Carefree Curves Sailing Quilt

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Carefree Curves Sailing Quilt

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Sailing Quilt Nancy Zieman Cover 2Here’s an easy quilting tutorial that details how to sew a nautical-style quilt project in just a few hours. Designed by my friend Carol Porter, Education Director for Clover Needlecraft, Inc. The quilt is called Carefree Curves Sailing Quilt—the design makes me smile!

The quilting project finishes at 24″ x 32″, a great wall hanging size. With the Carefree Curves Template set and No-Hassle Triangles Gauge, the construction method can easily be adapted to any size. Take a look at how the quilt was created, making two different sections: machine pieced sailboats and machine appliquéd rings.

Supplies, Notions, and Fabric

Create the Sailboats

For each of the three boats, cut the following pieces:

  • Cut two 2-7/8″ squares: one blue water background and one foreground (for smaller half-square triangles used on the boat).
  • Cut two 4-7/8″ squares: one white background and one foreground (for larger half-square triangles used as the boat’s sail).
  • Cut two  2-1/2″ x 4-1/2″ background rectangles.
  • Cut one 2-1/2″ x 4-1/2″ foreground rectangle (used on the boat).
  • Layer one background fabric onto one foreground fabric square, matching right sides.
  • Using the No-Hassle Triangle Gauge, carefully mark a diagonal line on each pair of squares.
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  • Straight stitch a scant 1/4″ from each marked line.

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  • Cut along the center marked line.
  • Open each set of half-square triangles.
  • Press seam allowances in one direction, towards the darker fabric.
Note from Nancy: A leftover larger half-square triangle will be created for each boat color-way. Save this extra piece to incorporate into the quilt back or into a future scrap quilt project.

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  • Arrange the boat block by adding in the remaining cut rectangles.

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  • Use 1/4″ seam allowances to join the pieces and create the sailboat.
  • Repeat for the remaining two boats.

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  •  Join the three boat blocks to form the lower row of the quilt.

Create the Rings

  • Cut eight 2-1/4″ x 11″ strips from the remaining fabric scraps or fat quarters.
  • Use the Carefree Curves Template Wagon Wheel to trace wedge shapes and curves with a non-permanent pen onto the wrong side of the fabric strips.
  • Use eight wedges per ring. This quilt requires a total of 32 wedges.

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  • Cut the wedges using a rotary cutter, mat, and ruler.

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  • Arrange the fabric wedges into a circle.

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  • Join the wedges using  1/4″ seam allowances, along the diagonal edges.

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  • Press seam allowances open.

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  • Pin the ring to lightweight fusible interfacing, right sides together.
  • Use a straight stitch to sew 1/4″ from the outer edge, curving stitching gently at each seam.

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  • Use a rotary cutter with a pinking blade to remove the excess fabric, as shown.
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  • Carefully remove the interfacing from the center, leaving roughly 1″.

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  • Press.
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  • A 7″ circle is needed to create the inner ring. Cut four 8″ squares of background fabric and four 8″ squares of lightweight fusible interfacingNancy Zieman How to Make a Sailboat Quilt
  • Lay the background fabric onto fusible interfacing, right sides together. Trace a 7″ plate on the wrong side of the background fabric. Or use the Yardstick Compass and set the distance between the points at 3-1/2″ (half of 7″).  Nancy Zieman Shows How to Make a Sailboat Quilt
  • Sew along the marked line and use a rotary cutter with a pinking blade to remove the excess fabric.Nancy Zieman Shows How to Make a Sailboat Quilt
  • Trim the interfacing from the center, leaving roughly 1″. Nancy Zieman Shows How to Make a Sailboat Quilt
  • Turn the background circle right side out using a turning tool, such as the Point 2 Point TurnerNancy Zieman Shows How to Make a Sailboat Quilt
  • Press. Nancy Zieman Shows How to Make a Sailboat Quilt
  • Use a straight stitch to machine appliqué the background circle over the ring center, concealing the cut edges.
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  • Each ring will finish at 11″ in diameter.

