Tuesday, May 20, 2014

sailboats for Caleb

I've just finished another baby quilt top for a new baby boy in the family. Caleb was born in January - another beautiful boy for my niece Sarah!

Sarah and I spent a lot of time perusing Pinterest for baby quilt ideas, and the one she chose featured sailboats like these...

She loves the colors and graphic patterns of these Joel Dewberry Modern Meadow (and other assorted Denyse Schmidt) fabrics and opted for the light grey solid as the background. I saved the argyle plaid for the backing.

Each sailboat block finishes at 12" square and requires eight 3" half-square triangle (HST) blocks, so I cut forty-eight 4" squares each of print and grey solid to make all the HSTs needed plus several extras to ensure enough variety in the finished blocks.

You can see the method I use most often for sewing HSTs here. I use Option 2 and cut my squares a full 1" larger than the finished block size needed and trim them to the correct size after pressing. The trimmed HST size needed for this quilt is 3.5" square which yields a 3" finished block.

A 1" sashing between the blocks and a 2" border all around brings the finished quilt size to about 42" square.

The backing is made up of a 28" center square of the argyle print surrounded by 7" x 9" rectangles of other prints used in the sailboat blocks.

I haven't yet decided on a quilting pattern. Any thoughts?


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