storm at sea block l ESSENTIAL GUIDE PLAYING WITH THE BLOCK LAYOUT As mentioned at the start of this article, much of the popularity of the Storm at Sea block is due to its versatility. In this section, we look at some of these possibilities, although we don’t have the space to show you all of the many variations that can be achieved! A colourless block is provided for you to use in and this can be enlarged as desired and will allow you to play with colours and layouts and thus devise some of your own versions. Some layout examples are shown as four- block arrangements in to illustrate how the blocks might look when repeated in a quilt design. The same four colours have been used so you can easily see where the fabric positions have changed. Of course, you can use different numbers of fabrics. A book worth exploring is Wendy Mathson’s which has many ideas for different block arrangements. Another versatile feature of Storm at Sea is the ability to use the units in different positions. shows a four- patch variation of the block, creating an off- centre look. Colourless block for experimentation Fig 13 Fig 13 Fig 14 A New Light on Storm at Sea Quilts, Fig 15 Fig 14 Some block layout possibilities A B C OFF-CENTRE STORM AT SEA BLOCK I’ve called this variation Off- centre Storm at Sea. It uses the same Unit A and Unit B as the normal block, but a slightly more complicated Unit C (an FPP template is provided). The layout is a four- patch, rather than a nine- patch ( If the FPP templates for a 12in block are used, then the size of this block would be 9in finished. This means that it could be combined with a 9in normal block for even more layout possibilities. Having fewer units, this block would be a quicker one to practise the block- making techniques. Fig 15). Fig 15 Off-centre block B A Four Off- centre Storm at Sea blocks are combined here in this sample in a slightly different layout to that shown in Fig 15 B C Four blocks combined 66 Join us at www.gathered.how/todaysquilter
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