Create the Quilt

Note from Nancy: With the size of this small wall hanging, you have several options for the background fabric. Choose to simply cut a square 24-1/2″ x 24-1/2″ and evenly distribute the ring shapes for machine appliqué. Or, you can do as we did. Cut four squares each measuring 12-1/2″ x 12-1/2″. Using the individual blocks allows you to accurately center each ring.

  • Cut background fabric.
  • Arrange the rings.
  • Edgestitch around each shape. Press.
  • Join the row of sailboats to the lower edge.
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Create Any Size Quilt

Using the Carefree Curves Templates and the easy-to-follow techniques, you can create this quilt in a variety of designs. The key to remember is: Two ring blocks  fit above three sailboat blocks. In this digital sample below, I’ve simply eliminated a row of rings and added horizontal borders. The possibilities are endless.

Thank you to Carol for this lovely Carefree Curves Sailing quilt. Carol’s quilting talents are impressive!

Watch Carefree Curves (Part One and Part Two) on Sewing With Nancy online.

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 For an opportunity to have a Trace ‘n Create Carefree Curves Template set from Clover, simply leave a comment telling us: What is your favorite size quilt to make. A winner will be randomly selected and announced on June 20.

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Nancy Zieman's Giveaway Winner

The random winner of a  Trace ‘n Create Hobo Tote Bag Template from Clover Needlecraft is Michele Kolodij. Her comment regarding using a border print for a bag or tote was, What a great idea for a unique bag. I’m planning to make a kimono jacket with border print fabric. How wonderful to make a matching bag. I hope I win so that I can make this idea a reality. Thank you for all the great ideas and inspiration you provide!


Nancy Zieman's Giveaway Winner

In my blog titled, Sew with Ribbons—Renaissance Ribbon Bags. I was thrilled to tell you about my new line of Renaissance Ribbons. They are so elegant!

The random winner of the Teal and Lime Ribbon Pack is Paulette Bergman. She said, Ooooh! The Teal and Lime are lovely. What fun! I would love to win these new ribbons. Thank you for the opportunity!

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  • Cyndi
    June 13, 2015

    This template set looks like I has lots of possibilities! My favorite type of quilt is a “done” quilt!! I like to sew lap size quilts. They are a great size to enjoy often and make great charity quilts. Thank you for the opportunity for the give away!

  • Lori
    June 13, 2015

    I like to make bed size quilts–twin to queen. I can still quilt those with my home machine but people can use them. Twin for kids……and this is a perfect for some small person I know quilt

  • Kathy Hoyle
    June 13, 2015

    My favorite size quilt to make is a rag quilt 50×70

  • Cheryl
    June 13, 2015

    Bed quilts are my favorite

  • Robyn
    June 13, 2015

    lap quilts are my favorite

  • Ida Mae Rypkema
    June 13, 2015

    Hi Nancy
    I think of you often, wondering how you are you doing. I pray for you often. You have been a blessing to so many people over these many years of sharing your talents. I appreciate you. Take the time you need to heal & get better. Praying for complete healing.
    This quilt is really cute but seems like a lot of work. One step at a time I guess. My favorite is baby/ children’s quilts.

  • Laura L Smith
    June 13, 2015

    Laptop is the size of quilt I most enjoy making. Big enough to enjoy snuggling under, small enough to quilt fairly easily.

  • Melanie Shamp
    June 13, 2015

    Oh, WOW! I have a new grandson born just this week, instead of making the wonky star and stormy sea, I am going to buy the carefree curves templates and make the sailing quilt! How perfect for the baby of a lake family. LOVE IT!

  • Debbie
    June 13, 2015

    I have been wanting to make a quilt with circles but, I am not brave enough. Perhaps with the Trace ‘n Create Carefree Curves Template set I could finally make one 🙂

  • Renea
    June 13, 2015

    Love this quilt. We have a new grandson due to arrive early September and this quilt would be sew cute to make for him. I like to make queen size quilts. Thanks for the great giveaway.

