Sew Sunday – March 4, 2018 Stormy Weather

My adventures at sea have finished and I have sucessfully navigated to a safe port. “Storm at Sea” is DONE.

Before I share the picture of the full view, allow me to share my experiences at sea…

My first challenge was to find a pattern. I wasn’t successful but managed to muddle through with bits and barnacles from a couple of different sources. For the diamond blocks I wanted to follow Eleanor Burns’ instructions because I didn’t want to have to buy a template. Her directions to take a 3×6″ piece and cut corner to corner are simple and work for me. For the diamond centre I liked the idea of cutting a triangle on folded fabric. Unfold the fabric and voila!…a diamond! I used my Kaleilo-ruler for this.

Simple, right?

My first batch sewed together well but something was off..just couldn’t put my finger on what it was…. The corners weren’t lining up well and I had a hard time squaring them to the right size.

Eventually I looked more thoroughly at the instructions and whaddya know…a printed template! Hey….lets see how that template lines up with the ruler.

Oh… 😦

I guess that would be the problem.

This next picture shows the wrong block on the right and the correct block on the left.

Sew…smooth sailing ahead, right? Nay I say…

You see, in my search for a pattern I saw couple of different arrangements that I liked but I wasn’t exactly sure how to figure out in advance the exact configuration of each block. The colour placement was KEY for this quilt.

So I literally planned and pieced one block at a time. It was rather excruciating actually. I thought though that as I started seeing the quilt take shape, and the pattern appear, it would all be worth it.

Nope. I wasn’t liking it one bit. Arrgh matey!

I must have talked myself in-and-out of giving up on the whole thing at least a dozen times.

But tenacity can be my friend sometimes.

THAR She Blows….are you ready?

Now…I am loving how it turned out. Only one teensie problem… I dunno what I was thinking about whilst I was merrily quilting away. But suddenly, during a bobbin change, it occurred to me to ask myself, “why am I using dark grey thread?” The quilt back is cream!!

Are you kidding me? Seriously? Where the heck was my head?

By the time this happened I was almost finished the entire quilt.

Sew…how do you like my design choice? I used a new technique called “scrappy thread”.

Regardless of the back (which I’m planning on saying is just a reflection of my split personality), I LOVE this quilt! It won’t be gifted until April so I’ll just have more time to gaze at the calm waters after my personal Storm at Sea. 😃

This quilt wasn’t on my PHD list so next week I will pick up one of those projects and continue my progress.

Here is where I’m at with that list:

  1. Dresden quilt – started Aug 2016; blocks made, fabric purchased – no progress this period
  2. Autumn leaves quilt – in progress, some blocks partially done
  3. Feathered star quilt – one block made Sep 2017 – no progress this period
  4. Delectable Mountains quilt – ready to sandwich, need to buy backing
  5. Little Girl quilt – DONE Jan 2018, gifted March 4, 2018
  6. Christmas quilt #2 – blocks started – flimsy and borders done, ready to sandwich, need to buy backing
  7. Christmas quilt #3 – fabric purchased, pattern pending – no progress this period
  8. Winnie the Pooh baby quilt – DONE (Jan 14 post)
  9. Bibs baby quilt – sandwiched, ready to FMQ – no progress this period
  10. Lewe the Ewe baby quilt – DONE (Jan 14 post)
  11. Secret quilt – fabric purchased – pattern: Alter-ego; no progress this period
  12. Blues quilt – sandwiched, ready to FMQ – no progress this period

Cheers all and spend your Sundays Sewing!

Author: tlcquiltsblog

I started quilting June 2016 after the announcement that my first grandchild would arrive February 2017. It was an instant and complete only wish I had started earlier.

9 thoughts on “Sew Sunday – March 4, 2018 Stormy Weather”

  1. Well now…are those diamonds 60 degree or not? I dont have any templates for the quilt or patterns other the one I drew out on graph paper…your template LOOKS like a 60 degree triangle but you say that made them wrong? Please, please,please explain. I am beginning a stormy snails quilt but am still on snails…and i would like to know.


    1. They aren’t quite 60 degrees. I ended up printing off a template from a free pdf from Eleanor burns. Google her name and storm at sea and you will find it. Or buy her template. I would have but couldn’t find it at my LQS. Let me know if you can’t find the link and then I will jump on my laptop to find it for you. I’m in the middle of renos at the moment.


  2. Hi Terry,
    Great job on sticking with this project. Once you discovered the template and realized why it looked wonky, I probably would have taken it as a sign and it would have become a UFO to deal with another year (like 2028). I love your quilting and whoever is receiving this lovely quilt will adore the quilting and the two different colors of thread. Truthfully they will probably never notice. ~smile~ Roseanne


    1. Ya…it almost was a UFO. But I have lots of extra fabric (my calculations without a pattern are winky too!) so it wasn’t a problem to start over. Now I need to figure out a creative way to use those odd blocks.

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  3. Terry – well, now that the storm has passed, your Storm at Sea is amazing!!! It’s beautiful! The gradation from light to dark is pretty amazing! Especially since you did it one block at a time! And your quilting … oh your quilting … fantastic! I might be using the new technique you developed: “scrappy thread.” Love it! HUGS!

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