I really could not get the Storm at Sea block out of my head after we got back from evacuation yesterday. I'm so thankful that Dorian was an out to sea even for those of us in Florida, though it was quite different in the Bahamas. Still watching and waiting for what will happen in the Carolinas after additional strengthening last night.
As far as I can tell, the Storm at Sea works on a four by four grid. That didn't really work with the Tiny Tuesday measurements, so I drew out a version with the center section based on 2.5 inches and each of the edges 1 inch. That all adds up to the 4.5 finished inches we need for TT.
With seam allowances, each small corner is 1.5 inches. Each rectangular edge is 1.5 by 3. The center square is 3 inches. I was trying to work out a plan for getting the entire thing done with flip and sew corner squares, but the rectangular sections would be tricky I think. Instead I decided to go with paper piecing. This is also a block that would work well with English Paper Piecing or even hand sewing.
You can choose to use templates with or without seam allowances. No seam allowances means you have "imagine" the extra quarter of an inch as you sew, but also that there is less paper to remove from under seams later.
Using the templates with seam allowances makes it easier to make sure your sections are big enough, but also leads to lots of paper later. I chose this method, though I had regrets during the paper removal process at the end.
The choice is yours.
Paper piecing template 1 - no seam allowances
Paper piecing template 2 - with seam allowances
Here is your finished nine patch. If you have never tried paper piecing before, this is a great chance to give it a try. They are just scraps after all, what is the worst thing that can happen?
We walked the beach this morning and saw lots of erosion, but no structural damage was apparent. Still watching as Dorian moves to the north and hoping for a favorable track.
WOW--I am impressed with your block--wonderful paper piecing directions..So glad to hear that Dorian went out to sea..hugs, Julierose
So glad you went unscathed with Dorian. However, I'm still holding my breath for the Carolinas. My niece goes to college at UNC-Wilmington. They've been evacuated & classes cancelled all this week. They are still recovering from Florence! Oh well, that's Mother Nature for you and the Storm at Sea block is perfect for this week!
this is such a helpful post ! I have not attempted paper piecing yet but Storm at Sea is such a lovely pattern. good to hear you made it safely through Dorian.
Glad you are home and had no damage. It's interesting to see your drafting process to make this block in this size. I also enjoy "doing the math" to figure out a pattern.
I love that you worked out a Storm at Sea block for us while you were evacuated! So glad your new home is all good and you got to go home again. Thanks, Angela!
Fabulous block and so appropriate! So glad that you are safe and sound. :)
Happy too that you are home safe and sound! And sharing how to paper piece a block, something I have never done. Interesting for sure.
Wow, that is impressive! Glad you're safe.
I have been intrigued by that Storm at Sea combo. I have saved a bunch of plaid wovens for that type of quilt.
Wow! Thank you for the lovely directions.
Love those colors, though those pieces must be so tiny! So glad you and your family are safe.
Very nice - and very appropriate for your weather - ha ha
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