“Turmoil” – a Storm at Sea Quilt

Turmoil by Melanie Watson

by Melanie Watson

Although it’s not as unique as Yiting Lin’s “Counting Fish”, “Turmoil” is a Storm at Sea quilt I made in 2008. I used a John Flynn pre-cut kit of batik fabrics. I really enjoy pre-cut kits because I lose a lot of time trying to decide on which fabrics to use and where to put them in the quilt. I made the blocks very much random. This was a challenge for me, since I usually like to have everything planned from the beginning. It seems I take more time thinking, planing and talking about making quilts than actually quilting.  Prec-cuts prevent this and get me right to the project. When the blocks were completed, I laid them out to see what kind of pattern I could create. Since I finished this quilt in 2008, I just did simple stitch-in-the-ditch quilting. (I’m sorry I only have a photo of a portion of the quilt. I’ll swap this photo for a better picture later when I get the quilt out again sometime.)

Things that make me smile:

  • Bicycle riding. Jim and I went on a 20 mile bike ride last weekend.  I was exhausted, but lived to tell about it.  In fact, I went for a 10 mile bike ride after work a few days later.
  • Posting something on this blog. I’m really going to make a point to post something every week, even if it’s just a picture and a paragraph like this post. It may be something old. It may be something new. It may be something someone else made that I found inspiring.
  • Leaving work on Friday!

Let’s go spread some sunshine!


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