Monday, January 24, 2022

Storm at Sea Heart

After spending most of my quilting time last week either machine quilting on the Rainbow LeMoyne baby quilt or rearranging bowtie blocks on the design wall, I decided it was time to work on something different. I'm aiming to make progress on some old UFOs this year, and it was time to work on one of those.

Many years ago I went through a phase of being obsessed by Storm at Sea quilts. My first attempt at making one was in 1998 when I made two mini quilts, one with light background and one with dark. I tried to quilt them together into a reversible quilt, but they didn't line up quite right. I'm sure that little quilt is around here somewhere--this might be the time to dig it out.

In 2001 I decided to make another small SAS quilt, this time making it into a heart. I pieced this heart from scrap fabrics, then stashed it away. At this point it measures 21.5" wide x 18.5" high.

Yesterday I added a narrow scrappy neutral border to the center. That brings the size up to 24.5" x 21.5". I was able to find scraps of many of the same fabrics, plus others that blended in well with the rest.

The next step will be to add a red border. This one will also be scrappy, but wider. I'm planning to add 3" squares all the way around the heart, as shown on two sides below. 

With any luck, I might be able to get this bordered, quilted and finished in time for Valentine's Day! 

Check out what other quilters are working on this week:
Design Wall Monday at Small Quilts and Doll Quilts
Monday Making at Love Laugh Quilt

Happy quilting everyone!

Julie in GA 


  1. Julie, you have the best rainbow projects and designs! Your heart looks like a faceted ruby.

  2. P.S. I just saw your Spiky Rainbow Bowties. THAT is a design for a magazine.

  3. That heart is delightful. I'm glad you are finishing it up. It should be seen, not hidden away.

  4. I've set a goal for this year to make a Storm At Sea quilt. So far I made one block for practice, and now I'm still looking for ideas for color and layout. I like your heart. Beautiful.

  5. Oh my goodness, your Storm at Sea Heart is gorgeous! Each and every fabric is perfect. Love the movement in this quilt. So very clever!

  6. What an awesome heart! I love how the Storm at Sea became a great scrappy design and love your borders.

  7. Wow, looking so cute!!! I didn't notice right off hand that it was SAS, but it adds such great movement to a simple heart!!!


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