Tu-Na Quilts: QAL by the Sea Block 12

Welcome to the twelfth and final block

for the QAL by the Sea!

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

Presenting: Quilted Cliffs Lighthouse

Isn’t it beautiful! I could see a whole quilt of them. You can find the pattern in my pattern shop on my side bar or here. 

Be sure to visit Tu-Na’s Pattern shop to purchase your pattern for $3 and download it today.

Why did I choose to design a lighthouse block? Since there are more reliable modern methods of navigating (like GPS), lighthouses may be seen as unnecessary. However, they continue to exist for various reasons.

  1. They are rooted in history.
  2. They are beautiful.
  3. They continue to be a back-up method for navigating.
  4. They still serve as markers because they are all painted differently. 
  5. They’ve rolled with the times becoming more automated as technology progressed.
  6. They still make us look and take our breath away.
  7. They symbolize strength, safety, and individuality, 
  8. They are a welcoming sight to sailors as well as tourists.
  9. People love them — including me!

Tips and Tricks to Constructing this Block

  1. Life is full of choices; choose wisely. That was one of the sayings I’d repeat often to my kids as they were growing up, It also works for quilting. I loaded the pattern with many options for embellishing this block. Choose which ones you want to use or think of other ways to be creative! 
  2. Label your pieces! I’ve included labels in the pattern. just cut them out and use pins or clips to attach the label to the fabric piece.
  3. Look for inspiration in familiar surroundings or even unusual places.  I didn’t have to look any further than my entry to get inspiration for designing this block and for embellishing ideas.

I have a secretary filled with lighthouse collections.

See These Hosts for More Construction Tips

Look for 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 

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 3: October 13, 2020 — November 17, 2020

(Find the blocks for Segment 3 on these Partners in Design blogs)

October 13 — Block 9: Karen @ Tu-Na Quilts, Travels, and Eats — Setting Sail
October 20 — Block 10:  Sandy @ SandyStar Designs — Sunset Beach
October 27 — Block 11:  Abbie @ Sparkle On! — Ab the Crab
November 3 — Block 12: Karen @ Tu-Na Quilts, Travels, and Eats — Quilted Cliffs Lighthouse
November 3 — Segment 3 Wrap-up and linky provided for prize entry
November 17: 7:59 am Eastern time — Deadline to enter a picture containing all four of these blocks for the Segment 3 Prize package
November 17: Segment 3 Winner Announced

December 1: 7:59 am Eastern Time — Deadline to enter a picture containing all twelve (12) of the blocks for the GRAND PRIZE package.

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). More info coming soon.

Enter to Win Segment and Grand Prizes Giveaway now closed

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 and tell us if you are US or Abroad by 07:59 AM EST, November 17th, 2020 either on
    • Partners in Design Facebook page  OR
    • Instagram with the hashtag #qalbytheseaus or #qalbytheseaabroad OR
    • Linky found on any of the hosting blogs on the wrap-up post at the end of each segment. **Be sure to comment if you live in the US or Abroad so we know which entry to put your block in. We will not have a separate announcement post for you to use this time. Please post in the main channel where you’ve been posting.

Segment 3: Prizes and Sponsors

Thank you to our sponsors for the following prizes for Segment 3!

One U.S. Winner Receives:

One International Winner Receives:

  • A one year Premium e-subscription to the Online Quilt Magazine *(You will gain access to more than 50 pages of great Quilting Stories, Hints and Tips, How To’s and Bonus Patterns each and every month.)
  • A PDF pattern from these designers:

Becca Fenstermaker’s Madras About You quilt pattern
Kathleen McCormick’s Blooming Desert quilt pattern

*Bonus* Everyone can sign up for a free, standard edition of the Online Quilt Magazine by clicking on the title.

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

Tu-Na Quilts: QAL by the Sea Block 12 — Lighthouse

Tu-Na Quilts: QAL by the Sea Block 11 — Crab

Tu-Na Quilts: QAL by the Sea Block 10 — Sunset

Tu-Na Quilts: QAL by the Sea Block 9 — Sailboat

Tu-Na Quilts: QAL by the Sea Block 8 — Mariner’s Compass

Tu-Na Quilts: QAL by the Sea Block 7 — Waves

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. Cotton grows in Kansas. Tu-Na Helper and I were migrating south last week when I spied the beginning makings of a quilt. I’ve seen cotton fields in Arizona and read about cotton farms in the south so it was a complete surprise to see cotton fields in central Kansas. 
  2. A few trivial facts about lighthouses: The state of Michigan holds the record for having the most lighthouses in the U.S.–120+, There are over 17,800 lighthouses in the world, Cape Hatteras is the tallest in the U.S.—I’ve been there, and lighthouses are painted different colors ranging from solid colors to some having one or more vertical, horizontal or swirling stripes to help sailors identify where they are.
  3. Split Rock Lighthouse and it’s fog signal cost $75,000 to build in 1909-1910. It’ slight flashes every 9.5 seconds and lasts for half a second. What makes that interesting? Lighthouses have different lengths of flashes to help sailors know where they are at.
  4. August 7th is National Lighthouse Day.

Question: Have you seen or toured a lighthouse? I’ve been to Portland Head Light in Maine, Cape Hatteras, and many lighthouses in between. But my all time favorite lighthouse is Split Rock in Two Harbors, Minnesota.  I’ve toured inside it and walked around it and seen it from the road many times. You can read about some of my adventures here and here and here

Check out my other patterns (postage stamp turkey, iron, and coneflower) here

Thanks for stopping by and do come again.

Karen, Tu-Na Quilts

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©2020 Karen Thurn Tu-Na Quilts, Travels, and Eats

10 thoughts on “Tu-Na Quilts: QAL by the Sea Block 12

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  4. Gretchen Romanelli

    I loved this QAL. Lots of inspiration and variety. Thank you to all the creators. I did post comments on some blogs but all should be recognized for their hard work.


  5. Rochelle Summers

    Thank you for the pattern and the great information on lighthouses. I’ve been to several up and down the Pacific Ocean coastline and been inside several. They are fascinating and the work a lighthouse keeper had to do before the advent of electricity was amazing. This has been a wonderful QAL and seeing each of the different hosts take on the blocks has been wonderful. Best wishes for a speedy recovery from that broken arm. Oh, California has lots of cotton fields. Grew up around them and the nightly news always had a report on the progress of the boll weevil which endangered the cotton harvest. My kids collected cotton bolls left by the harvester to bring back to Nevada for show and tell.


  6. Robin RK

    My retired Coast Guard son told me that even with all the technology on board they still look for the lighthouses and their signals to double check the charts besides you never know when your power will go out or the GPS breaks. A former member of my guild grew up in one of your Michigan lighthouses. Her dad was the keeper. She was 1 of 11. She talked about how they had they had to keep everything spotless in the home because you never knew when an inspector was to come. Luckily not all 11 were born in her lighthouse period. She would have loved this block.


  7. Leslie D. Schmidt

    Well, I guess you are a fan of lighthouses! Great collection. The block is quite realistic looking. Once again, the attention to detail is terrific. I like the waves in rickrack. I almost missed the little rickrack of the water lapping the shore. So cute!



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