Get Away is the Island Batik Blog Hop theme for January 2019. And, I decided it was the perfect opportunity to make Storm at Sea, a traditional block–but I ended up altering it in a modern way.
First…the Fabrics! My fabrics are from the Soul Song Collection by Island Batik.
I decided to use these fabrics shown below in the project–you’ll see why in a moment.
My inspiration is an old poem that I remembered from my childhood. Since I’m from Maryland and now live on the Gulf Coast of Florida, sailing came to mind as one of the ways people like to Get Away. But, sailors must watch the weather. Here’s the poem that I decided to use –the 2nd line inspired my color placement.
Red sky at night, sailors’ delight.
Red sky at morning, sailors take warning
I decided that I wanted to play with scale, so instead of making a quilt with lots of Storm at Sea Blocks, I sent the gray scale image Staples and they enlarged and printed it large scale and it came out to about 30 inches square.
If you want to make your own version, here’s the file!
I cut out parts of the large scale version to make templates to cut my fabric patches. I cut out the block parts, pasted the sections to card stock and added a 1/4 inch seam allowance. However, to be extra certain, I cut each fabric patch slightly oversized. Please note that this is definitely NOT paper piecing or even very precise piecing. Although I was careful, I decided that I wasn’t aiming for a precisely pieced quilt.
My Give Away
My Giveaway to celebrate the end of my tenure as an Island Batik Ambassador and as a thank you to my loyal readers will be a large bag of lovely batik fabric from the Soul Song collection. These are fabrics that I had left after making this project and it includes large scraps and half yard pieces. I’m also adding Aurifil thread to the Giveaway. Aurifil is one of the sponsors for the Island Batik Ambassadors for 2018.
COMMENTS CLOSED. WINNER WILL BE NOTIFIED BY EMAIL.
I’ll choose someone at random who comments on this post–USA addresses only please. I have to approve comments for many posters, so if you do NOT see it right away, please give me until the end of the day to catch up on approvals.
Comment by February 3rd, 12 Noon US Eastern . One winner will be chosen and contacted by February 5th. DO NOT put your email address in the actual comment–the system logs it automatically when you complete the comment form. (USA only please–Sorry to my international friends).
Island Batik GiveAway
Island Batik Fabric company is also giving away wonderful prizes — click this link and scroll down to the end of their blog post to enter.
The Island Batik Ambassadors have a wonderful blog hop and giveaway this month. Go HERE for my earlier post showing all of the Ambassador links. Visit my friends on their blogs and you might win some fabulous giveaways.
56 thoughts on “Get Away – Storm at Sea”
Love the storm at sea block but haven’t made one yet. Have just moved it up a bit on the “must do” list! Love the colors you used!
This project was fun–especially when I decided to move into improvisational piecing.
This is beautiful! I love how you altered the storm at sea block to create the storm itself. Lovely!
Thank you very much!
I love the quilt you made with these lovely Island Batik fabrics. I think you captured both the block and the feeling of “Storm at Sea.”
Thanks very much Gene!
I absolutely love the quilt you made with this gorgeous line! I made a simple two color storm at sea in a class on paper piecing and yours is totally outrageously wonderful. Thanks so much for sharing your design progress. I’m loving it and am thrilled with the way you changed up the pattern.
Thanks Dawn for your very kind words. It was fun to move away from the traditional piecing into improvisation.
I love your quilt. The color placement is perfect. Storm at Sea is a wonderful pattern for this fabric.
So vibrant, and great inspiration and creation. Don’t enter me for the fabric. We’ll miss you!
Thanks Mary! Best wishes!
Wow, the improv piecing really added a lot of interest to the storm at sea pattern! I especially like the curves in the center square. And the bright bold colors are really gorgeous.
Absolutely gorgeous quilt! I love the way you added the extra’s to make it really very interesting. I love it!
Thank you so much for the wonderful giveaway.
I recently made a Storm at Sea quilt, but in more conventional colors. I really like your choices!
Carole, your quilt is so pretty! Great job. Thank you so much for the opportunity to win this awesome prize! I remember hearing my grandmother quote that poem and it has always stuck with me! Thanks for that good memory!! I’m sorry you won’t be returning as an ambassador next year.
Thanks for getting the comments fixed! As I mentioned, you have done a beautiful job! Thanks for sharing.
Hi Carole. Your Storm at Sea is beautiful! That pattern is on my quilting bucket list. Your color choices are excellent and your improv piecing is stunning!
Great quilt! I do love your altered version and courage in going there. I don’t think I could ever do that, but who knows… Will miss you on the ambassador group, but will continue to follow your work.
Your quilt is beautiful! I love the colors and the movement!
Your quilt is stunning! The improv piecing really make it. Thanks for the inspiration–Storm at Sea is on my quilt bucket list.
