Sail Boat Quilt Tutorial Using the 10″ Half Hexagon!

Sail Boat Quilt Tutorial Using the 10″ Half Hexagon!


Hi it’s Jenny from the MSQC. When I saw Tula Pink’s new line called Sail
Away by Free Spirit Fabrics, I fell in love with it. I knew I had to do something nautical with
it. So I started looking around and thinking about
blocks. I happen to notice our half hexagon template
makes a perfect boat bottom. So let’s talk about this quilt. So here is our block. Here’s the half hexagon boat bottom. And I’m going to show you how to make this
block. So cute, so easy. Now when I made this quilt I bought a layer
cake. I had a whole layer cake. And you’ll notice there’s only 12 boats
in this quilt, three across and four down. And so I had leftover squares and so I made
two quilts out of one layer cake. So that’s a little good tip to know especially
when you have grandchildren as fast as I do. And I just had a new one and so he’s going
to get a sailboat quilt which is really fun for me. So let’s, I want to talk a little bit about
this sashing. You can see that I sashed on all these sides
and on every other one I sashed, I did, I left the sashing off at the beginning of the
row. This gives the boats some movement back and
forth. You know they’re not blocked up. They set aside from each other. And so to make this quilt you’re going to
need a layer cake or 12 ten inch squares. Hi it’s Jenny from the MSQC. When I saw
Tula Pink’s new line called Sail Away by Free Spirit Fabrics, I fell in love with it.
I knew I had to do something nautical with it. So I started looking around and thinking
about blocks. I happen to notice our half hexagon template makes a perfect boat bottom.
So let’s talk about this quilt. So here is our block. Here’s the half hexagon boat
bottom. And I’m going to show you how to make this block. So cute, so easy. Now when
I made this quilt I bought a layer cake. I had a whole layer cake. And you’ll notice
there’s only 12 boats in this quilt, three across and four down. And so I had leftover
squares and so I made two quilts out of one layer cake. So that’s a little good tip
to know especially when you have grandchildren as fast as I do. And I just had a new one
and so he’s going to get a sailboat quilt which is really fun for me. So let’s, I
want to talk a little bit about this sashing. You can see that I sashed on all these sides
and on every other one I sashed, I did, I left the sashing off at the beginning of the
row. This gives the boats some movement back and forth. You know they’re not blocked
up. They set aside from each other. And so to make this quilt you’re going to need
a layer cake or 12 ten inch squares. You’re going to need 1 ¾ yards for the solid white.
That’s for each quilt. And you’re also going to need about a yard for the border
out here. And I think, let me see over here, let me check, a yard and ⅜ of this blue
sashing right here. It’s just an adorable line. You’re going to love it. So let’s
get to making this quilt. The first thing we’re going to do is I have,
we’re using white yardage for this rather than layer cakes because we need more pieces
than our layer cake will give us. But I’ve gone ahead and cut this yardage into a ten
inch square. I’m going to lay it with my, the square I’m going to cut from my boat.
And I’m going to cut those out at the same time. So the half hexi takes half a layer
cake. So what I’m going to do here is I am going to, I think I’ll do it from this
direction. It will make a little more sense in my brain. And I’m actually going to turn
this around. If I did it the other way I would have a chance of nicking into this top half
of this layer and I don’t want to do that. So what I’m going to do is I’m going to
make sure my sides meet up on my layer cake. And make sure my bottom meets up down here.
I’m going to cut off these little sides just like this. I’m going to come across
here and cut off the top. And I’m going to cut this side over here. Just like this.
Alright, now what we have is our boat shape right here on the bottom. You can see that.
And we have a white piece that’s identical. Now the white piece we’re going to cut in
half. I’m going to lay it down again on my, my mat and I can see that this is, let
me move this off over here. I can see that this is, it’s ten inches so the five inch
line is going to be in the middle. And I’m going to cut this right in half. This is going
to make the pieces for the outside of my boat because what we’re, what we’re making
right now is the boat. So here’s our, our boat bottom right here. And then here’s
these pieces and then what we’re going to do is fold, we’re going to flip these over
and we’re going to sew them on like this. And that’s going to give us the bottom half
of our block. So let’s go to the sewing machine and sew those on. Now when you lay
these on, the little edge pieces don’t match up exactly. They’re just for ease and cutting
out on the edge. So you’re just going to lay this together and go ahead and sew your
quarter of an inch down. Grab my pedal out there. And I’m going to do both sides here.
One more. You just want to make sure you get the angles in the right direction. You’ll
have a, you’ll have wonky things on the side. So I kind of lay my piece so it hangs
off just a little bit. Then I go ahead and sew down. There we go. Go ahead and grab those
threads off of there. Now I want to get you so you have a good look at what I’m talking
about here. See how you have a little piece sticking off there. And this little piece
sticking off there. They don’t line up exactly and you just kind of hang them over. And then
