My Favorite Quilt Block

Here we are at Day 3 of the My Favorite Quilt Block Hop! Thanks again to our generous sponsor, Carla. Make sure you check out some of the fun blogs and creations – all the links are below. Carla is having a giveaway and so am I. I will send the winner the equivalent of 1 yard of Island Batik fabrics. See below for details.

Now, I love a lot of blocks, star blocks, traditional blocks, bocks that intersect and make other designs, but the canoe block has interested me for some time.

I am using the canoe block twice this month. In fact, I was given a die by Accuquilt as part of the Island Batik Ambassador program. I needed to test the block. Then, I used fabric I loved and a quick table runner was made for this hop! Honestly, the rotary cutting instructions are not fun, so I thought you could use templates to cut if needed. This block is a finished 9.5″ before it is in a quilt, 9″ finished.

I began by putting the top on the canoe. Using my design board I flipped the corner pieces over the canoe. Pick them up and then sew the seams, chain piecing. I cut the adjoining thread and finger pressed seams open and placed on my design board.

After I made all my blocks (for this Hop and Island Batik challenge), I found Accuquilt’s tutorial on putting this block together. I did it a little differently, but, like them, I pressed seams open.

I would then flip one triangle on each canoe, and pick them up. I would chain piece. Cut the adjoining thread. Finger press seams open. Place back on the design board.

Do the same thing with the other side. Finger press seams open. Place back on the design board.

Connect 2 blocks at a time. Finger press open. Pin together both units.

Piece the final unit together.

For my table runner, I added two pieces on either end so it would be the size I wanted for the space it would be spending the most time.

For quilting, I did some in the ditch between the blocks, dot to dot quilting triangles and finally around the canoes. It is a pretty addition to our counter that separates the old from the new in our cottage.

I also enjoyed both of these quilts, and thought you might like to see them. So, you will have to wait a little to see my second version. I am working the challenge them of child’s play, and while the basic blocks are done, the setting blocks, final assembly and quilting will be a least another week. However, you do have plenty to keep you busy. Enjoy the hop, I know I will.

Now, for the giveaway . It will be open until the Sunday, September 15th at 11:59 pm. Please leave a comment telling me your favorite experience in a canoe, kayak or boat! 

Monday, September 9th
Just Let Me Quilt
Words & Stitches
Songbird Designs
Days Filled With Joy
Quilted Delights

Tuesday, September 10th
Melva Loves Scraps
Stitchin At Home
Homespun Hannah’s Blog
Mary Mack Made Mine
Just Because Quilts
Den syende himmel
Selina Quilts

Wednesday, September 11th
Elizabeth Coughlin Designs
Kathleen McMusing=====>you are here
Karrin’s Crazy World
April Grace Quilts
Hazel’s Daughter
Seams To Be Sew

Thursday, September 12th
Cynthia’s Creating Ark
Nutz 4 Redwork
Ms P Designs USA
Pampered Pettit
Hill Valley Quilter

Friday, September 13th
For the love of geese
Life in the Scrapatch
Kathy’s Kwilts and More
Alycia Quilts – quiltygirl
Domestic Felicity
The Joyful Quilter
Creatin’ in the Sticks

Coming Upon the Blog:
Color Block of the Month
September Island Batik Challenge
Tutorial on Converting Picture to Mosaic in EQ8

Linking Up:
Clever Chameleon
Wednesday Wait Loss
Put Your Foot Down
Finished or Not Friday
UFO Bustin #74
What I Made Monday

Disclaimer: *Links with asterisk indicate an affiliate link. Your price is not any different, but a small percentage of the sale will go to supporting my blog.


  1. Selina
    September 12, 2019 / 10:58 am

    I don’t think I ever registered that this block was the sum of four sections. Probably because depending on the color choices it looks so radically different. Love what you have done with it. Thanks for the construction background too. Oh my best boat story was the frist time I went out with a group canoeing ( I was in my 20’s) After about 15 minutes the guy I was with forbid me from putting the paddle in the water. Apparently my coordination was off and I kept sending the boat in circles. It was less work for him to do it all by himself than to have to keep straightening out what I was doing.

    • kathleenquilts
      September 12, 2019 / 8:58 pm

      We would be an awful team – you share the same rowing skills I do!

  2. Nancy D
    September 12, 2019 / 11:25 am

    Your runner looks good on the table! We had a boat when I was small, and I remember being out in the water, the smell of the water together with fuel from the boat, and the light spray of water on you as the boat cut through the water.

    • kathleenquilts
      September 12, 2019 / 8:57 pm

      A wonderful memory!

  3. September 12, 2019 / 1:17 pm

    I love the canoe block! I’ve made some with foundation paper piecing. My favorite time in a canoe was at a family reunion on Flathead Lake in Montana, rowing around with my cousins. Such a peaceful way to spend the afternoon.

    • kathleenquilts
      September 12, 2019 / 8:46 pm

      I love being on the water, but don’t do much rowing myself these days.

  4. Dawn F.
    September 12, 2019 / 2:40 pm

    I once kayaked for 4 days on the Missouri River with no way out except to get to the end. It was so peaceful! I have never seen the canoe block before, but it looks fun!

    • kathleenquilts
      September 12, 2019 / 8:45 pm

      It sounds like a terrific trip!

  5. Brenda @ Songbird Designs
    September 12, 2019 / 10:33 pm

    Kathleen, I’ve been eyeing that AccuQuilt die since it came out! I love your table runner. I’ve never canoed or kayaked, but I do enjoy fishing in a boat! LOL Thanks for the opportunity to win some of that beautiful Island Batik fabric!

    • kathleenquilts
      September 13, 2019 / 2:58 pm

      Canoeing and kayaking can be a lot of work – have fished too in a boat many times – one from a Sears catalog!

