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Thread: ISO: sailboat block suitable for a beginner

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    Senior Member MrsBoats's Avatar
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    ISO: sailboat block suitable for a beginner

    My dad just told me, somewhat sheepishly, that he's bought himself another sailboat. This one is his biggest yet, and has a tiny cabin/bunk, which is why he wanted it. (He says he's going to spend his summer either doing the Erie Canal, or the Great Circle. I say both, knowing him.) His birthday is in March, and I'd like to make him a quilt for his boat.

    So now I'm looking for a sailboat block. I'm finding lots, but the problem is I can't tell what would be doable for me, the beginner, and what's over my head. I'd like one boat, two sails (I've seen pirate ship-type blocks), no paper piecing (which seems to be most of what I'm finding). Directions on how to make the block are a must-I have no idea how to figure it out by looking at it. A block pattern, a whole quilt pattern or a book would all be fine.

    Anybody got any ideas?
    -Karen
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    I would suggest you try and do some "sample" blocks and see which ones you like doing. Applique is also a possibility. That way you can make your own graphic. Don't discard the idea of paper piecing. It is a great way to get a beautiful looking block ......stretch yourself.....you never know what you can create

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    I like ERSTAN947's ideas - test and practice.

    I love paper piecing. I believe it is easy enough for a beginner. Here is a link to a YouTube video that might help you:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Bc1mU0LMF8

    And here is a decent online tutorial for paper piecing a sail boat (I like this one's shape better than the You Tube one):
    http://www.blockcentral.com/a-fpp1.shtml

    And one more:
    http://www.preservinghomebasics.com/...s-quilt-block/

    Good luck!!!
    Carrie, Queen of the Seam Rippers!

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    Thanks for all the suggestions! Guess I ought to look into paper piecing-that video makes it look doable.
    -Karen
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    I just did my first sail boat pattern for the underground railroad quilt and it was so easy. Mine looks just like the one
    Auntpiggylph told you about above.
    Quilting with a friend keeps me in stitches.

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    There is a regularly pieced sailboat block in the book 'Quilts, Quilts and More Quilts!' by Diana McClun and Laura Nownes. Did this for a LQS BOM a couple of years ago. Quite easy but it does have more sails in it than you are looking for. Perhaps your local library has the book and you could adapt????

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    Just take your time and you will be able to make some nice blocks. A really good idea doe dad.

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    Here's a sailboat quilt I did for my boss.. just the topper.. went pretty easy and fast. Have fun doing one for your Dad, that is awesome!
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    here is one that is designed for Project Linus. http://www.quiltmaker.com/patterns/projectlinus.html
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