|Tsunami (A Giant "Storm at Sea") Lap Quilt |
Printed Pattern and Template available at Missouri Star Quilt Company
Digital Pattern is available at Quiltscapes
Oh how I love this quilt design! It's a supersized "Storm at Sea" quilt, a traditional quilt design. Once when giving a trunk show, someone asked why the quilt looked like it was moving! It's the play of the different angles along with the shades and tones of the fabric that move your eyes around the quilt, create an undulating effect, like waves on the ocean! The best part? It doesn't take long to make this quilt!
Today, Jenny Doan and her daughter, Natalie are sharing a video tutorial to make a scrappy version of this quilt over at Missouri Star Quilt Company. Have a look! Tsunami Tutorial
~ Tsunami Quilt Stories ~
Several years ago, when my sister wanted to make a quilt for her son, she called me for ideas. She wanted to use her son's old denim jeans for a "free" quilt. There were a couple of things to consider. First, a rag quilt or plain old squares just wouldn't do. I wanted to try a classic quilt design. Second, considering the thickness of denim, if the blocks were enlarged, we wouldn't have to make as many. Basically, I guess I'm a lazy quilter, and bigger blocks meant fewer seams to create a whole quilt! I put together the instructions and called it a Tsunami. My Sis made it queen-sized and her son loved it!
|Queen-size Denim Tsunami, 80" x 104"|
I wanted to make a Tsunami for my son too, and realizing just how heavy the queen-sized quilt was, I opted for a large throw instead. For this one, I used worn-out black denim jeans, with corduroys and khaki pants for the lighter shades. Sometimes, the inside of the jeans worked better to get the right shading. It's all about contrast!
|Denim Tsunami, Picnic-size Throw, 80" x 80"|
I placed the lightest tones for the stars in the center, giving a kind of glow to the "eye of the storm". These large blocks also create good spaces for embellishments, fabric photos for a memory quilt, or maybe, in the case of my son, a place to sew on some of his army patches. See more of that story, along with other Storm at Sea designs in this POST.
|Tsunami Throw, 56" x 56"|
|Michele's Queen Tsunami|
|Karen's fun Throw - this one looks like a big flower! |
If you allow your eyes to focus on the dark diamonds, can you see two interlocking hearts?
|Becky's Picnic Quilt with Border @bobbininquilts|
|Valarie's Denim/Bandana Picnic Quilt|
|Andrea's Picnic Quilt with Chenille accents|
The pattern now includes a chart to make everything from the Lap Quilt 56" x 56" to a King-size Quilt, 104" x 104", along with a bonus chart that tells how many 10-inch precut squares to use if you want to go scrappy like Jenny in her video. Here are the links again:
Digital Pattern: Quiltscapes
Printed Pattern and Template: Missouri Star Quilt Company
Hope you'll enjoy quilting up a storm!