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Storm at Sea Quilt

One of my favorite quilt blocks is Storm at Sea.  I love the movement created and the illusion of curves with all straight piecing.  I also love that by alternating placement of colors or light and dark shades, you can create designs that pop.  Below are a few examples of a Storm at Sea quilt designed on EQ.  All of these are made with just the Storm at Sea block and variations in placement of colors and shades.

SAS Warm 2     SAS Warm

This post is about a Storm at Sea quilt that I made as a wedding gift for my cousin and his charming bride.  This Storm At Sea quilt, Our Hearts Will Go On,  features 2 hearts, perfect for newlyweds!

I found out that their favorite colors are blue and green, so I used that as a starting point.  This layout needed 4 blues, 4 greens, background fabric and then something to pop for the hearts.  Since my cousin loves sailing, Offshore Sailboat by Riley Blake Designs was the perfect choice for the hearts.

c4924 blue

The remainder of the fabrics are a combination of screen prints, batiks and hand dyed solids.

There are many techniques for creating a Storm at Sea block.  My choice for this block is Wendy Matheson’s A New Light on Storm at Sea Quilts, book and templates.  The instructions are very easy to follow.  The patches are slightly oversized which requires trimming.  The trimming step helps to keep the points sharp and the blocks square.

Even though the block instructions include some bias edges with triangular pieces of fabric, by placing the bias edge on the bottom, we had no trouble with stretching or wonky blocks.

We quilted this Storm at Sea quilt with an all over quilt design that represented waves and bubbles of churning water.  We love the movement of this quilt design and it provides the perfect density with wool batting between the layers.



The wedding was December 11th in Virginia.  The decorations were spectacular.  The bride and groom looked fabulous!  We saw lots of friends and family and had a wonderful time.  We presented the quilt in private and they LOVED it!

The happy couple!


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Placentia, CA


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15 Responses to Storm at Sea Quilt

  1. Yvonne @Quilting Jetgirl / Reply

    January 9, 2017 at 6:31 am

    How wonderful to be able to gift such a meaningful quilt to the couple. I’m sure they will treasure and enjoy it for years to come!

  2. Helen / Reply

    January 9, 2017 at 9:14 am

    A beautiful quilt for a beautiful couple.

  3. Heulwen Price / Reply

    January 10, 2017 at 4:40 am

    Beautiful! I love Storm At Sea, but haven’t tried it myself yet.

  4. The Eclectic Abuela / Reply

    January 10, 2017 at 7:26 am


  5. Kim / Reply

    January 10, 2017 at 8:39 am

    Your storm at sea is gorgeous! Beautiful color way.

  6. Cathy / Reply

    January 11, 2017 at 6:51 am

    Love your storm at sea quilt! It’s so pretty!

  7. Jayne / Reply

    January 12, 2017 at 7:05 am

    It is gorgeous! This is one quilt I love seeing, always wanted to make but never have! Well done!

  8. Mary Huey / Reply

    January 12, 2017 at 11:35 am

    Beautiful Storm at Sea!!

  9. kris / Reply

    January 12, 2017 at 12:09 pm

    Beautiful. I really like your color layout (the best)

  10. JanineMarie / Reply

    January 12, 2017 at 6:16 pm

    What a beautiful variation of Storm at Sea. I’m sure it will be treasured as an heirloom.

  11. Leanne Parsons / Reply

    January 14, 2017 at 6:44 am

    It is beautiful! The hearts in the design really do make it a perfect wedding quilt. Thanks for linking to TGIFF 🙂

  12. Saartje / Reply

    January 14, 2017 at 11:52 am

    A big whoop for that! The examples in reds and yellows make me dizzy, but I love your blue/green version!

  13. Francine / Reply

    January 15, 2017 at 11:18 am

    It’s absolutely beautiful – what an amazing wedding gift!

  14. Heide / Reply

    January 16, 2017 at 5:21 am

    What a beautiful gift! love your colors and layout. The blues and greens are just perfect for the title…Storm at sea.

  15. Kathleen / Reply

    January 19, 2017 at 1:09 pm

    Love how you did this!

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