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Sail-Along, part 8: large steamboat

Ahoy, fellow sailors, how are you all doing? You are all totally enthusiastic at your sewing machines, right? We are slowly heading towards the final parts – at least as far as sewing the individual quilt blocks is concerned. Today we’re going to get back to a pretty simple quilt block: we’re sewing the large steamboat.

This quilt block offers a lot of possibilities for Fussy Cutting. So you can really let off steam if you want to. But even without Fussy Cutting the large steamboat is nice to look at, don’t you think?

I’ve seen your blocks and many of you have taken the opportunity to place small motifs from your nautical fabrics really nicely, you’re getting really couragous with your fussy cutting, I’m really happy about that.

Here I’ll  show you a few other steamers that I have made over time:

You are completely new here?

You read about the Sail-Along for the first time? Or you decided to join this Quilt-Along only now?  No problem, you can come on board anytime and sail along! Together we will be sewing a quilt using FPP blocks with nautical designs. The patchwork instructions will be shown block after block on the BERNINA blog. You can find all previous articles here:

Sail-Along on the BERNINA Blog

The best way to get started is to read my first Sail-Along article: Welcome to the BERNINA Sail-Along.

Do you just want to sew a boat?

Maybe you don’t want to participate in the Sail-Along at all, but want to try out the Foundation Paper Piecing method and just sew this steamboat? That is also possible! All the patterns for this quilt are also available as single patterns:

Large Steamboat pattern

Let’s go – we will sew the large steamboat

The fabrics

For our quilt we need the large steamboat only once in size 16 “x 16”.

Below you will find my fabric choice for the large steamboat. As always in the Sail-Along, you are free to work with your own fabrics.

  • C 12983 denim media (sky)
  • C12982 sky media (water)
  • C12982 gray media (steam)
  • C605 pewter media (chimney)
  • C12984 orange media (boat)
  • C640 autumn (chimney)
  • C12981 charcoal (crew)
  • C12981 off white (crew)
  • C12981 gray (crew)

Cutting and sewing

As always, cut out your segments for the large steamboat.

There are 6 pages for the large steamboat 16 “x 16”. Some segments will need to be glued. You can see this here in the overview.

The following parts have to be glued: H, L, K, M (2x), O, R (2x).

As you already know, I lay out the parts as shown in the overview before sewing.

großes Dampfschiff Schnittmuster

Now sew all the segments in the order that is easiest for you. As with the previous blocks, I usually start with the segments that don’t need to be sewn. After that, I take the ones with few seams and work my way from segment to segment that way.

großes Dampfschiff Quilt Block

As you can see, it wasn’t difficult at all. This boat is really nice to sew, and the 16 “x 16” size makes it even easier.

Now join the segments as described in the pattern and voilà, c’est fini …. bravo!



I am so proud of you. Just one more motif to sew next week…. the sailing yacht!

Now please, I want to see your boats!

I’m sure your boats turned out super pretty. I am so excited to see photos 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.

until next week


Free sewing instructions: Steamboat

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