I found this block pattern in Barbara Brackman’s book, America’s Printed Fabrics 1770-1890. The block pattern is called Lost Ship.
It is a pattern that shows up in quilts from the 1870’s and 1880’s. It was given the name Lost Ships by Ladies Art Co. catalog block #318 in 1898. You can see the dark ship and then the ghost ship below it.
The block is an 8 1/2 inches unfinished block but I just added half square blocks on the other 2 sides to make it into a 12 1/2 inches unfinished block for the sampler quilt.
To make this block you will need:
Six 4 inches square dark print fabric.
Six 4 inches square light print fabric.
One 7 inches square dark fabric and light. You are only going to use one half square of each cut from corner to corner. I just put right sides together and drew a line. This was faster then hunting down my ruler to cut a 7 inches triangle. Plus, if you sew them a quarter inch from the center line on one side, you won’t be in danger of stretching the bias and ending with a wonky block. But if you do have a ruler template for cutting triangles by all means cut a 7 inch triangle from both light and dark fabric. I actually made two of these blocks. One for another quilt.
When you sew your center half square block from the 7 inch cut fabrics you will need to square it up to 6 1/2 inches square. I used a 6 1/2 square up ruler for this. Having different sizes of small square rulers really helps to make things move along faster.
Put your 6 light and dark 4 inches squares right sides together and draw a line. Then sew a quarter inch seam from the center line on both sides. Cut on center line to make two half square blocks.
Press open with the seam to the dark side. Then square up to 3 1/2 inches square.
Lay out block like the picture above. Sew them together in strips. The center strip you will have to sew the 2 on the top and bottom first together then sew them to the center block. Sew all three strips being careful to pin the points and seams into place first. Press in one direction as you sew to make flat seams.
This is really an easy block to do and very forgiving with the points. I had no trouble lining up the points and everything seemed to fit nicely together with out having to go back and adjusting seams again. I did not have to use the seam ripper on this one. I really like this block and will use it again for a scrappy quilt.