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Sail-Along, part 7: small motorboat

Hello fellow sailors,

how are you doing so far with your quilt blocks?

Now we are already getting to the seventh part of the Sail-Along: After the Happy Boat we will sew the second ship today, the small motorboat!

Another week has passed and I have seen your amazing blocks on Instagram and Facebook and in the community section of the blog. I’m absolutely thrilled with how much love and joy you guys are working on your quilt blocks. Your fabric choices are so creative and diverse. It always amazes me how different the blocks look with the many different fabrics, really fantastic!

I also see how brave you are with your creativity. How even absolute beginners have achieved really fabulous results. This makes me so happy.

We’ll take it easy today and work on a fairly easy quilt block. We’re going to tackle the small steamboat.

New here?

You’re reading about the Sail-Along for the first time? Welcome to the Sail-Along!

You can come aboard and sail with us anytime. Together we will sew a quilt made with Foundation Paper Pieced blocks with nautical designs.

sail away with me quilt


The patchwork instructions are shown block by block on the BERNINA blog. With the small steamboat I introduce the seventh motif of it today. Already published are the starfish, the small sailboat, the dolphin, the shark, the happy boat and the orca. Here you can find an overview of all previous articles:

Sail-Along in the BERNINA Blog

The best way to get started is to read my first Sail-Along article, in which I summarize the most important information: Welcome to the BERNINA Sail-Along.

There is no time pressure at all for the Sail-Along. Basically, you can follow your own pace and cruise along whenever and however you feel like.. There is only one date to keep in mind: If you want to participate in the final raffle, you have to show a picture of your finished quilt top on social media or in the community section of the blog by 07/14.

Do you just want to sew a boat and try out Foundation Paper Piecing?

Of course that is possible, all quilt blocks of this quilt are available as single patterns.

Click here for the small steamboat.

These quilt blocks are perfect for  so many different projects, from a great beach bag to cushions, the sky is the limit. Feel free to get creative.

Let’s get started – we’re sewing the small steamboat:

Here is my fabric selection. As always, this is only for inspiration. You are such pros in your choice of fabrics by now, that you no longer need mine.

The small steamboat is sewn in size 12 “x 12”:

  • C12983 – Chive media (sky)
  • C12985 – Mint media (water)
  • C12986 – Mist media (boat)
  • C12986 – Black media (boat)
  • C12981 – Off-white media (flag)
  • C610 – Persimmon media (boat and mast)
  • C605 – Pewter media (boat)

This is how we start:

For the small steamboat, there are 4 pages you need to print, 2 of them will be glued. You can glue the whole pages together, it’s easier than the single parts of the pattern. But you do it the way it is easier for you, everybody has a different preferences of working with patterns.

The following parts are glued: A, C and D.

Schnittmuster kleines Dampfschiff

As always, I lay my fabrics next to it. This way I can see all the shades again put together and can make final tweaks if need be.

Now you sew the individual segments as with all other quilt blocks.

If you are completely new, please read the first blog posts of the Sail-Along, there are tutorials with step-by-step photos and videos.

The Foundation Paper Piecing process is the same for each quilt block.

You decide for yourselves if you want to highlight certain prints of fabric in your quilt block. With Fussy Cutting, you can tell an additional story within a quilt block, that’s the beauty of it.

Segmente des Dampfschiff Quilt Blocks

I always lay out my segments nicely (who spies a Virgo, haha?) as shown on the overview, and then sew them together, it just makes it easier for me. But again, you may work differently, and that’s absolutely fine.

Kleines Dampfschiff Quilt Block

Tadaa… the little beauty is already done.

I am so proud of you! You see, it’s now going pretty fast, and the initial difficulties are overcome, right?

… of course I want to see your boats!

Your boats sure turned out super creative and colorful. I am so excited to see pictures of your blocks. Show them on social media or in the community section of the blog! On Instagram and Facebook, always use the hashtag #sailawaywithmequilt. In the community section of the blog, don’t forget to select the “Sail-Along” giveaway.

See you next week


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