Storm at Sea

A long time ago .. ok maybe a year or two at most ... I got this great book from Claire. And I sort of fell in love with the black and white pictures which - for me - make it so much easier to fill with my own colours ...
I already used it to make an Irish Chain Quilt - but this one pattern Storm at Sea had caught my attention after the first read through.

Storm at Sea
Marguerite Ickis: The standard book of quilt making and collecting

The only problem was the measurements given werent really working out so I played around a little ... and because I was getting nowhere I just sewed up all the scraps into a patch - maybe a few more additions and I will have a modern mini?

scrap sewing - a modern mini?

And then after getting a clear head at sport practice (and well hurting the so far unhurt knee .. the other looks like it belongs to a 5 year old who's learning to ride a bicycle ... not nice .. luckily the newly hurt one is just swelling a little and gettign a purplish-blue hue) anyway I felt like using some sitting down time and had another go at the pattern - this time going the conservative way = paper + pen to crunch numbers ...

trying myself at a traditional block

I need to work some more on the diamond parts - and get a better feel for the meeting points, esp. the diamond points .... As that block is 6,5" square I am seriously thinking about doing it a little larger, but then of course it would look ver different - I actually like the tinyness ... ohh and yes I know I did mess up the tinier economy block .. didn't use the light blue .... oversight on my part ...

Anyone any hints on doing the quilt? I haven't cut the "real" fabric yet so I still have time to change my plans ...



  1. I love storm at sea! This looks great. I also like the scrap block. Very creative!

  2. I love your "modern" storm at sea. I understand the number crunching... I did that for the storm at sea I made. I'm not sure if my diamond calculations were quite right, but with enough ironing, I got them to work.

    I don't know if this will help - when lining up the points to pin, I poke the pin through the first piece of fabric, on the point, then stab the second piece of fabric, right at the point. Then usually stick the pin into my ironing board, line up the edges, and pin them in place.

  3. Fun use of your storm at sea pieces! So, confession, I love storm at sea, but I have tried 2 different techniques for making it, and alas, come up short each time. Sigh. I have to make another stab at it as I bought all the fabric to make the quilt! I like yours in blue very much and it looks great - not all wonky like mine. Oh, the pattern I'm using does make larger blocks.

  4. Brava! I like both versions! The former for your ingenuity and the later for persistance and precision! Also the dark and light blue go really well together. I think it is one of the preferred traditional color schemes! cheers, CW

  5. Try EQ7 and make a foundation pattern. If you want, send me the dimensions and I will make for you. I like the improv! Points don't always have to match! LG Karen

  6. Anonymous26 July, 2014

    I think I have that same book ...is it The Standard Book of Quilt Making and collecting? I love the older quilting books, another favourite is Patchwork by Averil Colby. Like you the black and white illustrations seem to make what's going on seem a bit clearer.
    Just browsing through my copy of the book, I think their patchwork is sewn by hand, not sure if that would make a difference or not, I know I find my hand sewn blocks look better and come up more accurate than when I let loose on one of my machines. (and that birthday cake looked delicious!!)