SAILING SHIPS OF OLD QUILT (another panel quilt)

SAILING SHIPS OF OLD QUILT: The ship blocks are cheater blocks and the blue/gray alternate blocks look like waves. The red border around each ship was part of the panel. The border was a solid navy blue.

Quilt Sailing Ships of Old hanging on fence.

I like using panels for quilts – they make for a fun project and a way to save time on piecing or applique. Think outside the box and be creative.

My personal problem with fabric panels (maybe yours too) is that I see one, have some brilliant idea of how to use it, and buy it. The panel comes home, gets washed and dried, and is stored on a shelf for a weeks, months, or (gasp) years. By the time I find it again it is hard to remember why I bought it in the first place.

I solve this by keeping them together in one area, and when I want or need a quick project, the panels get pulled out. Then a choice is made, and the project is quickly finished, because of the size and there just is not that much of my sewing time involved.

Sailing Ships of Old Quilt was pieced in November of 1992, and machine quilted and bound in 1996 by BE (for the cost of $45). The quilting design was a sort of wave.

Finished size 70″ x 91″.

Cotton fabrics and polyester batting. The backing was a white flat sheet.

This quilt looked new when it was donated to a local charity in August 2002 for a raffle.

Clip art of old sailing ship

I did these two panel quilts. Hopefully they will inspire and encourage you to try something new with your own fabric panels:

https://indianaquilter40.com/proud-polar-bears

https://indianaquilter40.com/happy-bugs-quilt-or-a-fabric-panel-quilt/

Another example of a fabric panel quilt: https://indianaquilter40.blogspot.com/2019/08/cardinal-christmas-or-another-panel.html

Author: IndianaQuilter40

Made first quilt by myself in mid teens. Addicted to quilting. Love using simple quilt patterns and giving them a twist so they are my own....Live in central Indiana. Raised in Montana. Have traveled and worked all over US and in Germany. Certified medical coder, HIM manager, and medical record auditor. Married for 30+ years to a wonderful guy who likes my quilts. We have grown children and starting on grand-kids.

6 thoughts on “SAILING SHIPS OF OLD QUILT (another panel quilt)”

  1. What a fantastic idea for using cheater blocks !!! I actually took your idea and had a queen size quilt top pieced in 3 – 4 hours one evening. Super easy. Thank you so much.

    1. Thank you for the kind words. I am all about making beautiful quilts from simple designs and using cheater blocks to make a quilt like this is really easy.

      So glad you stopped by the blog.

  2. Fantastic idea – you are so creative and talented. And what amazes me more is that you are willing to share your skills and experience. I hope you realize how your passion for quilt making is catching. After spending several hours here today reading, I have so many ideas for quilt projects. Thank you so much.

    1. You are welcome, so glad I can inspire and encourage other quilters.

      Enjoy the blog and please visit often for more ideas.

  3. What a wonderful blog! I loved how you shared your love and inspiration for quilting and what an important part quilting plays in your life. Awesome to see how you inspire the love of quilting and brought your granddaughter into it. She will be an awesome quilter someday just like her grandma!! Keep up the great work!!!

    1. Thank you so much for the kind comments. I love to quilt and sharing that love is so much fun. In my opinion, the world can’t have too many quilters. We are a fun, inspiring, and encouraging group of people.

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