“QAL By the Sea” Block 3 Release!

Hello! Welcome to the release of Block 3 of the QAL by the Sea!

Signal Flag is a 12″ x 12″ finished block designed by April Adams of JANDA Bend Quilts. Please visit her blog to download the pattern and read the tutorial.

Block 3 Signal Flag
Signal Flag Block by April Adams


Signal flags

Each one of April’s flags represents a letter from the International Code of Signals used by sea vessels to communicate important messages to each other.  Visit this page to figure out what letter each flag represents and spell out the message April made just for this QAL!


Some of the flags are pieced and some applique. Each 2″ flag is then appliqued to the background. I enjoy making miniature quilt blocks, they are so cute! Take your time with the small pieces. 

To finish my block I satin stitched each flag on my domestic sewing machine.  

Block 3 Signal Flag.detailb
Signal Flag detail








For this quilt I am using HITS the SPOT and seeing stars Grunge fabric from Moda and coordinating Kona solids that I have in my stash. 

To see this block in a variety of different colors and fabrics as well as get tips for construction, please visit the other QAL hosts:

Becca Fenstermaker of Pretty Piney

Jennifer Fulton of  The Inquiring Quilter

Karen Thurn of  Tu-Na Quilts, Travels, & Eats

Laura Piland of Slice of Pi Quilts

Sandy Maxfield of  SandyStar Designs

Sherry Shish of  Powered by Quilting



Seg 1 Prizes #qalbythesea

  • US

Dream Green 60″ x 60″ batting from Quilter’s Dream. An earth friendly polyester batting made from 100% recycled plastic bottles!


A Fat Quarter fabric bundle of Island Batik “Kismet.” This line by Tammy Silver of Tamarinis has a bohemian vibe with vibrant colors!

  • International

A 6 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!


A PDF pattern of your choice from these Designers!

Becca of Pretty Piney.

Jennifer of the Inquiring Quilter.

Sherry of Powered by Quilting. (a $10.00 shop credit)

In order to include all eligible participants in our prize giveaway, we are having two separate prizes for each QAL Segment and for the Grand Prize;  one for our USA participants and one for our International participants. Due to the demanding cost to ship to Canadian and International addresses, these prizes will be patterns and/or an e-magazine that will be sent in electronic format.

Eligibility for Prize Entry for all Participants:

Segments: Participants can enter the prize drawing by sharing a single photo with all the completed segment blocks on our Facebook group, IG #qalbythesea, or the hosts blog linky party provided at the end of each segment.  

The QAL is divided in to three segments of four blocks each.

Grand Prize:  Share one photo showing all 12 of your completed blocks, as above.  

Entry is limited to one per person per prize. You must be 18 years old to enter.

This nautically themed QAL will have twelve 12″ x 12″ mystery blocks. Block patterns are provided by each block designer and are free during the duration of the QAL. There will be 3 Segments with four blocks each. Blocks will be released every week on Tuesday at 8:00 AM EDT with a two week period in between each segment. 

All levels of quilters are welcome. Block techniques will vary and include traditional piecing, paper piecing and applique.

For a complete list of designer’s and the QAL timeline visit my post here. Please join the community and fun!

We hope you join us! 

Block 4, designed by Sherry Shish of Powered by Quilting, will be released next week on April 25th!

~Abbie 🌞



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