Mini Boat Reproduction Quilt Timeline

Mini Boat Reproduction Quilt in Sewing Area via
Mini Boat Reproduction Quilt with Maker via
Mini Boat Reproduction Quilt Finished Flat via
Antique 1940’s Boat Quilt Block via


Started: December 16, 2006
September 30, 2016
Size: Wall/Doll Size (1/4-scale Reproduction)


December 16, 2006: I finally get stuck in and decide to make a miniature reproduction of my grandmother’s final quilt, a 40’s era boat quilt made from clothing scraps and bleached muslin. Since I’m going to be attempting an accurate reproduction, I take a photo of every block in the quilt and print them out at scale to begin the fabric hunt. It takes several months to find the fabrics, and even then I still have a few that are less than ideal.

June 1, 2007: Everything gets packed up to be moved to the new house.

April 10, 2008: I get the quilt out of storage to start working on it again with the idea that I will give it to my father for Christmas. When I show my mother the quilt, she says he would probably prefer a quilt in shades of blue. So I take the next 2+ years off from this quilt to work on an all-blue edition I’m calling the Blue Mini-Boat Quilt.

July 29, 2013: My Dad is in and out of the hospital and is not going to live much longer. I decide it’s time to get this quilt done. I get all the sorted baggies of fabric out and get organized.

August 2, 2013: I make a test boat block and cut all of the background parts.

August 3, 2013: The final fabric choices are set and organized. My regular machine is broken, but I find a really nice vintage machine at a garage sale and can work on the blocks!

August 4, 2013: All the sashing parts are cut and organized. Working small requires great accuracy so I am really taking my time and being careful.

August 13, 2013: All the boat bottoms are done!

August 24, 2013: My Dad passes away before I am able to finish the quilt. It takes a bit before I can work on it again.

October 10, 2013: Working on the quilt is theraputic. I have a handful of boats done and ready to go production line mode.

October 12, 2013: All the teeny-tiny HSTs for the sails are cut out!

October 14, 2013: The first column of boats with sashing and everything is assembled!

October 18, 2013: I finished the top, but then I realize that the outside border doesn’t have cornerstones and the top and bottom don’t have a border at all. Probably because the original quilt was for a double bed. I set it aside to fix after the holidays.

January 18, 2014: All fixed and pinned, now quilting!

January 19, 2014: Machine sewing the binding to the front! The back will be hand-sewn.

February 6, 2014: It’s done! The Mini Boat Reproduction Quilt is done! Hooray!! My Dad didn’t get to see it, but it is okay, it’s a precious treasure for me anyway.