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Sail-Along, part 9: Sailing yacht

Hey sewing sailors,

today we come to our ninth and therefore last foundation paper piecing pattern: we’re sewing the beautiful big sailing yacht. This block is one of my personal favorites. I have sewn the yacht many times and created many beautiful gifts with it. It makes every sailor’s heart beat faster – and of course the hearts of all people with wanderlust.

Here are a few of my sailing yacht variations:

Segelyacht quilt block Schnittmuster in Regenbogenfarben





Who wants to sew only a sailing yacht?

You do not want to participate in the Sail-Along, but this yacht is right up your alley? No problem, the pattern is also available separately. You can get it in my store:

Sailing yacht at

Looking at your fantastic blocks on social media and in the community section of the BERNINA blog, I’m now totally convinced: the participants in the Sail-Along have become real fans of Foundation Paper Piecing. For those who still need a little convincing, here are a few pros and cons of this technique.

What is the difference between traditional piecing and foundation paper piecing? First of all, FPP has many advantages over traditional piecing:

  • You can start sewing right away, no precutting of fabric
  • No need to pay attention to the grain 
  • Perfect for using small fabric scraps
  • You can make super beautiful and detailed quilt blocks in a relatively short time.
  • You can create a really special sewing project with only one quilt block
  • You don’t need to starch your fabric, just iron it.

On the other hand, there are almost no disadvantages:

  • You have to print out the segments
  • You have to remove the paper after sewing.


Well, convinced? Just look at all the fantastic blocks of the Sail-Along, that’s convincing enough, isn’t it? Here on Instagram, here on Facebook and here in the community section of the blog.

Sail-Along, what’s that supposed to be?

This is your first time reading about Sail-Along? Hello and welcome! You can come on board anytime and sail along with us. Together we will sew the “Sail away with me” quilt using FPP blocks with nautical designs.

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


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 start is by reading my first Sail-Along article, in which I put together the most important info: Starting the BERNINA Sail-Along.

But now let’s get started, let’s sew the sailing yacht:

For this quilt, we are sewing the sailing yacht twice in the 16 “x 16” size.

Below is my fabric choice for the two sailing yachts. As you already know by now, these details are for inspiration only. You have chosen so many great fabrics so far that I would love to sew the quilt twice more – at least! You have really inspired me.

My fabrics for the sailing yacht:

C12983 chive or black media (sky).
C12985 mist media (water)
C120 solid brown or C605 pewter (boat)
various small pieces of fabric for the sails and flags.

gedruckte Seiten für den Segelyacht Quilt Block

Here you can see how to place the 6 printed pages of the sailing yacht and therefore which segments of the sailing yacht have to be glued.

The following segments are glued: E, R, S and U.

Segmente des Segelyacht quilt blocks


As you already know, I always lay out the segments exactly as shown on the overview. If you print out the pages in black and white, it can be helpful if you pencil in the colors of the individual fabrics.

The sailing yacht is a great way to use up small fabric scraps, since the different sails don’t require large fabrics. Also, the sails are great for Fussy Cutting, I’ve written about this over and over in past blog posts. It’s a nice way to tell an additional story within a block.


Segelyacht Quilt Block Schnittmuster Segmente



Now join the segments as you did with the other quilt blocks. I’m using the BERNINA 770 QE PLUS Kaffe Edition. Remember to remove the paper from the seam allowances as you will reduce the layers. You can find the order of assembling the segments in the pattern.

1/4" Nähmaschinen Fuss


As you can see in the picture above, I always use the patchwork foot #97. The edge of the foot lines up nicely with the edge of the seam allowance and is slightly wider open in the front. This gives me a clear view of my seam.

And … Tadaa! Here they are the two sailing yachts for our ‘”Sail Away With Me” quilt:

Segelyacht quilt block Schnittmuster

Segelyacht quilt block Schnittmuster



You did it, all the foundation paper pieced blocks are sewn. YAYYY….. that’s a reason to celebrate a bit already, what do you think?

Of course I want to see your yachts!

I’m sure your sailing yachts turned out super diverse. I am so excited to see pictures of your blocks. 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.


Download embroidery design sailing yacht

For all embroidery fans, there is the sailing yacht additionally as an embroidery file:



The embroidery file is available for free download. You can download it under the following link:

Free download embroidery file sailing yacht

By clicking on the link, a ZIP file will be downloaded to your computer. Unzip it before you transfer the file to your embroidery machine. The motif is available in all common file types, from EXP to DST and PES. Even the ART90 original file for further processing in BERNINA embroidery software 9 is included.

The file has been embroidery optimized to stitch with only one thread cut (the bottom wave).

Perhaps you would like to embroider the elegant sailing yacht on the label of your quilt? It has a size of 98 x 85 mm. This makes it the ideal size for the medium embroidery hoop.

See you next week


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