Part 2: Transform Your Quilt Design
In Storm at Sea Quilt Pattern: Part 1 - Block Basics, you saw two versions of how this block is constructed.
Several of the traditional layouts for two and four color quilts were illustrated. All were recognizable Storm as Sea patterns.
Now let's get your creative design juices flowing.
Due to the combination of square and rectangular units, this quilt block offers a number of exciting design opportunities that require nothing more than changing the placement of colors and fabrics.
Take things down a notch by using low contrast fabrics and turn this block into a background.
It's all up to you!
In this first example, we've created a heart by coloring the appropriate patches red. Use this idea to add a little love to your next quilt!
Use the same 'heart' idea, but now make them interlocking. The bottom part of the Storm at Sea quilt block is missing from the last row of this 5x5 block design to create a symmetrical layout.
Now change up the colors to create a diamond shape...
...and then add more color.
A pocketful of posies is easy to imagine...
...or even a whole meadow.
Up until now, our versions of the Storm at Sea quilt pattern have used high contrasting fabrics.
Now we'll reduce the contrast in the blocks so that they can create a unified background for our quilt designs.
Set the blocks on point, replace some of the small 'square in a square' quilt blocks with solid squares and a school of fish appears to swim its way across your quilt top.
Keeping the reduced contrast, why not create ribbons of undulating color. This is a great place to use some of those hand-dyed gradations you've got tucked away.
In this final set of design inspirations, we use the same block layouts we've used previously, but now the block is totally transformed and looks nothing like the traditional Storm at Sea quilt pattern.
Over and under and under and over, these colorful ribbons are intertwined.
Back to highly contrasting fabrics, a change in color placement and alternating circles emerge.
The Quilt Police can't stop you from swapping out portions of your Storm at Sea quilt pattern for something else.
Here we've gone back to a traditional blue and white coloring of the quilt.
But somehow, it's different...
Can you see what we did?
I'll give you a clue. This is a straight set quilt layout.
Did you find the change?
We replaced the larger 'square in a square' unit in the Storm at Sea quilt block with a 'snails trails' block like the one shown to the right.
The extra pieces of the Snail's Trail block add to the visual intricacy of the design...but not the skill needed to piece it.
Now that your creative design juices are flowing, what will you do with YOUR Storm at Sea quilt pattern?
With all the piecing lines contained in a single block, you imagination is the limit.
For more Storm at Sea ideas, these books from Amazon.com may be just the thing! Click the image to learn more.
Then check out these rulers and templates to rotary cut your Storm at Sea quilt patches.
To help you design your next Storm at Sea quilt, we have four different coloring pages. The first two are based on our Block A; the second two are based on Block B. For more explanation on the differences between these two blocks, see Storm as Sea Quilt Pattern: Part 1 The Basics.
To download patterns for the blocks themselves, go to Storm at Sea paper piecing quilt blocks.
You'll need Adobe Reader (the latest version is recommended) installed on your computer in order to open and print any of these coloring pages. You can get Adobe Reader here (a new window will open so you can download it without leaving this page).
If you want to open the file in your browser window, just click on the link. However, if you want to download the file to view later, then right-click on the link and choose "Save Target As" or "Save File As." Then select where you want to save the file on your hard drive.
Once you have saved the file, locate where you saved it, and double click to open.
In order to print, open the downloaded file, and select the "Print" option.
When you've stitched up your Storm at Sea quilt pattern, we'd love to see it! You are invited to upload a picture of it to our Show and Tell. Let us appreciate your work!
Our Free Quilt Block Pattern Library may be just the ticket!
For design inspiration, check out Quilting Design 101 for layout ideas for your patchwork designs.