Here are the gorgeous storm-at-sea quilts we've shown recently. We are so fascinated by the design possibilities of this block ! We drew up some blocks so we could analyze the design, and we decided to make two variations downloadable (they're free). Happy Friday !
Eye of the Storm, Heart of the Storm, Summerfest Garden, Oceana, Delft Storm, and Albers at Sea
Row 1: Eye of the Storm by Peggy Martin, at Peggy Martin Quilts; Heart of the Storm, by John Flynn, at Flynn Quilt. Row 2: Summerfest Garden, by Joen Wolfrom; Oceana, by Linda Jean Peterson at Cape Cod Art Studio. Row 3: Delft Storm, by Ionne McCauley, at Ionne Quilts; Albers at Sea, by Debra Levin at the Empire Quilters Guild.
About the storm-at-sea block: The storm-at-sea block is based on a 3x3 grid. This works out well for a 12" block, or any other size that is divisible by three.
Here is the traditional block, below, which has an elongated diamond (shown as two isosceles triangles) on the left hand side and the top :
Here is what the quilt would look like if 20 blocks were placed in a 4x5 grid (below). Note that an additional vertical row of diamonds is placed along the right side of the quilt to finish it off.
In a second variation, the diamond "sashing" is placed on all four sides of the center square, as shown below:
When this "double sashing" block is replicated, it creates a double set of waves in the design, as shown below :
You can download the block diagrams here. They are fun to color, and are great for teaching kids about quilting (and geometry). See if they can find different shapes within the grid, such as flowers, hearts, ribbons, and waves. You can even find *stars* within the single-sashing version: