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 heart's content!
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.
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 different grid.
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.
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.
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.
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 simple blocks.
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.
And now showing the same block, same setting with the two colors reversed. A simple change, quite different results.
Finally showing our Block B set on point in the second block coloring.
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.
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...
...and now set on point. Note we've reduced the number of rows and columns so that you can see the design better.
The additional colors really change the 'feel' of the quilt. It almost looks like the knitting patterns called 'intarsia' or a woven tapestry.
And to think, all this is from simple paper pieced quilt blocks!
...we have several free goodies for planning and stitching your next Storm at Sea quilt.
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
To help design your Storm at Sea Quilt, print one, some or all of our coloring pages.