storm at sea block l ESSENTIAL GUIDE MAKING THE BLOCK WITH PATCHWORK PIECING this process with the other two (2) 2¼in triangles of Fabric 3 on the other two sides of the square. Sew the ¼in seams and press the triangles outwards ( The Storm at Sea block can be made with normal patchwork piecing. The steps here give sizes for making a block 12in finished (12½in unfinished). For this version, with the layout shown in four fabrics are used: Fabric 1 – a grey/ blue. Fabric 2 – a cream. Fabric 3 – a dark brown. Fabric 4 – a mid brown. The triangles should be ¼in longer than the square at both ends. Sew the ¼in seams and press the triangles outwards. Repeat this process with the other two (2) 2⅞in triangles of Fabric 2 on the other two sides of the square. Sew the ¼in seams and press the triangles outwards ( Fig 7B). Fig 5, 5 Check the corner square unit is the size it is meant to be (in this case 3½in square). Make four (4) of these units in total. Q Fig 6B). Q Q 3 To add the second round of triangles, use the 3¾in triangles of Fabric 3. Sew two (2) triangles into place in the same way as before ( Press the triangles outwards. Add the other two triangles in the same way ( Check the unit is the size it is meant to be (in this case, 6½in square). Q Fig 7 Making a corner square unit Fig 5 Storm at Sea layout A Fabric 3 Fabric 2 Fig 6C). Fabric 4 Fig 6D). B Fabric 1 Fig 6 Making the centre unit A Making the side rectangle unit Cutting out B 1 6 For one block using the layout in cut the following pieces: This unit is trickier as the triangle corners are not square. For one unit, you will need the diamond shape cut from the template and four long triangles – two angled in one direction and two angled in the other direction (see Take long triangle a1 and place it right sides together with the diamond shape, aligning the edges as in Note that the top edge of the long triangle needs to project out from the diamond at the top by ¼in. Now take long triangle a2 and place it right sides together with the diamond shape, as shown, projecting out from the diamond at the bottom by ¼in. Using a ¼in seam, sew the triangles to the diamond and then press the seams outwards ( Fig 5, Centre Unit One (1) 3½in square of Fabric 1. Two (2) 2⅞in squares of Fabric 2. Cut each square into two triangles. Two (2) 3¾in squares of Fabric 3. Cut each square into two triangles. Q Q C Fig 8). Q Fig 9A. Corner Square Units Four (4) 2⅝in squares of Fabric 1. Eight (8) 2¼in squares of Fabric 3. Cut each square into two triangles. Q Q D (see Four (4) 7in x 3¾in rectangles of Fabric 4. Use the diamond template on page 85 to cut the diamonds from the fabric pieces. Eight (8) 2¼in x 4⅜in rectangles of Fabric 2. Cut four (4) rectangles into two triangles along one diagonal. Cut the other four (4) rectangles into two triangles along the opposite diagonal. Fig 8) Side Rectangle Units Q Fig 9B). Making the corner square unit Q Shapes needed for a side rectangle unit Fig 8 4 Make one of these units in the same way that you did for the first round of the Centre Unit, starting with two (2) 2¼in triangles of Fabric 3. Pin them right sides together with two opposite sides of the Fabric 1 square, as in The triangles should be ¼in longer than the square at both ends. Sew the ¼in seams and press the triangles outwards. Repeat a1 b1 Use the template provided to cut this diamond shape Making the centre unit 2 Fig 7A. Take two (2) of the 2⅞in triangles of Fabric 2 and pin them right sides together with two opposite sides of the square, as in a2 b2 Fig 6A. 63 Join us at www.gathered.how/todaysquilter