  • eginter
    June 13, 2015

    Could use as a table runner,you could use the circles only or the sail boats only.

  • Anne Z.
    June 13, 2015

    I love making queen size quilts. What a great summer fun quilt.
    Thanks for all the inspiration.

  • Mary B
    June 13, 2015

    I too have a grandson who loves the water, what a perfect idea and I like it’s adaptable for size. I too think of you often and hope you are doing well. I have watched your show on OPB here in Oregon for many, many years. Prayers and God bless.

  • marianne
    June 13, 2015

    Thank you for making quilting so much easier and fun. Thank you for all those years of inspiration!!

  • Cheryl
    June 13, 2015

    My favorite size would be small but I always end up making big. The sailboat quilt is delightful and would be a good smaller project to try. I live in Alaska and nautical themes are very popular here.

  • BevM
    June 13, 2015

    I have been looking for a hostess gift idea for friends who shared their beach condo with us. The Carefree Curves Sailing Quilt would be great.

  • Kelly Sasman
    June 13, 2015

    My Uncle has sailed all over the world in his sail boat. I would love to make this for him in grow up fabrics. I personally love making lap quilts but always seem to be making queen size.

  • Jo
    June 13, 2015

    I normally make king quilts however my daughter’s house needs wall coverings so I would love to make lots of wall to lap size quilts for her to hang. She loves circles to be included in almost everything and this would really help with that theme. Thanks so much for a chance.

  • Karn B.
    June 13, 2015

    I just became a “great-grandmother”. They asked for a nautical themed quilt. This would be Soooo perfect. Right now my favorite quilts are baby quilts.

  • Kathy Collins
    June 13, 2015

    I lovemaking kids quilts for hospitalized kids in our local medical center. This size is perfect for that and it would bring a smile to an ill child. I like to make all different designs.

  • Christine
    June 13, 2015

    I make prayer quilts, that are crib to lap size, for a group I belong too. Sew that it my favorite size. Plus I get to try lots of different patterns often…before I get bored with it!!

  • Quilt Mouse
    June 13, 2015

    I primarily enjoy making baby/children quilts, and lap quilts. But I also like to make placemats/table runners and pillowcases. Thank you for the tutorial. I see a sailing wall hanging in my future!

  • Christina Gonzalez
    June 13, 2015

    My favorite is a cuddle quilt 48″ long by 60″ wide.

  • Karen B
    June 13, 2015

    My favorite quilt size to make is a lap quilt. I have a large family and am making them special for each person. And the size varies for each one. I am not a fast quilter. I have a couple of tops to quilt for my husband’s quilts but have not yet made on for myself.

  • Pat
    June 13, 2015

    I love to make lap size quilts because I see so many I like and want to make. If I made larger quilts I’d never get to all the ones I have yet to start. Thanks for the chance to win the templates.

  • Connie Cain
    June 13, 2015

    Being a newbie, I have only made 1 baby quilt and 2 throws. I do want to tackle a full size quilt for my bed. 🙂
    [email protected]

  • Ruth Bledsoe
    June 13, 2015

    I am president of Queen City Quilters, a small group of ladies who make charity quilts. My favorite quilt size is about 40″ x 50″. I make many of this size for Project Linus. I think your pattern will be much in use in the next few months!
    Thank you for all the programs, books, patterns, etc. — they keep me very busy and I enjoy all of them!

  • bonnie
    June 13, 2015

    bed size, and wall hanging’s . I just love this one sold

  • Laurie Weimar
    June 13, 2015

    I like to make lap quilts and baby quilts the best because I can quilt them without difficulty on my machine.

  • Gail Beam
    June 13, 2015

    My favorite quilts are crib size! Thank you for the chance to win this great give away!

  • Marty
    June 13, 2015

    I most often can be found making a Queen-size (wedding or graduation gifts) or a Lap-Size quilt (baby or elders gifts).

  • Peggy
    June 13, 2015

    Bed size are my favorite along with lap size quilts. Love this template. Thank you for offering this great template as a give away.

  • Candice
    June 13, 2015

    I love doing smaller quilts – especially for my 1 yr. grandson. This pattern idea is perfect, as his father (my son) loves sailing! I also help with a variety of sizes at our church group, making charity quilts and larger ones for our high school graduates. One day, I’ll tackle my queen quilt, that’s been in the planning stages for years!
    Do hope you are doing well Nancy, and that you’ll be able to return to the Sewing Expo in Puyallup. Always love seeing you there. Many prayers for your recovery process.

  • Melanie
    June 13, 2015

    My favorite size quilt to make is crib or throw size. They take less time and I can handle them to machine quilt.

  • Enid
    June 13, 2015

    Bed size quilts.

  • Helen
    June 13, 2015

    I love doing small sized quilts, table runners and wall hangings. This sailboat pattern is adorable. Want to try it soon.

  • Betty
    June 13, 2015

    I love to do queen size quilts with lots of color.

  • Dian
    June 13, 2015

    Twin sized for my 2 grandsons!

  • Barbara Olinski
    June 13, 2015

    I like making baby quilts, I’m trying to get ahead as I have 17 grandkids, from 38 to 11, don’t like waiting till last minute and have to rush.

  • Rhonda Davis
    June 13, 2015

    I enjoy wall hangings, table runners, baby quilts, anything that is smallish in size.

  • Sandy Trachsel
    June 13, 2015

    Hi Nancy. I am learning so much from you! I am recent retired and in my second childhood teaching myself to quilt and sew. I love lap quilts, and have one on my lap right now made by hand years ago by my husband’s grandmother. I hope my grandchildren someday enjoy my quilts as much! Thank you for all you do. I hope you are well!

  • Lucy
    June 13, 2015

    My favorite size quilts are lap and baby quilts.
    I make many of each.

  • Linda Rupe
    June 13, 2015

    My favorite size quilt to make is queen size. Large enough to be comfy and useful but not so cumbersome as a king size.

  • Connie
    June 13, 2015

    I love making baby quilts.

  • Connie
    June 13, 2015

    I love making baby quilts and sofa quilts.

  • Mary Ellen
    June 13, 2015

    Wow, another creative and clever idea; love this quilt idea.

  • beth
    June 13, 2015

    I like to make lap size quilts, sometimes wall hangings too. I would love to use the curves template to make quilts including the nautical curve quilt above.

  • Lori Morton
    June 13, 2015

    What a cool Quilt!! Have a new lil Granbaby this would be wonderful for..they did his room in Whales & Nautical things! 🙂

    My favorite size quilt to make is nice cozy Throw size….comfy enough to wrap up in! Mmmmmm….

  • Peggy
    June 14, 2015

    I like making crib size quilts. My grandson will be a year old pretty soon and he probably will love this one.

  • Peggy
    June 14, 2015

    Crib size quilts are my favorites.I make them up for the grandkids.

  • Donna G.
    June 14, 2015

    I like to make lap size quilts, with twin bed size my next favorite. These let me use up my stash more quickly!

  • Tina
    June 14, 2015

    Being a new quilter, I have only made doll size quilts and a wall hanging. This way I can try different patterns and techniques.

  • Phyllis Campbell
    June 14, 2015

    I make all sizes from baby to bed runners to throws and of course all sizes bed quilts (largest being California King). I must have been in the dark because I have never seen this template before. I really like the large quilt you shared. It’s a great quilt. I want too try it.Thanks.

