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Storm at Sea  
ANTIQUE GEOMETRIC QUILT DESIGNS * STORM AT SEA / ROLLING STONE
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STORM AT SEA
with LAC #135 piecing Grid
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Quilt Notes: STORM AT SEA debuted in print in the late 19th century Ladies Art Company Catalog, #135. The LAC line drawing, exactly as published with its oval catalogue number embedded, is illustrated left. Note: the small squares inside the diamonds in the corners of the block are not included in most of the illustrations in the compendiums. See Maggie Malone #1658, likewise Jinny Beyer (p.98-11). However Barbara Brackman's ENCYCLOPEDiA OF PIECED QUILT PATTERNS (#2188a) does follow the LAC version here.

There are a number of variations, but the LAC seems to be the oldest source in print (Nancy Cabot considered it a ROLLING STONE pattern). Barbara Brackman has an illustration of this design in her pieced sashing section (#1071), which enables the pattern to tile far more efficiently. See the overlap in the tiling below, accomplished simply by removing the border on one side and again on the bottom of the pattern, which is then filled in by the repeat of the adjacent block. Very interesting tiling technique and beautiful!!

More than a design, STORM AT SEA seems to tell a story in the same way any painting might do so. For samples of quilt designs at this site inspired by the paintings of great artists, see:

PATCHWORK PINES (O'Keeffe)
    STAR LANE (Delaunay)
CRAZY ANN (Frankenthaler)
    DELFT MILL (Vermeer)
GREEN RIVER (O'Keeffe)
    OLD CROW (Calder)
SUNSHINE AND STAINED GLASS (Delaunay)
    FLOWERING NINE PATCH (O'Keeffe)
ON THE SQUARE (Delaunay)

See GIRL'S JOY for more quilt designs celebrating women artists!!
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