Regatta – Fabri-Quilt New Block Blog Hop


Mountains, forests, water – those words sum up Western Washington. Summer is short and everyone rushes to take full advantage. Boaters take to the lakes and Puget Sound. If you’re in Seattle in summer, visit the Ballard Locks and watch a parade of boats of all kinds travel between Lake Washington and the Puget Sound. Visit the salmon ladder, too. It’s a Seattle thing.


I have always wanted to sail. So, when the mentors of the 2015 New Quilter Bloggers gave us a chance to design a summer theme block for the Fabri-Quilt New Block Blog Hop, sailboats came to mind and Regatta was born.


Fabri-Quilt prairie cloth cotton solids in Coral, White, Aqua, Chartreuse, Turquoise, and Lapis Blue

Our mentors worked with Fabri-Quilt to provide us fat-eighths of their Prairie Cloth Solid fabrics, in a palette dubbed “Watermelon Summer Color Palette”. I of course, gravitated toward the blues and green so prevalent here in Washington.


The square patch is a wonderful place to customize your block. You could feature a favorite print or motif. Or, you could do as I did and start playing with classic quilt blocks. A 4-inch finished block is all you need to add pizzaz to your block.



Regatta has negative space so the main triangle floats much like sail boats on the lake. When set together, the negative space bleeds together for a cool effect. You can have a regatta skimming across the water with summer skies:


For something completely different, what if you rotated the blocks 180 degrees and created a bunting? That’s another variation to play with!

Or, create orderly rows of boats sailing across the water:


And for another option, use an alternate grid with plain alternate blocks to scatter the boats across the water.


Wanna make a Regatta block of your own? It is a simple but effective block and I hope you enjoy it. Download the instructions here.

Who doesn’t love a tip?

  1. Always pre-wash your fabrics. Pre-washing can help with shrinkage and bleeding. I know it’s a pain, but I’ve been grateful that I pre-washed on more than one occasion.
  2. For accurate half-square triangles (HST), I like to use the “diagonal seams” method with oversized squares which are trimmed to size after piecing. This method creates two HST blocks.

To get started with the diagonal seam/trim method, cut two squares the finished size of your HST + 1-inch. For Regatta, the HST finishes at 4 inches and you need to cut two 5-inch squares (4-inch finished + 1 inch = 5 inches). Draw a diagonal line from corner to corner on the wrong side of the lighter fabric. IMG_9027_edited

Put your two squares right sides together. Sew 1/4-inch on both sides of the drawn line.


Cut along the drawn line to create two HST blocks. Press the each block open with the seam allowance toward the darker fabric. The block will be slightly oversized and needs to trimmed.


Grab your rotary ruler and align the 45 degree line along the seam. Position the ruler so you can trim the block to 4 1/2-inch x 4 1/2-inch. Trim two sides.


Rotate the block, align the ruler on the cut edges and diagonal seam. Trim the remaining two sides. Tada! One perfectly sized 4-inch finished HST.

Continue on the blog hop this week for over sixty summer inspired original block designs. Be sure to visit the hosts’ sites to enter fabric bundle giveaways. Personally, I can’t wait to see what everyone has created with these fabrics. Here’s the schedule:

Monday, August 31st – Hosted by Yvonne of Quilting Jetgirl (my awesome hive leader!)

Tuesday, September 1st – Hosted by Cheryl of Meadow Mist Designs

Wednesday, September 2nd – Hosted by Stephanie of Late Night Quilter

Thursday, September 3rd – Hosted by Terri Ann of Childlike Fascination

In case you’re wondering what is going to be done with these blocks, all the makers are mailing them so they can be made into quilts to be given away. Pretty cool. Thank you, Fabri-Quilts for the fabric and the challenge!


55 thoughts on “Regatta – Fabri-Quilt New Block Blog Hop

    • Awwwww, thanks Yvonne! It was a fun block to work on and once I started in on the pattern drafting, I had a hard time stopping. You and all of the hosts have been so generous with your time and advice. Thanks so much!

  1. It is so clever to encourage everyone to customize the central square to really make the block their own! I would love to see this block (with all of its potential variations) in a finished quilt. What a fun way to add interest!

    • Thanks, Cassandra! I’ve got a friend expecting a baby boy mid winter. I just might have to sew up some blocks into a baby quilt.

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  3. I love that the block can be customized so easily and that they do look like little sail boats in the water. I think it would be a great block for custom free motion quilting to add to the boats on the water theme. Great tutorial.

  4. I love the little sailboats. This made me miss Washington even more. I lived in Olympia and loved checking out all the boats.

  5. Very cute block and love that it’s easy to customize. Before moving to Central Florida, we lived in the Seattle area (Issaquah and Snoqualmie) and my husband and I both miss it very much. This block definitely has Seattle/Puget Sound written all over it. Great job!

  6. This is fantastic. My favorite arrangement is the first picture with the boats all in a row. It rlly give off a great nautical feel. Wonderful post!

  7. Clever clever girl! I love it. I really love the layout with all the negative space and randomly placed blocks. Excellent!

  8. I like the way you changed each block. It adds a lot of pizzazz to your quilt. Thank you for sharing your great blocks, layout, tutorial and tips which are always useful. Have a wonderful creative day!

  9. Makes me want to jump right in the water somewhere. Perhaps I’ll impose on my cousin who lives in Seattle or the one on Whidby Island.

  10. I have been wanting to make a baby quilt using Regatta flags for awhile now (pinterest can verify). I love this interpretation! Seriously. So creative yet so minimalistic. Can’t gush enough!

  11. What an awesome and versatile block! I like how you can make it your own in each 4 inch section. I’ve been to Seattle and watching the salmon ladder was interesting.

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  13. Great ideas Martha. Thank you so much for the tutorial. There is a couple of sailors in the family so will have to make a gift for them using your generous input.

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  15. I love these regatta flags – thank you I follow you on wordpress and Inspired by Fabric by Bloglovin and newsletter. crystalbluern at onlineok dot com

  16. I have been going through a total sailboat thing lately so this totally calls to me. I really enjoy the variations you presented too, blocks within blocks are fun and a sailboat is a great way to show off some 4 inch-ers!

  17. Hi Martha, I wanted to thank you for commenting on my blog post for the hop. I tried responding to your email but it kept getting kicked back. I too like to make my HSTs bigger so I can trim them down to size. My favorite tool for that is June Tailor’s HST/QST ruler. It’s awesome! BTW, meant to ask where in the PNW area do you live?

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  20. This is great! I love the ocean and lived by it for 20 years. I want to move to someplace near the ocean again soon! There is nothing better than the smell of the ocean breeze.

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