when you open up it opens up nice and straight. And so that then becomes our boat bottom.
Now we’re going to go ahead and iron this to the boat side. We want our fabric not to
show through to the white. And we have the bottom half of our block completed. So to the top half. Now when you cut your
layer cake square in half you’re going to end up with a piece like this which will give
you a five inch square for your sails. Because we’re going to make the sails exactly the
same way that we make the easy pinwheels which means we need two identical five inch squares.
So I’m going to go ahead and cut these five inch squares. And, out of the top half of
this. Now I will not be using this sail for this boat. So once you get all your pieces
and your sails made you’ll want to swap them around so that you have, so that you
mix up your sails. But I’m just kind of showing you how it’s easy to cut it this
way. So now you have your two pieces ready. And you’re going to put your light with
your dark on top of each other. And we’re going to sew all the way around the outside
edge. Now I have one here cut out of another boat that I made. And we’re going to go
ahead and sew that together over here and make our sail. Alright so we’ve sewn all the way around.
And you’ll get familiar with this method because I use it a lot. I love half square
triangles and I like to, to go ahead and, and use them. So what I’m going to do now
is I’m lining up my ruler where my seams cross and making sure that the edge of the
ruler is on the points of the block. I’m going to go ahead and cut that diagonally
both directions. Make sure it stays lined up . If your pieces move you want to make
sure to move them right back so that you get a great nice clean layout. Then we’re going
to take this over to the iron. We’re going to put it dark side up, set our seams. We
can do that all at once. And then we’ll lift them open and roll them back. There we
go. And just press them all. And this gives us four half square triangles really quickly.
So now we have four of these. And instead of putting them together as a pinwheel or
something else we’re making a sail. So we’re going to go ahead and we’re going to line
them up this way so that they’re all facing the same direction. And it gives us the look
of a sail boat. So then when you put the bottom of your boat on here, you know, it just, it’s
going to be really cute. So then you’re just going to lay these together, just like
you’d sew together a four patch. So now I’ve gotten these two rows sewn together,
just like this. We’ll iron them open and grab this one. And then we’re going to sew
these two rows together to make a block. And I have one here that I’ve done. This cute
little red one. And what we’re looking at with our boat is, we want this sail to set
right in the center of our boat. And we need to put pieces on either side of this. So when
I’m creating the block, just so you know, because all of our seams differ. What I do
is I go ahead and measure out here and I see exactly how many inches I need. And then I
go ahead and cut a piece that’s the width of this and the height of this. Now for me
those came out to 4 ¾ by 5 ¾ . So I’m going to go ahead and put I have two of those
pieces cut right here. And I’m going to go ahead and sew those on. And they’ll probably
end up a little big. The benefit of that is it gives me a little room to trim to square
up my block. So I’m going to go ahead and sew this on.
And before I go to the iron I’m just going to turn it around and sew my white piece on
the other side. Alright. Grab my threads. Oh I’m terrible with my threads. Ok so let’s
iron this open. And then I like to take my boat and fold it in half and do a little finger
press on this seam right here so that I know exactly where the center is. Then I’m going
to line up the center of this. Fold them right sides together. And I’m going to put a little
pin in there so that I can make sure that it stays. If I could find, oh here’s a little
pin. Almost couldn’t find a pin. How crazy is that. Well I don’t pin very often. But
I like those to stay together. So then I’m going to match this up and go ahead and sew
it a quarter of an inch all the way down. When I get to the center I’ll want to remove
that pin. I know, I try to be good. I used to live dangerously, sew right over the pin.
But I’m trying to be good now and remember to take my pin out. It’s always better to
be safe than sorry. Alright so now we’re going to press this open. Ok so now we have this great little sailboat
block. A little uneven at this end so I’m going to square that up on this one side.
And I’m going to use my, use the bottom of my boat to, to square it off because I
know that those are even because I used one, one half hexi and cut it right in half. So
I know those are even. So I’m going to use the bottom of that and square it off. And
I have this darling sailboat block. How cute is that? So then what I did was I just sewed the sashing
on these left hand sides or these right hand sides and the sashing in here. Now the sashing
is directional so when I cut these pieces I wanted my birds to be going in the right
direction so I cut it an eight inch strip, which was how tall. Oh wait a minute I’m
not sure how tall that is, let me look. Ten inch. I cut a ten inch strip and then cut
those into 2 ½ inch segments so the birds would be going the right direction because
you don’t want your birds laying over. Anyway we hope you enjoyed this tutorial on the Sailboat
block from the MSQC.

