Tu-Na Quilts: QAL by the Sea Block 7

Welcome to the seventh block reveal
for the QAL by the Sea!

This QAL is brought to you by Partners in Design: Where Friends and Fabric Meet.

Presenting: Waves

A shark sighting! I appliqued a shark fin to add a bit of whimsey to this block. 

This 12.5″ (unfinished) block pattern was created by Laura Piland of Slice of Pi Quilts. You can download it free

HERE ON HER BLOG from now until December 1, 2020 at 7:59 am Eastern time. After then, the patterns in this QAL may not be available anymore or may be available for a small fee through the designer. Don’t delay, download them today.

Tips and Tricks to Constructing this Block

  1. To be creative or not to be creative. This is a fun, simple block that easily lends itself to embellishments or additions. Just remember, if you want to enter the giveaway make only minor changes to the pattern. We should still be able to tell that you used the pattern the designer has provided to you for this Quilt along.
  2. Remember to read all the directions before beginning. I used the pattern template as a guide to cut the fabric so I could insert the boat fabric and the sky.

    Using the pattern template, I cut a wavy sky piece. Then I overlapped the sky with the next layer and stitched close to the edge.

    After sewing the two pieces together, I glued on the rack rack following the cut lines.

    I cut through the center of the strip and then used a pencil to draw a line to help guide me when temporarily gluing the rick rack in place to mimic the waves as Laura drew them for the pattern. I kept the waves 1 1/2″ apart as noted in the pattern.

  3.  Finished is better than perfect but I like perfect, too. I wanted to finish this block on time but usually I attach rick rack by hand stitching. I felt adventurous and decided to try using the sewing machine. Actually, I was pressured because of the lack of time and decided it needed to be machine stitched. I was hoping it would work.

I decided to skip hand stitching the rick rack and try to attach it by sewing machine. I chose thread that matched and it turned out perfect.

I stitched slowly and kept my needle in the down position when I needed to turn the corner. It was a slow process but not as slow as hand stitching would have been.

See These Hosts for More Construction Tips

Look for bi-weekly inspiration from these bloggers.

Karen @ Tu-Na Quilts, Travels, and Eats — Thanks for stopping by.

Sherry @ Powered by Quilting

Becca @ Pretty Piney Quilts

Sandy @ SandyStar Designs

Abbie @ Sparkle On!

Laura @Slice of Pi Quilts

Jennifer @ Inquiring Quilter

Join this QAL

You can join in anytime. Find the complete schedule here. This QAL is divided into three segments each containing four blocks with a two week break between segments for a chance to catch up. Blocks are released on Tuesday mornings at 8 am Eastern time until all 12 blocks have been released. You’ll find the schedule for segment one below.

After you’ve sewn your block, share a picture of it on our Partners In Design Facebook page, or on Instagram with the hashtag #qalbythesea. We, as well as others who are quilting along, want to see them and be able to comment and encourage each other.

Segment 2: September 8, 2020 — October 13, 2020

(Find the blocks for Segment 2 on these Partners in Design blogs)

September 8 — Block 5: Sandra @ Sandra Healy Designs — Heads or Tails?
September 15 — Block 6:  Bobbi @ Snowy Days Quilting — Stars at Sea
September 22 — Block 7:  Laura Piland @Slice of Pi Quilts — Waves
September 29 — Block 8: Kathleen McCormick @ Kathleen McMusing —
September 29 — Segment 2 Wrap-up and linky provided for prize entry
October 13 7:59 am Eastern time — Deadline to enter a picture containing all four of these blocks for the Segment 2 Prize package
October 13: Segment 2 Winner Announced
October 13: Segment 3 begins with block 9 (That’s one of the two of mine that will be available. I am so excited!)

Enter to Win Segment and Grand Prizes

Entering to win is as easy as 1, 2, 3.

