Storm at Sea Quilt Top Completed

Recently, I attended a lecture and trunk show at Delphine’s quilt shop in Gaylord, Michigan. The speaker was Jodi Barrows who invented the Square-in-a-Square ruler and who has written many books about using the ruler.
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To use the ruler to make many of the basic quilt piecing shapes, you cut strips of fabric to sew onto a center shape, usually a square or a diamond, and then use the tool to trim. I used light blue batik fabric as the strip and dark navy batik for a diamond shaped center.
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Here strips have been sewn to both sides of the center diamond shape.
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These are then cut apart…
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…pressed open…
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… and trimmed using the ruler as a guide. In the case of a center diamond, first the 60 degree points are aligned with that area of the ruler and trimmed…
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… then the 120 degree points.
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After pressing, the patch is about as perfect as can be!
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For the traditional Storm-at-Sea pattern, the diamond,…
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…small square-in-a-square-in-a-square,…
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… and the large square-in-a-square-in-a-square are required.
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I chose a 3 by 4 block layout with one-half inch green inner border and 3 inch coordinating purple-blue outer border for my quilt top.
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The finished measurements are 27 1/2 by 33 3/4 inch. Despite the resulting small size of some of the pieces, the ruler made it possible without too much trouble.
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I intend to use these lovely Lava thread by Superior to quilt it.
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I will post a picture of the quilting when complete.

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4 Responses to Storm at Sea Quilt Top Completed

  1. Ann says:

    beautiful quilt!! thanks for the step by step for how to use the tool

  2. Celia says:

    What size blocks did you use? I have this book and ruler, but haven’t tried this design. Thanks for sharing your photos. Don’t you just love this ruler???

    • fortquilt says:

      Celia,
      The diamond centered blocks are 2 1/4 by 4 inches. The large square-in-a-square-in-a-square are 4 by 4 inches. The smaller squares are 2 1/4 by 2 1/4 inches. Good luck with your project!

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