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Sail-Along, Teil 10: Cutting the squares and assembly

Ahoy, ahoy, ahoy you lovely fellow sailors of the amazing Sail-Along we started here on the Bernina Blog this spring, and which is slowly coming to its end….

You have now finished sewing all your Foundation Paper Piecing Quilt blocks of the ‘Sail-away-with-me-quilt’ and you are all Foundation Paper Piecing experts by now, right?

Today we will be cutting the squares and piecing our quilt blocks.

This part of the quilt-along is so satisfying for me, you finally see a bigger result and it’s really fun.


Sail away with me quilt, nautical quilt mit Segelbooten, dolphin und Orcas


Who’s seeing this Sail-Along for the first time?

Is this the first time you’ve read about the Sail-Along? Or you just decided to join this quilt-along? No problem, you can come on board anytime and sail along! Together we will sew a quilt using FPP blocks with nautical designs. The patchwork instructions will appear block by 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.


Cutting the squares and joining the blocks :

Sail away with me quilt

In the pattern assembly instructions you will find this overview of the individual quilt blocks in the respective sizes and squares. In addition, also 4 instructions on how to sew the individual panels together.

Now lets  begin:


cutting squares


  • 1. First of all, we cut 55 squares for our quilt. The individual squares are 4.5″ in size. Of course, there are countless different methods for doing this. You can use a classic acrylic ruler and rotary cutter to cut your squares. Of course, you can also use a ruler, fabric maker and fabric scissors. I will show you here my favorite method, at least for a quilt of this kind. As you can see in the picture above, I use small square templates. These come in many different sizes, and of course from many different manufacturers. 


Here is a short You-Tube Video showing this.




Layout der Quilt Blöcke



  • 2. The best way to do this is to lay out your quilt blocks as shown in the overview. Now you can insert your squares little by little. There is no rule, you decide how it feels best for you.

  • 3. Now sew your squares together. For me, it is easiest to join the blocks of 4 together first. There are 2 of them in this quilt. I always press the seam allowances open.

For joining the square I love to use the  Patchworkfuß 97D. Joining the squares is a breeze with this tool, you just need to line up the edge of the sewing machine foot with the edge of your square.


Check out how easy this is, in this   Youtube Video



Dampfschiff Quilt block


  • 4. Now it’s time for the individual rows of squares. Pay attention to how the individual panels/rows of the quilt blocks are sewn together. There is one panel horizontally at the top and then three vertical panels underneath. This is described in detail in the pattern assembly instructions. When sewing the squares together, I always press the seam allowances open.



Seestern Quilt Block


Segelyacht Quilt Block

  • 5. You have now joined your quilt blocks and squares into panels/rows. This looks like in the picture below. 

Sail away with me Quilt

  • 6. To finish the quilt top, sew the panels together. First the three vertical panels, then you add the top horizontal panel.

Et voilà the quilt top is all done…… 

sail away with me quilt

We are approaching the end of our Sail-Along, next week I will show you how to sew mitered corners for the border.

Wow, I am so happy to see that you are doing this with such enthusiasm. I really can’t wait to see your quilts.

… Show me your quilt tops!

I’m sure your quilt tops turned out super creative. I am so excited to see your pictures. Show them to me 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





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