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.
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.
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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