This eye-bending quilt pattern, based on the traditional storm-at-sea pattern, is actually composed of rather simple elements with none of the curves that we sometimes perceive when looking at it. A basic version is shown at the left above, with two more complex alternates to the right. This article describes the construction of the basic version:
The pattern is composed of 3 different units (one repeated), all quite similar:
An A, two Bs and a C are assembled into units and combined, with extra As and Bs used to complete the repeat on the far edges:
To make the version shown here (~36" including borders), you will need the following sub-units.
This breaks down to the following basic pieces:
All sizes noted in the diagram are finished measurements. See the materials/cutting list below for cut sizes:
Black Fabric (1.25 yds)
White Fabric (0.875)
If you are changing the dimensions of the quilt, or if you are using more than 2 colors, you can use The Quilt Calculator to figure your amounts.
A free Planning Diagram that summarizes this page is available for download.
You may also want to consider a more complicated version of the basic pattern. In the following two examples, unit C has had an additional square added to the center of the original square. Then, instead of making each A,B & C unit identical, some have had their colors inverted to create interesting overall effects:
You may download a blank version of the quilt design here: uncolored design for coloring. Try out your own color combinations using a computer program like Photoshop, or by printing out and hand-coloring.
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