Thank you so much for the beautiful pattern and for being willing to share your gorgeous fabrics!! Thanks also for fixing the comments!! New follower!
Your quilt is simply gorgeous! I always like reading about how a quilt comes together.
I really like your improv idea! I have downloaded your block (although I think I have it already in my EQ7), and plan to try some improv of my own.
I’m sure you have a few versions of the Storm at Sea in EQ7. Have fun!
Your color choices are wonderful and I like that you color outside the box when putting your blocks together. Like the others I’d like to have your leftovers. It gives me a chance to try something new in color and other types of thread that I have not been aware of .
Nice as I said on instagram. ..love the colors you got and great idea for a quilt…tytyty for sharing your talents with us all….
I love your version of this traditional block. It is lovely and so fun to look at. Thank you for the inspiration!
What fun to see how you took this block to a new level. I like the improv twist! My dad was in the Navy and often quoted those lines from that poem. Brings back memories. Looking forward to taking a class from you in June.
I like how you made your Storm at Sea quilt ‘stormy’. Great, creative idea.
Thanks for sharing.
I love your modern interpretation of this block! And it is so you! The colors are a great representation of the poem too. The quilt is absolutely inspired. Thanks for sharing this. I will miss you as an Island Batik ambassador, and am looking forward to following your next adventures.
A great version of the Storm at Sea quilt block, love it!
What wonderful fabric! Love your quilt & a generous giveaway! Thank you, Susan
I never seen a storm at sea block reflecting the sky, very different and interesting.
Your quilt is beautiful! I love the colors! Enjoy your day!
What beautiful fabrics to work with!! I have never made a Storm At Sea quilt. After seeing your blog post, I think I should try. Thanks for your great blog post and all the pictures! Thanks too for such an excellent give away!!
I have always loved the Storm at Sea pattern, but you have taken it up a notch with your version and the Soul Song fabrics make it “singL. Sorry to hear you are leaving us and will no longer be an Island Batik Ambassador. You will still be blogging won’t you? Now that I’ve found you I would miss seeing your beautiful work!
Your quilt is beautiful!!! I would love to make that!!!
So happy the link is fixed! I’d LOVE to win your giveaway, but am thrilled with your take on this block! The colors are gorgeous! You’ve been an AMAZING Ambassador for Island Batik! Thank you for you generosity!
Your quilt is wonderful, Carole! I love how you added the improv red pieces throughout the blue to emphasize the sunrise feel. Beautifully done!
I’m sure loving this Island Batik blog hop! So many creative things! Fingers crossed for the win!
I like that block – and how you took it and improvised! The fabrics are beautiful, too!
I’m glad you’re link is fixed! You did an amazing job with this block! I love your choice of colors, and especially love the improv strips. You’ve been a wonderful Ambassador for Island Batiks, and I’ve enjoyed following your creations. Thank you for your generosity.
I love your Storm at Sea! I started a quilt in this pattern once, but never finished. But I really like what you’ve done by enlarging the block and bringing in the storm!
The Storm at Sea block is such a classic design and you have updated and contemporized it nicely. Love the fabrcs and color palette also. It has been a real joy and inspiration to see your creations this past year.
I absolutely love the wording on the red Soul Song, it speaks to my heart!
I love your take on Storm at Sea and the improvisation you added! Beautiful fabrics I’d love to win!
Love the storm at sea block definitely on my to do list generous giveaway
I love the Storm at Sea block and hope to make a quilt with it one day. I love your version though. So spirited and artistic. And the colors! perfection. I’ll miss you this year though. Your designs are always so fresh. Good luck on your next adventure!
Oh…I love your version. When I was first into quilting, I joined a Guild. The first thing we did was a charity quilt “Storm at Sea”, for me at that time it as one of the hardest blocks ever. I promised myself I would never do another one. Yours is awesome.
This is absolutely gorgeous! I loved reading about how you took a traditional block and made it your own contemporary style through a series of steps. I loved that you included why you did what you did. What you were thinking as you went along. This was very, very helpful to me as a quilt maker who likes to design her own quilts or tweak traditional blocks. Thank you!
Carole, I continue to admire and be amazed by your keen eye for color and design! I love how this piece gives my eye the impression of curves, but there are none! I also love your improv piecing to involve the chaotic feeling of a true storm at sea. Bravo to you, as always!
Beautiful! Love the storm at sea block and you showcased the fabrics well. Lovely!
Carole , I think that your storm at sea is just great. Love the way you changed the blocks.
Love how you ‘flip’ a traditional block. Your thought process is truly inspiring. Your year as an ambassador sure went fast.
Beautiful fabric & quilt. Love how you used the colors to make it pop. Good choice of pattern used – I have made a Storm at Sea quilt, still in progress though. Love how it plays with shapes & movement to make the quilt what it is.
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