Anchors, boats, lighthouses and the sea. You can’t look very far these days without running into items with the nautical theme. Especially this time of year! Luckily, this translates beautifully into the world of patchwork and quilting.
Here are seven nautical quilt projects that are sure to add a charming touch to your home.
Pieced boats quilt
Fun rows of pieced boats follow after the sun in the Row Row Row Your Boat pattern. Half-square triangles (HSTs) of varying sizes are used to form ocean waves, boats and suns. This quilt works great as a bedspread or a wall hanging!
Lighthouse table runner
Did you know that lighthouses are a symbol for safety? Their beams guide sailors safely home. The Lighthouse Table Runner Pattern with its patchwork border is a beautiful table runner you can whip up in a weekend. Pull it out for the summer season, or leave it on display all year long! Be sure to also check out the coordinating lighthouse wall hanging by this designer!
Patchwork anchor quilt
Tiny patchwork squares and stripes work together perfectly to create the Anchors Away quilt, sewn and shared by Bluprint member _name_taken_. This is a free pattern from fabric and quilt designer Tula Pink.
While the overall effect seems to be complicated, the pattern is surprisingly simple.
Set Sail scrappy quilt
Dig deep in your stash to create the Set Sail pattern, designed by Sharon Holland. Pull out a wide variety of fabric and scraps for this stash-busting quilt. Geometric prints, solids, stripes, polka dots, shirting and vintage fabrics together form a scrappy quilt. Pay attention to value when you arrange your fabrics so that the colors in each block really pop!
Lighthouse throw pillow
Polka dots and a touch of embroidery are used to create a charming lighthouse pillow, sewn and shared by Bluprint member Celtic Thistle. The EZ Dresden ruler was used to cut out the lighthouses, which were then appliquéd onto the the pieced pillow top. Hand embroidered grass and seagulls along with quilted waves add the perfect finishing touch! Read more about this pillow.
Anchors baby quilt
This baby quilt is the perfect gift for new parents who love to sail. The Anchors Away baby quilt pattern by Maryland Quilter is a whole cloth rag quilt that is just right for a novice quilter. Anchors are sewn to the top of the three quilts layers, and then the edges of both the anchors and the quilt are snipped with scissors to form a soft frayed fringe. Babies and toddlers love the soft, tactile effect!
Storm at Sea quilt
Beautiful batiks in blue and purple are used to make the Storm at Sea quilt, shared by Bluprint member Highplainsgal. This striking pattern is full of movement! While it appears to have curved piecing, it’s actually sewn with only straight seams. Check out the Tsunami (Giant storm at Sea) pattern for more details on this classic pattern.