fabric (55708)
- Four 2" finished HST from background/chain fabric (55712)
- Four 2½” x 4½” rectangle from background fabric (55715)
Join following the same steps as in the previous chain blocks. You will just have a solid 4½” square in the center.
Please note the direction of each HST as they are different from the previous four chain blocks.
There are a total of four Boat Blocks in my quilt. For each block you will cut:
- One 2½" x 4½" rectangle (55715) and two 2½” squares (55709) for water. Alt. you may cut one 2½" x 8½" strip instead.
- Two 2½” HST boat hull/background fabric (55712) and one 2½" x 4½" rectangles (55715) from boat hull fabric.
- Two 2½" x 4½" rectangles from background fabric (55715)
- Four 2” finished HST from sails/background fabric (55712)
Join four HST's to form the sails and add one 2½" x 4½" rectangle to each side.
Join the HST's for the boat hull to each side of a 2½" x 4½" boat hull fabric.
Join the water squares and rectangle to form a 2½" x 8½" strip and add to the bottom of the hull.
Join the sail and hull/water sections together.
Cut 12 strips 2½" x 8½" from the background fabric. I used the GO! Strip Cutter 2 1/2" (2" Finished) (55017).
Then make four 2” finished HST from the chain and background fabric.
Reference the layout diagram for placement direction.
Cut four 5½” corner squares for appliqués to be fused to.
Cut four 5½" x 28" strips.
From appliqué fabric, cut:
- Four 4½” squares (55708)
Fuse webbing to the backside of the four 4½” squares following manufacturer's directions. Allow to cool completely prior to rolling the die through your GO!. Fuse cut appliqués to each of the 5½" corner squares, again following manufacturer's directions.
Run a straight stitch or zig zag stitch around the appliqué to secure. Join one anchor block to each side of one 5½" x 28" strip. Repeat.
If you are placing a ships wheel in the center block do so prior to joining all the blocks. It is so much easier to stitch around the wheel with an 8½” block than the entire quilt top. The ships wheel will not fit exactly inside the center block.
Refer to the layout diagram at the top of this post and the photo below to see how I joined the sashing to each block prior to assembly.
Join sashing and blocks.
Add outside border.
I used blanket stitching around the anchor.
Then stuck with straight stitching around the ship's wheel.
It was a little windy today and the lighting wasn't the best.
Do you love this project and planning to make your own?
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