QAL By the Sea - Block 6

Tuesday, September 15, 2020

Today's the day for Block 6 of the QAL By the Sea!

The sixth block is "Stars at Sea" by Snowy Days Quilting! The pattern and tutorial are on her blog HERE.

QAL By the Sea quilt blocks

This is the sixth of twelve blocks in the QAL By the Sea. There is a new FREE block pattern released each week throughout the quilt along, and there are prizes you can win for joining the fun! Be sure to join the QAL's Facebook group so you can encourage other quilters and get the links to all the patterns!

QAL By the Sea

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For all of my QAL By the Sea blocks, I'm using an ombre stack of Kona solids and coordinating Aurifil 50wt thread. You can read more about those on this post.

Wonky stars block for QAL By the Sea

The star block has six stars, and I'm using six shades of aqua! Perfect!

This block is all pieced (no applique this time!), but has a LOT of pieces! 110 pieces to make the 12 1/2" block!

I had a stack of white scraps leftover from making the previous blocks, so I used those to cut my background fabrics. I ran out of scraps partway through, so cut the rest from my bolt of white fabric.

I pieced the whole block using 50wt Aurifil #5007 Light Grey Blue.

Stars quilt block for QAL By the Sea

Once finished, I headed out to take some photos at the lake. But I didn't even make it to the car when I saw something completely unexpected.

Wonky stars quilt block for QAL By the Sea

See it?!

I had no idea until stepping outside, that I had unintentionally cut the remaining background pieces from a different bolt of white. My bolt of Moda Bella White was running low, so I purchased a bolt of Kona White. Even under the Daylight bulbs in my sewing studio, it is very hard to tell a difference.

Different white fabrics

But outside, it was instantly clear the two bolts are not the same white.

I've seen others inadvertently do this, but this was my first time! It's so strange how it's so subtle and almost impossible to see the difference indoors, but once outside, it's so obvious!

Wonky stars quilt block

So I'm sharing my mistake with you now, but I plan to spend some time with Jack (the seam ripper) and remove and replace all of the pieces that don't match the white of the other blocks I've already made.

Wonky stars quilt block

Sigh. Hopefully I will have great photos at the lake for next week's block! (Next week is my block design too!)

QAL By the Sea quilt blocks

Want to quilt along?? Find the pattern for Block 6 HERE! There's still plenty of time to make the first six blocks!

The QAL is divided into three segments. Complete all four blocks from Segment 2 by 7:59am EST on October 13th 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!

Segment 2
September 8 - Block 5 - Sandra at Sandra Healy Designs
September 15 - Block 6 - Bobbi at Snowy Days Quilting
September 22 - Block 7 - Laura at Slice of Pi Quilts
September 29 - Block 8 - Kathleen at Kathleen McMusing
October 13 - Segment 2 winner announced!

Segment 3
October 13 - Block 9 - Karen at Tu-Na Quilts
October 20 - Block 10 - Sandy at SandyStar Designs
October 27 - Block 11 - Abbie at Sparkle On!
November 3 - Block 12 - Karen at Tu-Na Quilts
November 10 - Segment 3 winner announced!

December 1 - Grand prize winner announced!

QAL By the Sea

There are prizes for both US and international participants!

Segment 2 Prizes

USA Fat Quarter fabric bundle of the Island Batik line Cascadia by Claudia Pfeil.
andQuilters 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’.

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!
andA PDF pattern of your choice up to $10.00 from these designers:Laura of Slice of Pi Quilts
Sandra of Sandra Healy Designs

QAL By the Sea quilt blocks

Be sure to look at all the different versions of Block 6 made by the QAL hosts!


  1. Okay, I still can't see the difference in whites. But I do love the way the block turned out and it looks so nice with the other blocks, too. Which white fabric do you like best: Kona or the Moda Bella Solids? Do you think the fray equally?

  2. Wow! I love this block but so sorry that happened - so frustrating when we don't catch the errors of our ways before we need Jack.

  3. Hmmm, I think I would start over making a new block! The differences don't bother me, anyway. I'd probably leave it. =)

  4. Beautiful job on the stars... love your colour choices for these blocks!


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