QAL By the Sea - Block 12

Tuesday, November 3, 2020

It's time for the LAST block for the QAL By the Sea!! That means there's also a chance to win prizes! Be sure to read THIS POST for TWO ways to win!

The final block is the "Quilted Cliffs Lighthouse" by Karen at Tu-Na Quilts! The pattern and tutorial are on her blog HERE.

Lighthouse quilt block for QAL By the Sea

This is the twelfth and final block in the QAL By the Sea! You can still get the patterns for all twelve blocks - though they may not stay free forever! Hop over to 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 used an ombre stack of Kona solids and coordinating Aurifil 50wt thread. You can read more about those in this post.

The Quilted Cliffs Lighthouse block gave me a chance to use all of my fabrics!

Lighthouse quilt block for QAL By the Sea

The block is traditionally pieced, and goes together quickly once all the pieces are cut.

Kona solids in teals and aquas

I even got to use my sewing machine laser! (If you don't have one, you need one! I tell more about it on this post!)

Using a sewing machine laser

I really debated about adding the embroidered railing on the lighthouse. I didn't add the embroidery on the sailboat block, so I thought I might leave it off this one too. I decided to just try adding the longest lines to see how it looked using 12wt Aurifil thread in Jade #4093.

Lighthouse quilt block for QAL By the Sea

I kept matching 50wt in the bobbin and just used the 12wt in the top. It worked great! I might still add more, but I'm going to wait and see how I like it after the top is sewn together.

Lighthouse quilt block for QAL By the Sea

And I remembered to use the right white this time!

Lighthouse quilt block for QAL By the Sea

Be sure to get all of the free patterns before the final grand prize announcement! Find the pattern for block 12 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!

QAL By the Sea prizes

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.

Ocean themed quilt blocks for QAL By the Sea

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


  1. I love this version! That laser is awesome and such a great tool.

  2. Very modern looking...both the lighthouse and the quilt as a whole. Would love some information on the light on the front of your sewing machine. I'm vision challenged.

    1. I really love my sewing machine laser! I don't have to draw lines for HSTs or stitch-n-flip corners! This post has more information about it:


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