QAL By the Sea - Block 11

Tuesday, October 27, 2020

Happy QAL By the Sea block release day!

Crab quilt block with raw edge applique

This week is the "Ab the Crab" block by Abbie at Sparkle On! The pattern and tutorial are on her blog HERE.

QAL By the Sea

This is the eleventh 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 in this post.

The Ab the Crab block used all but one of my six aqua fabrics!

Crab quilt block with raw edge applique

The block background is pieced, but the crab is raw-edge applique. It goes together quickly, which is just my style!

Raw edge applique

I used Lite Steam-A-Seam 2 for my applique pieces, and I used Aurifil 50wt thread for all the piecing and applique stitching. The Steam-A-Seam is tacky, so you can keep the pieces in place without pressing them. After I laid out the whole crab, I lifted the top pieces out of the way and only pressed the bottom-most pieces and stitched those with matching thread. Then I'd lay down only the next layer, press, and stitch. I continued this until all the pieces were stitched.

Crab quilt block with raw edge applique

It's been snowing and raining here for the past couple days, so I had to take my block pictures inside. Can you spy the two blocks with the "wrong" white in them? Me neither! It's SO hard to tell inside even with really good lighting! I do still plan to redo them though. Sigh.

QAL By the Sea ocean-themed blocks

There is just ONE WEEK left in the quilt along!

Crab quilt block with raw edge applique

Want to quilt along?? Be sure to get all the free patterns before the QAL ends! Find the pattern for Block 11 HERE!

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!

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 ocean-themed blocks

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

Let's all quilt along!


  1. I love your blue crab. There is such a thing. Not all crabs are red. The Maryland crabs are red only after cooking. Not sure about blue crabs.

  2. Very cute! I’ve been enjoying watching your quilt come to life. Very creative to use a monochromatic color scheme.

  3. It is adorable! Yes, the crabs in Maryland are called blue crabs and are the best!


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