100 thoughts on “Sail Boat Quilt Tutorial Using the 10″ Half Hexagon!

  1. congrats on new grandson…love this pattern…I will pass this on to our charity quilt group at guild…love your tutorials and products..

  2. I love this happy little quilt and the fact that you are showing so many great ideas for using the 10" hexagon ruler. Congratulations on the new grandbaby.

  3. Jenny, I love that you couldn't find a pin! thank you for quilting like a real person and not like a perfectly perfect person like some other quilt instructors. Finally I can relax when I quilt…and isn't that the point?Thank so much for that!

  4. Love your tutorials!! You are so inspiring….I feel that *even I* could do this after your how-to's!! You are a great teacher who is REAL!!!

  5. Love your quilt;I have most of your templates. Is great that you can get a lot od different blocks. thank you for all the ideas. Mary

  6. Another beauty.. you are so generous sharing all these wonderful fast and cute ideas… so many quilts,, so little time..LOL
    Love your way of making us feel that your here for a visit with us… showing how to do this… not "preaching or acting" to us…Your like a very sweet caring friend, Jenny… thanks for being YOU..

  7. Very cute idea! I would like to offer a suggestion: could you offer kits for this quilt?

  8. Thank you Jenny! I would love to do this quilt! Wonderful
    Wouldn't this be nice with the Harmony line? and I would use the Koi fish for the border!
    That is the line my son would like!

  9. I love this idea. I've watched MANY of your videos in the last few days, and each one looks so tempting… but here in Maryland, we're pretty big on sailing, so I think I might take this one on first. Thanks for all of your wonderful videos. I'm a pretty rotten quilter (completely self-taught) but your videos give me confidence.

  10. Aren't you glad the videographer didn't call CUT when you said sail away instead of Salt Water for the name of the line & make you start over, lol? Great job as usual Jenny. You have made quilting so accessible for millions! I was in my sewing machine store yesterday & some little old lady was talking about you & your website. She HATES to shop online due to potential fraud issues but only buys her fabrics from you!! What a fan base you have, maybe you should run for President, lol, lol, lol!!!!

  11. Congratulations on your new Grandson! I have been looking for a boat quilt pattern for my Grandson! Thanks again for another super tutorial!

  12. I absolutely love this tutorial. Jenny your ROCK as always!
    But is the fabric line Salt Water by Tula Pink?

  13. It would be cute if you changed the sails from row to row to make it look as if one row was sailing the other way… thanks for all your tutorials!

