"Storm at Sea" by Janet Blackwell and Sandy Huntress

19 Jul 2011
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Quilter in Distress: Janet Blackwell
Rescuer: Sandy Huntress

"Storm at Sea" • 35" x 37"

Janet: "I took a class to make a beautiful Storm at Sea pattern. To my dismay I was confronted with bias edges and templates. I did finish one block which has been aging for approximately 10 years. The fabric is beautiful and stormy, the remainder of which was put back in my stash."

Sandy: "The first thing I decided to do when I received the single "Storm at Sea" block was to make three more blocks to complete the pattern. Then the name gave me the whimsical thought of making a scene of little boats in a storm. After some experimenting, I liked the dimensional and layered effect of the tulle used for the waves. Arranging the colors from dark to light gave the illusion of depth. I've used three-dimensional appliqué on other projects and thought it worked perfectly. The waves needed whitecaps so out came my paints. I tucked treasures of shells and beads in and behind the waves."


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TrunkShow wrote
on 22 Jul 2011 1:43 PM

Love the boats and waved--looks like fun!!

gmarkos wrote
on 27 Jul 2011 9:15 PM

Sandy, What an exciting scene.  It almost seems to actually move in front of my eyes.   Great job.  Janet must be delighted to have a piece of your excellent work.


Nita Markos

on 9 Aug 2011 9:58 PM

Kept to the theme but added so much interest.  Great.

sandysewin wrote
on 1 Sep 2011 12:44 PM

Thanks for all the kind comments.  If you don't like it, Janet, I'll take it back, lol.

Here are the details of my process of completing this UFO. 


What a great challenge, this was so much fun!

Emoclab wrote
on 11 Oct 2011 10:20 PM

This is an excellent interpretation of the block name.   Your application of tuule changed the background completely and gave a great 3-D base for the boats.   Well done!!