Black Rock Ferry Quilt Fun With Fat Quarters

Enjoy The Elements Of This Amazing ‘Ferry’ Quilt.

The Black Rock Ferry quilt is a fabric adventure. The design inspired by a ferry back in 1796 that carried settlers who journeyed from the U.S. into Canada at
Niagara Falls, Ontario to their new homes. The voyage was all about the destination, although there were many tales of events along the way. Enjoy this spectacular quilt enjoying each step along the way. Allowing the ‘ferry paddles’ to propel you forward , whatever your journey.


Made up of medium, dark and light prints, this fat quarter friendly quilt looks incredibly difficult. Yet by following the guidelines to cut and keep organized in this quilt as you cut squares and rectangles from a single fat quarter, group them as each step indicates. These groups will make it easier for you to coordinate, pair and organize the layout for each block.

fat quarter friendly quilt Black Rock Ferry

15 fat quarters of each, medium, dark and light prints, choose any group of fabrics. Whatever the choice, the fabric placement is a wonderful world of creativity. Given the inspirational design, fabrics from the French General collection would work. The blocks come together beautifully taking form almost magically. It’s an experience making just one block, however putting the blocks together form a secondary pattern. Half square triangles at each corner along with a combination of 2 1/2 squares, and rectangles, form a mesmerizing paddle wheel!

The design is perfect for fat quarters with almost no fabric waste. After cutting block groups, you’ll notice that there is a 8” x 22” piece left after cutting each medium and dark fat quarter print. Set these pieces aside, they will be used to cut squares for the border and corner blocks later on in the pattern. The pattern provides cutting tips to cut four layers of fabric at one time. There are a lot of pieces to cut and a new and sharp rotary cutter blade is essential.

A beautiful display over the sofa, becomes the feature of the room, or as a bed quilt. Quilt blocks are finished 14 1/2″ square, 30 blocks make a finished quilt of 82″ x 96″. Easily adjust the size of the quilt using less blocks for a striking wall quilt with a tale to tell.

The pattern, by Love Shack Quilts, with special thanks to Janet Samuels, is much easier than it seems and has helpful tips along the way, including pressing directions. With so many pieces to join, keep your Steamfast mini iron at hand. Follow the pressing directions to be sure that all the many seams would be “opposing” and nestle together nicely for maximum ease of assembly and minimum bulk at the seams.


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