easy quilt pattern free pattern quick quilt sewing storm at sea block video tutorial

Video tutorial: Storm at sea quilt block – version 1

Storm at sea quilt block - video tutorial

This block looks hard yet it is super easy to make. The beauty of this block resides in the many quilt layouts you can make by just using different colours for each piece.

How to make a Storm at sea block

Watch a short video demonstrating how to make this block.

If you enjoy my videos, subscribe to my YouTube channel and get notified every time I publish a  new video.

This block is a perfect block to learn foundation paper piecing.

I know a lot of people feel a bit confused by foundation piecing. I hope this video makes sense to you.

Storm at sea block size

9 1/2 inches.

Download templates only

Storm at sea quilt pattern

Christmas storm at sea-etsy

Other layouts

Storm at sea quilt layouts - video tutorial


  1. I have always wAntes to make a Storm at Sea quilt but have felt intimidated. Thank you so much for this tutorial. Your directions are easy to follow. I have new confidence that this quilt is going to move way up my to do list!

    Liked by 2 people

  2. It’s surprisingly quite an easy block to make with paper piecing. Give it a go, sometimes it may take a few goes before one becomes confident. Then it becomes second nature. Too easy almost.

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Thank you for doing this, I have always wanted to make this pattern. Do you have material estimates for this in different size quilts? I want to start collecting the various fabrics. Thanks again!

    Liked by 1 person

  4. For a twin size 56 x 74 approx you would need 2 1/4 yards of the white fabric, 1 yard of the medium colour for the centre square and the triangles of the corner squares, 1 yard of the side diamonds fabric and 1 1/8 yards for the triangles around the centre square. That’s for 48 blocks altogether.


  5. Reblogged this on Nonni's Creative Place and commented:
    I’ve been wanting to make a quilt for one of my daughters as a Christmas present but haven’t found a block pattern I liked…..until I found this one. I really really like it. This block is named “Storm at Sea” which suits it so well with the illusion of motion after the quilt top is completed.
    Thank you Theresa at TheresaDownUnder …. I love your blog.


  6. Have you seen the series MSQC just released on YT? They’ve STOLEN your presentation style!!! I hope they gave you some kind of financial reward or recognized your efforts in some way.

    Liked by 1 person

  7. Hi Linda, I’m very happy you noticed! Thank you! I actually saw the MSQC quilt snips on their facebook page when they posted the first one probably 2 or 3 months ago and I thought the format looked extremely similar to my videos, including the music.

    But I wasn’t surprised. I was waiting for it to happen actually. Not necessarily from MSQC but from any another outfit with a larger budget than mine. I didn’t expect any acknowledgement though.


  8. What paper do you recommend for FPP? I don’t have a light box (can’t afford it and have no space) and tracing paper tears like no other. It was suggested I get plain white newspaper because it can go through my printer without jamming or tearing.

    Liked by 1 person

  9. I’ve always used regular printer paper. Cheaper printer paper is actually thinner. If you don’t mind the extra time, you can sew through all lines before you start stitching so it’s easier to remove at the end. But I don’t find that necessary.


  10. Terrie For a twin size 56 x 74 approx you would need 2 1/4 yards of the white fabric, 1 yard of the medium colour for the centre square and the triangles of the corner squares, 1 yard of the side diamonds fabric and 1 1/8 yards for the triangles around the centre square. Thatโ€™s for 48 blocks altogether.


  11. That’s great. I always say that this block looks hard but it’s really simple, at least if you use foundation piecing.


  12. THANKS TeresaDownUnder ! I was just wondering what sizes of fabric pieces I would use to do the paper piecing with.


  13. I see. I would always cut a bit more than 1/4″ around the shape to be sure, particularly if this is the first time to paper piece. That gives you room to make mistakes.


  14. Your videos are the best tutorials on quilting ever, and I have watched tons of them in my effort to learn quilting. It’s always a delight when the email arrives announcing you’ve made a new one. For my third ever quilt, I’m tackling the Storm at Sea pattern, thanks to you. I don’t think I’d have the confidence otherwise. I have one quick question: what stitch length would you recommend? I gather that the paper can be tricky to tear out if it’s too short or too long.

    Liked by 1 person

  15. Thank you Dinah for your kind words. When I started out with paper piecing I used smaller stitches but then I stopped. Removing the paper is tedious but it’s not hard. Smaller stitches may help but you need to judge for yourself. A thinner printer paper may also help. Some of the cheaper papers are also thinner. Good luck with it. I’d like to see the quilt when you finish it ๐Ÿ™‚


  16. This sounds like a silly to ask .but you don’t put a 1/4 inch on the pieces .is this because it is already in the pieces.

    Liked by 1 person

  17. Love this tutorial….have done a little foundation work but this make it doable…if that is a word…lol.
    Thank you for your videos and love the catchy music with this one!

    Liked by 1 person

  18. I’m currently cutting out the pieces for this, but I can’t seem to figure out how to cut the diamonds. Do you have a tutorial for cutting diamonds?


  19. If you wish to avoid cutting too much excess fabric, you could print an extra paper template, cut out each shape and use them as a guide to cut your fabric. Always cut enough around the shape to include a 1/4″ seam allowance plus a bit more. I hope this helps.


  20. I think by cutting your triangles around the diamond closer to the real size, yo won’t have so much trouble sewing them


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: