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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.
Here's wishing you Smooth Sailing as you Sail Away! on all your quilting adventures.
-Barbara Weiland Talbert