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.
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
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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Karen @ Tu-Na Quilts, Travels, and Eats — Thanks for stopping by.
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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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:
- 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.
- 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.
- Patterns are just suggestions. I start a project using a pattern but it doesn’t take me long and I’ve deviated from it.
- Sometimes taking the easy way out can save time and be just as good if not better than another way.
- 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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interesting use of rick rack!! like how this turned out
Nice variation, Karen!!! I saw Jaws, too, and still regret it!
I love your variation. We can learn new tricks, can’t we….I did this week too on my blog. Thanks for all you share.
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It worked perfectly! I love your fabrics and rick rack and the block they made.
I love your interpretation of the block. Rick rack is something I probably have somewhere.
Loved the addition of the shart .
I like a sea so calm it is very still!! Love the rick rack, and what super fabric.
Your version is so much fun. You got really creative. Thanks for sharing the process and tips.
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!)
Yours are my favorite blocks in this Quilt Along–Love them all–you are very creative and artistic!!
Love all the blocks you’ve made for this quilt. It’s going to be so cute!
It’s fun to see how your quilt is progressing.
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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