  1. Everyone (You must be 18 to be able to enter to win prizes) gets to participate. There will be two prizes awarded for each segment and for the Grand Prize: U. S. and International. You do NOT need to have a blog to enter.
  2. Make all four of the blocks in this segment provided to you free of charge for this event. Use your own fabrics and embellish them as you like. If entering the giveaway, the blocks should definitely be recognizable as made from these free patterns. Take one picture with all of them included. Finished projects or a quilt are NOT a requirement for entry.
  3. Post one picture that contains all four of your blocks by 07:59 AM EST, October 13, 2020 either on the Partners in Design Facebook page, or on Instagram with the hashtag #qalbythesea, or on the hosts blog Linky party found in the wrap-up post at the end of each segment.  You are welcome to post a picture on each of the sources but it will only count as one entry.

The Grand Prize is going to be amazing! To enter just make, take and post one picture that contains ALL 12 blocks (they don’t need to be made into a finished quilt top or projects but if you do, be sure that all 12 blocks can be seen).

Segment 2: Prizes and Sponsors

Thank you to our sponsors for the following prizes for Segment 2!

One U.S. Winner Receives:

  • A Fat Quarter fabric bundle of the Island Batik line Cascadia by Claudia Pfeil.
  • Quilters Dream Poly batting;  a throw size 60” x 60”.  Dream Black is a beautiful true black quilt batting that enhances the integrity, richness, and warmth of vivid and dark fabrics and ‘quilts like a dream’.

One International Winner Receives:

  • A six month subscription to the e-magazine Make Modern. A magazine for quilters, by quilters, filled with beautiful patterns and articles to inspire quilters like us to make more modern quilts!
  • A PDF pattern of your choice up to $10.00 from these designers:

Laura of Slice of Pi Quilts
Sandra of Sandra Healy Designs

Don’t Miss Out on My Previous QAL by the Sea Posts

Tu-Na Quilts: QAL by the Sea Block 6 — Stars

Tu-Na Quilts: QAL by the Sea Block 5 — Fish

Tu-Na Quilts: QAL by the Sea Segment 1 Wrap-Up

Tu-Na Quilts: QAL by the Sea Block 4 — Sun

Tu-Na Quilts: QAL by the Sea Block 3 — Signal Flags

Tu-Na Quilts: QAL by the Sea Block 2 — Turtle

Tu-Na Quilts: QAL by the Sea Block 1 — Seashells

Tu-Na Quilts: Announcing the Next Quilt-a-Long with Partners in Design — Introduction and a look at my fabric selection.

What I Learned Today:

  1. Fall is here. It’s beginning to smell a lot like cinnamon and apples in my house. We had a couple of nights of light frost and the apples are starting to drop so they must be done.  We’ve begun to pick the apples. Well, Tu-Na Helper is picking the apples and helping to peel them so I can turn them into dried apples sprinkled with cinnamon.  I think he has visions of apple pie in the near future.

    We haven’t had much rain this summer so the apples are a bit smaller than usual. We are about 3 weeks ahead of schedule. He’s finished picking one tree but there are four more loaded with delicious apples.

  2. I am creative or at least I think I am. I just couldn’t make this pattern exactly the way it was written. I had to add my own touches.
  3. Patterns are just suggestions. I start a project using a pattern but it doesn’t take me long and I’ve deviated from it.
  4. Sometimes taking the easy way out can save time and be just as good if not better than another way.
  5. Because of what I learned in #4, I may never hand sew on rick rack again.

Question: How do you like to float on the waves? A few years ago, I rode a tube being pulled by a boat. Well, at least for a little while before being thrown into the lake. But my favorite way to enjoy the waves is bobbing along a  man-made lazy river on an inner tube rather than bobbing along in shark-infested waters. However, Jaws (the movie) is one of my favorite films so I couldn’t resist adding a reminder of it into this block.

Thanks for stopping by and do come again.

Karen, Tu-Na Quilts

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20 thoughts on “Tu-Na Quilts: QAL by the Sea Block 7

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  2. Gretchen Romanelli

    I love your interpretation of the block. Rick rack is something I probably have somewhere.
    Loved the addition of the shart .


  3. thedarlingdogwood

    As soon as I saw Laura’s block, I knew yours would have ric rack! Love it! And I’m glad you learned it can be done well by machine–may you never hand stitch again (unless, of course, you want to!)


  4. Leslie Schmidt

    This block was the perfect one for using the rick rack. But how hard was it to sew down the baby size? I would think it could be very frustrating. The shark was a nice touch. Your block is a whole picture. Really cute!


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