  • kathy pfaltzgraff
    June 14, 2015

    Actually I like making bed sized quilts, I have more 30 inch size range wall hangings, but they end up being stored more, a quilt is put on a bed and is used. Thanks for the great tutorial, I am tempted, but the giveaway would sure make it easier. Thanks Kathy in Colo

  • Kay
    June 14, 2015

    I like making throw size quilts with lots of embroidery.
    Like your technique for the circles a lot!

  • Betty
    June 14, 2015

    I started sewing when I was very young and thought I new everything abut sewing until I started watching your TV shows and got your many books I have learned many, many things. Love it and I am going to make the little boat quilt. I have four little great grandchildren that with love them. Thank you Nancy for getting me back to sewing. I hope to see you real soon back on TV. I never miss a show. Get well real soon and take care of yourself

  • Jan F.
    June 14, 2015

    I like making small quilts like table toppers. This sailing quilt is adorable.

  • Connie W
    June 14, 2015

    I have quilted but one quilt, and it was an art quilt hung on the wall, which was a gift to my cousin. However, I have quilted at least 30 tote bags/purses which also are my art projects. Most are given to family and friends. I have to say those are my very, very favorites. Each one is special to the person I give it to. I use no patterns and just quilt as I go, loving each one in the end.

  • Carol Tramontana
    June 14, 2015

    I like to make lap sized quilts because they go faster & I can make more quilts! Recently our charity group has started making smaller ones that accommodate wheelchairs. One of our members is a nurse & noticed patients with colostomy bags etc need a bit more privacy that these quilts provide. Thanks for the opportunity to win the give away! And THANK YOU for the wonderful quilting education!

  • Carol Tra
    June 14, 2015

    I like sewing lap sized quilts because I can make more quilts! Recently our charity group has begun making smaller quilts to accommodate those in wheel chairs. One of our members is a nurse & noticed patients with colostomy bags & similar items lack privacy. These quilts restore some degree of dignity to them. Thanks for the opportunity to win give aways! And THANK YOU for the wonderful quilting education!

  • Lorij
    June 15, 2015

    Seems like I usually make queen sized quilts. I also enjoy making lap quilts that are 4×64.
    Hope you are doing well. Keeping you in my prayers

  • Lorij
    June 15, 2015

    Seems like I usually make queen sized quilts. I also enjoy making lap quilts that are 44×64.
    Hope you are doing well. Keeping you in my prayers

  • Kathy Luehrs
    June 15, 2015

    I’m addicted to table runners – I have made a King size quilt before – lots of work – but I loved the results

  • Diana G.
    June 15, 2015

    I make all sizes of quilts, but my favorite has to be a lap quilt for watching tv. I have a granddaughter who loves fish and make her one every year, she loves it. This would be a great addition to her lap quilts ! Thanks for the chance to win..

  • Ilana
    June 16, 2015

    I like making baby quilts but right now I’m into making large bed size quilts.

  • chrislin Payne
    June 16, 2015

    For my first Quilt I made a doll quilt. Tiny tiny squares. For my next try I made a toddler size quilt, Now I am making quilts with my daughter 12 a twin and a twin with my granddaughter 7. We have had a lot of fun. I really like the chime quilt I saw and any quilt with circles. I am starting to dream of fabric.

  • Jerry Church
    June 16, 2015

    I make lap/wakk quilts. they’re so much easier to store, and i can learn a technique quickly and move on to a new pattern and fabric.

  • Jerry Church
    June 16, 2015

    i make lap/wall quilts. they’re easier to store, and they let me learn a new technique quickly and move on to a new pattern and new fabric.

  • Peggy V
    June 16, 2015

    I love making lap quilts. I am perfecting my quilting and it is fun to watch the improvement over time. Thank you for this opportunity to win!!!

  • Ell
    June 18, 2015

    Some of my quilts have been quite large. Now I want to try new designs and techniques on smaller quilts, so more can be made.

  • Jule
    June 18, 2015

    My favorite size quilts to make are baby quilts. I can try out designs for bigger quilts in baby colors and get a feel for how they will look.

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