How to Create an Eye-Catching Rainbow Cross Canoe Quilt

Oct 17, 2018 9:22:18 AM / by Bea Lee

Hi AccuQuilt quilters, it's Bea from

I created a fun rainbow quilt with fat quarters (FQ) and the new GO!® Crossed Canoes-9" Finished die! I am so excited to share this pattern with you!

The completed quilt measures 36" x 54".



To make this quilt, here's what you'll need:

GO!® Crossed Canoes-9" Finished die




24 FQs (two each in 12 colors). I used batiks by Island Batik in yellow, orange, red, pink, purple, dark blue, light blue, turquoise, light green, dark green, brown and black. You will want a bit of a contrast on the fabrics (you may notice that my orange looks like it's different, but in the big picture it melts together- which is okay, just a different look)

GO! Strip Cutter-2 1/2" (2" Finished) die for binding (1/2 yard). I was able to use a WOF for the back (2 yards). Here's a close-up of my fabrics.



TIP: You can also use 1/4yd cuts instead of FQs. I used FQs. I cut two 6 1/4" WOF strips of each fabric and laid on the die and cut out four sets of each color.



I like to lay the cut pieces in a plastic bin (with a lid) so I can snap it shut so some little fingers won't get into it.



First, I sewed the small corner triangle to the end of the middle wedge and it lines up perfectly and dog ears are cut off! Always iron the seams open.

I made sets like this from each color type, so 4+4 for each color.



Here they look like cones of ice cream. Good enough to eat!



Next, I sewed the side triangles on to make 1/4 blocks, still ironing the seams open.



Now, this is where it's different than what the cover pattern for the die looks like. I sewed four of the same 1/4 blocks together. So, for example, one block with dark yellow canoes and lighter yellow in the background and another block with light yellow canoes and darker yellow in the background.

Now there are 24 blocks in total.



I lined up the canoes in rainbow order, so the first in yellow has a dark colored canoe, the next orange has light canoes, then the red has dark canoes and so on. On the second row I started with light colored canoes.

Here are the first 12 blocks. The next 12 are the same color blocks but in opposite order.



Here's what the top looks like when it's all together.



I quilted it with a loopy feather all over design and added a batik binding.



It was a fun and easy quilt to make. Hope you try it. Have fun!

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Bea Lee

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