The little lost sailboat quilt block attracted me with its name as much as its design. It conjures up such a lovely image of curling up with the children reading books to them. I’ve made it here as an 8″ square, but you could make it as a 12″ square using 3.1/2″ and 3.7/8″ squares.
Cutting requirements for the little lost sailboat quilt block
2.1/2″ squares: one white
2.7/8″ squares: six each in light blue and white, two each in dark blue and white – this will actually give you four dark blue/white half square triangle units although you only need three for the quilt block
Making the little lost sailboat quilt block
Use the 2.7/8″ squares to make half square triangle units. Place a white square right sides together with either a dark blue or a light blue square and mark a line along the diagonal.
Sew a 1/4″ seam either side of the marked line and cut along the line. This will produce two half square triangle units which are now 2.1/2″ squares.
Lay the squares out in four rows of four. There’s a four patch unit in the middle made with the white square and the dark blue/white half square triangles. In each corner there’s a light blue/white half square triangle placed so that the white triangle forms the corner. Between each pair of corners there are two light blue/white half square triangles – each pair of these is placed facing in the same direction, but you’ll have to check the photo to make sure that you have the correct placement.
Sew the squares together across each row and then sew the rows to each other to complete the little lost sailblock quilt block.
I tried putting several of this quilt block together just to show you how they look, but in fact it made for a fairly boring looking quilt. However when I rotated every other block they began to form what I thought was a far more interesting quilt design. This particular quilt is made using sixteen blocks arranged in four rows of four.
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