QAL By the Sea - Block 9

Tuesday, October 13, 2020

Happy QAL By the Sea block release day! 

Sailboat quilt block for the QAL By the Sea

This week is the "Setting Sail" block by Karen of Tu-Na Quilts! The pattern and tutorial are on her blog HERE.

QAL By the Sea

This is the ninth 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 Setting Sail block is written for five fabric colors, so I got a little creative to try and get all my colors into the block!

Sailboat quilt block for the QAL By the Sea

The block uses traditional piecing as well as the cathedral window technique for the sails. I really love this technique, and just used it on this free bat quilt block too!

Sailboat quilt block for the QAL By the Sea

The pattern is written to use ribbon to make the flag at the top of the mast. This is super clever, and I really love the 3-D element, but I didn't have any ribbon that was the right size or color, so I just cut the shape from fabric with Lite Steam-A-Seam 2 on it so that I could applique it down.

I took a couple other creative liberties too. I decided to not add the embroidered stitches for the ropes, the button at the top of the mast, or the boat name to the side. (Although, I really considered adding "Slice of Pi" for the name!) I'm hoping my quilt turns out a bit more modern, and I felt like the block was just the right amount of finished without those extra elements. (I might change my mind once I get all the blocks together though!) In order to use all of my fabric colors in this block, I decided to add three small dime-sized portholes. Again, I used Lite Steam-A-Seam 2 and straight stitched just inside the raw edge.

Sailboat quilt block for the QAL By the Sea

I pieced the whole block with 50wt Aurifil #2021 White, and used that to stitch down the sails too. Then I switched to 50wt Aurifil #5006 Light Turquoise to stitch down my flag and portholes.

AND I used the "right" color of Kona White this time! I'm hoping to find a little time this week to re-do the two blocks that I used a different white (this one and this one). I'm so happy to have FINALLY figured out which was which!

QAL By the Sea quilt blocks

Nine blocks down and only three more to go!

Want to quilt along?? Find the pattern for Block 9 HERE! There's still time to make the first nine blocks!

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!

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.

Sailboat quilt block for the QAL By the Sea

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


  1. very creative! I love your windows-now why didn't I think of that. good alternate for the ribbon wind pennant.

  2. I love the windows! and I love the way yours is looking - who knew monochromatic would be so much fun!

  3. Using the same fabrics as the other blocks, super, love the portholes, and the flag idea, that is a wonderful way to dd it, I have to contain myself, and start the block tomorrow.

  4. Such a great boat. I like the turquoise colors and the little windows (portholes) are a nice decorative element.

  5. Very clever embellishments! The portholes are super. The calm sea makes me feel much better than the rolling waves. I'm a land lubber!

  6. I love, love, love your precise and beautiful block in those wonderful colors!

    1. Oooh, are those Slice of Pi quilt labels too large to become the name on the ship?

  7. I do like your pared down version, thought "Slice of Pi" as the name of the boat would be cool, and a neat way to "sign" the quilt.


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