My baby boy is 15 months old. I’m finally getting around to getting the pink out of the nursery. Let’s just say I’m a little behind!
The walls in our nursery are a really pretty shade of green. We picked that shade of green when we moved in precisely because we’d just had a baby girl, but we knew we wanted more kids and didn’t know whether they’d be pink or blue. I love the color! When I was pregnant with baby boy, I found a cute sailboat crib sheet on the clearance shelf of my local Pottery Barn Kids. (I love that clearance shelf. That and Down East Home are the only reason we have cute PBK stuff in our house at all!) It was the right color of green mixed with navy blue. Of course, I brought the sheet home with me, and it’s been my goal to get the rest of the room more boy/less girl ever since. Today’s quilt design is a start at that. So here we go!
2/3 yard of colored fabric for the Irish chain blocks (or nine jelly roll strips or enough scraps to cut nine 2.5″ strips, which is what I did for my sample)
1 yard of white fabric for the Irish chain blocks
1 brown fat quarter for the boats and masts
1/4 yard white for the boats and masts
4-6 fat quarters or 1/4 yard each of 2 different prints for the sails (depending on how much variety you want)
1/3 yard for the inner (white) border
1 yard for the outer (chevron) border
Cut nine 2.5″ strips for the colored blocks of the Irish chain
Cut four 2.5″ strips for the white part of the Irish chain
Cut four 6.5″ strips for the other white part of the Irish chain
Cut two of the 6.5″ strips into 2.5″x6.5″ rectangles.
Boat blocks (you will have one extra boat block when the quilt is finished):
Cut a 1″x16″ strip from the fat quarter
Cut one 5.5″ strip of white fabric. Cut this strip into two 5.5″x16″ white strips.
Cut a 6″ strip from the brown fabric. Cut this strip into 2.5″x6″ rectangles.
Cut four 6.25″ strips of white fabric. Cut these strips into 16 8.5″ rectangles.
Cut four 6.25″ strips of various colored fabric. Cut these strips into 16 8.5″ rectangles.
Cut five 2″ wide strips of white fabric
Cut six 6″ wide strips of desired border fabric
All seam allowances are 1/4″
1. Stitch together a white strip, a colored strip, and a white strip. Cut the resulting strip into sixteen 2.5″ rectangles. (These will be Rectangle A)
2. Stitch together a colored strip, a white strip, and a colored strip. Cut the resulting strip into sixteen 2.5″ rectangles. (These will be Rectangle B)
3. Repeat step 2 a second time.
4. Stitch together a Rectangle B, a Rectangle A, and a Rectangle B to make a nine patch square. There should be colored squares on all four corners, and in the center of the block. Repeat this with the remaining 15 sets to make 16 nine-patch blocks.
5. Stitch a white 2.5″x6.5″ rectangle onto one side of the nine patch square. Repeat with another rectangle on the opposite side. Continue with this process until all 16 blocks have a strip sewn on either side.
6. Stitch a colored strip onto one side of the 6.5″ wide strip. Repeat with another colored strip on the opposite side. Cut the resulting strip into sixteen 2.5″ wide rectangles.
7. Repeat step 6 with the last set of strips.
8. Stitch one of your rectangles from step 6 on to the long side of your nine-patch rectangle. Stitch a rectangle from step 7 on the opposite side to make a square chain quilt block.
9. Stitch a 5.5″ white strip to the 1″ brown strip. Repeat on the other side so that the brown strip is sandwiched between the two white strips. Cut the resulting strip into 1″ widths. These will be your mast pieces.
10. Align a white 3″ square with a brown 3″ square, right sides together. Draw a line from one corner to the other on the WRONG side of the fabric. Stitch 1/4″ away from that line on both sides. Cut along the line in the middle to make two half-square triangles.
11. Align the brown side of the half-square triangle above with the 2.5″ side of the 6″ brown rectangle. Stitch in place. Repeat on the opposite side, making sure that the diagonal lines are NOT parallel. This will be a boat piece. Repeat 15 MORE times.
12. Stitch the mast piece to the top of the boat piece. Repeat with each pair of boat and mast pieces.
13. When I started working on the sails, I tried making them the same way as the corners of the boats: draw a line from corner to corner, stitch on either side of the line, cut up the line, voila! Right? Wrong!! Don’t be me. That was a lot of un-picking, and because I didn’t have the mirror cuts I needed, I had to go find new fabric. (Incidentally, white-on-white is much harder to match than you would normally think.) Instead, cut 8 white rectangles on the diagonal from top left corner to bottom right corner, then cut the other 8 from bottom left corner to top right corner. Those mirror image cuts are going to be important!! Then, repeat the same cut pattern with 8 patterned rectangles one direction and 8 patterned rectangles the other direction.
14. Stitch a white top-left-to-bottom-right triangle to a patterned bottom-left-to-top-right triangle along the diagonal edge. Repeat with the other 7 of the same kind. Now switch gears and piece a bottom-left-to-top-right white triangle with a top-left-to-bottom-right triangle along the diagonal edge. Repeat with the remaining 7 triangles. Press them. Your sails are ready!
15. Stitch the boat/mast piece to the sails, stitching along the bottom edge of the sails. Repeat with all pieces.
16. Lay out your rows, being sure that you like how the fabrics are spaced, then stitch the five blocks across to form a row. You will new three of row A, and two of row B:
Row A: Boat block, chain block, boat block, chain block, boat block
Row B: Chain block, boat block, chain block, boat bock, chain block
17. Stitch together your rows. Your rows should go: Row A, Row B, Row A, Row B, Row A
18. Stitch the white inner border to both sides of the quilt, then to the top and bottom.
19. Stitch the outer border to both sides of the quilt, then to the top and bottom.
20. Sandwich with the backing and batting. Quilt and bind as desired.