FREE Ahoy Sailor Quilt Pattern


Ahoy, ye landlubbers, scallywags and sailors! Find yer sea legs or walk the plank! This free Ahoy Sailor quilt pattern will have ye strap'n on yer boots and set'n sail! Arrrrr!

With only one quilt block to master, you will be feeling as confident as 'ol Cap'n ​Jack Sparrow himself. One quilt block, a few stripes, and Ta-da! There ain't nutt'n to it!

If you're trying to figure out how to read this non-English nonsense, just pretend you're a pirate who sometimes slips into a Southern draaaawl – that pretty much covers all of my accents.

Wait! No no, I take that back. I can do a meeeean 'liza Dooli'le (that's supposed to be 'Eliza Doolittle,' from My Fair Lady, but I was giving you a taste of how good my Bri'ish flower​ gull accent really is.)

But, ya know, now that I put it all together, Eliza Doolittle, pirates and Southern damsels all kinda sound the same when I emulate the accent...or are somehow a hybrid of the three...hmmm...Shiver me timbers!


​And I digress...per usual...

Let's go back to the beginning – the inspiration. Well, the inspiration for this quilt design was this salty Saltwater fabric designed by Emily Winfield Martin. Full of mermaids, sand dollars and scurvy, this fabric pulled my heart sails the moment I locked eyes with that white wale. Do you see the one I'm talking about? Look up the picture right above... YES! Now you see the one.

I love that whale.​

I love those little octopuses too, but that whale....​


This fabric line uses a lot of large-scale illustrations, so in addition to the cute little sailboat blocks, I wanted to make sure the quilt pattern didn't call for slicing and dicing up all the wonderful creatures floating around in the sea.

Which brings us to those majorly big horizontal stripes. Biggie stripes are one of my favorite ways to showcase beautiful fabric without the quilt looking too cluttered. Even though these stripes read as various shades of cream, I wanted the fabric patterns to really POP, so I juxtaposed them with solid cream fabric.


​You wouldn't suspect this based on the photo above, but it is nearly impossible to get a straight on shot of a thin quilt top while standing in a Chicago wind tunnel (also known as a common alley.) There were many outtakes and even a really lame video I finally shot thinking I would never get a good photo.

Much to my husband's chagrin, I am all too patient when it comes to quilt photoshoots. 🙂 Five minutes in he's ready to throw in the in towel...20 minutes later when I'm still saying, "Now, just a little to the left...ok RIGHT, RIGHT! Good...hold it...I said HOLD IT!"

Then he's saying, "Suz, my arms are tired, can't we call it a day."

"But Honey boo boo bear, lovie darling, sweetest Husband, can't you hold it just a teeny weeny bit longer? You're so strong and tough and handsome."


That almost always buys me another 15 minutes. That, plus vague promises of future back rubs that may or may not actually happen.​

Would I call that manipulation?...No, I probably wouldn't. Would John? mmmm....if he ever reads this blog post I'll let him chime in. Until then, "Secure the rigging and do ma' damn bidding or ye'll get harpooned!"​


​But seriously, how cute is he??

At this point in the blog post you're thinking to yourself, "Oh man, how much more do I have to skim to get to the free pattern?"

Well, let me tell you one more thing...​


...this quilt is not just a FREE pattern, but also a kit you can purchase! "Wahoo! Where, oh WHERE, SUZY??? Where do I buy such a kit?!"

Alright, alright, keep yer breetches on. I never would have brought this up if I had known you'd get so intense about it. Why don't you take a breather on the poop deck.

Want to purchase the full kit to make this Ahoy Sailor quilt? Click here!

Other supplies you may need include: ​a sexy eyepatch,  this flouncy pirate blouse, and a seam ripper to hold in one hand while shouting, "Arrrrr! Me tiny hook will spear ye eye out!"


​To download this FREE QUILT PATTERN, Click here!

Happy sailing and don't forget to use #AhoySailorQuilt when posting to social media. MUAH! xo


40 thoughts on “FREE Ahoy Sailor Quilt Pattern

    • Nancy says:

      Hi! I am piecing together the sailboats and I am having a hard time sewing the half triangles on the mushroom fabric. Cant seem to line it up so it covers the mushroom fabric. Any tips

        • Suzy Quilts says:

          Looking at Fig. 9 of the pattern, place your small triangle on the strip. With a ruler, measure a 1/4-inch overhang of the two triangle tips. Since your seam allowance is a 1/4-inch, once you sew the two pieces together and press the seam, the tips will fold back to become your dog ears that you can trim off.

