QAL By the Sea - Block 10

Tuesday, October 20, 2020

Happy QAL By the Sea block release day!

QAL By the Sea - Block 10 Sunset Beach

This week is the "Sunset Beach" block by Sandy at SandyStar Designs! The pattern and tutorial are on her blog HERE.

QAL By the Sea

This is the tenth 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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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.

The Sunset Beach block was perfect for using all six of my ombre aqua fabrics!

QAL By the Sea - Block 10 Sunset Beach

The block uses traditional piecing as well as raw-edge applique. It goes together quickly and has a dramatic look!

Raw edge applique on QAL By the Sea - Block 10 Sunset Beach

When deciding which colors to use, I started by choosing my darkest color for the tree, sail boat, and gull, and my lightest color for the sun. Then I used the remaining colors for the sunset and ocean.

Raw edge applique sail boat

I used Lite Steam-A-Seam 2 for my appliques and used Aurifil 50wt #4182 and #5007 to stitch them down. I used Aurifil 50wt #2605 to piece the background strips, mostly because that was the color already in my machine!

QAL By the Sea - Block 10 Sunset Beach

The two blocks that didn't get the Kona White really stand out to me in this photo! There are still two weeks left, so hopefully I get some time this week to redo those!

QAL By the Sea - Blocks 1-10

Want to quilt along?? Find the pattern for Block 10 HERE

The QAL is divided into three segments. Complete blocks 9-12 from Segment 3 by 7:59am EST on November 10th to be entered to win prizes! Be sure to share a picture of your finished blocks in the Facebook group or on Instagram. Use #QALBytheSeaUS or #QALBytheSeaAbroad in the caption of your post to let us know if you're sewing in the US or somewhere else in the world.

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!

Segment 3 prizes for QAL By the Sea

There are prizes for both US and international participants!

Segment 3 Prizes


A Fat Quarter bundle of Kismet by Tamarinis for Island Batik


A 60" x 60" batting of Quilter’s Dream Angel (a heavenly batting made with 100% flame retardant fabric.)


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.)

*There is also a free standard edition of the magazine available to sign up for on!


Becca Fenstermaker's Madras About You quilt pattern.


Kathleen McCormick's Blooming Desert quilt pattern.

QAL By the Sea - Block 10 Sunset Beach

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

Let's all quilt along!


  1. Those are the best colors! What a beautiful block they made. You made. =)

  2. Beautiful colors! Thanks for sharing and the great giveaways!

  3. I love you blocks! The colors are perfect and remind me of a day at the beach!!!

  4. I tried sending a thank you note to Sandy for the lovely sunset block, but I wasn't allowed to comment. If anyone can pass this on I would appreciate it- Thanks!

  5. I’ve sure enjoyed seeing your monochromatic quilt come to life. This block is gorgeous the way you chose the colors.

  6. Your block has such a tranquil feel to it. I'm enjoying how you are using this grouping of fabrics. The quilt will have such a peaceful feel when you are all done. Beautiful!


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