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Years ago, I clipped a page from a favorite magazine that featured a vintage 1920s crib quilt made of little blue-and-white striped sailboats. It was the inspiration for my updated version of that quilt–Sail Away! The first quilt I made from my pattern was done in crayon brights—perfect for a child’s room—but when I saw the designs for the Smooth Sailing prints from Connecting Threads, I knew my pattern was their perfect “sailing” mate! I chose my favorites from the nice variety of nautical prints in the line and filled in with solid basics to stitch up a patriotic salute to seafaring adventurers. The rectangular blocks are set with sashing strips and cornerstones, then set off with half-square triangles that are reminiscent of boaters’ signal flags.
The blocks are easy to cut and stitch, requiring only squares and rectangles. An easy method from making half-square triangles in groups of four makes quick work of them. The pattern includes yardage and directions for three sizes—crib, twin, and double/queen. Of course, you can also stitch it up in other colors of your choice or make it scrappier by using additional prints from the Smooth Sailing line.
-Barbara Weiland Talbert