Storm at Sea Blog Hop!

This month, the Island Batik challenge was to make a Storm at Sea quilt with the following guidelines:

  • Project Type: Quilt
  • Size: Lap size or larger
  • Must use the Summer 2021 bundle, wrapped and labeled “Surprise”
  • Any technique

My Surprise package in Box #2 was Bellingham Bay. I was in LOVE immediately!!!! I LOVE the colours … the rich greens paired with a few deep purple … just wonderful!!! These should be available in stores soon!

I searched for a Storm at Sea that was a bit different. I found several quilts with diagonal waves and I really liked them. I went to my EQ program and came up with this:

I know that I would easily become confused with which piece of fabric went where … so I printed out the quilt outline and numbered the main fabrics. I was hoping that if I took my time, I’d be able to paper piece the quilt with the correct fabrics in the correct spots.

In order to keep all of the fabrics in the correct wave, that’s how it was pieced … one wave at a time. I knew that I would get it all mixed up if I did it by blocks …

Each element is paper pieced – without sewing on the paper. I really dislike removing the papers after I’ve sewn on them.

Here’s a picture of my piecing without sewing on the paper.

The quilting was done on my domestic sewing machine, with a walking foot and a Schmetz quilting needle.

I used Aurifil #2600 (Dove) for the quilting and the scrappy binding was attached with Aurifil #5012.

This quilt is 57″ square. And, I LOVE it!!!

For some reason, I didn’t use all of the fabrics in the main quilt. I have no idea why. So, I made a 2nd quilt using Coconut as the background and 4 of the lightest coloured prints from Bellingham Bay.

You could win …

That’s correct, you have an opportunity to win some wonderful Bellingham Bay fabric … Click on the Rafflecopter link and follow the instructions.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

The Photo Shoot

Bellingham Bay is just a short drive from my house. However, since the USA border is closed to Canadians driving down, I had to content myself with going to a local beach to take pictures. It was a blustery windy day … very windy … but I did manage to get some shots!

The Blog Hop

Pretti, from Sew Preeti Quilts also made a Storm at Sea quilt using the Bellingham Bay fabric collection. Make sure you visit her blog!

Here is a list of all the ambassadors participating in the Storm at Sea Blog Hop. I’ve already had a sneak peek of some of them – they are all pretty awesome! Make sure you follow along!!!

November 1:

Gail Sheppard, Quilting Gail 

Preeti Harris, Sew Preeti Quilts

November 2:

Pamela Boatright, Pamela Quilts

Jane Hauprich, Stitch by Stitch Custom Quilting

November 3:

Denise Looney, For the Love of Geese

Megan Best, Bestquilter

November 4:

Gail Renna, Quilt Haven Threads

Claudia Porter, Create with Claudia

November 8:

Mania Hatzioannidi, Mania for Quilts

Jennifer Fulton, Inquiring Quilter

November 9:

Joanne Hart, Unicorn Harts

Connie Kauffman, Kauffman Designs

Jennifer Eubank, Archipelago Quilting

November 10:

Jennifer Thomas, Curlicue Creations

Janet Yamamoto, Whispers of Yore

November 11:

Emily Leachman, The Darling Dogwood

Maryellen McAuliffe, Mary Mack Made Mine

November 15:

Elizabeth DeCroos, Epida Studio

Andi Stanfield, True Blue Quilts

November 16:

Brianna Roberts, Sew Cute and Quirky

Michelle Roberts, Creative Blonde

November 17:

Sally Manke, Sally Manke Fiber Artist

Leah Malasky, Quilted Delights

Suzy Webster, Websterquilt 

Thank you!

The making of my Storm at Sea quilts would not be possible without the generosity of Island Batik, Hobbs Batting, Aurifil Thread, and Schmetz Needles!!

One who sleeps under a quilt is covered by LOVE!

Happy Quilting! 

63 thoughts on “Storm at Sea Blog Hop!

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  2. Your quilt is gorgeous. And thanks for taking the photos of Bellingham Bay. I have a dear friend who lives in Bellingham. It’s been so long since I’ve seen her–your pictures are like a quick wave hello.

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    • Hi Beth,
      Unfortunately, the photos I took were in Canada … just north of the Canadian/US border. The border is still closed to Canadians, so I wasn’t able to go to Bellingham Bay to take the photos! But, the beach I was at is from the same sea / straight … so I’m sure that some of the water was from Bellingham! 🙂 However, I’m glad you got to wave to your friend! 🙂


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  4. Gail both of your Storm at Sea quilts are stunning with these fabrics. I’m glad I don’t need to pick a favourite because the larger reminds me of a dark stormy ocean, but the lighter makes me think of gentle waves on a sunny day. 😉

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  5. That is a beautiful quilt in the greens. This has been on my bucket list for a very long time. If I win the fabric this is what I’d make. Great post!

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  6. I love the colors of both of your quilts and yet, they are so different. I would love to make a Storm at Sea quilt. It has been on my list of quilt to make. It looks like your photo shot almost got blown away. LOL I would love to win those beautiful fabrics.

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  7. Hi Gail, I love your blog and storm at sea is my favorite design. I have been collecting fabric and hope to sew a full size quilt at Eden vale in January. My version is simpler but all pieced. I’ve made a couple of pillows and think I will take this on. I tried to link to the raffle as I do love the Bellingham Bay series, they are totally my colours. but the link isn’t working. Is there another way to get into the raffle? kimberley

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  8. I love both of your quilts. They are moody without being sad, if that makes sense. If I won, I can see the fabrics as a “scrappy” background for an applique quilt or the lighter fabrics as a sky for a landscape quilt.

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  9. I love the Storm at Sea patterns. Yours is so pretty with these fabrics. I really love the lighter one!! Beautiful fabrics and quilts! Thanks for sharing and the opportunity to win!

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  10. I love these quilts Gail! That is a great strategy for piecing, as it does get totally confusing. I really am stunned when you do two for a challenge! Sorry you couldn’t actually get to Bellingham Bay but you sure did have a great photo shoot.

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  11. It is amazing that an exact same set of fabrics with same directions can result in such different outcomes. Gail, these are your favorite colors and your love is reflected in your completed work. Congratulations on two gorgeous quilts. The windy shots are the best!

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