Free Pattern Friday – Storm at Sea

The storm at sea quilts aren’t new but that doesn’t stop me from marveling at them every time I see one! I bought this fat quarter bundle and thought it would be perfect for a Storm at Sea design. I found this great site that includes paper piecing templates, instructions and coloring sheets so you can plan out your design!


Robert Kaufman Poseidon Bundle – I think it will make a great Storm at Sea quilt!

Storm at Sea Quilt Pattern – Free paper piecing templates, coloring sheets and instructions. – Storm at Sea – Layout Option A

These quilts are created with three different units – one big and one small square-in-a-square block and a diamond-in-a-rectangle block. You can lay them out a variety of ways to get different looks. Together they create an optical illusion that you have curves in the quilt.

If you want to get really fancy you can create a design within a design!


  1. That`s great.I`m going to have a look.Have a fun weekend!

  2. Thank you so much for this post. I never knew the name of this block and in fact, the first time I saw it was in EQ7 just recently. I blogged about it here: I love how EQ had a heart pulled out from the design. Now I am seeing it everywhere – I guess it is a sign that I need to make it.

    • Oh cool! I knew it was one of the designs in EQ7 I’ve just never played with that myself until I got the fat quarter bundle. I think it’ll be a fun paper piecing design!

  3. Someone from our local guild made one with a heart in the lower right corner as a secondary design. It was subtle but beautiful.

  4. I’ve always loved Storm at Sea but haven’t done one. My mom made one years n’ years ago–the first time I’d seen one–and I fell in love then. I can’t wait to see yours!

  5. I keep seeing this bundle, and every time I do I fall in love all over again o:)

  6. I want to do one of these sometime, and I love your fabric choices.

  7. Sarah Vedeler made a stunning double Storm at Sea quilt.
    She focused and colored the patches to create her design.
    Brilliant – best version I’ve ever seen.

    It’s not on her website but is on The Quilt Show’s:

  8. Oops.
    Forgot to that she also set her blocks on point to further hide the block construction.


  9. Wow! I’ve never seen this one before…it’s gorgeous 🙂 Can’t wait to see how it turns out.

  10. I’m trying my hand at Storm at Sea. With a name like Valentine I ‘have’ to put a heart in it somewhere.

  11. I’ve got the fabric bought and will be starting a blue and white storm at sea within the week … I’m using the paper piecing patterns at I can’t wait!!!

    I found your blog via a Google search … now I need to go see if I can’t find where you’ve posted a picture of your finished storm at sea … I’ll bet it’s lovely!

    • Ah I still haven’t done a Storm at Sea quilt…. it’s on my “someday” list. Good luck with yours I bet it will be beautiful!