QAL By the Sea - Block 7

Tuesday, September 22, 2020

It's time for Block 7 of the QAL By the Sea!

Ocean waves quilt block using raw-edge applique

This week it's my turn to share my Waves quilt block with you!

QAL By the Sea

This is the seventh 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!

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If you're new here, hello! I'm Laura! I design quilt patterns, and I'm a self-proclaimed deal hunter! Be sure to join the popular Quilting & Sewing Deals Facebook group where I post sales, deals, and coupon codes from all around the web!

The Waves block is a quick and easy applique block. It's just six pieces!

I can't wait to see your Waves blocks! Be sure to share a picture of yours in the QAL By the Sea Facebook group!

Ocean themed quilt blocks

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.

(And if you read about my snafu with my last block, I haven't fixed it yet.)

I use Lite Steam-A-Seam 2 for all my applique. I love that it's sticky so you can position (and re-position) the pieces before pressing. I also love my Fiskars scissors for cutting. I have several sizes!

Preparing wave pieces for raw-edge applique

It was fun to get to use so many of my Aurifil threads for this block!

Matching Aurifil threads to Kona solids

I used a straight stitch just inside the edges of each piece to applique the waves down. I did slow down, lift my presser foot, and pivot every few stitches when on the tightest part of the curves.

Raw-edge applique

It takes a little bit of extra time to switch threads to match the fabric, but I think it's worth it.

Ocean waves quilt block using raw-edge applique

You can really see the threads on the back too.

The back of the waves quilt block

I think the block would look great in lots of colors! Mine is in ombre shades of aqua, but I think it would look good with all five waves the same shade of blue too! 

Ocean waves quilt block using raw-edge applique

My background is white (even if the lighting on the beach doesn't look like it!), but a dark blue background with white or light blue waves would look cool too!

Ocean waves quilt block using raw-edge applique

Want to quilt along?? Be sure to enter your email address in the box towards the top of this post to get the free pattern for Block 7! There's still plenty of time to make the first seven 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 Prizes

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

Ocean themed quilt blocks

Be sure to look at all the different versions of the Waves block made by the QAL hosts!

Let's all quilt along!


  1. I just love this one, Laura. It is so perfect.

  2. I love the waves. The background fabric would make this pattern really stand out! Thank you!

  3. Thanks for designing a great block. I’ve enjoyed watching hoe your quilt is developing with the monochromatic fabric.

  4. The colors of the waves do give the block a dimensional effect of foreground and distance. Nice block to rev up creativity

  5. OH I love this it is so restful looking. A change in pace from the star block too!

  6. I can't seem to get the pattern. I have entered my email twice now. Frustrating.

    1. Please check your spam/junk/promotions folder in your email for an email from "Laura at Slice of Pi Quilts." The automated emails are working fine on my end, so you should have received it. If you still can't find it, please email me at

    2. I was getting the same thing, and I thought it may have been because I was letting 'autofill' put in my email addy for me. When I switched to typing out my email addy the form accepted it and sent the pattern. Perhaps it is a built-in function of the email bot to not accept autofill? Just a thought. :) Love the pattern, thank you!

  7. Lovely block. But, where do I find the pattern to download?

    1. Hi, Lyn! After entering your email address in the large teal box at the top of this post that says "GET THE FREE WAVES QUILT BLOCK," click the "Send me the pattern!" button and an email will be automatically sent to you with the pattern download. Please check your junk/spam/promotions folder and look for an email from "Laura at Slice of Pi Quilts." Happy quilting!

  8. I love your modern Waves block Laura! So serene and just fun to make.

  9. Simple yet so pretty too. I love your fabrics.

  10. This is a very serene block, especially in your fabrics. I love how you can create an effective design with just a few curvy lines. Thanks.

  11. I can't wait to make this block! Thanks for sharing the pattern!


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