          Once you make a couple that are correct, you won’t need to keep measuring and you will be able to eyeball the placement. I hope that helps!

    • Beth L Benditt says:

      Love this quilt pattern!!!! Just downloaded and printed it out. Don’t know when my niece will be having another baby, or if one of my other nieces will eventually be having any, but I will definitely be using this pattern.
      Your little guy is precious!!

  1. Diana Kastelic says:

    WHAT an adorable BABY!!! Oh, and the quilt is super-cute as well, thanks for making it free. Your posts are so engaging, and I love the sleek sailboat shape you’ve created … so much better than those clunky HST versions out there. Looks like I’ll just have to make one for a favourite landlubber of mine. Thanks again, Suzy!

  2. Kathy says:

    Thanks for the pattern! It is so cute. My co-worker just found out she’s having a boy and plans on doing his room in a nautical theme. This will be perfect!

  3. Rachel says:

    At this point in the blog post you’re thinking to yourself, “Oh man, how much more do I have to skim to get to the free pattern?” — haha! I’m cracking up! I always assume that’s what people think when I’m blogging too!

    …anyway, love this pattern and love your posts! 🙂

  4. Brenda says:

    Love this sweet little quilt…thank you for your blog before getting to the pattern…love it…you do have two handsome guy’s there😁
    This will be my second Nautical theme quilt for our soon to be brand new grandson 🤗

  5. Amy says:

    Love this quilt! How do you feel about me directing my quilt guild to this pattern to make donation quilts for Project Linus?

  6. Susan Whipple says:

    Ok, seriously, I just found your site this afternoon, and I can’t seem to get off! So much useful info. Love your articles and the clarity to which you explain things. I’m a ‘beginning’ intermediate (spreading my wings so to speak) quilter…haven’t tried doing the actual quilting myself yet, but you inspire me to try!
    Keep up the great work!
    Sincerely, Suzy-Q too!

  7. Paulina Tawil says:

    Loved this pattern and printed it to make. I cut all my piece and started sewing my sails. They didn’t square up for me and I’m not sure where I went wrong. I thought I was so careful. Any suggestions?

  8. Paulina says:

    Thank you! I just joined the group. I took apart my mistakes and I’m going to try again. I think I’m going to try to complete 1 sale and see if it squares up before I continue with it all. Love your site!

  9. Shannon Sailor says:

    Thanks so much for this free pattern! My last name is Sailor so I’m always on the lookout for fun sailor quilt patterns!
    I just love your blog, your patterns, and all your tutorials!
    Happy New Year!

    • Suzy Quilts says:

      Unfortunately, I don’t think these exact kits are sold any more because the fabric is no longer being printed. These kits were sold at, so if you reach out to them they may be able to accomodate.

  10. judith parker says:

    I love the movement of these boats. But the printed pattern has a flaw. It doesn’t show that you have to leave some extra material so that you don’t lose your points. The points in your finished pictures look sharp, but if you follow the pattern you’ll cut corner to corner and lose the points on the boat and large sail when you join the blocks. I noticed in time and offset the triangles. Thanks for the ideas that you share.

  11. Julie in NM says:

    I sew for Project Linus and was looking for a sailboat pattern….OMG! This pattern is perfect. Oh, and I found the perfect fab in my stash. My PL buddies and and some little kid is gonna love this. TUSM!!!

  12. mariette ackerman says:

    Hello , Started making this quilt and having trouble getting the big sail with the sharp top point like in the pictures.The top of my big sail comes out about 1/4 inch straight when i follow the directions as in figure 1,2,3,4. What am i doing wrong ? Thank you very much for your help , Mariette

    • Jessica Schunke says:

      Hi Mariette! So sorry you’re having trouble with the pattern. Half-rectangle triangles (HRTs) can be tricky, and I think Figure 4 is a bit misleading, as it shows the seam going into the corners of the HRT when it should really be offset. While the method for making HRTs used in the Voyage quilt pattern is different, you might find some of the photos in this sew-along post helpful. In particular, you can see in the trimming photo about halfway through how the seam in HRTs is offset when trimming. For Ahoy Sailor, when you trim the HRTs to 7 1/4″ x 4 3/8″, you’ll need to align your ruler so that one end of the seam goes through the 1/4″ x 1/4″ mark on your ruler, while the other end goes through the 7″ x 4 1/8″ mark on your ruler. Having the seam line offset like this will ensure you maintain your points when sewing the units together. If you need additional help or would like me to send you a picture showing these units and a marked ruler, feel free to email me at

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