  6. Janey
    September 12, 2019 / 10:52 pm

    Love the block. Helps remind me of being a Cub Scout leader and having newbies in a canoe in the shallow water of the lake near our home. Some appreciated boat safety and some did not. It certainly was an experience that put a dent in my sense of humor but did not discourage me from continuing to be a leader. Thanks for sharing.

    • kathleenquilts
      September 13, 2019 / 3:00 pm

      Yes, kids can do that to you! Glad it didn’t discourage you.

  7. Jayne P
    September 13, 2019 / 8:45 am

    There is no favorite experience for me as I really don’t like to be on the water

    • kathleenquilts
      September 13, 2019 / 2:51 pm

      Well, that’s ok…I’ll still let you play. The water is not for everyone!

  8. September 13, 2019 / 9:42 am

    That is a really cool block – I haven’t ever seen that die before -interesting!

    • kathleenquilts
      September 13, 2019 / 2:53 pm

      Thank you! It is particularly nice they are all on one die!

  9. September 13, 2019 / 11:55 am

    Such pretty projects with that block. Looks like it’s so much easier with the die cutter.

    • kathleenquilts
      September 13, 2019 / 2:52 pm

      Thank you. I can tell you I have become a convert to the die cutters!

  10. September 13, 2019 / 7:10 pm

    Love what you have done with this die. I have it as well and am struggling with color ways. Yours is lovely!

    • kathleenquilts
      September 16, 2019 / 10:18 pm

      Thanks, Leah. I do love this die, and expect to use it again.

  11. Pam
    September 13, 2019 / 11:10 pm

    What a beautiful block! I think this is the first time I have ever seen a canoe block. My biggest marine adventure was on the Mississippi River. Some friends and I rented a houseboat and didn’t really know what we were doing. We anchored (or thought we anchored) on a sandbar one night, and in the middle of the night someone shouted, “we are in the channel!!” and “there’s a barge!” We were very fortunate that the tow operator had sounded a horn and woken her up. We managed to get the boat started and steered it out of the path of the barge. Then we had to find a place to anchor again. (The houseboat had no lights). The tow operator apparently realized our predicament and shined floodlights along the shore until we found a place to anchor. After that we assigned someone to stay up at night 🙂 Other than that, it was a fun trip!

    • kathleenquilts
      September 16, 2019 / 10:23 pm

      That is a crazy story! I am glad you enjoyed the block.

  12. September 14, 2019 / 5:12 pm

    I really like those Canoe blocks with your choice of fabric and placement! I’ve been looking at the die myself! Over the years I have enjoyed water and boats of different types. I always loved the ferries with the possibility of seeing dolphins. I used to go fishing on several different lakes in British Columbia, but the best adventure was when a dear friend decided I needed to learn how to use a kayak. Can you guess what happened? Yup, I did the under and back up again! Next summer I am spending a couple of weeks in the Okanagan Valley and we will get out kayaking again,

  13. Pamela Reim
    September 14, 2019 / 9:40 pm

    I lived on the McKenzie River in OR for 16 years & loved to raft or fish in a drift boat for salmon. Love the canoe block & (my AccuQuilt Go cutter)

    • kathleenquilts
      September 16, 2019 / 10:12 pm

      Fresh salmon is the best but living near water is one of my favorite things.

  14. September 16, 2019 / 8:29 am

    I love how the AccuQuilt-Go dies have the notches already cut out to make piecing a breeze. Lovely blocks!

    • kathleenquilts
      September 16, 2019 / 10:09 pm

      Isn’t it wonderful – I keep thinking I need to design more around accuquilt for that reason.

  15. September 16, 2019 / 11:53 am

    Thank you for linking up to Put your foot down with this great tutorial. I do love your Crossed Canoe runner.

    • kathleenquilts
      September 16, 2019 / 10:08 pm

      Thanks for hosting!

  16. Brandy
    September 16, 2019 / 12:11 pm

    My great-uncle built a canoe in Kalispell, MT, and one time when my sister and I stayed with my grandma we were allowed to take the canoe to the lake and paddle around for a while. That was when I learned my grandma is not a confident swimmer! But my sister and I are, so we had a lot of fun.

    • kathleenquilts
      September 16, 2019 / 10:08 pm

      What a fun little story. I remember learning a similar thing about my grandmother – she would get on a bathing suit but never swim. I am now wondering if it was more common for that generation?

  17. September 17, 2019 / 12:55 am

    lol, I love how you checked out the instructions after you’d already sewn all your blocks for both projects….. 😀 I loved going kayak camping when I was a teen. Wrap up all your gear watertight and travel down a river or reservoir to your campsite. Such a peaceful way to spend a couple of days.

    • September 17, 2019 / 8:13 am

      I thought it was obvious….but you know, some of us think we know everything. I never took that kind of a trip (and probably won’t). I am much more the casual kayaker!

  18. inquiringquilter
    September 17, 2019 / 8:27 pm

    What a cute table runner! It looks perfect in your kitchen. Thanks for sharing your favorite block on Wednesday Wait Loss.

  19. September 22, 2019 / 5:56 am

    Hi Kathleen, your blocks are fabulous and I just love the table runner 🙂

    • kathleenquilts
      September 24, 2019 / 3:15 pm

      Thanks, Fi, I love the way it turned out.

  20. Jocelyn Thurston
    September 24, 2019 / 11:36 am

    Hi if I haven’t already said so, what a great post this is. I found the background and story interesting so thanks for sharing. I had no idea this block was an oldie. Your version is a beauty!

    • kathleenquilts
      September 24, 2019 / 3:15 pm

      Thanks so much!

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