May 14

Boat Quilt Complete (63)–Bloggers’ Quilt Festival

Amy's Creative Side


I finished my quilt festival quilt just a few hours ago.  It is always great to have that extra motivation to finish a quilt.

Some background:  My child’s first grade teacher LOVES pirates. She was a pirate on her first day of school.  Her room is decorated with cartoon pirates and ships.  She uses pirate sayings to get them to pay attention.  And for Halloween…yes, she was a pirate.  So, I thought it appropriate to make her a quilt for teacher appreciation week with a pirate (well, pirate ship) theme.

This is her first year of teaching, and I wanted the quilt to represent how I feel about teachers and how grateful I am for the time and effort they put into teaching my children.  So, I drew out a picture with a large ship surrounded by small ships, representing a teacher being surrounded by her students.  It kind of made itself after that.


This quilt represents a few firsts for me.

— This is my first time doing improvisational piecing throughout the whole quilt (the rotary cutter became both my best friend and my worst enemy.)

–This was my first time sewing a curve (the sun)

–This was my first time doing this maze free motion quilting.  I have done block-type meandering before, but I wanted this to look more like a maze.  I think the overall quilting pattern helps the seams melt away.  I love how it turned out.

Maze Meandering quilt pattern

–This was my first time using fabric marker, which I used for the back of the quilt (It has been blurred in the photo to keep their names private.  Don’t worry, it hasn’t bled…yet)


I am excited for my child to give it to her next week.  Hopefully she will use it as a wall hanging (I plan on using this tutorial to make embroidered hanging loops) or, eventually, I hope she’ll be able to wrap up her grandchildren in it.

This quilt measures 39.5 inches  x 46.5 inches.

Thanks for visiting!



  1. What a cool quilt! I am and educator and I know if some one put the time and thought into a gift like this for me I would LOVE it! I absolutely love your maze quilting – I think it is spectacular looking! GREAT WORK!!

  2. I love the story of this quilt, and the design is delightful. Well done!

  3. Rachaeldaisy says:

    The recipient is going to Love this quilt!!! It’s so much fun!! I really like the maze quilting.

  4. Anne says:

    That is such a great design that you came up with. The teacher is going to just adore it.

  5. Patty D says:

    This is such a wonderful quilt. I really love the whole concept of the little boats following the big boat along.

  6. Kristina says:

    this is a great quilt, I love it! what a great idea and lovely work, congrats!

  7. funthreads says:

    What a great gift. Very cute quilt.

  8. Karen S says:

    What a cute quilt!

  9. felicity says:

    What a gorgeous quilt and an even more beautiful sentiment. Your child’s teacher will treasure this forever, I’m sure.

  10. Jill says:

    Love this quilt! So fun. Glad you got it finished up in time for the festival.

  11. Great job, it doesn’t look like a 1st attempt at freeform piecing. Kudos. I’m sure her teacher will love it.
    Come visit my entries #211, repro cheddar orange stars and #215 antique 1850 applique flower garden

  12. Linz says:

    This is wonderful! Such a cute design and the quilting is amazing!! Great work!!

  13. It was soo nice to meet you at the Quilt Market Meetup! LOVE your quilt and the whole story behind it. I’m sure the teacher will hang it with pride in a very special spot!

  14. Quiltbenaco says:

    E’ una trapunta molto graziosa!

  15. Laurel H. says:

    What a great little quilt, and for a great reason. She should love this!

  16. Deonn says:

    Wow, what a fun, sweet quilt!! Adorable!

  17. Penny G says:

    You are a rock star! The quilt is amazing, but the thought and kindness you put in it make it so much more.

  18. Claudia says:

    What a charming quilt! I love the whimsical design and the maze quilting. I’m sure the teacher will love receiving such a thoughtful gift. I made a very small quilt for my daughter’s teacher last year and he was bowled over with surprise.

  19. eileen says:

    so darling and what a cool thing to give this obviously wonderful teacher!! really fun you designed this and worked through it yourself. quilting is marvelous. thanks for sharing and have a great day

  20. Sara says:

    You are so thoughtful to have made this for your son’s teacher!! I like the color variations and the playfulness of it all:)

  21. mb. says:

    just wonderful!

  22. Karen says:

    This is fantastic. I love all the planning and thought that has gone in to it. As a teacher myself I know how much it will be appreciated.

  23. Becky says:

    What a great gift. You did a beautiful job.

  24. Hollie says:

    What an awesome idea!

  25. Jan says:

    What a lovely quilt and sentiment behind it. I love to read what inspires people to come up with pictorial quilts. There is usually a lovely story you don’t appreciate just by looking at the quilt. However, once you know the story it seems to make the quilt that little bit more special.

  26. Kelli says:

    Very sweet gift for what sounds like, an awesome teacher!

  27. Sherry says:

    What a wonderful tribute to your child’s teacher. Can’t tell so many of the steps were firsts for you as you did such a wonderful job. It’s such a fun quilt…..awesome gift!