storm at sea block l ESSENTIAL GUIDE THE STORM AT SEA BLOCK FABRICS FOR THE BLOCK S torm at Sea is an old block, with the pattern dating back to around 1897. It may also be referred to as Ocean Waves and Rolling Stone. Its enduring popularity is in large part due to its ability to create very different looks, depending on how the block is coloured and shaded. In addition, when many blocks are grouped together, a pleasing illusion of curves can be created. In this article, we will look at two different ways of making the block. We will also illustrate some of the different layouts that can be achieved. Some foundation paper piecing templates are supplied on page 85 to make a 12in and also a 9in finished block. A previous Essential Guide will be useful – Basics of Foundation Paper Piecing ( Issue 41). There is quite a wide choice when selecting the number of fabrics for the block. The example in shows that, at its simplest, a Storm at Sea block can be made with just two fabrics. Of course, you can make the block with more fabrics, and that’s half the fun, as so many different designs can be created. shows an example of a three-fabric layout and a four-fabric layout. The actual positions of the fabrics are up to you and on page 66 we look in more detail at how fabric positions can affect the overall look of the block. The photo below shows two blocks, both made with three fabrics, but with different layouts – and there are many more to experiment with. Fig 4A Fig 4B ANATOMY OF THE STORM AT SEA BLOCK Fig 4C Storm at Sea is a nine- patch block made up of three different units. The centre unit (number 1 on is a square- in- a- square. The units at each corner (2 on are a smaller square- in- a- square and the side units (3 on are a diamond within a rectangle. Some versions of the block have the corner units identical in layout to the centre unit (see Regardless of the layout of the units, you will see that the squares and diamonds are placed within the units, so the points occur at the halfway points ( These points should touch when the block is assembled. As each unit is pieced, there needs to be a ¼in seam allowance at the edges, as shown in Fig 1A) Fig 1A) Fig 1A) Fig 1B). Fig 2). Trying different numbers of fabrics Fig 4 Fig 3. A Two fabrics Fig 1 The basic layout of the block A B 2 3 2 3 1 1 B Three fabrics Positions of squares and diamonds within the block units Fig 2 Fig 3 Sewn unit with seam allowance 2 Overlap of shapes on unfinished unit, should allow for ¼in seams 1 3 The points of the inner shapes finish at the halfway points C Four fabrics The Storm at Sea block can look very different, depending on the number of fabrics used and their placement. These two blocks use the same four fabrics, but these are arranged differently. On page 66 we look at how these blocks might look if sewn into a 2 x 2 block layout 62 Join us at www.gathered.how/todaysquilter
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