QAL By the Sea - Block 1

Tuesday, August 4, 2020

Ahoy!! The "QAL By the Sea" starts today!

Seashell quilt block

The pattern and tutorial for Block 1 is on Becca's blog HERE. It's seashells!

QAL By the Sea

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If you remember from my fabric post, I plan to use a monochromatic palette of aqua Kona solids for my whole quilt.

Ombre aquas in Kona solid fabrics

For Block 1, I was able to use all six of my aqua solids (as well as white) and all of my matching 50wt Aurifil threads!

Ombre aqua solid Kona fabric and Aurifil thread

It took a lot of thread changes, but it was definitely worth it!

Matching Aurifil thread and Kona cotton

To applique the seashells onto the block, I used Lite Steam-A-Seam 2. I cut out one piece at a time, and used the "skeleton" of what I was cutting as a guide for placing the pieces. It worked great!

Seashell quilt block

Using matching Aurifil thread, I stitched about an 1/8" from the edge of each piece. I back-stitched just a few stitches when stopping to secure the threads.

Seashell quilt block

I love how this first block turned out, and can't wait to make the next one!

Seashell quilt block

The QAL is divided into three segments. Complete all four blocks from Segment 1 by 7:59am on September 8th to be entered to win prizes! Be sure to share a picture of your finished blocks in the Facebook group!

Segment 1
August 4 - Block 1 - Becca at Pretty Piney Quilts
August 11 - Block 2 - Jennifer at Inquiring Quilter
August 18 - Block 3 - April at JANDA Bend Quilts
August 25 - Block 4 - Sherry at Powered by Quilting
September 8 - Segment 1 winner announced!

QAL prizes

There are prizes for both US and international participants!


Dream Green 60" x 60" batting from Quilter's Dream. An earth friendly polyester batting made from 100% recycled plastic bottles! Fat Quarter fabric bundle of Island Batik "Kismet."
This line by Tammy Silver of Tamarinis has a bohemian vibe with vibrant colors!

A 6 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! PDF pattern of your choice from these Designers! 
(a $10.00 shop credit)

Sea shell quilt block

Be sure to look at all the different versions of Block 1 made by the QAL hosts!

Becca at Pretty Piney

Sandy at Sandy Star Designs
Abbie at Sparkle On
Karen at Tu-Na Quilts
Sherry at Powered by Quilting
Jennifer at The Inquiring Quilter

Seashell quilt block

Join the fun! Let's all quilt along!


  1. Cool idea to use a monochromatic palette. Never occurred to me to use the skeleton of the fabric to help place the pieces but that's totally brilliant! Love your block.

  2. That block looks amazing and you know I'm loving your fabric pull! I've used the skeleton to help with placement before, too :)

  3. I love the color pallet you are using. This block so pretty!

  4. Love this! It will be so fun to see how the monochromatic blocks develop. I love the idea of the skeleton!

  5. Such a soothing and pretty color pallet you chose. I can't wait to see your quilt!

  6. Your block is great in all those aquas! I really like that everyone is arranging their seashells as they choose.


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