Storm at Sea Answers

The Answer to the Storm at Sea Question

The question was, "Do you have the 60-degree diamond for Storm at Sea?" Until the summer of '08, the answer was, "The diamond for Storm at Sea is not a 60-degree diamond, but has a 53 1/2-degree angle at the point. We don't have such a diamond, but we do have a triangle with a 53 1/2-degree point that is half a diamond, and we have it in two sizes. And you can use it to cut the diamond."

The new answer is, "Yes!" We now offer the multi-size Storm at Sea Diamond Template Set as complementary pieces for Sets A, B and D.

We show "Storm at Sea" in Volume 2 of the Encyclopedia of Patchwork Blocks. 



The block repeat will be 9 inches when using Sets A and C, and 12" when using Sets B and D.

Use our new Storm at Sea Diamond Template Set to cut the "storm" pieces, or download a PDF of full-size template patterns and follow the cut-and-flip directions below. Before printing the PDF, check Acrobat printing preferences to be sure you do not have "shrink to fit" selected. Otherwise, the patterns will be smaller than the actual templates. Save the file to your hard drive as "source" to preserve the page formatting.

Here's how to make the diamond unit with our templates.

Many people find the easiest method for making diamonds is just to make two identical units and join them as shown. Use templates #16 and #17 from Set C, or #23 and #24 from Set D.


Mark the 1/4-inch seam at the bottom of template #16 or #23 by running 1/4-inch tape across the template.

Fold fabric in half and put top edge of tape against the fold. Cut the remaining sides to make a diamond. All four sides will be on the bias.

Use this method for cutting stripes, either way:


This is similar to a quick-cut 45-degree or 60-degree diamond, with a difference -- the 53 1/2 degree angle!

1. Cut strips a scant 3 1/4 inches for C #16, and 4 1/16 inches for D #22. Use template C #16 or D #22 to establish the correct angle.

2. Cut parallelograms the same width as the strip.

3. Use template C #16 or D #22 to create precision corners for piecing triangles cut with template C #17 or D #23 to complete the rectangular Storm at Sea unit.