Sail Boat

So I posted this block a little over a week ago. I tried out for Sewvivor, and while I was super-disappointed that I didn’t make it into the competition, I’m very excited that the competition inspired this block.

As I mentioned in this post, my father-in-law grew up living in the center of Oslo, Norway, not far from the city’s harbor. As a kid, he and his brother joined the Sea Scouts and could walk from their apartment down to the harbor for the club’s activities.

Our June trip to Norway this year happened to overlap with Harbor Day, and many of the ships were open to the public for touring. My father-in-law proudly showed off the boat he sailed as a kid, the Mohawk II.

When I heard that the Sewvivor theme was nautical, I started a Mariner’s Compass to play on the navigation aspect of being at sea. Somewhere along the way, I changed course and decided I should paper piece the Mohawk II.

mohawk original

I found this picture of the Mohawk II, went to work in Illustrator, and sewed up my very own sailboat.

Then I had to figure out what to do with the boat. My in-laws aren’t really mini-quilt-on-the-wall people (says my husband). If I were in the competition, I might have made a mini anyway. Instead, I thought it might be neat to frame it and present it a little more like a portrait of a ship. I ironed some fusible interfacing to the back and placed behind a titled and signed mat.

Sails 4

The pattern is ready to share, so as soon as I get a couple of pattern testers and some feedback, I’l be sure to announce on the blog where the pattern can be downloaded. Let me know in the comments or through my contact form if you have time in the next two weeks to try out the pattern!

Sails 2

Block Fabrics:
Background: Nightsky in Indigo by Rashida Coleman Hale
Ocean: Line Scratch in Blue by Carolyn Friedlander
Boat: Foliage in Fern by Carolyn Friedlander
Sails: Low volume scraps (but mostly Carolyn Friedlander)

I’m so excited that the pattern is ready for testers AND the picture has already been given to my father-in-law. I’m linking up to crazymomquilts and the other Friday Finishes as well as including my flickr pictures in the Sewvivor Sew Along group!


  1. Heather @ QA Creations

    This is beautiful!  I would love to test it for you.  I grew up sailing (although not in anything like this), and have always loved being on the water.

  2. Margaret

    I love how this turned out! Your design is genius, the fabrics are so perfect and your stitching is beautiful (as always!). Your father-in-law is bound to treasure such a thoughtful and beautiful gift.

  3. Sarah

    Gorgeous!!! I love the way you finished it for them – I’m sure they treasure it. If you need more pattern testers, I would love to! Growing up in a Navy house has given me a slight addiction for anything Nautical. 😀

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