Nautical Baby Quilt


I am happy to share with you my Nautical Quilt tutorial.  One of my good friends is expecting a baby and her nursery has a nautical theme.  I came up with this quilt to give her at her baby shower.  I love how it turned out!

The quilt starts with a simple square in a square block.  (1/4″ seams throughout)


Cut the center piece is 3.5″ square.

Cut the side pieces (2) 3.5″ x 2.5″

Cut the top and bottom pieces 7.5″ x 2.5″

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Sew the side pieces on and press toward the dark.  Sew the top and bottom pieces on and press toward the dark.

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Now that you have the basic block down, make 9 like this with red or navy borders and a white center.  Then make 9 the reverse, white sides and a red or navy center.

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Assemble the blocks in rows like this:

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For the large white pieces, cut”

15″ x WOF

4.5″ x WOF

Sew these to the sides of the block portion.  Square up the edges.

For the appliqué, I just googled “anchor clip art” and found this anchor – there are hundreds to choose from.  Trace the anchor onto Therm O Web Heat n Bond Lite.  Iron the heat n bond to the wrong side of the navy fabric.  Cut out the anchor, peel off the back and press into place.  Top stitch in matching thread.  I toyed with the idea of adding rope, ribbon, or ric arc along the length connecting to the anchor, but ultimately I decided to leave it as is.

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I quilted it with straight lines.  I measured the lines so they would cross the squares in equal portions.  I love the navy & white polkadot binding.  Now it’s time to throw a Nautical themed baby shower!Nautical Quilt Tutorial_17


This is me and the mommy-to-be.  The shower was super fun!!Nautical Quilt Tutorial_6

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  1. We really appreciated the baby shower and all of your thoughtfulness Amanda. This quilt is the cutest thing ever!!

  2. Debra Kay Neiman says:

    Great for three boy babies I know. crystalbluern at onlineok dot com

  3. Paula K. says:

    What a wonderful friend you are. Bet it was a great party. Good job decorating!

  4. QuiltinGram says:

    Thank You from the bottom of my heart for this pattern!
    My father died very suddenly last July 18th at 87yrs of age, after being out hiking 4 days prior. I have several of his cotton shirts which I planned to make into a quilt. He was the anchor of our family (Mom passed 1 1/2 yrs earlier), served in the US Navy loved the ocean and lived within walking distance for his daily walks with his faithful dog. I now know what design I will make.

  5. Hi Amanda, wondering how much fabric I would need to make this quilt? It is beautiful and want to attempt it as my first quilt 🙂 Jenna

    • Thanks for your question. I’m bad about putting fabric requirements because I usually sew from my stash and it varies. I would get quarter yard cuts of the red prints and navy prints – that will give you plenty. For the white you need 1.5 -2 yards. I would get 2 yards to be on the safe side. 2 yards of backing fabric and a half yard for the binding. I hope that helps!!

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