Storm at Sea Quilt Pattern
The Storm at Sea quilt pattern makes for an exciting quilt—full of movement—all due to the juxtaposition of square and rectangular blocks.
Your eyes try to tell you there's curved piecing, but there's not a curved seam in the quilt, not anywhere!
Simple enough for the confident beginning quilter. Just download our free paper piecing quilt block patterns. (The link is near the bottom of this page.)
Feeling more adventurous?
Download coloring pages
of straight and/or on point layouts of the quilt and design to your
For even more inspiration, there's books on the Storm at Sea pattern to peruse.
And if paperpiecing's not your thing, there are rulers and templates that help make the process rotary cutter friendly, too.
My Favorite Quilt Design Software
All the free patterns and block/quilt illustrations on this site were created in either EQ7 or EQ8—my favorite quilt design software.
This program makes it so easy to audition different
colors and values with just a few mouse clicks.
Rotate and flip the blocks
with another series of clicks.
I can't imagine going back to graph paper and colored pencils.
Or worse yet—simply keeping my fingers crossed. Fabric is much too expensive!
The box contains a software download license—License ID and Password—and a booklet to get you through installation and get you started. There is no disk as in the past.
Download the software onto your computer from the EQ website using the ID and password as directed. At the time of download you can choose either PC or MAC.
I LOVE Electric Quilt!
I hope you do to.
The Storm at Sea Building Blocks
The Storm at Sea quilt block itself is composed of two separate block
units, a square in a square (in two sizes) and a diamond in a
rectangle. It is shown below in one of two ways, each drawn on a
We've kept the first illustrations simple by using just
two colors. But as you'll see later, you needn't limit your design
efforts to just two.
Block A: 3x3 grid
Block B: 4x4 grid
Storm at Sea Quilts made with Block A
This first quilt layout is a straight set using Block A. Note how the
lines of the quilt pattern fool your eye into thinking there are pieced
curves. Extra 'diamond in a rectangle' and 'square in a square' quilt
blocks are needed to complete the design.
6 x 8 blocks
This next quilt is exactly the same layout as the first, except that the
colors have been swapped—what was blue is now white and what was white
is now blue.
6 x 8 blocks
Now take our first coloring of Block A and set it in an on point quilt
layout. The piecing immediately seems more complicated, the curved
illusion more prominent, but it's still the same straight line seams in
5 x 7 blocks
Storm at Sea Quilts made with Block B
As with Block A, this block also creates the illusion of curved
pieced where none exists. The designs look more intricate than the
previous quilts due to the additional pieces in each block.
Our first example is laid out in a straight set.
5 x 6 blocks
And now showing the same block, same setting with the two colors reversed. A simple change, quite different results.
5 x 6 blocks
Finally showing our Block B set on point in the second block coloring.
5 x 6 blocks
When set as a two color quilt, the colors are placed exactly the same
for all the 'diamond in a rectangle' blocks. The same goes for the
'square in a square' blocks, regardless of which size it is. That's a
nice simplification to the piecing.
Dial up the Drama!
Storm at Sea quilt block - three color
Now let's have some fun with the color.
We now add red and green to our previously colored blue and white Block B. The result is the block shown to the right.
The basic 'rectangle in a diamond' and 'square in a square' quilt blocks are the same in every other way.
Now let's lay it out in straight rows...
7 x 7 blocks
...and now set on point. Note we've reduced the number of rows and columns so that you can see the design better.
5 x 5
The additional colors really change the 'feel' of the quilt. It
almost looks like the knitting patterns called 'intarsia' or a woven
And to think, all this is from simple paper pieced quilt blocks!
If you're ready for your own Storm at Sea Quilt...
...we have several free goodies for planning and stitching your next Storm at Sea quilt.
Storm at Sea paper piecing blocks
Click here to download your own copies to stitch.
For quilts based on Block A, you need to print one set of these two pages for each block in your quilt. To complete the quilt print an extra 'Page 2 of 2'. You will end up with one extra 3"x6" diamond in a rectangle block pattern.
For quilts based on Block B, print one copy of 'Page 1 of 2' and 2 copies of 'Page 2 of 2' for each block
Storm at Sea Coloring Pages
To help design your Storm at Sea Quilt, print one, some or all of our coloring pages.
For more design inspiration...
Click here to move on to Storm at Sea Quilt Pattern, Part 2: Transform Your Quilt Design.
For more Storm at Sea ideas, these books from Amazon.com may be just the thing! Click the image to learn more.
Hate paper piecing?
Then check out these rulers and templates to rotary cut your Storm at Sea quilt patches.
And if you REALLY love the Storm at Sea quilt pattern and want to make A LOT of blocks, Accuquilt—naturally—has a die for it here.
When you're ready for more blocks...
We've got a sea of blocks just waiting for you in our Free Quilt Block Pattern Library.
For help turning your blocks into quilts, check out Quilting Design 101 for layout ideas for your patchwork designs.
Share your work to inspire other Quilters!
If you use our tutorials to make your blocks and quilts, there are some easy ways to share your creations so other quilters (including me!) can enjoy the fruits of your labor:
- On Instagram please tag your blocks and quilts with the hashtag #GenerationsQuiltPatterns.
- Visit our Show n'Tell page on the website. Click here to share photos and tell your own story, just start typing at 'The name of your quilt is...'. If you'd prefer to submit more photos than the form allows, simply email them to me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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