The Sailboat-Free Motion Quilt Project

Sailboat Free Motion Quilt ProjectDid you have time to try The Wave free motion quilt tutorial?

It’s a great summer pattern–and goes perfectly with The Sailboat free motion quilt tutorial.

Sailboat Free Motion Quilt Project

Add a few Spirals-free motion quilt tutorial

Sailboat Free Motion Quilt ProjectAnd a good measure of sunshine…for a perfect little quilt–ready to be bound or framed.

Sailboat Free Motion Quilt ProjectThis is the perfect backing…

Sailboat Free Motion Quilt ProjectTHE BENEFITS OF SMALL QUILTS

A little project like this is a great way to practice the tutorials…

  • Your work will be improved when you are trying to create a “finished project” rather than a “practice piece”.
  • By working on a small project, one learns the motifs without the heavy work of maneuvering a quilt–once you’ve mastered the pattern, THEN it is easier to stitch on a full-sized quilt.
  • You learn composition and design from small projects.
  • There’s a sense of accomplishment from finishing a small piece without creating any new UFOs–“unfinished objects”

Sailboat Free Motion Quilt Project



For more nautical-themed ideas:  try converting The Sailboat free motion quilt motif into an allover free motion motif 

For an applique project :  Float My Boat

A popular post : Anchor’s Aweigh!–another small quilt…


Your challenge today:  Create a small quilt using two or more of the free motion quilt tutorials, then post to The Inbox Jaunt Flickr group or take a picture with your iPhone and add it to Instagram #theinboxjaunt.

Or add your photo and link here:

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Can’t wait to see!


PS…The Sailboat was stitched on Robert Kaufman Kona cotton, Warm and Natural batting with Sulky Rayon on top and Aurifil in the bobbin on a Bernina 820-domestic sewing machine without a stitch regulator.

PPS…All tutorials, images and information are the property of Lori Kennedy at The Inbox Jaunt and are intended for personal use only.  Feel free to re-blog, share, tweet, instagram, pin…with attribution to The Inbox Jaunt.  For all other uses, please contact me at  Thanks!


6 thoughts on “The Sailboat-Free Motion Quilt Project

  1. Very cute! I love the big sun framing it all…good idea! Would look adorable in my FL house. Thanks!

  2. I was a little confused when I tried the wave yesterday, but today it clicked immediately when I saw it again. Thank you, Lori for another great quilting pattern!

  3. I like how you have varied the size of the waves. And that great big sun! I’m not usually a nautical person, but this is very appealing. I may have to change my mind!

  4. Thank you for these tutorials. I have been quilting for 25yrs and still need to perfect FM quilting. Also, the Anchor of our Family (Dad) passed away last July. I have several of his cotton shirts and plan to make a memory quilt with anchor theme. He was also in the US Navy during WWII so it all fits for him.

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