  14. Oh My Goodness I loved this and I love love love Tula Pink I can't wait to make this or something similar. Thank-you so much!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  15. Congrats Jenny on the newest member to your family! Many Blessings. This tutorial is the cutest. Nice job, Jenny 🙂

  16. You can totally do it!! And this is kind of a new england feel I think, it would be great up there!

  17. I like it alright, really any iron will do, this one is nice, but still just an iron 🙂

  18. I've been quilting for 40 years and still never get tired of it. After *finding* you Jenny I've learned so much more. You've shown me easier and quicker ways to do block designing and creating .. makes me want to make more and more and more! Thank you for being the kind of teacher who is just one of us and making quiilting life even easier and more gratifying.

  19. So cute – wish I had waited now –

    I bought Scoot layer cakes and charms along with yardage for the strips to make a quilt for my cousin's boy. Using your Jelly Charms tut. (the one that makes a framed charm block that's 9 inches) It's 81 blocks – am daunted.

  20. Jenny, thanks so much for make this sail boat quilt. I been looking for soemthing like this since january. Thanks a bunch and keep them coming.

  21. Has anyone asked about the quilt to the right of the sail boat quilt? It is STUNNING!! Thanks as always Jenny! I just made a baby quilt following your disappearing 9 patch video and the recipient loved it. I am finishing up a tumbler quilt using your 5" tumbler and video and enjoying that too. I truly enjoy your videos and appreciate you doing them for all of us!

  22. I think this quilt would be awesome to be donated to my child's school. They are having Bingo Night to raise fund for the school. Thanks for the idea, Jenny!

  23. Sou sua fã, assisto a todos os seus vidios, pena que nao entendo nada da sua lingua, mas so com o desenvolvimento do projeto ja entendo como faz, obrigada por sua simplicidade, e Deus ti abençoe

  24. I have 2 grandbaby boys & this would be great! You are just wonderful to do these tutorials -love them. Keep up the great work

  25. You make them look so Easy.XDD I made 2 lap quilts from 2 of your tutorials that I am still working on since last year. (><) Love this tutorial, I wanted to make A Pirate themed quilt for my little guy. The boats are going to be great. Thank you again.

  26. This is fantastic! My daughter and her husband live on a sailboat with their 2-year-old daughter and 10-month-old son. (I know, crazy!;) What a great quilt this would be for them. Just serendipitous to find this tutorial. Thanks so much!

  27. Was put on hold while I waited for a bobbin case to arrive. Came in yesterday, so will get back in the saddle, so to speak. Thanks for asking. I will try to send a photo your way when done. 🙂

  28. Love the quilt! When you add the sashing above the boat, how do you avoid stitching through the top of the sail? There doesn't seem to be any seam allowance.

  29. Jenny I love your ideas! I am a new quilter and have enjoyed learning with you! You make it so easy and I really need that! 🙂

  30. I made a large quilt with sailboats some time ago and so enjoyed it.
    It went to a grandchild would love to make another one..lots of fun!

  31. Loved it loved it loved it!!!!!!! What a wonderful idea for any child big or small, or for summer picnics on the beach, bravo Jenny your a star!!!!

  32. Hi Jenny, just re watching before I go to my stash and start making my boats for a new little "Levi".
    I went to the transcript and you just have to read it.
    Not nice in 7.31 what you call us girls…..
    Computers haven't heard well so I kept going and had a few more laughs.
    Just pointing this out as I don't know if you guys know of this.
    Hugs and come and stay when in Melbourne Australia.
    WAH.

  33. i live in portugal near lisbon and i love our videos but i like to ask you a suggestion for a quilt child boy thank you for your help

  34. Hi Jenny,  Question – when I sewed my half triangles together for the sails they are not all uniform in size.  Should I square them up to the same size before I sew the white strip on either side?

  35. HELP Jenny!!! I need to put together a baby quilt in the next couple weeks and this looked simple enough however I'm not sure what measurements to use. I don't want to stagger the boats as you have done so I'm not sure how many boat blocks to make or what size of sash to use.

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